H.G. Wells Major adaptations: "The Time Machine," "The War of the Worlds," "The Invisible Man," "The Island of Doctor Moreau," "The First Men in the Moon" Major works unfilmed: All of Wells' major works have been adapted, some of them multiple times. What's the secret? Along with Jules Verne, he's often called "the father of science fiction," and the fact that most of his work is now in the public domain probably hasn't hurt him in the eyes of thrifty film producers. But his real secret was an ability to understand mankind to such a degree that his writing has transcended time and place. "War of the Worlds" may have been set in England in 1898, but it was easily transposed to New Jersey in 1938 by Orson Welles, to Southern California in 1953 by producer George Pal, and back to New Jersey in 2005 by Steven Spielberg.
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