Top 10 fantasy freaks and gaming geeks
1. H.G. Wells
You probably know that Wells (inset) wrote "The War of the Worlds" and "The Time Machine." Lesser known is this: Before Wells came along, science fiction didn't exist as its own genre. Along with Jules Verne ("20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"), Wells popularized what at the time was known as "scientific romance," churning out tons of titles – "The Invisible Man," "The Island of Doctor Moreau," "The First Men on the Moon" – which became perennial faves for screen adaptation. Not only was Wells the wellspring of science fiction, but by publishing a book called "Little Wars," detailed rules for table-top miniatures combat, he had invented the war game.
Pictured: Scene from the 1960 movie "The Time Machine."