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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.

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  • Paperback

    9780525564164

    November 15, 2018

    Vintage USA

    224 pages

    RRP $13.99

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  • Hardback

    9780241382707

    December 6, 2018

    Penguin Classics

    240 pages

    RRP $35.00

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  • Paperback

    9781784872113

    March 20, 2017

    Vintage Classics

    208 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Paperback

    9780553213386

    July 1, 2003

    Bantam US

    RRP $9.99

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  • EBook

    9781473546844

    January 5, 2017

    Vintage Digital

    208 pages

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