The War of the Worlds: Fresh Perspectives on the H. G. Wells Classic

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The War of the Worlds: Fresh Perspectives on the H. G. Wells Classic

by Glenn Yeffeth, H. G. Wells

BenBella Books, Inc. | April 10, 2005 | Trade Paperback

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H.G. Wells has been called the father of science fiction, and with genre-defining classics like The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine, it’s obvious why.

The War of the Worlds is as vivid and powerful today as the day it was written. In this collection, which also includes the full text of The War of the Worlds, fourteen of science fiction’s greatest talents come together to discuss, with insight and humor, one of science fiction’s most important works.

Essays include:

• “H. G. Wells’ Enduring Mythos of Mars,” in which Stephen Baxter provides the history of man’s investigators of Mars and explains why Wells was right after all
• “Just Who Were Those Martians, Anyway?” in which Lawrence Watt-Evans explains how ridiculously incompetent the Martians were as interplanetary invaders, and why
• “In Working’s Image,” in which Mercedes Lackey takes us to a different alien world: Wells’ hometown of Working during the late 19th century
• “The Tiniest Assassins,” in which Mike Resnick suggests that Wells gets one tiny thing wrong
• The Hugo-winning “The Soul Selects Her Own Society” (the only reprint in this anthology), in which Connie Willis describes the unfortunate encounter between Emily Dickinson and Wells’ Martians

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 292 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.62 in

Published: April 10, 2005

Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1932100555

ISBN - 13: 9781932100556

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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The War of the Worlds: Fresh Perspectives on the H. G. Wells Classic

by Glenn Yeffeth, H. G. Wells

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 292 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.62 in

Published: April 10, 2005

Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1932100555

ISBN - 13: 9781932100556

About the Book

One of the great classics of literature, this ominous tale warns of a Martian invasion and their bloodsucking vengeance on humans. This essay collection from scientists, science fiction writers, and social commentators offers a literary critique of the famous tale, discusses the book's social and historical influences, and admires its continuing relevance in the literary and pop culture spheres. Contributors include Stephen Baxter, David Gerrold, Mike Resnick, Lawrence Watt-Evans, and Mercedes Lackey. A complete and unabridged edition of "The War of the Worlds also accompanies the essays.

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H.G. Wells has been called the father of science fiction, and with genre-defining classics like The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine, it’s obvious why.

The War of the Worlds is as vivid and powerful today as the day it was written. In this collection, which also includes the full text of The War of the Worlds, fourteen of science fiction’s greatest talents come together to discuss, with insight and humor, one of science fiction’s most important works.

Essays include:

• “H. G. Wells’ Enduring Mythos of Mars,” in which Stephen Baxter provides the history of man’s investigators of Mars and explains why Wells was right after all
• “Just Who Were Those Martians, Anyway?” in which Lawrence Watt-Evans explains how ridiculously incompetent the Martians were as interplanetary invaders, and why
• “In Working’s Image,” in which Mercedes Lackey takes us to a different alien world: Wells’ hometown of Working during the late 19th century
• “The Tiniest Assassins,” in which Mike Resnick suggests that Wells gets one tiny thing wrong
• The Hugo-winning “The Soul Selects Her Own Society” (the only reprint in this anthology), in which Connie Willis describes the unfortunate encounter between Emily Dickinson and Wells’ Martians

About the Author

Glenn Yeffeth is the editor of Seven Seasons of Buffy and Taking the Red Pill: Science, Philosophy and Religion in The Matrix. He lives in Dallas, Texas.
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