The War of the Worlds by H.g. WellsThe War of the Worlds by H.g. Wells

The War of the Worlds

byH.g. WellsEditorMartin A. Danahay

Paperback | March 17, 2003


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.

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).
Title:The War of the WorldsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:268 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:March 17, 2003Publisher:Broadview PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1551113538

ISBN - 13:9781551113531


Rated 3 out of 5 by from decent alien story The portrayal of aliens in this was pretty good, especially since nowadays the books with aliens tend to humanize them. It was a pretty decent read, though I probably wouldn't have read it if I didn't have to for school
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from disappointed I was really looking forward to this book but it was very disappointing - boring and not at all interesting.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Novel Hard to believe this was written before 1900 - Wells' imagination was fantastic and futuristic and still applies to our idea of what sci-fi should look like today. Awesome classic!
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read the book before seeing the movie I always try to read the book first and in this case I did. Although some of the detail was tough to slog through, it was definitely worth the read to picture the story in the original setting.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the best H G Wells is kind of a bargain basement Jules Verne, but still okay for a fluff read.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Visionary fiction One of the absolute best science fiction novels you will ever touch. The films are nothing like it.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must read! This is was the first sci-fi book that I have ever read and I must say I was not disappointed.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hard to get through I really wanted to love this book. I definitely enjoyed the storyline! However, this is the first time that I will ever say that the movie is better than the book! I just found it difficult to read. I got lost when the author would describe where he was travelling while escaping danger. The author did not go into great detail about his environment (the setting), but rather focused on the character's atmosphere (fear etc.). H. G. Wells did not provide the reality effect for me, and I could not suspend my disbelief while reading.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpiece Classic must read. Put it on your shelf!
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic A lot of people know this story, but haven't read the book. Wells is a master craftsman and the book is gripping and is riddled with vivid imagery.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ahead of its time Aliens, sound biology and a mass exodus. This story is way ahead of it's time!
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite read! I could reread this book a million times!
Date published: 2016-11-13
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

Table of Contents

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

  1. H.G. Wells, from Strand Magazine (1920)
  2. H.G. Wells, from "Preface to Volume III" (1924)

Appendix B: Wells's Publications Related to The War of the Worlds

  1. H.G. Wells, from "Zoological Retrogression" (1891)
  2. H.G. Wells, "On Extinction" (1893)
  3. H.G. Wells, from "The Advent of the Flying Man: An InevitableOccurrence" (1893)
  4. H.G. Wells, from "The Man of the Year Million" (1893)
  5. H.G. Wells, from "Another Basis for Life" (1894)
  6. H.G. Wells, "The Extinction of Man: Some SpeculativeSuggestions" (1894)
  7. H.G. Wells, from "The Stolen Bacillus" (1894)
  8. H.G. Wells, "Intelligence on Mars" (1896)
  9. H.G. Wells, "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. Winwood Reade, from The Martyrdom of Man (1872, 1875)
  2. T.H. Huxley, from Evolution and Ethics (1893)
  3. H.G.Wells, from "Huxley" (1901)

Appendix F: Invasion Narratives

  1. William Le Queux, from The Great War in England in 1897 (1894)
  2. "Grip" (pseudonym), from How John Bull Lost London (1882)

Appendix G: Mars in 1898

  1. Nature (2 August 1894)
  2. Percival Lowell, from Mars (1895)

Appendix H: Woking and Surrey

  1. A.R. Hope Moncrieff, from Black's Guide to Surrey (1898)
  2. Eric Parker, from Highways and Byways in Surrey (1908)

Appendix I: The Victorian Military, 1890s

  1. Field Artillery
  2. Gunners of Field Artillery
  3. High-Angle Firing
  4. Machine Gun Detachment
  5. Heliograph Operators
  6. 1st Dragoons
  7. H.M.S.Thunderer
  8. H.M.S. Ramilles

Selected Bibliography

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