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  • Published: 15 November 2018
  • ISBN: 9780525564164
  • Imprint: Knopf US
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $13.99

The War of the Worlds




The first and most influential novel about aliens invading Earth, from the founding father of science fiction. Vintage Classics.

The War of the Worlds (1898) conjures a terrifying, tentacled race of Martians who devastate the Earth and feed on their human victims while their voracious vegetation, the red weed, spreads over the ruined planet. The novel’s hero is trapped in what is left of London, despairing at the destruction of human civilization, when he discovers that life on Earth is more resilient than he had imagined. Adapted by Orson Welles for his notorious 1938 radio drama and subsequently by many filmmakers, H. G. Wells’s timeless story shows no sign of losing its grip on readers’ imaginations.

  • Published: 15 November 2018
  • ISBN: 9780525564164
  • Imprint: Knopf US
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $13.99

About the author

H.G. Wells

H.G. Wells was born in Bromley, Kent, in 1866. After an education repeatedly interrupted by his family’s financial problems, he eventually found work as a teacher at a succession of schools, where he began to write his first stories.
Wells became a prolific writer with a diverse output, of which the famous works are his science fiction novels. These are some of the earliest and most influential examples of the genre, and include classics such as The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds. Most of his books very well-received, and had a huge influence on many younger writers, including George Orwell and Isaac Asimov. Wells also wrote many popular non-fiction books, and used his writing to support the wide range of political and social causes in which he had an interest, although these became increasingly eccentric towards the end of his life.
Twice-married, Wells had many affairs, including a ten-year liaison with Rebecca West that produced a son. He died in London in 1946.

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