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The war of the worlds : a critical text of the 1898 London first edition, with an introduction, illustrations, and appendices

Author: H G Wells; Leon E Stover
Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, 2012, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : Softcover edView all editions and formats
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"H. G. Wells' novel, a "scientific romance," attained perhaps its greatest fame in another form, the infamous realistic 1939 radio broadcast "Invasion from Mars" by the redoubtable Orson Welles. It was also notably made into an early fifties science fiction adventure movie (and there have been other adaptations as well). So indelible is the association that the novel, like the panic inducing broadcast and the  Read more...
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War stories
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Wells, H.G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946.
War of the worlds.
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, ©2001
(OCoLC)606515929
Online version:
Wells, H.G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946.
War of the worlds.
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, ©2001
(OCoLC)632301505
Named Person: H G Wells; H G Wells
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: H G Wells; Leon E Stover
ISBN: 0786407808 9780786407804 9780786468720 0786468726
OCLC Number: 957588614
Notes: This McFarland book, originally published in 2001, is a reprint of the library bound edition of the 1898.
Description: xi, 321 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The Text --
The Frontispiece --
Benevolent Catastrophe --
Socialist Mars --
Vampire State --
The War of the Worlds (1898) --
(Annotated text of the first London edition) --
"The Man of the Year Million," (1893) / H.G. Wells --
"Administrative Areas," (1903) / H.G. Wells --
"The Philosophy of a Bacteriologist," (1903) --
Excerpt from Philosophical Dialogues, (1883) / Ernest Renan --
Excerpt from Mars, (1896) / Percival Lowell.
Responsibility: H.G. Wells ; edited by Leon Stover.

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"H. G. Wells' novel, a "scientific romance," attained perhaps its greatest fame in another form, the infamous realistic 1939 radio broadcast "Invasion from Mars" by the redoubtable Orson Welles. It was also notably made into an early fifties science fiction adventure movie (and there have been other adaptations as well). So indelible is the association that the novel, like the panic inducing broadcast and the Hollywood flick, now is taken as little more than a light fantasy of outerspace terror and human heroism. This is far from the author's original vision. Like the other scientific romances treated in the Annotated H.G. Wells series, The War of the Worlds is a philosophical tale and as such, is profoundly ideological. The world of the Martians represents the progressive future of humanity in a cultural war with our world of tradition and reaction - these are the two worlds in question. The Mars from which the invaders come is united by a planet-wide system of irrigation canals; for Wells this indicates a socialist world-state, as claimed by the American astronomer Percival Lowell. The red planet is red in more than one sense, pointing the direction of terrestrial progress. The Martians in the novel are octopoidal monsters, bodily anticipating the tentacular, all-controlling totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century. To those familiar with Wells' works only through film, this acclaimed series annotated by the world's premier Wellsian scholar, Leon Stover, will be a real eye-opener."--Jacket.

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