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The Diamond Maker is a short story by H G Wells Herbert George H G Wells 21 September 1866 13 August 1946 was an English writer now best known for his work in the science fiction genre He was also a prolific writer in many other genres including contemporary novels history politics and social commentary even writing textbooks and rules for war games Wells is sometimes called The Father of Science Fiction as are Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback His most notable science fiction works include The War of the Worlds The Time Machine The Invisible Man and The Island of Doctor Moreau Wells's earliest specialised training was in biology and his thinking on ethical matters took place in a specifically and fundamentally Darwinian context He was also from an early date an outspoken socialist often but not always as at the beginning of the First World War sympathising with pacifist views His later works became increasingly political and didactic and he sometimes indicated on official documents that his profession was that of Journalist Most of his later novels were not science fiction Some described lower middle class life Kipps; The History of Mr Polly leading him to be touted as a worthy successor to Charles Dickens but Wells described a range of social strata and even attempted in Tono Bungay 1909 a diagnosis of English society as a whole Wells's first non fiction bestseller was Anticipations of the Reaction of Mechanical and Scientific Progress Upon Human Life and Thought 1901 When originally serialised in a magazine it was subtitled An Experiment in Prophecy and is considered his most explicitly futuristic work It offered the immediate political message of the privileged sections of society continuing to bar capable men from other classes from advancement until war would force a need to employ those most able rather than the traditional upper classes as leaders Anticipating what the world would be like in the year 2000 the book is interesting both for its hits trains and cars resulting in the dispersion of population from cities to suburbs; moral restrictions declining as men and women seek greater sexual freedom; the defeat of German militarism and the existence of a European Union and its misses he did not expect successful aircraft before 1950 and averred that my imagination refuses to see any sort of submarine doing anything but suffocate its crew and founder at sea

10 thoughts on “The Diamond Maker

  1. says:

    Wells' strange tale about a 'diamond maker' who after experiencing various mishaps happens to meet the protagonist and offer one of his diamonds

  2. says:

    Very interesting story not too bad The dialogue is a bit meh but it's an interesting scenario

  3. says:

    A really quick read

  4. says:

    Part of LibriVox Short Science Fiction Collection 006 Not really my favourite type of story as it has inevitably dated although I like the use of language prevalent in the time of H G Wells The issue of trust between two men of differing fortunes is a universal one and I myself often daydream of discovering a philosophers stone like method of turning base carbon into cash My partner was singularly unimpressed when I lit a candle and explained that the smoky flame contains millions of nanometer scale diamonds I’d created just for her I suspect the fact that diamond prices are artificially controlled by a few multinational corporations would have disappointed but not have surprised Wells He might have been encouraged and fascinated to learn that artificial diamonds are now routinely manufactured for a growing list of high tech applications though

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    The Diamond Maker is a 19th Century story from H G Wells; a story about a ragged man who made diamonds and now finds himself with nothing This story I'm not so much of a fan of This was well written and I enjoyed reading it; the words and sentences just flowed one after the other and it was the writing that gripped me rather than the story The story didn't hold much for me and it's something that I would usually have thrown aside However that being said this seems to have a wonderful premise and I would love to see a full story about something like this Well written and enticing not my cup of tea but there will definitely be people who love this I definitely recommend it

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    With a strange encounter comes a tale of a man obsessed with work It is a unique endeavor to be sure; one that lasted him a lifetime Here he tells what consumed him thus how he came to be in such a state and when it all began “The Diamond Maker was first published in 1894 To me it comes somewhat as an early echo of what he would latter accomplish in “The Invisible Man” from 1897 The similarities between the characters come to mind when thinking about their compulsive behavior towards work their self destruction and once again amazing science This is a very nice short story

  7. says:

    People have described this short story as rivetingI would not

  8. says:

    This is great but it definitely reads like a fragment of what should have been a much drawn out story

  9. says:

    a well written story with lack of consistent theme or idea

  10. says:

    Nicely done story with good idea and makes it to the point