The War of the Worlds: Popular Penguins

The War of the Worlds: Popular Penguins 1

by H. G. Wells

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 29/06/2009

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The night after a shooting star is seen streaking across the sky, a cylinder is discovered near London.

Armed with just a white flag, the locals approach the mysterious object - only to be burned alive by heat-rays as horrific, tentacled invaders emerge. Soon, the whole of human civilization is under threat, as powerful Martians move across the land in massive killing machines, armed with black gas and burning rays. The aliens are determined to win the Earth for themselves.

ISBN:
9780141045412
9780141045412
Category:
Classic science fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
29-06-2009
Publisher:
Penguin Books Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
192
Dimensions (mm):
179x111x16mm
Weight:
0.11kg
H. G. Wells

Herbert George "H. G." Wells (September 21, 1866-August 13, 1946) was an English author, best known for his work in the "speculative fiction" genre. He was also a prolific writer in many other genres, including contemporary novels, history, politics, and social commentary.

Wells is sometimes called "The Father of Science Fiction," along with Jules Verne. The War of the Worlds was written in the age of British colonialism, and Wells came up with the idea for the story while he and his brother were imagining what might happen if someone came to colonize England the way England had other countries.

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  • Amazing!

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    At some points, it feels like it drags on a little bit with stuff -I- don't really care about, but everything is relevant to the overall plot, from the narrator's observations of the all-talk artilleryman to the behaviour of a group of crows near the end. H. G. Wells seems to have had an uncanny insight into the behaviour of distressed humans; great stuff.



    What especially impressed me, however, were the descriptions of the malevolent Martians and their mayhem machines. While they literally don't exist even now, Wells would have had nothing even LIKE what he described to work off at the time; they were unique and so wonderfully, and horrifically, described - I could imagine the terror people would feel encountering these things, or even imagining them at the time.



    It's amazing to see how many films are almost directly-derived from this (aside from the obvious). Swap a Heat-Ray for a big blue laser beam, and you've got Independence Day. :)