November 1, 2002
November 1, 2002
A gripping and entertaining tale of terror and suspense as well as a potent Faustian allegory of hubris and science run amok, The Invisible Man endures as one of the signature stories in the literature of science fiction. A brilliant scientist uncovers the secret to invisibility, but his grandiose dreams and the power he unleashes cause him to spiral into intrigue, madness, and murder. The inspiration for countless imitations and film adaptations, The Invisible Man is as remarkable and relevant today as it was a hundred years ago. As Arthur C. Clarke points out in his Introduction, “The interest of the story . . . lies not in its scientific concepts, but in the brilliantly worked out development of the theme of invisibility. If one could be invisible, then what?”
After learning how to make himself invisible by scientifically making the body transparent, Griffin burns his room, takes to the countryside and proceeds to try and terrorize and overpower people. But he is not as terrifying as he thought, and his visions of dominance soon crumble. He unsuccessfully attempts to reverse the invisibility, and then the townspeople erupt against him. Griffin tries to strike back, but the odds are against him; a hobo has stolen his notes and his old friend Dr. Kemp--perceiving that Griffin does not wish to use his discovery for the purposes of good--has laid a trap with the police.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Science Fiction + Fantasy, Conflicts + Dualities, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Human Qualities + Behavior, Society + Social Issues, Settings
- Language: English
- Author: H. G. Wells
- Online Item #: 11693091
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-15-9637
- ISBN: 9780812966459
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported