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The War Of The Worlds

A science fiction novel by H.G. Wells

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  • May 27, 2006
H. G. Wells was one of the great science fiction writers of all time. One of his most influential classics is "The War of the Worlds"; a novel about a martian invasion of Earth that happens during the 20th century. The martians fly around in oblong spaceships and acquire territory by fanning out and occupying land from a central starting point. All man-made weapons are of no use against them and they seem poised to take over the world; until they go outside. The germs they breathe in kills them. Quite an incredible ending considering this book was published in the heyday of modern medicine's progress in terms of obtaining vaccines and cures for various microbial diseases.

I read this book as a teenager, and found it to be tedious reading. It is fairly long, and can be quite boring at places. The story itself was innovative at its time, and probably the first of its kind within the western genre. It certainly has inspired a lot of movies: Independence Day, Signs, and two movies of the same name. This reviewer's suggestion is to watch the movie; i.e. the first War of the Worlds. It essentially captures the book.

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review by . November 09, 2010
 An invasion by creatures from Mars is a staple of science fiction and it all really began with this story by H. G. Wells. While the premise of the environment on Mars was based on the best scientific knowledge of the time, it is now antiquated. However, that does not change the other sound principles of the story, the use of poison gas, armored vehicles and the ultimate triumph of bacteria over the Martians. While the use of technology to make sure that dangerous organisms do not get aboard …
review by . July 01, 2010
H.G Wells is a famous Victorian science fiction author who wrote tens of books in his time though is perhaps best known for The War of the Worlds, a timeless classic that is still well known today. It's one of those books everyone knows of even if they haven't read it and that is very impressive for a non-religious book over 100 years old.      The most attractive part of the book for me is the imagination H.G Wells has combined with contemporary technology. This results …
review by . February 08, 2011
This classic reveals the author's philosophy of life
H. G. Wells (1866-1946) wrote this classic in 1898, and it contains lessons applicable today. Mars, in the tale, is cold at the end of earth's nineteenth century. Its inhabitants are more intelligent than earth's people. But the Martians are jealous of the comforts of life on earth. They decide to conquer the planet and live in its better atmosphere. There is no moral problem with the destruction of earth's people; they are like animals.      The first large cylinder …
Quick Tip by . August 08, 2010
Definitely one of those seminal works worth a read. Started a phenomenon. Started a few riots. Take a look! (Don't watch "the movies" first.)
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
A classic of its time, and still fascinating today. Valuable as a straight adventure story, it's also an interesting ethnography: What do humans do in this last extreme? Religion tries to conquer demons; dreamers fail to realize their dreams; and who but the reporter is left to tell the tale? Great summer read.
Quick Tip by . July 07, 2010
Classic and amazing that anything so invented could become so real and create mass hysteria. That alone speaks to how amazingly real the writing is...
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
Maybe a little outdated, but still a great read.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
HG Wells first scared us and rhen gace us hope to our defending the planet from Aliens
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
One of the first alien novels. Spectacular.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Classic sci-fi
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The War of the Worlds (1898) is a science fiction novel by H.G. Wells. It describes the experiences of a journalist (narrator) in Woking and his brother, a medical student from London as the Earth is invaded by Martians. It is said to be the first story that details a conflict between mankind and an alien race.

The War of the Worlds is split into two parts : Book one: The Coming of the Martians and Book two: The Earth under the Martians. The novel is narrated by an unnamed writer of scientific articles. Throughout the narrative he struggles to reunite with his wife, while witnessing the Martians rampaging through the southern English counties. Part one also features the tale of his brother, who accompanies two women to the coast in the hope of escaping England as it is invaded.

The plot has been related to invasion literature of the time. The novel has been variously interpreted as a commentary on evolutionary theory, British imperialism, and generally Victorian fears and prejudices. At the time of publication it was classed as a scientific romance. Since then, it has influenced much literature and other media, spawning several films, radio dramas, comic book adaptations, a television series, and sequels or parallel stories by other authors.

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Author: H.G. Wells
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: William Heinemann
Date Published: 1898

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