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  • Published: 20 September 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241387160
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $19.99

The War of the Worlds TV tie in


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A beautiful new edition of the science-fiction classic, soon to be a major BBC drama.

'For a time I believed that mankind had been swept out of existence, and that I stood there alone, the last man left alive.'

When an alien capsule lands on Horsell Common, Woking, crowds of astonished onlookers gather. But wonder soon turns to terror when the Martians emerge. Armed with deadly heat rays, the aliens begin their conquest of earth. Faced with powers beyond our control, a technology far in advance of our own, and a race of alien invaders which regard us as no more than ants, humankind is challenged like never before.

One man sets out alone to save his family. But with no one to save him, our unnamed hero must also face the struggle for survival across the desolate wasteland that was once his home, while the world trembles under the shadow of the Martian menace.

  • Pub date: 20 September 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241387160
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $19.99

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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