Herbert George Wells was an English writer, who is now best remembered for his science fiction novels. In Britain, Wells's work was a key model for the British "Scientific Romance", and other writers in that mode, such as Olaf Stapledon, J. D. Beresford, S. Fowler Wright, and Naomi Mitchison, all drew on Wells's example. The Flowering of the Strange Orchid is a cautionary tale, the moral of which may not be so much that it’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature as it is that Nature, despite her beauty, can be, and often is, treacherous, dangerous, and even deadly. Wedderburn, who was just a lonely man and did not have any interests in anything, wanted to have an experience of life. His life was just totally flat. One morning, he told his housekeeper who was also his own remote cousin; that he felt that there would be something happening on that day, and this sign came true. It started when he decided to go to London to see what plants Peters had, then came back home with Vandas, Dendrobe, and some Palaeonophis. From that day on, he became very interested in growing orchids as he did not have anything to do at home. The orchid grew very momentous and the tentacle-like aerial rootlets no longer swayed freely in the air, but were crowded together, a tangle of grey ropes, and stretched tight, with their ends closely applied to his chin and neck and hands… Enjoy free online English audiobook “The Flowering of the Strange Orchid”, H. G. Wells’s short story.