Review of Reviews,  13 (1896), 374–76.

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Science Fiction, Monstrosities, Breeding, Sex

    Exclaims that 'No one admires the peculiar genius of Mr. Wells more than I. He is a born psychic, with a marvellous gift of realistically rendering his psychic experiences'. Warns, however, that 'the frontispiece alone of his new story is enough to keep it out of circulation. The law against sex intercourse with animals may be, and is, unduly severe, but it is an offence against humanity to represent the result of the intermingling of man and beast. In Mr. Wells's story the hybrid monsters are not begotten: they are represented as the possible outcome of vivisectional experiment. But the result in the picture is exactly that which would follow as the result of the engendering of human and animal. It is loathsome' (374).

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