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Scholastic Classics: The War of the Worlds

by H G Wells

FRANKLIN WATTS | September 1, 2006 | Hardcover

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First published in 1898, "The War of the Worlds begins ominously, as the lone voice of a narrator tells readers, "No one would have believed in the last years of the 19th century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man''s." This opening marked the beginning of the enduring alien invasion genre, and no one did it better than H. G. Wells. The book''s tableaux of a world under siege by all-powerful, super-destructive, amoral aliens resonated with audiences from the early 20th century through a Cold War world threatened with nuclear extinction. Yet, despite the book''s stature, the antiquated language and outmoded science have limited its interest for modern readers. This new adaptation remedies that, preserving the power of Wells''s narrative while modernizing the language. This version also updates the science about Mars, based on America''s multiple landings there in the past 15 years.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 208 Pages, 7.09 × 9.45 × 0.39 in

Published: September 1, 2006

Publisher: FRANKLIN WATTS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0531169634

ISBN - 13: 9780531169636

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Scholastic Classics: The War of the Worlds

Scholastic Classics: The War of the Worlds

by H G Wells

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 208 Pages, 7.09 × 9.45 × 0.39 in

Published: September 1, 2006

Publisher: FRANKLIN WATTS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0531169634

ISBN - 13: 9780531169636

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First published in 1898, "The War of the Worlds begins ominously, as the lone voice of a narrator tells readers, "No one would have believed in the last years of the 19th century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man''s." This opening marked the beginning of the enduring alien invasion genre, and no one did it better than H. G. Wells. The book''s tableaux of a world under siege by all-powerful, super-destructive, amoral aliens resonated with audiences from the early 20th century through a Cold War world threatened with nuclear extinction. Yet, despite the book''s stature, the antiquated language and outmoded science have limited its interest for modern readers. This new adaptation remedies that, preserving the power of Wells''s narrative while modernizing the language. This version also updates the science about Mars, based on America''s multiple landings there in the past 15 years.

About the Author

H.G. Wells was born in Bromley, England, the son of an unsuccessful merchant. After a limited education, he was apprenticed to a dry-goods merchant, but soon found he wanted something more out of life. He read widely and got a position as a student assistant in a secondary school, eventually winning a scholarship to the College of Science in South Kensington, where he studied biology under the British biologist and educator, Thomas Henry Huxley. After graduating, Wells took several different teaching positions and began writing for magazines. When his stories began to sell, he left teaching to write full time. Wells's first major novel, The Time Machine (1895), launched his career as a writer, and he began to produce a steady stream of science-fiction tales, short stories, realistic novels, and books of sociology, history, science, and biography, producing one or more books a year. Much of Wells's work is forward-looking, peering into the future of prophesy social and scientific developments, sometimes with amazing accuracy. Along with French writer Jules Verne, Wells is credited with popularizing science fiction, and such novels as The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds (1898) are still widely read. Many of Wells's stories are based on his own experiences. The History of Mr. Polly (1910) draws on the life of Wells's father. Kipps (1905) uses Wells's experience as an apprentice, and Love and Mr. Lewisham (1900) draws on Wells's experiences as a school teacher. Wells also
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