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The Stolen Bacillus and Other Incidents is a collection of fifteen short stories written by the English author H. G. Wells (1866–1946), first published by Methuen & Co. in 1895.[1] It was Wells’s first book of short stories, most of which had already been published in the Pall Mall BudgetThe Pall Mall Budget was a weekly magazine published in London from 1868 until 1920..

Contents


Stories are shown in the order in which they appear in the book, which is not necessarily the order in which they first appeared in print.

  • The Stolen BacillusA short story by H. G. Wells first published in 1894, about an anarchist who steals what he believes to be a tube of cholera bacteria to poison London's water supply, but which is in reality harmless.” (1894)
  • The Flowering of the Strange OrchidA short story by H. G. Wells first published in 1894. A collector of orchids grows an unknown species which develops aerial rootlets that attach themselves to his skin and suck his blood.” (1894)
  • In the Avu ObservatoryA short story by H. G. Wells, about an attack by a large bat-like creature on an assistant at an observatory in Borneo.” (1894)
  • The Triumphs of a TaxidermistA humorous short story by H. G. Wells first published in 1894.” (1894)
  • A Deal in OstrichesA short story by H. G. Wells, published in 1894. A confidence trick involving an ostrich that allegedly swallowed a diamond displays the extent of human greed.” (1894)
  • Through a WindowA short story by H. G. Wells, first published in 1894, a precursor to the sub-genre of thriller in which a crippled or bed-ridden hero, after observing the world through a window, is suddenly confronted by a killer.” (1894)
  • The Temptation of HarringayA short story by H. G. Wells, published in 1895, about an artist who paints a man's head that comes to life and criticises his work.” (1895)
  • The Flying ManA short story written by H. G. Wells first published in 1895, about a British soldier who, trapped on a ledge, improvises a parachute to escape.” (1895)
  • The Diamond MakerA short story by H. G. Wells first published in 1894, about a tramp who claims to be able to make diamonds.” (1894)
  • Æpyornis IslandA short story by H. G. Wells, first published in the Christmas 1894 edition of the Pall Mall Budget. It can be read as a Robinsonade, a parable on the theme of loneliness, or simply a ripping yarn in the manner of Rudyard Kipling.” (1894)
  • “The Remarkable Case of Davidson’s Eyes” (1895)
  • The Lord of the DynamosThe "Lord of the Dynamos " is a short story by H. G. Wells first published in 1894. It concerns a stoker employed at the Camberwell electric railway workshops who becomes convinced that a large dynamo is a deity, and kills his superior in a religious frenzy.” (1894)
  • “The Hammerpond Park Burglary” (1894)
  • The MothA short story by H. G. Wells first published in 1895. It concerns a bitter rivalry between two entomologists, ending with the death of one and the insanity of the other.” (1895)
  • The Treasure in the ForestA short story written by H. G. Wells and published in 1897, about the fate of two men who steal a treasure map from a Chinaman.” (1894)

See also


  • H. G. Wells bibliographyA list of publications written by H. G. Wells during the more than fifty years of his literary career.

Citations



Bibliography


Hammond, J. R. (1979). An H. G. Wells Companion. The Macmillan Press.

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