The Island of Dr. MoreauBook - 1996
Considered one of the fathers of science fiction, H. G. Wells (1866-1946) brought enormous inventiveness and an underlying social vision and moral concern to his strange tales and bizarre imaginings. A student of Darwinian biology, he formed his romantic conceptions of the scientific world at an early age.
This novel, one of his first forays into the science fiction genre, concerns a mad surgeon-turned-vivisectionist who, in his laboratory on a remote island, performs ghoulish experiments in an attempt to transform animals into men, with monstrous results. It is one of Wells' earliest and most sinister personifications of the scientific quest to control and manipulate the natural world, and, ultimately, human nature itself.
First published in 1896, The Island of Dr. Moreau has intrigued and horrified readers for generations. It will gain legions of new fans in this inexpensive Dover edition.
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"It's chance, I tell you," he interrupted, "as everything is in a man's life."
There is, though I do not know how there is or why there is, a sense of infinite peace and protection in the glittering hosts of heaven. There it must be, I think, in the vast and eternal laws of matter, and not in the daily cares and sins and troubles of men, that whatever is more than animal within us must find its solace and its hope. -- Ch. 22
To this day I have never troubled about the ethics of the matter. The study of Nature makes a man at last as remorseless as Nature.
-- Ch. 14
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A survivor of a shipwreck finds himself on an island where a mad scientist named Dr. Moreau is turning animals into human-like beings.
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