The First Men in the Moon

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Oxford University Press, 2017 - Fiction - 181 pages
At the village of Lympne, on the south coast of England, the "most uneventful place in the world" the failed playwright Mr. Bedford meets the brilliant inventor Mr. Cavor, and together they invade the moon.
Dreaming respectively of scientific renown and of mineral wealth, they fashion a sphere from the gravity-defying substance Cavorite and go where no human has gone before. They expect a dead world, but instead they find lunar plants that grow in a single day, giant moon-calves and the ant-like Selenites, the super-adapted inhabitants of the Moon's utopian society.
The First Men in the Moon is both an inspired and imaginative fantasy of space travel and alien life, and a satire of turn-of-the-century Britain and of utopian dreams of a wholly ordered and rational society.
 

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CONTENTS
3
Mr Bedford Meets Mr Cavor at Lympne
5
The First Making of Cavorite
18
The Building of the Sphere
24
Inside the Sphere
31
The Journey to the Moon
35
The Landing on the Moon
40
Sunrise on the Moon
43
Mr Bedford Alone
115
Mr bedford in infinite space
124
Mr Bedford at Littlestone
130
The Astonishing Communication of Mr Julius Wendigee
141
An Abstract of the Six Messages First Received From Mr Cavor
144
The Natural History of the Selenites
150
The Grand Lunar
163
The Last Message Cavor Sent to the Earth
175

A Lunar Morning
47
Prospecting Begins
50
Lost Men in the Moon
57
The Mooncalf Pastures
61
The Selenites Face
69
Mr Cavor Makes Some Suggestions
73
Experiments in Intercourse
79
The Giddy Bridge
84
Points of View
93
The Fight in the Cave of the Moon Butchers
100
In the Sunlight
108
EXPLANATORY NOTES
177
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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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