This week, I took time out to visit the house in Regent’s Park where H.G. Wells lived the final years of his life. H.G. Wells is a massive influence on Steampunk fiction, alongside other 19th Century greats such as, Jules Verne, Robert Louis Stevenson and Charles Dickens. It was curious emerging from Baker Street tube station, as I was confronted with a tall bronze statue of Sherlock Holmes with his deerstalker hat and smoking pipe.
Turning the corner, you could have been forgiven for missing the plaque on the wall commemorating H.G. Wells. Further up Baker Street, outside 221b, there was a crowd of tourists waiting to enter the Sherlock Holmes museum. It made me reflect on Arthur Conan Doyle, the 19th Century writer whose fictional detective has undergone somewhat of a Steampunk makeover in the recent films starring Robert Downey Jnr…
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