H.G. Wells, he was apprenticed to a draper for several unhappy years but later won a scholarship to study science in London. He wrote over 60 novels, including the science-fiction stories The Time Machine (1895) and The Invisible Man (1897), and such social comedies as Kipps (1905). Tono-Bungay (1909). and The History of Mr Polly (1910). His numerous historical, political, and scientific works were also widely popular and made him one of the most influential thinkers of the age.