Saturday, August 18, 2012

The War of the Worlds - Wells, H. G.

The War of the Worlds was published in 1898. There have been multiple movies and TV series based on this book, but none that stay true to the original novel. If you like science fiction this is a book you should read. It's free.

It's interesting to note that when this book was published, the British were so egotistical that London and its immediate area were the sole target of an invasion from another world. Not the whole planet, but just what the author cited as "the greatest city in the world."

The protagonist of this story is an educated man and a writer in speculative philosophy. His first person account starts with him observing the launch of the Martian attack from an observatory, although at the time no one knows what it is they're seeing. When the Martians land, the narrator's his house is within walking distance. From beginning to end the story holds your attention, although the language take some getting used to. It's interesting to read some of the earliest, and most famous, science fiction written. Highly recommended.

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