What HG Wells can teach us about surviving apocalypse

HG Wells was the great modern prophet of apocalypse.

He was the son of a failed grocer, and he grew up, bored out of his mind, in Victorian lower middle class suburbia in Kent.

Then he won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science — now Imperial College — in South Kensington, founded by Thomas Huxley (Aldous’ grand-father).

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Jules Evans

Author of Philosophy for Life and other books. Honorary fellow, Centre for the History of the Emotions. www.philosophyforlife.org.