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Title:
The War of the Worlds
Genre:
Science Fiction
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Series:
H.G. Wells
Binding:
Paperback
Edition:
1st
Narrative:
First Person
Type of Book:
Fiction
Number of Pages:
192
Number of Chapters:
10
Synopsis:
Science fiction novel by H.G. Wells, published in 1898. The story, which details twelve days in which invaders from Mars attack the planet Earth, captured popular imagination with its fast-paced narrative and images of Martians and interplanetary travel.

The humans in The War of the Worlds initially treat the invasion with complacency but soon are provoked into a defensive state of war.

The novel helped launch the career of Orson Welles when he presented an adaptation of it on his radio program, ”The Mercury Theatre on the Air,” on Oct. 30, 1938.

The simulated news broadcast of a Martian landing in New Jersey, complete with regularly updated news bulletins, caused a widespread panic among listeners.

Later radio adaptations also produced mass hysteria, including an incident in Ecuador that resulted in several deaths.

ABOUT WELLS:
H. G. (Herbert George) WELLS (1866–1946) was born at Bromley in Kent, England, the son of a professional cricketer turned failed shopkeeper. Wells was apprenticed to a draper and then to a pharmacist before winning a scholarship to the Normal School of Science, where he earned a first in Zoology.

Beginning as a writer of textbooks, he was soon publishing articles and fiction in prominent journals, and his early work included such pioneering and influential works of science fiction as The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, The Island of Doctor Moreau, and The War of the Worlds.

Later books were devoted to realist and comic accounts of lower-middle-class life, among the best known of which are Tono-Bungay, Kipps, and Love and Mr Lewisham. Wells was also the author of many works of nonfiction and, throughout his career, a committed socialist and internationalist.
Author:
H.G. Wells
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Publisher:
Modern Library
Barcode:
9780375759239
Place of Printing:
18 East 41st Street, New York, NY
Publication Date:
1967-01-01
Publication Year:
2002
Number of Copies:
1
Editor:
Lancer Books
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Language:
English
Special Edition:
Yes
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