The War of the Worlds (Modern Library Classics)
Introduction by Arthur C. ClarkeCommentary by Jules Verne and an anonymous reviewer from The Critic“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 and yet as mortal as his own.” Thus... show more
Introduction by Arthur C. ClarkeCommentary by Jules Verne and an anonymous reviewer from The Critic“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 and yet as mortal as his own.” Thus begins one of the most terrifying and morally prescient science fiction novels ever penned. Beginning with a series of strange flashes in the distant night sky, the Martian attack initially causes little concern on Earth. Then the destruction erupts—ten massive aliens roam England and destroy with heat rays everything in their path. Very soon humankind finds itself on the brink of extinction. H. G. Wells raises questions of mortality, man’s place in nature, and the evil lurking in the technological future—questions that remain urgently relevant in the twenty-first century.Includes a Modern Library Reading Group Guide
Publish date: 2002-03-12
Publisher: Modern Library
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
Great story that still stands the test of time.
Interplanetary war breaks out in Woking, Surrey England. Newsreaders even less sure where that is than countries in the Middle East.The War of the Worlds is about Martians invading Earth using advanced technology, like 21 metre tall tripod machines, heat rays, and toxic smogs. One man is able to rec...
I was expecting this to be very dated and a little boring, but I think it holds its own against the more modern science fiction. Wells' first person telling of the story (and a second hand telling of the brothers experiences) is vivid and realistic. His use of actual locations and historical events...
Absolutely the most likely, least exciting cause of defeat, brought on, in all likelihood, by Mr. Wells's original field of study. If only the radio listeners had known, they would have started hiding in their busy toilets.
"The War of the Worlds" is probably known as Wells' most original and prestigious work. I find that rather odd as I really had to struggle to finish it, even though it is a comparatively short book of only 180 pages. I just kept losing my focus and rereading the same sentences over and over again. T...