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The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
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The War of the Worlds (1898)

by H. G. Wells

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H.G. Wells ist einer der bedeutendsten Science-Fiction-Autoren und gilt neben dem Franzosen Jules Verne, dem Amerikaner Hugo Gernsback und dem Deutschen Kurd Laßwitz als einer der Mitbegründer der Science-Fiction-Literatur. Auch wenn Wells auch realistische Romane geschrieben hat, sind im deutschsprachigen Raum besonders seine beiden Romane „Der Krieg der Welten“ und „Die Zeitmaschine“ am populärsten.

Das schöne an „Der Krieg der Welten“ ist, dass es nicht altert. Wells erzählt die Geschichte der Marsianer-Invasion nüchtern-sachlich und erinnert dadurch an einen Reporter, der die Sachlage zusammenfasst. Während viele Science-Fiction-Romane heutzutage Wert auf Action und Tempo legen, treibt Wells die Geschichte eher langsam voran. Er wechselt den Blickwinkel zwischen dem namenlosen Erzähler und dessen Bruder. Man muss sich auf dieses Buch einlassen. Darauf, dass die verwendete Rhetorik nicht unserer heutigen Sprache entspricht, sondern dem klassischen Stil der damaligen Zeit folgt. Das kann es unter Umständen Lesern, die mit klassischer Literatur bisher nicht viel oder gar nichts zu tun hatten, etwas schwierig machen, denn der Lesefluss wird dadurch stark verändert im Vergleich zu dem, was man von heutiger Literatur gewöhnt ist. Andererseits macht genau diese Rhetorik das Buch unterhaltsam, weil man sich Zeit nehmen muss, um es zu lesen und zu verstehen. Einen Pageturner im modernen Sinne hat man mit diesem Roman nicht vor sich. Hingegen eine spannende Geschichte über eine Alieninvasion in England. Der wechselnde Blickwinkel berichtet außerdem von der Invasion Londons, was grad für mich als frisch gebackener London-Fan ganz besonders spektakulär war.

Wenn man sich die Zeit anschaut, in welcher dieser Roman geschrieben wurde, kann man viele unterschiedliche Interpretationen in die Geschichte legen. Davon gibt es sogar schon eine ganze Reihe, die sich im Laufe der Jahrzehnte immer wieder wandelten.

Weltberühmt wurde „Der Krieg der Welten“ 1938, als Orson Wells und das Mercury Theatre ein Hörspiel inszenierten, das am Vorabend von Halloween im Radio übertragen wurde. Dabei wurde die Geschichte kurzerhand nach New Jersey verlegt und das Hörspiel als fiktive Radioreportage übertragen. Angeblich soll das Hörspiel zu einer Massenpanik geführt haben, aber derlei Berichte sollte man mit Vorsicht genießen. Irritiert waren manche Hörer aber wohl trotzdem, weil sie das Hörspiel für eine reale Berichterstattung hielten.

Das Buch wurde mehrfach verfilmt, unter anderem 2005 von Stephen Spielberg, mit Tom Cruise in der Hauptrolle. Wer mich kennt, weiß, dass ich Tom Cruise in Filmen meide wie die Pest, aber den Film musste ich damals trotzdem sehen.

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„Der Krieg der Welten“ ist ein absoluter Klassiker der Science-Fiction-Literatur. Für Neuleser dieses Genres vielleicht nicht der beste Einstieg, weil es eben nicht mit modernen Science-Fiction-Romanen vergleichbar ist, aber trotzdem ein Buch, an das man sich wagen sollte, wenn man es bisher noch nicht getan hat. Ich habs grad erst wieder gelesen, weil ich die Fortsetzung „Das Ende der Menschheit“ von Stephen Baxter bei mir liegen habe, die darauf wartet, gelesen zu werden. ( )
  Powerschnute | Mar 21, 2019 |
Published in 1898, three years after his famed debut The Time Machine, Wells presents a first-person account of a Martian invasion. By today's standards, the narrative feels detached. But the characterisation and concept shine. You meet a brave woman, an overwhelmed curate, a weak soldier. These very human interactions are just as welcome as descriptions of aliens and a London falling to pieces. A strong and thoughtful ending. Recommended. ( )
  jigarpatel | Mar 11, 2019 |
The original Martians invade Earth novel.

Obviously the book has lost the shock value it probably had when it first appeared but the story still keeps the readers interest as itself not just as the ancestor of half SF. The narrator is a great character, not a macho hero, just an ordinary man swept up in titanic events who stays ordinary rather than suddenly developing fantastic leadership skills that let him save the world. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Mar 3, 2019 |
A few thoughts on a story that needs no synopsizing:

Really truly terrible. Elements of horror, which I now realize are also present in [b:The Time Machine|2493|The Time Machine|H.G. Wells|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1327942880s/2493.jpg|3234863]. Wells is a sci-fi concepts genius, of course, but he is so much more than that. His works are chilling and devastating despite being told in a removed, journalistic voice. The frequent summarizing of events sometimes challenges my attention span, but the stories are worth it.

I wish someone would make a film version that's true to the book's setting. The 1950s movie takes place in the 1950s, and the 2005 Spielberg film takes place in 2005, and in neither of these eras can the horror of alien technology be realized as vividly as in the book. Here, the policemen ride to the defense of London on horseback and the protagonist flees in a dogcart. Here, the Martians have conquered space travel while mankind has not yet achieved flight. ( )
  AmandaGStevens | Mar 2, 2019 |
There isn't much use for the Humilation game in my regard, there are always blind spots and blank areas. I read this one today over three hours, pausing to admire its technique. It is a prescient novel, much as critical opinion concurs, one I find so haunting in its reach. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
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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.Authorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aldiss, Brian W.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Asimov, IsaacAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Barrett, SeanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burnett, VirgilCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Card, Orson ScottIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Clarke, Arthur C.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Crüwell, G. A.Translatorsecondary 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, EdwardCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gunn, JamesAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hurt, ChristopherNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Θωμόπουλος… Γιάννης Γ.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kidd, TomIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parrinder, PatrickEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Santos, DomingoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sawyer, AndyNotessecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schmölders, ClaudiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Spencer, AlexanderNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ungermann, ArneCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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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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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An English astronomer, in company with an artilleryman, a country curate, and others, struggle to survive the invasion of Earth by Martians in 1894.

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