- Series: Oxford Progressive English Readers
- Paperback: 110 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; Revised edition (June 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195854667
- ISBN-13: 978-0195854664
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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The War of the Worlds: Level 4: 3,700 Word Vocabulary (Oxford Progressive English Readers) Paperback – June, 1993
Science-fiction novel by H.G. Wells, published in 1898. The story, which details twelve days in which invaders from Mars attack the planet Earth, captured popular imagination with its fast-paced narrative and images of Martians and interplanetary travel. The humans in The War of the Worlds initially treat the invasion with complacency but soon are provoked into a defensive state of war. The novel helped launch the career of Orson Welles when he presented an adaptation of it on his radio program, "The Mercury Theatre on the Air," on Oct. 30, 1938. The simulated news broadcast of a Martian landing in New Jersey, complete with regularly updated news bulletins, caused a widespread panic among listeners. Later radio adaptations also produced mass hysteria, including an incident in Ecuador that resulted in several deaths. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature
About the Author
Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) was a British writer best known for his science fiction novels such as The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, and The Island of Doctor Moreau.
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The people in this story are ordinary people. They have jobs, they go to work, they have their friends. But the folks in this story aren't going to have a regular old Sunday this week. Because this week, a large hollow cylinder will fall from the sky and into a field near their town. Its point of origin: Mars. Its occupants: Martians. The townspeople will, of course, examine it, but most of them won't think anything of it- merely some strange, sluggish creatures from a world far inferior to their own. That is where they're wrong. These creatures possess far more advanced technology than has ever been imagined. Their heat-rays, their poisonous gasses, and their super-strong fighting armor are just a sampling of what these monstrous creatures have to offer- but the worst is yet to come. Th
build on, and this book is the foundation. Jeremy Swanson