Seeing Beyond: The Works & Vision of H.G. Wells

September 25th @ 2:00pm: This special in-person lecture by Dr Mark Schenker is the first event in the Library’s 2022 Scholarly Series, Seeing Beyond: the Works and Vision of H.G. Wells. Herbert George Wells (1866 –1946) was an English writer best remembered for his science fiction novels and has been called the “father of science fiction.”

In addition to his fame as a writer, he was prominent in his lifetime as a forward-looking, even prophetic social critic who devoted his literary talents to the development of a progressive vision on a global scale. He foresaw the advent of aircraft, tanks, space travel, nuclear weapons, satellite television and something resembling the World Wide Web. His science fiction imagined time travel, alien invasion, invisibility, and biological engineering. His most notable science fiction works include The Time Machine (1895), which was his first novel, The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898).

Dr. Mark Schenker, the senior associate dean of Yale College, is an esteemed lecturer on literary topics.

Don’t miss these upcoming events for all ages celebrating H.G. Wells, his works and lasting impact.

Seeing Beyond: The Works & Vision of H.G. Wells is made possible by the generosity of the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.