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The War of the Worlds (1898)

by H. G. Wells

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'No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that human affairs were being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's.' The aliens of HG Wells' novel come from the mysterious red planet, Mars. I found myself completely taken over by this sci fi classic, one hundred years after it was first published. The action starts in Surrey before moving cross country to London. I was working in Kew when I was reading this and at one point the narrator has to hide from the Martians near Kew Lodge, this made my lunchtimes feel particularly thrilling. I think the first person narrative make this book still exciting and enthralling even after all these years. ( )
  AmiloFinn | Jun 14, 2015 |
For sci-fi this is a must. I love the language that is used, what is today 'Old English', very eloquent, stylish and intelligent without ever being too clever. H.G Wells certainly new how to tell a story and put humanity at the very limit of its endurance. His characters are very believable, vulnerable and yet heroic in the face of adversity. I particularly enjoyed the flight of the masses through the streets of London.

Truly brilliant. ( )
  MathewBridle | May 4, 2015 |
From todays perspective, the ideas are no big deal. But go back to a time when the book was written, when man still had to touch the skies, and then the ideas hit you.
this guy was a visionary. writing bout flying, aliens, time travel would require a keen brain. a book true to the sci fi genre ( )
  abhidd1687 | Mar 26, 2015 |
For Christmas, I ordered an mp3 player (Library of Classics) that was pre-loaded with 100 works of classic literature in an audio format. Each work is in the public domain and is read by amateurs, so the quality of the presentation is hit or miss.

War of the Worlds is H.G. Wells’s classic story of a Martian invasion, centered in the London area. When viewed with an eye from the period in which it was written, the story is magnificent. More impressively, in this day of blockbuster science fiction thrillers with CGI graphics and virtually unlimited budgets, it has aged surprisingly well.

Having seen the recent adaptation starring Tom Cruise, and having read stories of the panic it caused when aired on radio in the mid-20th century (read by Orson Welles in the first person, causing many to believe it was actual, live news), I was not unfamiliar with its history and basic story outline. All in all, still quite a good story. ( )
  santhony | Mar 3, 2015 |
I love H.G. Wells. I read his works when I was young, but I was to young to appreciate it. It was hard for me to conceive then of the panic that would have occurred in 1938.

This is a brief little book that begins with a radio broadcast of Earth being invaded by Martians. The survivors are few and far between. It is an entertaining read that I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys short stories and sci-fi suspension of reality for a short time. ( )
  jlsimon7 | Mar 1, 2015 |
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Mr. Wells's dramatic power is of the strongest, and through "The War of the Worlds" deals with death, destruction, and ruin, he has known how to manage a terrible topic in a clever and ingenuous way.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Wells, H. G.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Francis R. GemmeIntroductionmain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Aldiss, Brian W.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Asimov, IsaacAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Barrett, SeanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Card, Orson ScottIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Delgado, TeresaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fredrik, JohanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frost, Adam H.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gemme, Francis R.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Goble, WarwickIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gorey, EdwardIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gunn, JamesAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hurt, ChristopherNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Θωμόπουλος… Γιάννης Γ.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parrinder, PatrickEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Santos, DomingoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sawyer, AndyNotessecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Spencer, AlexanderNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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The War of the Worlds & A Dream of Armageddon & The Land Ironclads. Heron Collected Works of Wells by H. G. Wells

The Time Machine / The War of the Worlds / The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells

The War of the Worlds / The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

The Collector's Book of Science Fiction by H. G. Wells by H. G. Wells

The Time Machine; The Island of Dr. Moreau; The Invisible Man; The First Men in the Moon; The Food of the Gods; In the Days of the Comet; The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

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But who shall dwell in these worlds if they be inhabited? ... Are we or they Lords of the World? ... And how are all things made for man?-- KEPLER (quoted in The Anatomy of Melancholy)
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TO
MY BROTHER
FRANK WELLS
THIS RENDERING
OF HIS IDEA
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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; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water.
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Night after night, the bright lights can be seen dropping from the sky.
Traveling thousands of miles through space, the Martians are landing on Earth!
The strange, ugly creatures have three spindly legs and large metallic bodies. They have already destroyed London.
Who or what can stop them from taking over the entire world?
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Mars attacks England.
Earth's defenses are no match,
But-- ah, ah, ACHOO!
(MJMunn)

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0375759239, Paperback)

This is the granddaddy of all alien invasion stories, first published by H.G. Wells in 1898. The novel begins ominously, as the lone voice of a narrator tells readers that "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..."

Things then progress from a series of seemingly mundane reports about odd atmospheric disturbances taking place on Mars to the arrival of Martians just outside of London. At first the Martians seem laughable, hardly able to move in Earth's comparatively heavy gravity even enough to raise themselves out of the pit created when their spaceship landed. But soon the Martians reveal their true nature as death machines 100-feet tall rise up from the pit and begin laying waste to the surrounding land. Wells quickly moves the story from the countryside to the evacuation of London itself and the loss of all hope as England's military suffers defeat after defeat. With horror his narrator describes how the Martians suck the blood from living humans for sustenance, and how it's clear that man is not being conquered so much a corralled. --Craig E. Engler

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H.G. Wells' late nineteenth-century novel in which an intellectually superior race from Mars invades Earth with plans to take over the planet.

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