H.G. Wells is considered one of the fathers of science fiction, and if you look at a brief timeline you’ll see why he’s so extraordinary:
- 1895: The Time Machine
- 1896: The Island of Doctor Moreau
- 1897: The Invisible Man
- 1898: The War of the Worlds
- 1901: The First Men in the Moon
So basically for four consecutive years Wells got out of bed on New Year’s Day and said, “What ho! I think I’ll invent a new subgenre of scientific fiction!” And then he took a year off, only to return with a story about a moon landing. If it wasn’t for that gap in 1900, he probably would have invented cyberpunk, too.