The War of the Worlds

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Penguin Publishing Group, Jan 15, 1981 - Imaginary wars and battles - 173 pages
An unnamed protagonist, whose suburban London home is in the path of Martian invaders, provides a fast-paced, exceptionally realistic narrative of the invaders' fantastic appearances, sophisticated technology, and increasingly bloodthirsty advances. Science fiction buffs will welcome this large print edition of a great classic that pioneered the genre.

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User Review  - P_S_Patrick - LibraryThing

Better than his Invisible Man, but not as good as his Time Machine (which still rates as one of my top Sci Fi stories). Here the earth is invaded by Martians, and we hear the tale from the point of ... Read full review

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User Review  - ragwaine - LibraryThing

This was entertaining, though I wouldn't say brilliant, obviously ground breaking at the time. The narrator of the story wasn't as much a hero as an observer who was occasionally brave. Wells does a ... Read full review

Contents

THE COMING OF THE MARTIANS 1 The Eve of the War
7
The Falling Star
13
On Horsell Common
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Herbert George Wells was born in Bromley, Kent, England, on September 21, 1866. His father was a professional cricketer and sometime shopkeeper, his mother a former lady's maid. Although "Bertie" left school at fourteen to become a draper's apprentice (a life he detested), he later won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in London, where he studied with the famous Thomas Henry Huxley. He began to sell articles and short stories regularly in 1893. In 1895, his immediately successful novel rescued him from a life of penury on a schoolteacher's salary. His other "scientific romances"--The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), The War of the Worlds (1898), The First Men in the Moon (1901), and The War in the Air (1908)--won him distinction as the father of science fiction.

Henry James saw in Wells the most gifted writer of the age, but Wells, having coined the phrase "the war that will end war" to describe World War I, became increasingly disillusioned and focused his attention on educating mankind with his bestselling Outline of History (1920) and his later utopian works. Living until 1946, Wells witnessed a world more terrible than any of his imaginative visions, and he bitterly observed: "Reality has taken a leaf from my book and set itself to supercede me."

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