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This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding reliable references. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (February 2008) Men Like Gods   First Edition Cover Author(s) H. G. Wells Country United Kingdom Language English Genre(s) Fiction Publisher Cassell and Company, Ltd[1] Publication date 1923 Media type Print (Hardback) ISBN NA Preceded by The Secret Places of the Heart Followed by The Dream Men Like Gods is a novel written in 1923 by H. G. Wells.[1][2] It features a utopian parallel universe. Contents 1 Plot summary 2 Critical response 3 Notes 4 External links Plot summary The hero of the novel, Mr. Barnstaple, is a depressive journalist working for the newspaper "The Liberal." At the beginning of the story, Barnstaple, as well as a few other Englishmen, are accidentally transported to the parallel world of Utopia. Utopia is like an advanced Earth, although it had been quite similar to Earth in the past in a period known to Utopians as the "Days of Confusion." Utopia is a utopian world: it has a utopian world government, advanced science, and even pathogens have been eliminated and predators are almost tamed. Barnstaple is confounded and confused by the utopian attitudes: "Where is your government?" he asks. "Our government is in our education" is the answer. Barnstaple gradually loses his Victorian English narcissism. For instance, Wells makes comments on personal responsibility when Barnstaple sees a person slaving over a rose garden at high altitude and asks, "Why don't you hire a gardener?" The answer is, "The working class has vanished from utopia years ago! He who loves the rose must then serve that rose." Barnstaple is changed by those experiences and he loses his previous view of the world and becomes more sympathetic to the ethos around him. As this conversion starts to take place, Utopians begin to fall ill. This, however, means that the newly arrived Earthlings pose a grave threat to Utopians, as the latters' immune systems have become weak; the Earthlings have to be quarantined until a solution is found. They resent this isolation and some of them plot to take over Utopia; they are actively opposed by Barnstaple, who has to escape from the quarantine castle to do it, just as superior Utopian technology destroys the Earthling revolt. Finally the Utopians find a way to send Barnstaple back, and the story ends as he goes back to Earth. Critical response Contemporaries gave the novel mixed reviews:[3] some considered it to be a weakly plotted story in which Wells's utopian enthusiasm overtook his skills as a writer of scientific romances (his own term for what is nowadays commonly called science fiction). The novel was yet another vehicle for Wells to propagate the so-called "Wellsian utopia", his ideas of a possible better future society, which he has described in several other works, notably in his A Modern Utopia (1905). In literary history, the novel's notable role was to provoke Aldous Huxley into writing Brave New World (1932), his parody and criticism of Wellsian utopian ideas. Wells himself later commented on the novel: "It did not horrify or frighten, was not much of a success, and by that time I had tired of talking in playful parables to a world engaged in destroying itself."[4] Several characters in the novel are directly taken from the politics of the 1920s, the character Rupert Catskill in the novel probably represents Winston Churchill,[5] as he was seen at that time, as a reckless adventurer. Catskill is depicted as a reactionary ideologue,[6] criticises Utopia for its apparent decadence, and leads the attempted revolt against Utopia. Notes ^ a b "Publication Listing / Men Like Gods". The Internet Speculative Fiction Database. http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?MNLKGDSFCP1923. Retrieved 2010-02-12. "First published 1923"  ^ "Men Like Gods by H G Wells". FantasticFiction. http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/w/h-g-wells/men-like-gods.htm. Retrieved 2010-02-12. "January 1923"  ^ H. W. Wilson Company, ed (2007). The Book Review Digest. 20. BiblioBazaar, LLC,. ISBN 9781116071306. "fails to work his material into a homogeneous product ... - + Boston transcript p2 My 26 '23 ... hardly likely to rank as ... greatest ... but it is difficult ... to find an effective argument against ranking it as the most beautiful ... + - Greensboro (N C) Daily News p19 Jl 29 '23 ... amusing ... so breathless an adventure ... revealing eloquence ... H. W. Boynton + Ind 110 379 Je 9 '23 ... clever bits ... amusing touches ... entertaining ... L M Field + Int Bk R p54 Je '23 ... not only inferior and commonplace, but a plagiarism of Wells's own earlier books ... obsessed by opinions ... M M Colum - Lit R p809 Jl 7 '23 ... right in his premises + Nature ... deftness and sense of the comic ... may taste like ashes and sawdust ... + - New Repub ... laziness ... - N Y Tribune ... richness of humor, of satire of description ... + N Y World ... not a rhapsody ... one of most delightful novels ... brilliant and inspired ... + - Spec"  ^ Franson, Robert Wilfred (February 2003). "Men Like Gods - H. G. Wells". Franson Publications. http://www.troynovant.com/Franson/Wells/Men-Like-Gods.html. Retrieved 2010-02-12. "1934 preface to Seven Famous Novels by H.G. Wells, the author says:"  ^ "Churchill & the Literary World". The Churchill Centre and Museum at the Cabinet War Rooms. London. http://www.winstonchurchill.org/learn/reference/churchill-trivia/538-literary. Retrieved 12 February 2010.  ^ Weidhorn, Manfred (1992). A harmony of interests: explorations in the mind of Sir Winston Churchill. Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press. pp. 43. ISBN 9780838634660.  External links Men like Gods on Project Gutenberg v · d · eWorks by H. G. Wells Nonfiction Crux Ansata · The Fate of Man · Floor Games · The Future in America: A Search After Realities · Little Wars · The New World Order · The Open Conspiracy · The Outline of History · Russia in the Shadows · The Science of Life · A Short History of the World · Travels of a Republican Radical in Search of Hot Water · World Brain Novels Ann Veronica · Bealby · Christina Alberta's Father · The Dream · The First Men in the Moon · The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth · The History of Mr Polly · The Invisible Man · The Island of Dr Moreau · Joan And Peter · Kipps · Love and Mr Lewisham · Marriage · Men Like Gods · A Modern Utopia · Mr. Britling Sees It Through · The New Machiavelli · The Passionate Friends · The Research Magnificent · The Sea Lady · The Secret Places Of The Heart · The Shape of Things to Come · The Sleeper Awakes · The Soul Of A Bishop · Star-Begotten · The Time Machine · Tono-Bungay · The Undying Fire · The War in the Air · The War of the Worlds · The Wheels of Chance · The Wife Of Sir Isaac Harman · The Wonderful Visit · The World Set Free · In the Days of the Comet Collections The Stolen Bacillus and Other Incidents · The Plattner Story and Others · Tales of Space and Time · Twelve Stories and a Dream · The Country of the Blind and Other Stories Short stories "The Chronic Argonauts" · "The Country of the Blind" · "The Crystal Egg" · "A Deal in Ostriches" · "Empire of the Ants" · "The Land Ironclads" · "The Man Who Could Work Miracles" · "Mr. Ledbetter's Vacation" · "The New Accelerator" · "The Pearl of Love" · "The Queer Story of Brownlow's Newspaper" · "The Red Room" · "The Star" · "The Stolen Body" · "A Story of the Days to Come" · "A Story of the Stone Age" · "Triumphs of a Taxidermist" · "The Truth About Pyecraft" · "A Vision of Judgment" Screenplays Things to Come · The Man Who Could Work Miracles · The New Faust Film adaptations A Trip to the Moon (1902) · The First Men in the Moon (1919) · The Invisible Man (1933) · Island of Lost Souls (1933) · Things to Come (1936) · The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1937) · The History of Mr. Polly (1949) · The War of the Worlds (1953) · The Time Machine (1960) · First Men in the Moon (1964) · Half a Sixpence (1967) · The Food of the Gods (1976) · The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977) · Empire of the Ants (1977) · The Time Machine (1978) · H. G. Wells' The Shape of Things to Come (1979) · The War of the Worlds: Next Century (1983) · Food of the Gods II (1988) · The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) · The Time Machine (2002) · War of the Worlds (2005) · H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds (2005)  · H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds (2005)  · H G Wells: War with the World (2006) · War of the Worlds 2: The Next Wave (2008)  · The First Men in the Moon (2010) · War of the Worlds - The True Story (2011)