First published in 1896, The Island of Doctor Moreau was written by legendary author H. G. Wells.
The text of the novel is the narration of Edward Prendick, a shipwrecked man rescued by a passing boat who is left on the island home of Doctor Moreau, who creates sentient beings from animals via vivisection.
Did We Like It?
Most people finished reading it and liked it. There were criticisms about the science of turning animals into people and the general dreariness of the story.
Is It SciFi?
The science was vague without any real explanation and some of us thought it was more of a horror story than science fiction. Despite these niggles we felt that, yes, it is SciFi. We also thought that The Island of Dr Moreau was a book that has stood the test of time.