MICHAEL SHERBORNE is the author of the critically acclaimed biography of H.G. Wells, Another Kind of Life. His is Head of the English and Humanities Department at Luton Sixth Form College. He was awarded a Ph.D. for his thesis on Wells's fiction at the University of Nottingham and has since written a study of Wells's novels, Modern Novelists: H.G. Wells, under the name of Michael Draper, and edited critical editions of The Country of the Blind and Other Stories (Oxford University Press) and A Short History of the World (Penguin Classics). He is the former editor of The Wellsian and chairman of the H.G. Wells Society.