The First Men in the Moon
“Why do people read science fiction? In hopes of receiving such writing as this—a ravishingly accurate vision of things unseen; an utterly unexpected yet necessary beauty.” So says Ursula K. Le Guin in her Introduction to The First Men in the Moon, H. G. Wells’s 1901 tale of space travel. Heavily... show more
“Why do people read science fiction? In hopes of receiving such writing as this—a ravishingly accurate vision of things unseen; an utterly unexpected yet necessary beauty.” So says Ursula K. Le Guin in her Introduction to The First Men in the Moon, H. G. Wells’s 1901 tale of space travel. Heavily criticized upon publication for its fantastic ideas, it is now justly considered a science fiction classic. Cavor, a brilliant scientist who accidentally produces a gravity-defying substance, builds a spaceship and, along with the materialistic Bedford, travels to the moon. The coldly intellectual Cavor seeks knowledge, while Bedford seeks fortune. Instead of insight and gold they encounter the Selenites, a horrifying race of biologically engineered creatures who viciously, and successfully, defend their home.Author Biography: Ursula K. Le Guin is one of the greatest living writers of science fiction. Author of the bestselling Earthsea series, she lives in Oregon.
Publish date: June 10th 2003
Publisher: Modern Library
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
Would we have a colony on the Moon if it had gold and a native peoples to wipe out? We know the answer if they had oil.Perennial conman, Bedford, has escaped his creditors by hiding in the countryside. Here he meets an inventor, Cavor, who is a genius with no idea what they are doing. Bedford cons C...
I think that Wells is an underrated writer and that this book is underrated within his works. It is better than The Invisible Man and almost as good as War of the Worlds, which is in many ways a companion piece to this work.The story concerns two men Mr. Bedford, the narrator and the scientist Cavo...
Biographical NoteIntroductionFurther ReadingNote on the Text--The First Men in the MoonNotes
There are a few books that come to mind when people mention H.G. Wells, but this particular book does not tend to be one of them. It is not a story, or a novel, per se, and seems to wind up with Wells philosophising on the perfect society. The story itself is divided into two parts with the first, a...
Not much to say about this one, it was light on pretty much everything. I'd just seen the movie a couple of weeks ago and it was the same. Not terribly interesting.