The War of the Worlds
by H. G. Wells, Brian Aldiss, Patrick Parrinder, Andy Sawyer
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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The first modern-day alien invasion tale, HGWells The World War remains one of the most influential science fiction novels ever publishedThis Penguin Classics edition is edited by Patrick Parrinder with an introduction by Brian Aldiss, author of Serre and notes by Andy Sawyer.In the evening, after a shooting star is seen dragged in the sky of Mars, a cylinder is discovered on Horsell Commun in London.At first glance, naïve inhabitants approach the cylinder armed only with a white flag, are quickly killed by a destruction of the heat rays, terrifying tentacum invading tentacle emerging invadersSoon the whole of human civilization is threatened, powerful Martians build gigantic killing machines, destroy everything in their path with the black gas and burning rays, and party on the hot blood trapped, still living in human prey.The forces of the Earth, however, may be more difficult to defeat than they appear at first sight.The World War was the subject of numerous adaptations, including a dramatic Orson Welles radio drama that caused panic when broadcast, with listeners confusing it for a news program announcing an alien invasion; a musical version of Jeff Wayne; and, more recently, Steven Spielberg in 2005 version of the film, starring Tom Cruise.This Penguin Classics edition includes a biographical essay on the Wells, a new reading list and detailed notes.The Introduction, by Brian Aldiss, estimates the novel’s view of religion and societyHGWells (1866-1946) was a professional writer and journalist.Among his most popular works are Le Temps Machine (1895); L’ Île du Docteur Moreau (1896), filmed with Bela Lugosi in 1932, then in 1996 with Marlon Brando; L’ Homme Invisible (1897); La Guerre des Mondes (1898); and Les Premiers Hommes dans la Lune (1901), which provided for the first moon landing.If you liked The War of the Worlds, you could, like the Wells of The Time Machine, also available in Penguin Classics
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