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The War of the Worlds

H. G. Wells

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ISBN 10: 0615845304 / ISBN 13: 9780615845302
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206 pages. Dimensions: 9.0in. x 6.0in. x 0.5in.This is the science fiction classic where Martians attack the Earth. Alien invasion novels all owe something to H. G. Wells because this is the grandfather of such tales. A man witnesses the attack of the Martians in Surrey and London as war breaks out between planets. He must get back to his wife, and on his journey, he sees the Martians lay waste to southern England. How can we possibly fight back against a technologically superior race This novel has inspired a great many other books, movies, including the notorious radio broadcast by Orson Welles in 1938 that caused widespread panic because listeners thought it was real. It all started with this book, and it belongs in every home library. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780615845302

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Title: The War of the Worlds

Publisher: Denton & White

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

Book Type: Paperback

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This is the science fiction classic where Martians attack the Earth. Alien invasion novels all owe something to H.G. Wells because this is the grandfather of such tales. A man witnesses the attack of the Martians in Surrey and London as war breaks out between planets. He must get back to his wife, and on his journey, he sees the Martians lay waste to southern England. How can we possibly fight back against a technologically superior race? This novel has inspired a great many other books, movies, including the notorious radio broadcast by Orson Welles in 1938 that caused widespread panic because listeners thought it was real. It all started with this book, and it belongs in every home library.

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This is the granddaddy of all alien invasion stories, first published by H.G. Wells in 1898. The novel begins ominously, as the lone voice of a narrator tells readers that "No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's..."

Things then progress from a series of seemingly mundane reports about odd atmospheric disturbances taking place on Mars to the arrival of Martians just outside of London. At first the Martians seem laughable, hardly able to move in Earth's comparatively heavy gravity even enough to raise themselves out of the pit created when their spaceship landed. But soon the Martians reveal their true nature as death machines 100-feet tall rise up from the pit and begin laying waste to the surrounding land. Wells quickly moves the story from the countryside to the evacuation of London itself and the loss of all hope as England's military suffers defeat after defeat. With horror his narrator describes how the Martians suck the blood from living humans for sustenance, and how it's clear that man is not being conquered so much a corralled. --Craig E. Engler

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