According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (3rd ed., p. 680), H.G. Wells (1866-1946) was the author of The Time Machine (1895), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898).
Furthermore, according to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (3rd ed., p. 509), the USS Thunderchild in Star Trek: First Contact was named "for the H.M.S. Thunderchild, a fictional British warship from H.G. Well's classic novel The War of the Worlds."