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H. G. Wells

Scientific visionary. Social prophet. Master storyteller. Few novelists have captivated generations of readers like H. G. Wells. In enduring, electrifying detail, he takes us to dimensions of time and space that have haunted our dreams for centuries -- and shows us ourselves as we really are.

The time machine

In the heart of Victorian England, an inquisitve gentleman known only as the Time Traveler constructs an elaborate invention that hurtles him hundreds of thousands of years into the future. There he finds himself in the violent center of the ultimate conflict between beings of light and creatures of darkness.

The war of the worlds

Martians invade Great Britain, laying waste turn-of-the-century London. This tale of conquest by superior beings with superadvanced technology is so nightmarishly real that an adaptation by Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater sent hundreds of impressionable radio listeners into panicked flight forty years after the story's original publication.

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  • Series: Fawcett Premier Book
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reissue edition (April 12, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449300439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449300435
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.7 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,111,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By V. N. Dvornychenko on January 27, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book gives you two of the very best Wells's classics ... plus a bonus ... all at a very reasonable price. "War of the Worlds" and "Time Machine" are generally agreed upon as the best of Wells's works. But what sets this book really apart is the introduction by the great Isaac Asimov. What a treasure! I can say this even though I don't agree with Asimov on certain points.
Asimov argues that Wells is superior to Jules Verne as a science fiction writer precisely because he does not deal with gadgetry for its own sake, but deals with man's response to new technology. While I agree that Wells is the superior writer, I think the reason is just that: he is a superior writer! Verne's style borders on dry, journalistic, "just the facts, ma'am". Wells gets into your head more.
But one must remember that Verne's paved the way. His task was to convince readers that: 1) science and technology are here to stay; 2) gadgets and technology would revolutionize the way we live; 3) that science and technology were sufficiently developed so that plausible, and even likely, predictions could be made. By Wells time this was largely matter-of-fact. Let us look at "Time Machine" and "Invisible Man." These are not gadgets we need to prepare for. As far as we know, a time machine is impossible, and Wells's invisible man is only slightly less so. Much the same can be said of the "cavorite" in "First Men in the Moon". And while we are at it, Wells did not prepare us for the realities of the Moon landing: we didn't find any Selenites, moon cows, nor gold in abundance.
Yet, in a larger sense Asimov is correct: Wells helps us deal with our anxieties regarding change gone out of control. But such change need not be due to technology. In the middle ages it was due to the Black Death and other plagues ... followed by a crisis in religion. I recommend you read Asimov's introduction and form your own conclusions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JT on December 27, 2012
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This is not a review of the HG Wells stories which are obviously 2 of the finest works of Science Fiction ever. This is a review regarding the quality of the book itself. I bought this combo-book for my son to introduce him to the works of HG Wells, however he could barely get past the first few pages because the print is so small it is impossible to read. The clarity of the printing and the sharpness of each letter of each word is horrible. The words are blurry, the letters are at times indistinguishable from each other. By all means read the Wells books, but I suggest not trying to save a couple of dollars by buying this version. Search for a better quality book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Muzzlehatch VINE VOICE on November 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
This Oxford annotated/critical edition of H.G. Wells' two most essential early novels is a great starting point for those starting their explorations of the work of the masterful and now mostly neglected writer, for all interested in the early history of science fiction, and for those who may have already read the works but want some context, without having to wade through full-length academic studies.

THE TIME MACHINE was Wells' first novel and for me it remains his most memorable, if not his best-written or fully-realized work. The classic parlor scene that opens the book - the Time Traveler regaling his guests with his theories, and their reactions which range from incredulity to doubting his sanity - the brief but exhilirating description of traveling through time - and most of all, the utter strangeness and wildness of the world of 802,701 have stayed with me through all the 35 years it's been since I first read the book, and keep me going back. Sure, Wells' sociological theorizing seems not just dated but a bit naive - but by setting his book at so remote a date in the future (a real stroke of genius - most early science fiction writers were content to talk about the world of the next century at most) he manages to negate any potential criticisms of real inaccuracies. And the haunting ending is the only appropriate way for such a story to run its course.

THE WAR OF THE WORLDS would probably be my pick for the writer's greatest sustained piece of writing in this genre, though overall TONO-BUNGAY is my favorite of all of his novels.
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Before the days of our beloved "Twilight Zone," "Outer Limits" and "One Step Beyond" TV series, there was writer/actor/radio personality H. G. Wells. His "War of The Worlds" initially presented in a US radio broadcast that announced the landing of aliens in New York City. Intended as a hoax," listeners were taken in by this work of fiction, petrified at the thought of aliens reclaiming Earth that some jumped to their deaths from high rise buildings. "The Time Machine" is another classic of a much loved genre of man traveling back in time to experience events that have occurred while being mindful not to alter anything lest the future be changed. Both excellent stories for any sci-fi fan!
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