By: Wells, H. G.

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5th Printing. Publisher's glossy wraps. 12mo. Another cautionary tale from the prolific Mr. Wells, teaching us that if one tampers with nature, one becomes Marlon Brando and cannot any longer be redeemed, even by David Thewlis. One of the 'big five' sci-fi titles from H. G. Wells, which also includes 'The Time Machine', 'The Invisible Man', 'The War of The Worlds' and 'The First 'Men In the Moon'. The most Swiftian -and the most sustained -of all Wells's science fiction satires. Written in 1896, The Island of Dr. Moreau is one of the earliest scientific romances. An instant sensation, it was meant as a commentary on Darwin's theory of evolution, which H. G. Wells stoutly believed. The story centers on the depraved Dr. Moreau, who conducts unspeakable animal experiments on a remote tropical island, with hideous, humanlike results. Edward Prendick, an English-man whose misfortunes bring him to the island, is witness to the Beast Folk's strange civilization and their eventual terrifying regression. While gene-splicing and bioengineering are common practices today, readers are still astounded at Wells' haunting vision and the ethical questions he raised a century before our time. [Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, p. 1079-83][Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2- 162; (1981) 1-172; (1987) 1-100; and (1995) 1- 100][Bleiler, Science- Fiction: The Early Years 2327][Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s- 1930s 798][Jones and Newman (eds) Horror: 100 Best Books 20][Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 226][Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, p. 66][Bleiler (1978) p. 205][Reginald 15043][Currey (2002) p. 420][Wells Society 8][Kramer 76][Geoffrey H. Wells 7]. . Former owner's name on fep, small stains of fore-edge not affecting interior. VERY GOOD. . Mass Market Paperback. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. 128 pp


Author Name: Wells, H. G.

Categories: Novels, Poetry & Literature, Science Fiction,

Edition: Reprint. Fifth Printing

Publisher: NY, Berkley Highland Books: 1970

ISBN Number: 0425013634

ISBN Number 13: 9780425013632

Binding: Mass Market Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket

Seller ID: 4326

Keywords: Science Fiction Fiction; Novels;