The war of the worlds (1898) novel by H. G. Wells
|The war of the worlds|
The war of the worlds Plot:
The Coming of the Martians The narrative opens by stating that as humans on Earth busied themselves with their own endeavors during the mid-1890s, aliens on Mars began plotting an invasion of Earth because their own resources are dwindling.
The Narrator is invited to an astronomical observatory at Ottershaw where explosions are seen on the surface of the planet Mars, creating much interest in the scientific community. Months later, a so-called "meteor" lands on Horsell Common, near the Narrator's home in Woking, Surrey.
Review by Mr. Leonard Gaya
Regarding The war of the worlds, I would say that the safest general characterization of the science-fiction tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to H. G. Wells. Indeed, The War of the Worlds is probably the most influential novel of the whole science fiction genre, as well as a significant part of the horror category.
I remember reading this short novel as a child and being viscerally engrossed and terrified. Rereading it now made me aware of a few more things.
First, I realized how this book sums up and, in a way, accomplishes some of the things H. G. Wells had experimented with before. To name a few: the Darwinian conflict between two similar species (The Time Machine), the fascination for freakish life forms (The Island of Dr. Moreau), the chase around working-class London and its surrounding area (The Invisible Man).
Quotes from The war of the worlds
Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us.— H. G. Wells (1898), The War of the Worlds
“No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by an intelligence greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinized and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinize the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter…” - H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds
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