Herbert George "H.G." Wells (September 21, 1866 - August 13, 1946) was a British author who lived on Earth during the 19th and 20th centuries. He was famed as a pioneer of the field of science fiction writing. His best known works included The Time Machine, The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds.
In September 1953, his fellow science fiction writer Kay Eaton was of the opinion that he would have liked the idea of "instant" iced tea such as White Rose Redi-Tea. However, her husband Julius Eaton maintained that no self-respecting Englishman would. (DS9 episode & novelization: Far Beyond the Stars)
As a child, the Eatons' colleague Benny Russell read Wells' books, which he borrowed from his school library, and was inspired by his works to become as science fiction writer himself. (DS9 novelization: Far Beyond the Stars, TOS - Crucible novel: Provenance of Shadows)
The Time Machine was discussed by Hikaru Sulu and Mandala Flynn aboard the USS Enterprise in 2270. James T. Kirk owned a copy of the 20th century film adaptation of the original novel. (TOS novels: Crisis on Centaurus, The Entropy Effect)
Upon her revival from cryogenic suspension in 2371, Amelia Earhart, unconvinced of what she was hearing about the USS Voyager, stated that space travel was purely science fiction, such as the work of Wells. (VOY episode: "The 37's") Captain Kathryn Janeway later explained how her crew were able to visit the holographic past to the hologram Michael Sullivan by asking him if he had ever read The Time Machine. (VOY episode: "Spirit Folk")