^^^Any homage to H.G. Wells by C.S. Lewis is strictly canceled out by Lewis' portrayal of Wells in the last volume of the trilogy, That Hideous Strength. Lewis played Wells as a Cockney journalist (Jules something or other) who gullibly relayed everything fed to him by the villains. Also, I'm pretty sure that Lewis was taking aim at speculations by J.B.S. Haldane in Daedalus and Possible Worlds, which I think provided Aldous Huxley with ideas for Brave New World, such as ectogenesis.
I would be more definite but even the university library wouldn't carry Daedalus or Possible Worlds.