Herbert George Wells is considered one of the pioneering authors in Science Fiction. Wells was born in Kent County, England in 1866, during the last phase of the Victorian Age. With academic education as a biologist, his futuristic prose combined social criticism and dystopian themes. Among his renowned novels are The Time Machine (1895), The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898), all of which include modern themes such as the rise of technology and science. Wells died in 1946, at the age of 79, of unspecified causes, at his London home.