In his "scientific romances," H. G. Wells was less concerned with scientific principles than with the need to show how human arrogance tends to unleash ferociously destructive forces. In The Time Machine (1895), for example, the pleasure-loving Eloi are preyed on by the brutish Morlocks-an outcome Wells thought likely if capitalism continued unchecked. The need for mankind's humility is most pointed in The War of the Worlds (1898), where nothing human is able to stop the Martian takeover of Earth. In 1938 Orson Welles adapted The War of the Worlds as a radio script and interrupted a New York broadcast to announce, earnestly and believably, that Martians had landed in New Jersey. Mass hysteria erupted. Both it and The Time Machine have been turned into successful movies.
The story of an apprentice chemist whose uncle's worthless medicine becomes a spectacular marketing success, Tono-Bungay earned H. G. Wells immediate acclaim when it appeared in 1909. It remains a sparkling chronicle of chicanery and human credulity, and is today regarded by many as Wells's greatest novel. As Andrea Barrett observes in her Introduction, "Through its detailed, often brilliant descriptions and powerful imagery, [Tono-Bungay] slyly satirizes British imperial policy as a whole. . . . The insights into class, money, advertising, public relations, and the power of the press still ring horrifyingly true."This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the text of the original 1909 edition.From the Trade Paperback edition.
The ultimate science fiction classic. For more than one hundred years this compelling tale of the Martian invasion of Earth has enthralled readers with a combination of imagination and incisive commentary on the imbalance of power that continues to be relevant today.
H.G. Well's 1898 science fiction classic, The War of the Worlds, tapped into society's fears about worldwide security and an impending war in Europe. However, it wasn't until forty years later that The War of the Worlds became infamous. On October 30, 1938, the United States was certain that it was under siege by vicious Martians. Thousands of people called the police, many ran from their homes in terror, and some even sought medical attention for shock and hysteria. Martians weren't really invading: Orson Welles, a famous actor, was performing a radio dramatization of The War of the Worlds that conviced listeners an invasion could happen anytime and anywhere.
First published by H.G. Wells in 1898, The War of the Worlds is the granddaddy of all alien invasion stories. The novel begins ominously, as the lone voice of a narrator intones, "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, the 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 as corralled.
When a spaceship from Mars lands on Earth, people try to welcome the alien visitors at first. When the Martians start killing the humans, will Earth be ready for the war of the worlds?
A thrilling literary mash-up that blends a mounting zombie invasion into mankind's struggle for survival against an apocalyptic alien threat.
Graham, an 1890s radical pamphleteer who is eagerly awaiting the twentieth century and all the advances it will bring, is stricken with insomnia. Finally resorting to medication, he instantly falls into a deep sleep that lasts two hundred years. Upon waking in the twenty-second century to a strange and nightmarish place, he slowly discovers he is master of the world, revered by an adoring populace who consider him their leader. Terrified, he escapes from his chamber seeking solace--only to realize that not everyone adores him, some even wish to harm him.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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