First Men in the Moon

ISBN-10: 0141441089
ISBN-13: 9780141441085
Edition: 2005
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List price: $12.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/27/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440

When penniless businessman Mr. Bedford retreats to the Kent coast to write a play, he meets by chance the brilliant Dr. Cavor, an absentminded scientist on the brink of developing a material that blocks gravity. Cavor soon succeeds in his experiments, only to tell a stunned Bedford that the invention makes possible one of the oldest dreams of humanity: a journey to the moon. With Bedford motivated by money, and Cavor by the desire for knowledge, the two embark on the expedition. But neither are prepared for what they finda world of freezing nights, boiling days, and sinister alien life, in which they may be trapped forever. -First time in Penguin Classics -Includes a newly established text, a full biographical essay on Wells, suggestions for further reading, and detailed notes

H.G. Wells was born in Bromley, England, the son of an unsuccessful merchant. After a limited education, he was apprenticed to a dry-goods merchant, but soon found he wanted something more out of life. He read widely and got a position as a student assistant in a secondary school, eventually winning a scholarship to the College of Science in South Kensington, where he studied biology under the British biologist and educator, Thomas Henry Huxley. After graduating, Wells took several different teaching positions and began writing for magazines. When his stories began to sell, he left teaching to write full time. Wells's first major novel, The Time Machine (1895), launched his career as a writer, and he began to produce a steady stream of science-fiction tales, short stories, realistic novels, and books of sociology, history, science, and biography, producing one or more books a year. Much of Wells's work is forward-looking, peering into the future of prophesy social and scientific developments, sometimes with amazing accuracy. Along with French writer Jules Verne, Wells is credited with popularizing science fiction, and such novels as The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds (1898) are still widely read. Many of Wells's stories are based on his own experiences. The History of Mr. Polly (1910) draws on the life of Wells's father. Kipps (1905) uses Wells's experience as an apprentice, and Love and Mr. Lewisham (1900) draws on Wells's experiences as a school teacher. Wells also wrote stories showing how the world could be a better place. One such story is A Modern Utopia (1905). As a writer, Wells's range was exceptionally wide and his imagination extremely fertile. While time may have caught up with him (many of the things he predicted have already come to pass), he remains an interesting writer because of his ability to tell a lively tale.

China Mi�ville was born in Norwich, England on September 6, 1972. He received a B.A. in social anthropology from the University of Cambridge in 1994, and a Masters' degree with distinction and Ph.D in international relations from the London School of Economics, the latter in 2001. He has also held a Frank Knox fellowship at Harvard University. His first novel, King Rat, was nominated for both an International Horror Guild and a Bram Stoker award. His other works include Perdido Street Station, The Scar, Iron Council, Un Lun Dun, The City and the City, and Embassytown. He has won numerous awards for his works including three Arthur C. Clarke Awards, two British Fantasy Awards, the British Science Fiction Award, and the 2008 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Book. He also published a book on Marxism and international law called Between Equal Rights: A Marxist Theory of International Law. He teaches creative writing at Warwick University.

H. G. Wells (18661946) was a professional writer and journalist who published more than a hundred books, including the novels The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds. China Mi�ville has won the Arthur C. Clarke and British Fantasy awards for his science fiction. Steve McLean is secretary of the H. G. Wells Society. Patrick Parrinder has written on H. G. Wells, science fiction, James Joyce, and the history of the English novel. He is a professor of English at the University of Reading.

Mr Bedford Meets Mr Cavor at Lympne
The First Making of Cavorite
The Building of the Sphere
Inside the Sphere
The Journey to the Moon
The Landing on the Moon
Sunrise on the Moon
A Lunar Morning
Prospecting Begins
Lost Men in the Woods
The Mooncalf Pastures
The Selenite's Face
Mr Cavor Makes Some Suggestions
Experiments in Intercourse
The Giddy Bridge
Points of View
The Fight in the Cave of the Moon Butchers
In the Sunlight
Mr Bedford Alone
Mr Bedford in Infinite Space
Mr Bedford at Littlestone
The Astonishing Communication of Mr Julius Wendigee
An Abstract of the Six Messages First Received from Mr Cavor
The Natural History of the Selenites
The Grand Lunar
The Last Message Cavor Sent to the Earth

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