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The War Of The Worlds

A science fiction novel by H.G. Wells

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A famous classic

  • Jul 1, 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 in some very interesting scenes and devices - the aliens are obviously far more intelligent than the humans on Earth and are more advanced technologically so it's fun to see how H.G Wells imagined future concepts such as space travel that were not available to him at the time. For instance, in order to get to Earth from Mars the aliens use a cannon to fire at Earth - quite a quaint concept nowadays that we realise wouldn't work for various reasons but at the time Wells was writing the idea of using a cannon for space travel was as good as any (rocket technology took off in early form in the early 1900s).

The book no doubt caused far more excitement at the time it was written due to many scientists at the time believing there was life on Mars - in fact, canals they could vaguely make out through telescopes were at the time believed to be the passages of an advanced life form. Still a good read even if we know it's not going to happen!


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July 09, 2010
Classic must read! I agree with you about the imagination paired with the contemporary technology. This is a re-read I need to pick up in the near future. Thanks for the review!
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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 . 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
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
war of the worlds. a classic, ruined by tom cruise. well not so much ruined. but war of the worlds is an amazing book that paints a realistic picture of what it could really be like if we were to under go and alien invasion. i could only imagine what it wouldve been like hearing this book being read on the radio, and thinking that your home was really being attacked by aliens. so realistic it can make you think its really happening.
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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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