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War of the Worlds

ISBN-10: 0141441038
ISBN-13: 9780141441030
Edition: 2005
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Book details

List price: $9.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/4/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.220
Language: English

Famous for the mistaken panic that ensued from Orson Welless 1938 radio dramatization, The War of the Worlds remains one of the most influential of all science fiction works. The night after a shooting star is seen streaking through the sky from Mars, a cylinder is discovered on Horsell Common in London. Nave locals approach the cylinder armed just with a white flagonly to be quickly killed by an all-destroying heat ray, as terrifying tentacled invaders emerge. Soon the whole of human civilization is under threat as powerful Martians build gigantic killing machines, destroying all life in their path with black gas and burning ray. The forces of Earth, however, may prove harder to beat than they appear. -Includes a newly established text, a full biographical essay on Wells, a list of further reading, and detailed notes -Brian Aldisss introduction considers the novels view of religion and society

Brian W. Aldiss was born in East Dereham, Norfolk on August 18, 1925. In 1943, he joined the Royal Signals regiment, and saw action in Burma. After World War II, he worked as a bookseller at Oxford University. His first book, The Brightfount Diaries, was published in 1955. His first science fiction novel, Non-Stop (Starship in the United States), was published in 1958. His other works include Hothouse, The Helliconia Trilogy, The Squire Quartet, Frankenstein Unbound, The Malacia Tapestry, Walcot, and Mortal Morning. His short story Super-Toys Last All Summer Long was the basis for the film A.I. Artificial Intelligence. He has received numerous awards for his work including two Hugo Awards, the Nebula Award, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. He is also an anthologist and an artist. He has edited numerous works including Introducing SF, The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus, Space Opera, Space Odysseys, Galactic Empires, Evil Earths, and Perilous Planets. He is an abstract artist and his first solo exhibition, The Other Hemisphere, was held in Oxford in August-September 2010.

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