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The War of the Worlds

by H. G. Wells
Editor Martin A. Danahay

Broadview Press | March 17, 2003 | Trade Paperback

The War of the Worlds is rated 3.6667 out of 5 by 6.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 268 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 in

Published: March 17, 2003

Publisher: Broadview Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1551113538

ISBN - 13: 9781551113531

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Arguably his best book, H.G. Wells has portrayed and painted a vivid image in reader's minds what an invasion from Mars would be like. This book is a must for lovers of science fiction classics. I believe that this book will linger in peoples dreams as it has on mine. The only fault H.G. Wells made in this book was make the triumphant victory of mankind too abrupt. On one page the Martians have destroyed London, and the next they are all dead from bacteria. Although this little abruptness in the story in which i find slightly disturbing, I recommend strongly this book to everyone.
Date published: 2010-06-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Repetitive and boring How could any writer take a subject as potentially thrilling as an invasion from Mars and turn it into such tedious and dull blather? He repeats the same descriptions over and over until you can't wait for it to end. This is one of the few instances in which the movie far outdoes the book.
Date published: 2010-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sci-fi classic! It even made it to the big screen! A great sci-fi by H.G. Wells (The Invisible man, The Time Machine) it's exciting and interesting. For the age that this book was written, you can tell Wells had a huge imagination. It even brought America in panic when it was cited over a radio station. Now that's what I call a good book!
Date published: 2008-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sci-fi throwback This earliest of sci-fi novels is a classic precursor to alien invasion stories, on paper or on film. I’m not too into science-fiction, but I have read Harry Turtledove’s World War series as I’m more of a military history buff. If you enjoy War of the Worlds or even if you find it a little antiquated for your tastes, you should definitely check out Turtledove’s work as he takes the theme to a whole new level. Having been written almost a century ago, this novel reads very well and the actual writing does not appear dated. (No “thee’s” and “thou’s” a la Shakespeare). Perhaps an interesting novel for younger readers, but they may scoff at the antiquated notion of Martian invaders, death rays, and the like. These have now become cliché, but have their origins with this book. The story is interesting and well written. I have not seen the recent movie, but rest assured it is not like the book, which is set in late 19th century England. An easier and lighter read than many other classics in English literature, I’m glad to have picked it up and would recommend it to readers of all ages.
Date published: 2005-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good altough the general story presented was fairly good i found it a difficult read and found that it dregged on and on with details
Date published: 2005-05-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Scarily Creepily Wonderful! «H.G. Wells» Is an amazing writer, and with War Of The Worlds, his writing continues to amaze readers!
Date published: 2004-12-31

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The War of the Worlds

by H. G. Wells
Editor Martin A. Danahay

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 268 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 in

Published: March 17, 2003

Publisher: Broadview Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1551113538

ISBN - 13: 9781551113531

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction H. G. Wells: Brief Chronology A Note on the Text The War of the Worlds Appendix A: H. G. Wells on The War of the Worlds 1. From Strand Magazine [London] 109 (1920) 2. From Preface to Volume III of The Works of H. G. Wells (1925) Appendix B: Wells''s Publications Related to The War of the Worlds 1. "Zoological Retrogression" (1891) 2. "On Extinction" (1893) 3. "The Advent of the Flying Man: An Inevitable Occurrence." (1893) 4. "The Man of the Year Million" (1893) 5. "Another Basis for Life" (1894) 6. "The Extinction of Man: Some Speculative Suggestions." (1894) 7. "The Stolen Bacillus" (1895) 8. "Intelligence on Mars" (1896) 9. "Through a Microscope" (1897) Appendix C: Extracts from Wells''s Correspondence Appendix D: Reviews of The War of the Worlds 1. John St. Loe Strachey, from Spectator (29 January 1898) 2. Academy (29 January 1898) 3. R.A. Gregory, from Nature (10 February 1898) 4. Basil Williams, from Athenaeum (5 February 1898) Appendix E: Influences on Wells 1. Winwoode Reade, The Martyrdom of Man (1872) 2. T. H. Huxley, Evolution and Ethics (1894) 3. H. G. Wells, "Huxley" (1901) Appendix F: Invasion Narratives 1. William LeQueux, The Great War in England in 1897 (1894) 2. "Grip" How John Bull Lost London (1882) Appendix G: Mars 1. Anonymous "Strange Light on Mars" from Nature (1894) 2. Percival Lowell Mars (1895) Appendix H: Woking and Surrey 1. A. R. Hope, Moncrieff Black''s Guide to Surrey (1898) 2. Eric Parker, Highways and Byways of Su
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From the Publisher

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.

From the Jacket

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.

About the Author

Martin A. Danahay is a Professor of English at Brock University. He is the author of A Community of One: Masculine Autobiography and Autonomy in Nineteenth-Century Britain (SUNY Press, 1994), and the editor of the Broadview Edition of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1999).

Editorial Reviews

"One reads this edition with great pleasure. The novel is lightly and intelligently annotated, making concise sense of all the local allusions that make this remarkable fantasy so realistic. The appendices, which reprint portions of articles from the 1890s, suggest an intellectual context for the work and are often interesting in themselves, especially Percival Lowell''s meditation on how some form of life might develop on Mars. The pictures of the various guns, cannons, ships, and other machinery mentioned in the novel give a wonderful sense of the scale of the war."
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