H.G. WELLS

H. G. WellsH.G. WELLS (1866 – 1946) An English Science Fiction author, his influence is still strongly felt to this day. Often considered “The Father of Science Fiction,” Wells invented many of the themes still active in Science Fiction today. Alien invasion and time-travel are what he is best remembered for, but many other minor and major themes of SF were pioneered by him. Most of his fiction is now in the public domain in most countries of the world – which means there are many FREE audiobooks of his short stories and novels available online. Even so, many commercial releases are also available, as well as audio drama adaptations of his works.

Podcast Fiction:

The Man Who Could Work Miracles by H.G. WellsThe Man Who Could Work Miracles
By H.G. Wells; Read by Ron Evry
1 |MP3| – Approx. 37 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Podcaster: Mister Ron’s Basement
Podcast: October 2005
A man who vigorously asserts the impossibility of miracles, suddenly discovers that he can perform them! After being thrown out of a bar for what is thought to be a trick, he tests his powers, they work! Worried, he seeks advice from the local clergyman with hilarious results.

The Crystal Egg by H.G. WellsThe Crystal Egg
By H.G. Wells; Read by Paul Cole
1 |MP3| – 51 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Podcaster: Beam Me Up
Podcast: April 19th 2007
Here is a classic treat for listeners who enjoy the classic Science Fiction of the masters. In this podcast only version of Beam Me Up – we have on tap, The Crystal Egg written by Herbert George Wells. The story tells of a shop owner, named Mr. Cave, who finds a strange crystal egg that serves as a window into the planet Mars. The story was written the same year in which Wells was serializing The War of the Worlds in Pearson’s Magazine, a year before it was published as a novel. Because of the vaguely similar descriptions of the Martians and their machines, “The Crystal Egg” is often considered a prequel to The War of the Worlds, though there is no clear foreshadowing of the events that transpire in the novel.

The Time Traveler Show #17 The New Accelerator by H.G. WellsThe New Accelerator
By H.G. Wells; Read by Tim Rowe
1 |MP3| File – [UNABRIDGED]
Podcaster: Time Traveler Show.com
Podcast: April 2007



Public Domain:

LibriVox Science Fiction - The Sleeper Awakes by H.G. WellsThe Sleeper Awakes
By H.G. Wells; Read by various
25 Zipped MP3 Files or podcast – Approx. 8 Hours 14 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: LibriVox.org
Published: September 2008
The Sleeper Awakes is a dystopian novel about a man who sleeps for two hundred years, waking up in a completely transformed London, where, because of compound interest, he has become the richest man in the world. He has been the famous Sleeper for centuries. A fanatic socialist, the main character awakes to see his nightmares realized, and the future revealed to him in all its horrors and malformities. The people adore him, and their masters – the supervisors of his legacy who rule in his name – do not want him breathing.

Podcast feed:

http://librivox.org/bookfeeds/the-sleeper-awakes-by-hg-wells.xml

LibriVoxThe Man Who Could Work Miracles
By H.G. Wells; Read by Peter-David Smith
1 |MP3| – Approx. 46 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: LibriVox.org
Published: August 2008
An English skeptic of miracles of the Humean school, suddenly discovers that he can perform them!

The Food of the Gods and How it Came to Earth by H.G. WellsThe Food of the Gods and How it Came to Earth
By H.G. Wells; Read by Alex C. Telander
12 Zipped MP3s or Podcast – Approx. 6 Hours [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: LibriVox.org
Published: April 2008
Two stuffy English scientists, always looking to further their scientific knowledge, create a substance called Herakleophorbia, which in its fourth incarnation – known as Herakleophorbia IV – has the special ability of making things increase greatly in size. As the scientists begin experimentation on some chicks, the substance is misused by some “country folk” who don’t take it seriously and soon Herakleophorbia IV is running rampant throughout England and then across the globe, creating giant plants and animals that wreak havoc on the land and then the people. Then the first giant babies are revealed and for the first time humanity has to contend with the existence of a new race of giant people. How humanity deals with this shocking new creation is revealed in The Food of the Gods and How it Came to Earth.

The Strange Orchid
By H.G. Wells; Read by Pete Williams
1 |MP3| file – Approx. 21 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]

menmoon.jpgThe First Men In The Moon
By H. G. Wells; Read by Mark F. Smith.
26 MP3 Files – 8 Hour 03 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: LibriVox.org
Published: November 6th 2007

The Invisible Man
By H.G. Wells; Read by Alex Foster
1 Zipped File full of MP3s – 4 Hours 54 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]

The War Of The Worlds
By H.G. Wells; Read by Rebecca
1 Zipped File full of MP3s – 6 Hours 35 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]

The War Of The Worlds
By H.G. Wells; Read by Various Readers
1 Zipped File full of MP3s – Approx 7 Hours [UNABRIDGED]

Commercial releases:

Science Fiction Audio Drama - Alien Voices The Invisible ManAlien Voices: The Invisible Man
By H.G. Wells; Performed by John de Lancie, Leonard Nimoy and a full cast
2 Cassettes or 2 CDs – Approx. 114 minutes [UNABRIDGED DRAMATIZATION]
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published: 1998
ISBN: 067158104X (Cassette); 0671581058 (CD)

Science Fiction Audio Drama - War of the WorldsWar of the Worlds
Starring Leonard Nimoy, Jerry Hardin, Gates McFadden, Dwight Schultz, Armin Shimerman, Brent Spiner, and Wil Wheaton
Adapted by Howard Koch; Directed by John de Lancie
Duration: 1 cassette, 70 minutes
ISBN: 0807235628
Producer: LA Theatre Works

Science Fiction Audiobooks - The Time Machine by H.G. WellsThe Time Machine
By H.G. Wells; Read by James Spencer
MP3, OGG or AAC files download – 3 hours, 2 minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: TelltaleWeekly.org
Published: 2004


Science Fiction Audio Drama - The First Men in the Moon by H.G. WellsThe First Men in the Moon
By H.G. Wells, performed by a full cast
2 Tapes, Approx. 2 hours – [AUDIO DRAMA]
Publisher: Alien Voices
Published: 1998
ISBN: 0671872281


Science Fiction Audiobook - The World Set Free by H.G. WellsThe World Set Free
By H.G. Wells; Read by Shelly Frasier
1 MP3-CD or 6 CDs – Approx. 6.5 Hrs [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Tantor Media
Published: 2002
ISBN: 1400150108 (MP3-CD); 1400100100(CDs)
In this thought-provoking masterpiece, H.G. Wells predicts the inventions that will inadvertently lead to mass destruction, forcing the world to “start over”. You will see many similarities between H.G. Wells’ new world and today’s world due to the recent technological revolution. This stimulating novel will leave you wondering if and when the remaining predictions will come to pass!

H.G. WellsThe Star
By H.G. Wells; Read by Alex Wilson
1 MP3 , Ogg Vorbis or AAC File – Apprx. 30 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: TellTaleWeekly.org
Published: April 2007
Just $1.00 payable via PayPal. One hundred and one years before the films Armegeddon and Deep Impact entered U.S. theaters, the father of modern Science Fiction scared the crap out of Victorian London with this, the first of such death-from-above SF tales.

DOVE AUDIO - The Invisible Man by H.G. WellsThe Invisible Man
By H.G. Wells; Read by Edward Herrmann
4 Cassettes – Approx. 6 Hours [ABRIDGED]
Publisher: Dove Audio / New Millennium Audio
Published: 2002
ISBN: 155800940X, 1931056749
In Wells’ horrific tale, a scientist discovers the secret of invisibility, which subsequently deranges him. Although he holds his countrymen powerless for a time, he is actually as terrified as they are. A fascinating classic.

The Invisible Man
By H.G. Wells; Read by
Cassettes – Approx.
Publisher: Chivers Audio
Published: March 1997
ISBN: 0745173748

Radio Broadcasts:

War of the Worlds |MP3| The 1938 radio drama.

A Dream of Armageddon by H.G. WellsA Dream Of Armageddon
By H.G. Wells; Read by Robert Bathurst
2 Parts – Approx. 2 Hours [ABRIDGED?]
Broadcaster: BBC7 / The 7th Dimension
Broadcast: 2007, 2008
A tale of an advanced civilisation descending into mindless war was an uncannily close prediction of the horrors of WW2 when it was written in 1901.

The Sea Raiders by H.G. WellsThe Sea Raiders
By H.G. Wells; Read by Robert Bathurst
1 Broadcast – Approx. 30 Minutes [ABRIDGED?]
Broadcaster: BBC7 / The 7th Dimension
Broadcast: 2007, 2008
Another classic tale of high adventure by sci-fi master H. G. Wells. Strange monsters from the deep start terrorising the horrified residents of Devon’s coastline.

The New Accelerator by H.G. WellsThe New Accelerator
By H.G. Wells; Read by Robert Bathurst
1 Broadcast – Approx. 30 Minutes [ABRIDGED?]
Broadcaster: BBC7 / The 7th Dimension
Broadcast: 2007, 2008
A friend of H.G. Wells is on the verge of making a scientific breakthrough which promises to revolutionise human life – so the two friends decide to road-test the new drug – with exciting but dangerous consequences.