The works and vision of HG Wells this fall at Ridgefield Library

The Ridgefield Library will celebrate the vision, works and lasting impact of author HG Wells with special programming for all ages this fall. Herbert George Wells (1866 -1946) was an English writer best remembered for his science fiction novels and has been called the “Father of Science Fiction”.

In addition to his fame as a writer, he distinguished himself during his lifetime as a forward-looking, even prophetic, social critic who devoted his literary talents to the development of a progressive vision on a global scale. He foresaw the advent of airplanes, tanks, space travel, nuclear weapons, satellite television and something like the World Wide Web. His science fiction imagined time travel, alien invasion, invisibility, and biological engineering. His most notable science fiction works include The time machine (1895), which is his first novel, The island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The invisible Man (1897), and War of the Worlds (1898).

Some of the highlights of the series are as follows – all programs will be held in person at the Ridgefield Library unless otherwise stated:

On Sunday, September 25 at 2 p.m., Dr. Mark Schenker, senior associate dean at Yale College, will present a special lecture on The work and vision of HG Wells.

On Thursday, October 6 at 7 p.m., Adult Services Librarian Kelly-Ann Gardella will host a discussion about the book The daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. The novel is a lavish historical reimagining of Wells The island of Doctor Moreau, with 19th-century Mexico as a backdrop. Copies of the book are available in print at the library and digitally through our downloadable services. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

This Halloween, Monday, October 31 at 7 p.m., join us for an exciting opportunity to hear the famous 1938 radio broadcast starring Orson Welles from War of the Worlds. Attendees will listen together in the main programming room, and before the program, Scott Schulte will give some background information on the original show and the panic it (supposedly) caused. Schulte coaches podcasters, broadcasters and members of the business community, and performs in video and audio trainings.

On Thursday, November 3 at 7 p.m., Professor Sarah Cole of Columbia University will deliver an online presentation, Inventing Tomorrow: A Conversation on HG Wells, Modernism and the Future. This program will take place on Zoom.

On Thursday, November 10 at 7 p.m., a special Artscapades program will focus on Futurism in the age of wellsexamining the lives and works of four leading artists of the futurist movement, Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni, Gino Severini and CRW Nevinson.

On Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m., Dr. Arthur Caplan will give a timely lecture on bioethics today and tomorrow. Professor Caplan is currently the Founding Chief of the Division of Bioethics at New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City and directs the Ethics Program of NYU’s Global Institute for Public Health.

On Friday, December 2 at 11 a.m., the series concludes with an HG Wells movie marathon in the main program room. We will do a screening The invisible Man (1933), The time machine (1960), The island of Dr. Moreau (1977) and a fascinating recent documentary about Wells, The future (2016)

There will also be many fun Wells-inspired programs for kids and teens this fall, including science fiction writing workshops, puzzle design workshops, craft programs and more. Visit our calendar of events at for more details.

Seeing Beyond: The Works and Vision of HG Wells is made possible through the generous support of The Friend of Ridgefield’s Library. To register for a program or for more information, visit or call 203-438-2282.

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