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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.
I've watched the movie but after reading the book I thought the book was a bit better than the movie.Published 3 days ago by Sammy
Interesting classic sci-fi story. I enjoyed the candour an ingenuity that permeates every corner of this book. It feels old but refreshing. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Elias
Taken purely as science fiction, The "War of the Worlds" strikes a resonance as a story of an alien invasion that comes to a bad end. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Paul Moskowitz
I am on my eighth reading of this book, and that is only in the last 2 years. I discovered this book late, as an adult.
My God. Read more
It is good to read the original text after growing up with the earlier movie and having seen the newer one.Published 27 days ago by PMD40NH
Everyone knows the story, but how many have actually read it?
I'm working my way through a list of the top 20 science fiction books of all time, and this book is on it,... Read more