Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Many Interest Of H.G. Wells...

I may have mentioned the fact before that I am an avid reader. In fact, everyone in my family is pretty passionate about reading.

When researching a particular writer or book, I occasionally run across some little tidbit of information about that writer that I feel I should share with you. The following piece of info might just surprise you, though.I know it caught me off-guard.

H.G. Wells
Little Wars



The author of War of the Worlds and The Time Machine, H.G. Wells is known today as the father of science fiction. While alive, however, Wells was a man of many interests. In addition to sci-fi, he wrote several books on history, politics, and . . . gaming.

One of Wells’s favorite pastimes was miniature wargaming, now a worldwide hobby. Wargaming seeks to reenact (or simply play through) military conflicts with model soldiers. Notable examples today include Black Powder and Warhammer 40,000. Most miniature wargames are dependent upon rulebooks for coherent play, and Wells penned one of the first: Little Wars.

Compared to modern wargaming tomes, Little Wars wasn’t much. But this attempt to establish a basic consistency in miniature wargames more or less caused the hobby to gain momentum. In fact, Wells is now considered the father of miniature wargaming in addition to science-fiction.

Somewhat ironically, Wells was a pacifist.

Who would have thunk it? Certainly not me! I wouldn't believe for a minute that Wells was an avid Wargamer, as well as an author. Then to top it off, I find out he was a pacifist...? Way too much info for me, I think.

Coffee in the kitchen this morning. Raining again outside.

4 comments:

Sixbears said...

Once again, I've the Hermit to thank for some really interesting information.

Thanks!

HermitJim said...

Hey Sixbears...
Glad that you found it so, my friend.
Thanks for stopping by today!

deborah harvey said...

wells wrote tons of books, many humorous. daughter gets them on the ipad from 'project gutenberg'.
please get rid of the verify pictures. the checkmark is good enough! my eyes are not what they used to be almost 70 years ago.

JO said...

The stories of authors is almost as good as their books sometimes.

Deborah Harvey, you, don't even have to use that just click Publish as usual. It drove me crazy too. Don't know if she will see this but it's worth a try.

Kitchen is fine with me. We had a crazy bit of weather here last night with a rope tornado touch down a few miles north me. Got a little intense there for a while