The War of the Worlds

by H.g. Wells
Editor Martin A. Danahay

Broadview Press | March 17, 2003 | Trade Paperback

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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 War of the Worlds Classics Illustrat Brilliant adaptation captures the essence of the book with wonderful 1950's illustrations.
Date published: 2014-09-22
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 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

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

Acknowledgements Introduction H.G.Wells: A Brief Chronology A Note on the Text The War of the Worlds Appendix A: H.G. Wells on The War of the Worlds H.G. Wells, from Strand Magazine (1920) H.G. Wells, from "Preface to Volume III" (1924) Appendix B: Wells's Publications Related to The War of the Worlds H.G. Wells, from "Zoological Retrogression" (1891) H.G. Wells, "On Extinction" (1893) H.G. Wells, from "The Advent of the Flying Man: An Inevitable Occurrence" (1893) H.G. Wells, from "The Man of the Year Million" (1893) H.G. Wells, from "Another Basis for Life" (1894) H.G. Wells, "The Extinction of Man: Some Speculative Suggestions" (1894) H.G. Wells, from "The Stolen Bacillus" (1894) H.G. Wells, "Intelligence on Mars" (1896) H.G. Wells, "Through a Microscope" (1897) Appendix C: Extracts from Wells's Correspondence Appendix D: Reviews of The War of the Worlds John St. Loe Strachey, from Spectator (29 January 1898) Academy (29 January 1898) R.A. Gregory, from Nature (10 February 1898) Basil Williams, from Athenaeum (5 February 1898) Appendix E: Influences on Wells Winwood Reade, from The Martyrdom of Man (1872, 1875) T.H. Huxley, from Evolution and Ethics (1893) H.G.Wells, from "Huxley" (1901) Appendix F: Invasion Narratives William Le Queux, from The Great War in England in 1897 (1894) "Grip" (pseudonym), from How John Bull Lost London (1882) Appendix G: Mars in 1898 Nature (2 August 1894) Percival Lowell, from Mars (1895) Appendix H: Woking and S
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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

"Martin Danahay's edition shows the extent to which The War of the Worlds draws on the biological and astronomical theories, political ideologies, and military technology of its time. Readers who want to appreciate this greatest of all alien narratives in its original Victorian context cannot do better than to consult this edition." - Patrick Parrinder, University of Reading

"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." - John Huntington, University of Illinois at Chicago