H.G. Wells’ Scientific Romances: A Unique Blend of Science and Fantasy

Tanveer Khadija

Abstract


Story telling was the most popular medium of literature since ages ,but it all started in verse form and gradually the birth of novel took place which was recognized as a well constructed prose narrative. Its origins can be traced back to Richardson‟s Pamela in eighteenth century and Sidney‟s Arcadia in the sixteenth century .Novel was the last literary form to be established but its growing popularity knew no bounds .Stories have been told in form of epics ,ballads, anecdotes or romances , out of these romance assumed varied forms. „Romance ‟basically meant „courtly romance in verse ‟or a „popular book‟, thus they were works of fiction and generally non-historical but in the thirteenth century romance was almost any type of adventurous story dealing with chivalry or even love with the establishment of novel as a popular literary genre romances came to be written in prose. In this paper I have tried to study the contributions of H.G.Wells in the field of fiction in form of scientific romances which helped in establishing science fiction as a distinct literary genre.

Keywords: romance, fantasy, extrapolation, utopian and dystopian visions.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.0001/(aj).v3i8.308

DOI (PDF): http://dx.doi.org/10.0001/(aj).v3i8.308.g1519

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