Mind at the End of Its Tether

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First edition (publ. Heinemann)

Mind at the End of Its Tether (1945) was H. G. Wells' last book - only 34 pages long - which he wrote at the age of 78. In it, Wells considers the idea of humanity being soon replaced by some other, more advanced, species of being.[1] He bases this thought on his long interest in the paleontological record. At the time of writing Wells had not yet heard of the atomic bomb (but had predicted a form of it in his 1914 book The World Set Free[2][3]).


  1. ^ Slusser, George Edgar; Parrinder, Patrick; Chatelain, Daniele (2001). H.G. Wells's perennial Time machine : selected essays from the Centenary Conference "The Time Machine: Past, Present, and Future", Imperial College, London, July 26–29, 1995. Athens: University of Georgia Press. p. 143. ISBN 0-8203-2290-3.
  2. ^ Dyson, George (2002). Project Orion. Macmillan. p. 10. ISBN 978-0-8050-5985-4.
  3. ^ Parrinder, Parrinder (1997). H.G. Wells. Routledge. p. 11. ISBN 978-0-415-15910-4.