The World Set Free

H. G. WELLS (1866 - 1946)

The World Set Free is a novel published in 1914 by H. G. Wells. The book is considered a prophetical novel foretelling the advent of nuclear weapons.

A constant theme in Wells's work, such as his 1901 nonfiction book Anticipations, was the role of energy and technological advance as a determinant of human progress.

The novel opens: "The history of mankind is the history of the attainment of external power. Man is the tool-using, fire-making animal." Scientists of the day were well aware that the slow natural radioactive decay of elements like radium continues for thousands of years, and that while the rate of energy release is negligible, the total amount released is huge. Wells used this as the basis for his story. (Summary on Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Science Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Prelude LivelyHive
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Play 01 Chapter 1, The Sun Snarers, part one LivelyHive
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Play 02 Chapter 1, The Sun Snarers, part two LivelyHive
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Play 03 Chapter 2, The Last War, part one LivelyHive
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Play 04 Chapter 2, The Last War, part two LivelyHive
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Play 05 Chapter 3, The Ending of War, part one LivelyHive
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Play 06 Chapter 3, The Ending of War, part two LivelyHive
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Play 07 Chapter 4, The New Phase, part one LivelyHive
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Play 08 Chapter 4, The New Phase, part two LivelyHive
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Play 09 Chapter 5, The Last Days of Marcus Karenin, part one LivelyHive
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Play 10 Chapter 5, The Last Days of Marcus Karenin, part two LivelyHive
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