Mark Bould

Science Fiction: The Shape of Things to Come

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Steven Spielberg's forthcoming adaptation of The War of the Worlds prompts Mark Bould to take a critical look at the work of HG Wells.

No one would have believed, in the last years of the 20th century, that the new millennium would prove lucrative for the estate of HG Wells. But then, just as Wells's work was about to enter the public domain, the British copyright period was extended to 70 years after the author's death. And now, a decade later, Penguin are bringing back into print 14 of his novels, with critical introductions by authors like Brian Aldiss, Margaret Atwood, China MiƩville and Marina Warner.

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