H. G. Wells playing a wargame: This illustration was first published in Illustrated London News (25 January 1913).

Horace Walpole claimed that the world is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel. The story of George Bernard Shaw and H. G. Wells could be aptly summed up in this dichotomy: Shaw was the thinking man par excellence, whose emotional detachment made him seem diabolically cold-blooded to many of his contemporaries, including Wells, while Wells was a man who hardly knew the meaning of the word “detachment”; his intellect, impressive...


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