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The first modern tale of alien invasion, The War of the Worlds remains one of the most influential of all science-fiction works. Part of a brand-new Penguin series of H.G. Wells's works, this edition includes a newly established text, a full biographical essay on Wells, a further reading list and detailed notes. The introduction, by Brian Aldiss, considers the novel's view of religion and society. Paperback, 199 pages.
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.13 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
-Includes a newly established text, a full biographical essay on Wells, a list of further reading, and detailed notes
-Brian Aldisss introduction considers the novels view of religion and society
Henry James saw in Wells the most gifted writer of the age, but Wells, having coined the phrase "the war that will end war" to describe World War I, became increasingly disillusioned and focused his attention on educating mankind with his bestselling Outline of History (1920) and his later utopian works. Living until 1946, Wells witnessed a world more terrible than any of his imaginative visions, and he bitterly observed: "Reality has taken a leaf from my book and set itself to supercede me."
Andy Sawyer is the librarian of the Science Fiction Foundation Collection at the University of Liverpool Library.