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The First Men in the Moon (1901)

by H. G. Wells

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Great story.....shows the predictable nature of man. Wonder what happened to the little boy who went off in the sphere? Wells is great about leaving his characters on the cusp and the ending the story so you can use your own imagination. Well ahead of his time. ( )
  Joe73 | Oct 16, 2017 |
Would we have a colony on the Moon if it had gold and a native peoples to wipe out? We know the answer if they had oil.

Perennial conman, Bedford, has escaped his creditors by hiding in the countryside. Here he meets an inventor, Cavor, who is a genius with no idea what they are doing. Bedford cons Cavor into using his invention of Cavorite to fly to the Moon. Upon arrival they discover the moon is hollow and filled with Moonmen (but no Moonwomen..... not sure how that works). And gold. The meeting with the natives follows tradition...

I was disappointed with The First Men in the Moon. This novel was influential to people like CS Lewis, so I was expecting there to be a lot on offer (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_First_Men_in_the_Moon). There are a lot of interesting ideas on display in this novel, but there are also some truly bad ideas as well, even for the time this was written in. For example, Jules Verne criticised the use of Cavorite when both he and Wells had already utilised the more realistic idea of cannons for interplanetary travel. The story is also told in a way that isn't particularly engaging, particularly the last quarter, which is possibly the most drawn out way to tie up a loose end I've read.

This was also one of the many works of HG Wells that was accused of plagiarism. Twenty-six years prior, Robert Cromie had written A Plunge Into Space, which was heavily borrowed from but never acknowledged. Wells' contestations that he had never heard of Cromie nor his book would hold more weight if the accusations of plagiarism wasn't quite so common throughout Wells' career.

Skip this classic. ( )
  TysonAdams | Jun 20, 2017 |
Another early Wells - this one may have been part of the inspiration for Melies' A Trip to the Moon.
Part boys adventure story, part meditation on civilization, it is filled with brilliant imagery and Wells oddly prescient, but always enthusiastic imagination.

Like The Time Machine, The First Men in the Moons, concludes in a most chilling manner. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
Early science fiction novel that describes a trip to the moon. Surprisingly bleak in the end. ( )
  brakketh | Jul 28, 2016 |
I don't believe I have ever read H.G. Wells work before, though I grew up with the original War of the Worlds movie on heavy replay. I think this is a case where I can say I read a classic work and I am grateful that it was a quick read. I found it curious how Wells got some details right, like the lack of gravity in space, even as his moon is populated by verdant flora during the daytime and subterranean bug-like aliens. The colonialism aspect of it all made me cringe but the ending was not unsatisfying in this regard. ( )
  ladycato | May 11, 2016 |
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Wells, H. G.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ó Griobhtha, MícheálTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cinti, DecioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Clarke, Arthur C.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davray, Henry-D.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eggleton, BobCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gibb, KateCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grünau, Werner vonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guin, Ursula K. LeIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lake, DavidEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ley, WillyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lowndes, Robert A.W.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McLean, StevenNotessecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mieville, ChinaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mikes, LajosTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parrinder, PatrickIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Powers, Richard M.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tiszay, AndorAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wells, FrankIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Winters, HowardCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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As I sit down to write here amidst the shadows of vineleaves under the blue sky of southern Italy it comes to me with a certain quality of astonishment that my participation in these amazing adventures of Mr. Cavor was, after all, the outcome of the purest accident.
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When penniless businessman Mr. Bedford retreats to the Kent coast to write a play, he meets by chance the brilliant Dr. Cavor, an absentminded scientist on the brink of developing a material that blocks gravity. Cavor soon succeeds in his experiments, only to tell a stunned Bedford that the invention makes possible one of the oldest dreams of humanity: a journey to the moon. With Bedford motivated by money, and Cavor by the desire for knowledge, the two embark on the expedition. But neither are prepared for what they find—a world of freezing nights, boiling days, and sinister alien life, in which they may be trapped forever.

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"When penniless businessman Mr Bedford retreats to the Kent coast to write a play, he meets by chance the brilliant Dr Cavor, an absent-minded scientist on the brink of developing a material that blocks gravity. Cavor soon succeeds in his experiments, only to tell a stunned Bedford the invention makes possible one of the oldest dreams of humanity: a journey to the moon. With Bedford motivated by money and Cavor by the desire for knowledge, the two embark on the expedition. But neither are prepared for what they find - a world of freezing nights, boiling days and sinister alien life, on which they may be trapped forever."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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