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The War of the Worlds
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Dover Pubns
Publication date January 10, 1997
Pages 145
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780486295060
ISBN-10 0486295060
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.25 by 8.50 in.
Weight 0.30 lbs.
Original list price $4.00
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Summary
An English astronomer, in company with an artilleryman, a country curate, and others struggle to survive the invasion of Earth by Martians in 1894 (view table of contents)
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One of the most famous science-fiction stories ever written, The War of the Worlds helped launch the entire genre by exploiting the concept of interplanetary travel.
First published in 1898, the novel terrified readers of the Victorian era with its account of an invasion of hostile creatures from Mars who moved across the English landscape in bizarre metal transports, using deadly heat rays to destroy buildings and annihilate all life in their path. Its power to stir the imagination was made abundantly clear when Orson Welles adapted the story for a radio drama on Halloween night in 1938 and created a national panic.
Despite readers' increasing sophistication about space travel and interplanetary invaders, The War of the Worlds remains a riveting reading experience. Its narrative energy, intensity, and striking originality remain undiminished, ready to thrill a new generation of readers with old-fashioned storytelling power.


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