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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Book Jungle (Feb. 18 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605971049
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605971049
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 1 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,735,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is a standard print version using a minimum of 10 point type in a 6 by 9 inch size and library bound. As with all Quiet Vision print books, it use a high grade, acid free paper for long life. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Often called the father of science fiction, British author Herbert George (H. G.) Wells literary works are notable for being some of the first titles of the science fiction genre, and include such famed titles as The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Island of Doctor Moreau, and The Invisible Man. Despite being fixedly associated with science fiction, Wells wrote extensively in other genres and on many subjects, including history, society and politics, and was heavily influenced by Darwinism. His first book, Anticipations of the Reaction of Mechanical and Scientific Progress Upon Human Life and Thought, offered predictions about what technology and society would look like in the year 2000, many of which have proven accurate. Wells went on to pen over fifty novels, numerous non-fiction books, and dozens of short stories. His legacy has had an overwhelming influence on science fiction, popular culture, and even on technological and scientific innovation. Wells died in 1946 at the age of 79. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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In this book, Wells describes nuclear warfare and begins the descriptions of a possible future. He named uranium, "Carolinum" and talked about a chain reaction that would leave radiation behind so that nothing would survive afterwards, even if they did escape from the weapon itself. Dr. Szilard, the man who came up with the idea of splitting the atom with a nuetron, did so after reading, "The World Set Free". I say, NO KIDDING! Wells lays the idea right out in front of the world's face, laughing! It then goes on to describe future events that have occured, though in different times, and some which have yet to occur. He spoke of Carolinum (uranium), the atomic theory and its increadible source of power. He spoke of robotics and computers replacing people in the work place. This is where it all started folks. AND THIS IS JUST IN THE FIRST 100 PAGES! Trust me... it gets better :) If you wish yo know more on the theory and the bombs' construction, I refer you to Richard Rhodes. If you want to know the mind and the story that began this whole deal, read this book!!!!
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By A Customer on Aug. 1 1999
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H. G. Wells is not usually given enough credit for this particular book (in my opinion, his best). The focus is usually upon one of his other works such as The Time Machine. The World set Free is truly staggering in its scope, scale, and vision of the future. It is interesting to note how much Wells got correct about the future, and to see how much he did not. The fact that this book was written before World War I indicates his genius at seeing what might be possible and how this might come about. I cannot recommend this book more highly than by saying AN EXCELLENT, FASCINATING, GRIPPING PAGE-TURNER. A quick point about the original year of publication - if my memory is correct, it was originally published in 1910, rather than 1914.
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Ths work written in 1914 is not one of Wells' great works, but is of interest because it is
reputedly the first use of the words "atomic
bomb", and recognises the dangers of warfare
with a weapon of enormous destructive power
delivered from the air. It is remarkably prescient
in the light of the date of writing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars THE WORLD SET FREE by H. G. Wells Oct. 25 2010
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The World Set Free (recently reissued as The Last War) is a 1914 science fiction novel by H. G. Wells. When atomic bombs are developed and the world is threatened with universal devastation, its leaders are forced to rethink war, government, and society.

The World Set Free is remarkably prophetic, as Wells forecasts both nuclear war and the capacity for mutually-assured destruction. And while Wells misses the mark on the way atomic bombs work (his atomic bombs have the same explosive power as conventional bombs, but they just keep on burning), he certainly doesn't underestimate their destructive power.

This book feels like a novel only in the sense that it relates a series of fictional events. What few individuals appear here are scarcely characters in the literary sense - other than Egbert, none are developed in the slightest. This simply wasn't what Wells is trying to do - Wells is interested in the technology and its ramifications, and because that's what he focuses on, The World Set Free reads like a fictional history book, or perhaps like an outline for a longer novel. This keeps it from ever getting too interesting, and while it's a short book, it can be hard to get through.

In short, The World Set Free is an impressively-imagined but not very well-written piece of prophetic science fiction.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas but far too much exposition and not nearly ... Aug. 9 2016
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Good ideas but far too much exposition and not nearly enough story. Like The War In the Air, though, this could easily be seen as belonging to the Steampunk genre. Regardless of its faults, definitely worth a read, if only because this 1913 novel shows where the next generation of science fiction writers got their inspiration.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good dark story. Oct. 2 2016
By M - Published on
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An excellent book by one of the greatest writers in our history. Highly recommended.
3.0 out of 5 stars I didn't enjoy or agree with it Aug. 8 2016
By Jack R. - Published on
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Not really science fiction. This novel is more of an expose on socialism. I didn't enjoy or agree with it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not That Good Jan. 29 2008
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Even good writers produce a turkey or two. This is definitely Well's gobbler. I thought he was going in the right direction when he did some character development in a couple of places; it started to get interesting, but then he lapsed back into post-atomic war preaching mode. His model for world government by a single body is pretty lame, but he came close to describing what an atomic bombing and the aftermath would be like. His description of unlimited energy from fission was completely off the mark, however. Altogether, it got pretty darn tedious after awhile.