H.G. Wells is back, thanks to Syfy
It's always nice to see pop culture drawing connections to literary icons, and H.G. Wells is the latest to get that boost. A new episode of "Warehouse 13" this week on the Syfy network pitted Wells against the heroes who guard a secret government warehouse that contains dangerously powerful historical artifacts.
Wells fits perfectly into pop culture's "steampunk" ethos -- a fascination that mixes Victorian times, wheezing machinery and science fiction. The prolific Wells authored forward-looking masterpieces such as "The Time Machine" and "The War of the Worlds." His fictional inventions were all noisy, whirring, steam-powered, Industrial Revolution charm -- totally unlike today's sleek, silent, computerized machinery.
I hope Wells' fantastic works get a new charge from "Warehouse 13," just as Jane Austen has been rediscovered by many young readers through "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies."
In literature, it seems, what goes around, comes around.