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I recently reread "War of the Worlds" and listened to a podcast discussion about H.G Wells's undeniable importance to history of science fiction. This biography, which was more successful as a study of the subject's life than of his writing, reminded me of two contradictions in Wells' legacy. His serial adultery would make him an object of ridicule today, and his important SF works (War of the Worlds, Time Machine, Invisible Man) were published early. For another 40 years he wrote weaker, mostly...