Recommended novel: The Island of Doctor Moreau, by H.G. Wells

island-dr-moreauThis 1896 classic opens a portal into dusty notions of genetic modification predating the discovery of DNA.

Written by one of the world’s great science fiction writers and adapted by numerous filmmakers since, The Island of Dr. Moreau takes readers on a bizarre journey to a tiny Pacific island to meet its oddball inhabitants.

A castaway discovers that the curious people who share his new land aren’t people at all. They are the vivisected creations of the resident mad scientist, sculpted with a scalpel from live animals.

John Upton