Herbert George Wells wasn't the first writer to imagine an invisible person, but almost everyone since who's written on the subject owes a spiritual debt to Wells' 1897 novel. The protagonists always seem to be self-absorbed, heedless, ultimately tragic — and almost always men. Seldom has it occurred to contemporary dream-makers that things might turn out quite a bit differently had they started with the premise of an invisible woman. You know the story already. It didn't matter what grandiose plans Wells' Griffin had made; once he became invisible, he began losing control — of his environment, of his destiny, of his very mind. But while the Invisible Man is diminished by his condition, the Invisible Woman is empowered by hers: where he finds bondage, she finds release.
 
continue-->