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The war of the worlds; The time machine (edition 1983)

by H.G. Wells (Author)

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Title:The war of the worlds; The time machine
Authors:H.G. Wells (Author)
Info:London: Chancellor Press, omnibus edition
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Tags:sf, science fiction, Mars, alien invasion, time travel, H.G. Wells

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  LoBiancoBuzzard | Apr 4, 2017 |
Herbert George Wells —known as H. G. Wells—was a prolific English writer in many genres, including the novel, history, politics, and social commentary, and textbooks and rules for war games. (Wikipedia). FAmous for his SF, especially these two stories. Many studies of the text: sociology, escatology, edn of the world, degeneration.
  drbrendan | Jul 1, 2016 |
H.G. Wells pisses me off.

I know these stories are classic, and I know he was writing in the 1890s, but does the narrator have to spend half of his time talking about how he's better than everyone else, and the other half fretting about humankind becoming less "manly"?

Some of the short stories at the end (the "Connections") are clever, though. (They're also by other people.) ( )
  lavaturtle | Dec 31, 2014 |
I only read The Time Machine. More philosopical musing on the future of man than science fiction with a big adventure story thrown in. This was for book group so I'll see what everyone else thinks.
  amyem58 | Jul 15, 2014 |
Brilliant novels packaged with brilliant contextualizing scholarship. Mark Hillegas' essay was particularly enlightening. ( )
  JWarren42 | Oct 10, 2013 |
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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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War of the Worlds:
No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligence greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinized and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinize the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water.
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Although they are valued for sheer narrative excitement and suspense in the tradition of Poe, and for astonishing prophecy and realistic fantasy as inventive as Vern's, the stories of H. G. Wells are emphatically and frighteningly underscored by his self-avowed intent to shatter "That serene confidence in the future which is the most abundant source of decadence."

The Martians' descent in The War of the Worlds (1898) with its savagery and "welter of atrocities" systematically blasted the peak of self-satisfaction that England achieved during the nineteenth century.

The Time Machine (1895), Wells' first book, also projected the consequences of self-indulgence through the flaccid future Children of Light who are horribly subsumed by Morlocks, their drudging, monstrously cruel counterparts. 

Wells thought the immediate collective madness of The War of the Worlds the best introduction to his works, and so it here precedes the glittering ironies of its futuristic companion. England's nineteenth-century smuggery may well have been assaulted, but this century, well on the way to Wells' worlds, may shudder too - simply by turning the pages of this book.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0449300439, Mass Market Paperback)

H. G. Wells

Scientific visionary. Social prophet. Master storyteller. Few novelists have captivated generations of readers like H. G. Wells. In enduring, electrifying detail, he takes us to dimensions of time and space that have haunted our dreams for centuries -- and shows us ourselves as we really are.

The time machine

In the heart of Victorian England, an inquisitve gentleman known only as the Time Traveler constructs an elaborate invention that hurtles him hundreds of thousands of years into the future. There he finds himself in the violent center of the ultimate conflict between beings of light and creatures of darkness.

The war of the worlds

Martians invade Great Britain, laying waste turn-of-the-century London. This tale of conquest by superior beings with superadvanced technology is so nightmarishly real that an adaptation by Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater sent hundreds of impressionable radio listeners into panicked flight forty years after the story's original publication.

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The Time Machine When the Time Traveller courageously stepped out of his machine for the first time, he found himself in the year 802,700--and everything had changed. In this unfamiliar, utopian age creatures seemed to dwell together in perfect harmony. The Time Traveller thought he could study these marvelous beings--unearth their secret and then return to his own time--until he discovered that his invention, his only avenue of escape, had been stolen. H. G. Wells's famous novel of one man's astonishing journey beyond the conventional limits of the imagination first appeared in 1895. It won him immediate recognition and has been regarded ever since as one of the great masterpieces in the literature of science fiction. The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells's science fiction classic, the first novel to explore the possibilities of intelligent life from other planets, is still startling and vivid nearly a century after its appearance, and a half century after Orson Welles's infamous 1938 radio adaptation. This daring portrayal of aliens landing on English soil, with its themes of interplanetary imperialism, technological holocaust, and chaos, is central to the career of H. G. Wells, who died at the dawn of the atomic age. The survival of mankind in the face of "vast and cool and unsympathetic" scientific powers spinning out of control was a crucial theme throughout his work. Visionary, shocking, and chilling, The War of the Worlds has lost none of its impact since its first publication in 1898.… (more)

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