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257 pages (Summer 2007); 31.6MB downloadWOWIO Books
; ISBN: WOWIO-00159
This archetypal tale of Earth’s invasion by aliens from Mars is a landmark work in modern science fiction. Recounting the first halting contacts with the extraterrestrials and continuing on to the sweeping destruction of total — if lopsided — warfare, the story travels to an uncomfortable but deeply-human intersection where fear of loss meets xenophobia.
First published in 1897 as monthly magazine serials and released a year later in book form, the story has spawned numerous adaptations for radio, television, comics and film. This WOWIO edition includes illustrations based on the work of Warwick Goble that accompanied the original Pearson’s Magazine release.
This edition also features the complete 1938 radio dramatization by Orson Welles and The Mercury Theatre on the Air, which triggered a nation-wide panic at the time of its broadcast. This performance cemented the place of The War of the Worlds in the American consciousness, and further demonstrated the enduring power of H.G. Wells’s vision.
4 of 4 readers found this review helpful Despite being penned in the final years of the nineteenth century, this is a story so powerful, it was (and remains) the model and the high standard for all of the alien invasion tales that followed. It captures the essence of invasion and… MORE