The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds

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In The War of the Worlds (1898) H. G. Wells invented the myth of invasion from outer space. Martians land near London, conquering all before them, and ruin the metropolis; the fate of civilization and even of the human race remains in doubt until the very last.The War of the Worlds is disturbingly realistic both because of its setting - Wells bicycled the route the Martians take on landing - and because of its characters: the superstitious curate, boastful artilleryman, and enterprising medical student are believable if not sympathetic figures, as well as signifying types of fin-de-siecle change and vision. The novel exemplifies most dramatically the scientific scepticism and vivid narrative imagination which make Wells the pre-eminent founder of modern science fiction.This edition offers explanatory notes on contemporary references, maps of London and its environs, and a stimulating introduction which examines the literary and social climate in which Wells more

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  • Paperback | 188 pages
  • 114.3 x 182.88 x 12.7mm | 113.4g
  • Oxford University Press, USA
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192828266
  • 9780192828262

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