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H.G. Wells: A Scientific Romance

H.G. Wells: A Scientific Romance

April 11, 2024 – July 19, 2024

Exhibition Details

H.G. Wells: A Scientific Romance explores the inspired beginnings of Herbert George Wells (1866 – 1946), an early and major figure in what was to become science fiction. Trained in the sciences, Wells intended to be a teacher. Instead, poor health led him to pursue freelance journalism and write science-infused adventure stories known as “scientific romances.”

This exhibition traces Wells’ extraordinary early output, in the 1890s, of influential short stories and commercially successful novels that established him as a prescient and prolific writer, thinker, and cultural presence. Take a time machine back to fin de siècle London to see the future as Wells imagined it.

Organized by Archives and Special Collections with support from Nickle Galleries. Curated by Annie Murray, Rare Books and Special Collections Librarian.

Related events

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 11, 5:00 – 8:00pm

Nickle at Noon: Thursday, April 18, 12:00pm    Annie Murray: H.G. Wells – Living the ’90s Dream

Curator’s Tour – H.G. Wells: A Scientific Romance, Tuesday, April 16, 1:00pm

Curator’s Tour – H.G. Wells: A Scientific Romance, Thursday, May 9, 1:00pm

Curator’s Tour – H.G. Wells: A Scientific Romance, Thursday, June 13, 1:00pm

Curator’s Tour – H.G. Wells: A Scientific Romance, Tuesday, July 9, 1:00pm

 

**All events free and open to the public.  Please meet at the entrance to Nickle Galleries.
First editions of H.G. Wells’s novels ‘The Time Machine’, ‘The Island of Doctor Moreau,’ ‘The Invisible Man,’ and ‘The War of the Worlds.’ From the Russell Wood Collection of H.G. Wells, Archives and Special Collections, University of Calgary. Photo credit: Andy Nichols, LCR PhotoServices.
“H.G. Wells” by Elliott & Fry, 1901. Used with the permission of the National Portrait Gallery, London.