The Island of Doctor Moreau is an 1896 science fiction novel by English author H. G. Wells. The text of the novel is the narration of Edward Prendick, a shipwrecked man rescued by a passing boat who is left on the island home of Doctor Moreau, a mad scientist who creates human-like hybrid beings from animals via vivisection. The novel deals with a number of philosophical themes, including pain and cruelty, moral responsibility, human identity, and human interference with nature. Wells described it as ”an exercise in youthful blasphemy.”
The Island of Doctor Moreau is a classic of early science fiction and remains one of Wells' best-known books. The novel is the earliest depiction of the science fiction motif ”uplift” in which a more advanced race intervenes in the evolution of an animal species to bring the latter to a higher level of intelligence.
Famous works of the author Herbert Wells: ”The Time Machine”, ”The War of the Worlds”, ”The War in the Air”, ”The Island of Dr. Moreau”, ”The Complete Science Fiction Treasury of H.G. Wells”, ”The Invisible Man”, ”When the Sleeper Wakes”, ”The First Men in the Moon”, ”The Food of the Gods”, ”The Magic Shop”.