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War of the Worlds, the (1898) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

This is the granddaddy of all alien invasion stories, first published by Wells in 1898. The novel begins ominously, as the lone voice of a narrator tells readers that "No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's..."

Things then progress from a series of seemingly mundane reports about odd atmospheric disturbances taking place on Mars to the arrival of Martians just outside of London. At first the Martians seem laughable, hardly able to move in Earth's comparatively heavy gravity even enough to raise themselves out of the pit created when their spaceship landed. But soon the Martians reveal their true nature as death machines 100-feet tall rise up from the pit and begin laying waste to the surrounding land. Wells quickly moves the story from the countryside to the evacuation of London itself and the loss of all hope as England's military suffers defeat after defeat. With horror his narrator describes how the Martians suck the blood from living humans for sustenance, and how it's clear that man is not being conquered so much a corralled.

Original title: The War Of The Worlds
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionScience FictionAlien BeingsAlien Invasion & Post-occupation
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Seven Famous Novels (1934) [Omnibus Volume]
      Author: H. G. Wells
     Time Machine & The War of the Worlds, the (1961) [Paired Work]
      Author: H. G. Wells
     Three Novels of the Future (1979) [Omnibus Volume]
      Author: H. G. Wells
     Science Fiction Stories (1988) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Ursula K. Le Guin , Isaac Asimov , Ray Bradbury , Jules Verne , H. G. Wells , Michael Shaara , T.H. White , John Christopher , Monica Hughes , Jay Williams , Nicholas Fisk , Glenn Chandler , Tim Stout , M.P. Shiel , Stephen David

Notes:

  • An extract of the same name was published in the anthology Science Fiction Stories in 1988.

Links:

  • Gutenberg.net :: Free online version available at the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive.
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Edition #1: The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds (1960)
Edition Details (From the publisher):

In 1960, Edward Gorey prepared a set of his inimitable pen-and-ink drawings to illustrate a new edition of Wells's The War of the Worlds for the legendary Looking Glass Library. Characteristically quirky, elegant, and entrancing, Gorey's visual take on Wells's seminal tour de force has been unavailable for close to fifty years.

Language: English


Illustrated by: Edward Gorey
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The War of the Worlds (June 2005)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 9781590171585
Pages: 251

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Edition #2: The War Of The Worlds

The War Of The Worlds (1898)
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Language: English

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The War Of The Worlds (September 2007)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Signet Classics
ISBN: 9780451530653
Pages: 208
Notes: Introduction by Karl Kroeber
Afterword by Isaac Asimov

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The War Of The Worlds (May 2006)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Pocket Books
ISBN: 9781416523697
Pages: 264
Notes: Enriched classics series
Notes by Daniel Taravella

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The War Of The Worlds (May 2005)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London, UK
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 9780141441030
Dimensions: x x in
Pages: 199
Notes: Edited by Patrick Parrinder
Introduction by Brian Aldiss
Notes by Andy Sawyer

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The War Of The Worlds (May 2005)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks
ISBN: 9781416903680
Pages: 308
Notes: Foreword by Bruce Brooks

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The War Of The Worlds (2005)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London, UK
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: 9780141024189
Pages: 193

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The War Of The Worlds (2005)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: HarperFestival
ISBN: 9780060791247
Pages: 230
Notes: Adventure Classics series

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The War Of The Worlds (2004)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Books
ISBN: 9781593080853
Pages: 231
Notes: Introduction and notes by Alfred Mac Adam

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The War Of The Worlds (2003)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Bantam Books
ISBN: 9780553213386
Pages: 194

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The War Of The Worlds (2003)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Peterborough, ON
Publisher: Broadview Press
ISBN: 9781551113531
Pages: 268
Notes: Edited by Martin A. Danahay

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The War Of The Worlds (March 2002)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Modern Library
ISBN: 9780375759239
Pages: 224
Notes: Introduction by Arthur C. Clarke

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The War Of The Worlds (December 2001)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Mineola, NY
Publisher: Dover Publications
ISBN: 9780486419374
Pages: 259

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The War Of The Worlds (1997)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Mineola, NY
Publisher: Dover Thrift Editions
ISBN: 9780486295060
Pages: 145

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The War Of The Worlds (1993)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London, UK
Publisher: J.M. Dent & Sons
ISBN: 9780460873031
Pages: 188
Notes: Introduction by Arthur C. Clarke

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The War Of The Worlds (1986)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Signet Classics
ISBN: 9780451522764
Pages: 215
Notes: Afterword by Isaac Asimov

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The War Of The Worlds (1975)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London, UK
Publisher: Pan
ISBN: 9780330243322
Pages: 191
Notes: Cover by George Underwood

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The War Of The Worlds (1963)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Harmondsworth, Middlesex
Publisher: Penguin Books

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The War Of The Worlds (1962)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Harmondsworth, Middlesex
Publisher: Penguin Books
Notes: Penguin Books #570
Introduction by J. B. Priestley

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The War Of The Worlds (1954)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Harmondsworth, Middlesex
Publisher: Penguin Books

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The War Of The Worlds (1953)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages: 180
Notes: Pocket Book #947
Cover designed by Al Nozaki

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The War Of The Worlds (1953)

Place of publication: London, UK
Publisher: William Heinemann
Pages: 225

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The War Of The Worlds (1951)

Place of publication: London, UK
Publisher: William Heinemann
Pages: 225

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The War Of The Worlds (1946)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Harmondsworth, Middlesex
Publisher: Penguin Books
Pages: 208

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The War Of The Worlds (1939)

Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

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