The War of the Worlds

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Modern Library, 2002 - Fiction - 190 pages
Introduction by Arthur C. Clarke
Commentary by Jules Verne and an anonymous reviewer from The Critic

“No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own.” Thus begins one of the most terrifying and morally prescient science fiction novels ever penned. Beginning with a series of strange flashes in the distant night sky, the Martian attack initially causes little concern on Earth. Then the destruction erupts—ten massive aliens roam England and destroy with heat rays everything in their path. Very soon humankind finds itself on the brink of extinction. H. G. Wells raises questions of mortality, man's place in nature, and the evil lurking in the technological future—questions that remain urgently relevant in the twenty-first century.

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An incredible Sci Fi tale, told so well you can almost believe it really happened. The graphic portrayal of an Alien invasion, this one being from Martians, is nothing short of plausible. The ... Read full review

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Contents

The Eve of the War
3
The Falling Star
10
On Horsell Common
14
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

Sir Arthur C. Clarke is the honorary vice president of the H. G. Wells Society and the author of more than sixty works of science fiction, including the bestsellers 2001- A Space Odyssey and Childhood's End. He lives in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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