Mr. Ledbetter’s Vacation – a short story written by H. G. Wells in 1894.
Mr. Ledbetter’s Vacation deals with the internal human conflict between rationality and the irrational fear of the unknown.
Mr. Leadbetter in holy orders, and for more years than he cares to remember has led a virtuous, worthwhile and very dull life. After drinking a little more than good for him whilst on holiday, he rashly decides to commit a crime. It has consequences he could never have imagined – he ends up on the other side of the world.
“Mr. Ledbetter’s Vacation” published in The Strand Magazine Vol. XVI: July – December 1898 (London: George Newnes Limited, 1898).
Herbert Wells often called the father of science fiction. British author Herbert George (H. G.) Wells literary works are notable for being some of the first titles of the science fiction genre. Include such famed titles as The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Island of Doctor Moreau, and The Invisible Man.
Despite being fixedly associated with science fiction, Wells wrote extensively in other genres. He wrote on many subjects, including history, society and politics, and heavily influenced by Darwinism. His first book, Anticipations of the Reaction of Mechanical and Scientific Progress Upon Human Life and Thought, offered predictions about what technology and society would look like in the year 2000, many of which have proven accurate.
Wells went on to pen over fifty novels, numerous non-fiction books, and dozens of short stories. His legacy has had an overwhelming influence on science fiction, and popular culture. Wells died in 1946 at the age of 79.