The War of the Worlds

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Penguin UK, Apr 26, 2012 - Fiction - 208 pages

With an essay by John Huntington.

'Death!' I shouted. 'Death is coming! Death!'

In this pioneering, shocking and nightmarish tale, na´ve suburban Londoners investigate a strange cylinder from space, but are instantly incinerated by an all-destroying heat-ray. Soon, gigantic killing machines that chase and feed on human prey are threatening the whole of humanity. A pioneering work of alien invasion fiction, The War of the World's journalistic style contrasts disturbingly with its horrifying visions of the human race under siege.

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The Eve of the
The Falling Star
On Horsell Common
The Cylinder Opens
The HeatRay
The HeatRay in the Chobham Road
How I Reached Home
In the Storm
At the Window
What I Saw of the Destruction of Weybridge and Shepperton
How I Fell in with the Curate
In London
What Had Happened in Surrey
The Exodus from London
The Thunder Child

Friday Night
The Fighting Begins

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About the author (2012)

H.G. Wells was a professional writer and journalist who published more than a hundred books, including pioneering science fiction novels, histories, essays and programmes for world regeneration. He was a founding member of numerous movements including Liberty and PEN International - the world's oldest human rights organization - and his Rights of Man laid the groundwork for the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Wells' controversial and progressive views on equality and the shape of a truly developed nation remain directly relevant to our world today. He was, in Bertrand Russell's words, 'an important liberator of thought and action'.

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