March 1, 2003
March 1, 2003
H. G. Wells's The War of the Worlds, the first story to speculate about the consequences of aliens (from Mars) with superior technology landing on earth, is one of the most influential science fiction books ever written. The novel is both a thrilling narrative and an elaboration of Wells's socio-political thought on the subjects of imperialism, humankind's treatment of other animals, and unquestioning faith in military technology and the continuation of the human species.This edition's appendices include other related writings by Wells; selected correspondence; contemporary reviews; excerpts from works that influenced the novel and from contemporary invasion narratives; and photographs of examples of Victorian military technology.
The book was written in two parts: "The Coming of the Martians", which details the Martians' landing and conquering; and "The Earth Under the Martians", which is a post-apocalyptic account of the Martians' reign and their subsequent vanquishing by microbes which they are unprepared for. Mars, and the possibility of life on it, had apparently intrigued Wells for some time. In an interesting aside, as Bernard Bergonzi notes in his "Early H. G. Wells", the author also had some fun writing scenes in which the aliens destroyed characters modeled on his neighbors. Adapted by Orson Welles and Howard Koch for the notorious 1938 Halloween radio broadcast, this story sent hundreds of frenzied families onto the highways in an attempt to escape the alien threat.
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- Genre: Comics + Graphic Novels, Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres, Juvenile Fiction
- Subgenre: Literary, Comics + Graphic Novels / General, Classics, Science Fiction + Fantasy, Conflicts + Dualities, Religion + Beliefs, War + Military, Politics, Human Qualities + Behavior, General, Settings, Action + Thrillers, Society + Social Issues
- Language: English
- Author: H. G. Wells
- Online Item #: 14531189
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-82-5942
- ISBN: 9781551113531
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported