Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Submitted Manuscript

Publication Date

2013

Journal or Book Title

The Wellsian

Volume

36

First Page

39

Last Page

51

Abstract

As evident from several of H. G. Wells’s writings from the 1890s, most notably his novel The Wheels of Chance (1896), the social, cultural, and technological changes initiated by late Victorian developments in the bicycle fascinated him. Furthermore, as his early ‘scientific romances’ like The Time Machine (1895) and The War of the Worlds (1898) demonstrate, Wells’s interest in the bicycle was accompanied by a keen interest in the overall cultural implications of machines and of technological development in general. However, scholars have yet to comment on any larger significance of bicycles appearing so often during the devastating attack of the Martian invaders in The War of the Worlds, the work published only two years after the much more overtly and unabashedly bicycle-oriented The Wheels of Chance.

Comments

This is a manuscript of an article from, [The Wellsian: The Journal of the H.G. Wells Society, no. 36 (2013): 39-51] published by the H.G. Wells Society. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

H.G. Wells Society

Language

en

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application/pdf

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