The War of the Worlds

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Sterling Publishing Company, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 151 pages
Hot on the heels of the blockbuster film comes a version of H.G. Wells' chilling tale of alien invasion that every child can enjoy. It begins as the sky lights up with bright cylinders from Mars that look like falling stars--and continues as the Martians emerge from their vessels with machines of fire and deadly smoke. Wells's depiction of a city in panic--written in 1898--still remains shockingly contemporary.
 

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First Impressions: An unusual falling star -- a puff of green smoke-something on the planet Mars -- and the world turns and goes about its business, unknowing in its complacency as the cold ... Read full review

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This is an excellent book, if you know the story behind It it will be awesome to read it, because you can see the great success the author had on making it look as real as possible. Orson Wells made a ... Read full review

Contents

The Eve of the War
1
The Falling Star Lands on Horsell Common
9
The Cylinder and the HeatRay
15
How I Reached Home Friday Night
22
The Fighting Begins
26
The Artilleryman
36
Destruction on the River Thames
41
How I Met the Curate
51
Underfoot
89
What We Saw from the Ruined House
97
The Death of the Curate
103
Stillness
110
The Man on Putney Hill
115
Dead London
126
Wreckage
133
Epilogue
138

The March Toward London
56
In London
63
The Flight from London
72
The Thunder Child
80
What Do You Think?
144
Afterword
148
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About the author (2007)

H. G. Wells was born in Bromley, England on September 21, 1866. After a limited education, he was apprenticed to a draper, but soon found he wanted something more out of life. He read widely and got a position as a student assistant in a secondary school, eventually winning a scholarship to the Royal College of Science in South Kensington, where he studied biology. He graduated from London University in 1888 and became a science teacher. He also wrote for magazines. When his stories began to sell, he left teaching to write full time. He became an author best known for science fiction novels and comic novels. His science fiction novels include The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Wonderful Visit, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man, The First Men in the Moon, and The Food of the Gods. His comic novels include Love and Mr. Lewisham, Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul, The History of Mr. Polly, and Tono-Bungay. He also wrote several short story collections including The Stolen Bacillus, The Plattner Story, and Tales of Space and Time. He died on August 13, 1946 at the age of 79.

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