Herbert George Wells (21 September 1866 – 13 August 1946) was an English writer. He wrote in many genres and formats with dozens of novels, short stories, and works of social commentary, history, satire, biography and autobiography, and war gaming. . His work also included two books on recreational war games. He is well remembered for his science fiction stories, many of which have been adapted for movies and television.
The Star is an impressive story based on the inter-action of planetary bodies and of the sun upon them. A great star is seen approaching the earth. At first it is only an object of interest to the general public, but there is an astronomer on the earth, who is watching each phase and making mathematical calculations, for he knows the intimate relation of gravitation between bodies and the effect on rotating bodies of the same force from an outside source. He fears all sorts of wreckage on our earth. He warns the people, but they, as usual, discount all he says and label him mad. But he was not mad. H. G. Wells, in his own way, gives us a picturesque description of the approach of the new body through long days and nights—he tells how the earth and natural phenomena of the earth will react. Though this star never touches our sphere, the devastation and destruction wrought by it are complete and horrible. The story is correct in its astronomical aspects.