In 1888 Wells graduated from college, became a science teacher, and started writing. He earned a decent living with his science journalism but then had some financial worries because of his divorce from his first wife and cousin, Isabel Mary Wells. He began to break into fiction with a story called “The Chronic Argonauts” which after many revisions and additions became his most famous work, The Time Machine. And after its success, he began to write a series of science fiction novels that established him as a creative and original author. His novel The War in the Air foreshadowed the military advancements in aircraft that were soon to come. He also predicted space exploration in his story The First Men in the Moon. Later in 1903, Wells joined the Fabian Society, a socialist group made entirely of upper class literary figures like Bernard Shaw. He continued to write every day until his death in 1946.
Wells was greatly influenced by science and the findings of T.H. Huxley. Thomas Henry Huxley gained his reputation through his expressive defense of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species. Wells’ fascination with evolution is made clear in two of his most famous novels, The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds.
In one of his first novels, Man of the Year Million, Wells depicts future humans that have evolved to be much like the marauding The War of the Worlds Martians he later wrote about. In The War of the Worlds, Wells imagined that, as the mind grew it could develop machinery to replace arms and legs. (Moss 404-5) Wells knew about the moral and philosophical implications that were linked to Darwinian evolution. Man’s intelligence no longer differentiates him from beast, but seems to be merely another one of the many Darwinian tools crafted from biological necessity. “The humans in The War of the Worlds behave as expected of creatures in a Darwinian fight for survival, trampling each other in flight and squabbling over remaining supplies” (Moss