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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This edition of Wells's much disguised attack on British imperialism includes a scholarly introduction, a biographical preface and chronology of the author's life, maps of the Martian landing sites, and explanatory notes. A lot of extras for the price.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
My childhood favorite of old books.
Truly magnificent science fiction that's the grandfather of all apocalyptic visions.
While one can draw a modest degree of symbolism regarding the evolution of mankind into that portrayed by the Martians, a right-brained, non-emotional creature who relies on... Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2011 by Ronald W. Maron
I am an H.G. Wells fan, and was very pleased with this book.
It was in excellent condition. Thanks.
In a society that has eliminated many imbalances, surplus goods, and even class struggle, there are bound to be deviates; Winston Smith is one of those. Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2006 by bernie
We are in 1898 England. Yep we see something happening on the surface of Mars. Later what looks like a meteor comes to earth. Read morePublished on July 16 2006 by bernie
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Written in 1898 by visionary author H.G. Wells, "The War of the Worlds" stands today not only on its own merits as a thrilling, terrifying work of the imagination, but as the... Read morePublished on July 4 2005 by Kevin Mills