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War of the Worlds

ISBN-10: 0812505158
ISBN-13: 9780812505153
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Book details

List price: $4.99
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates, LLC
Publication date: 12/1/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 4.00" wide x 6.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.242

Tor Classics are affordably-priced editions designed to attract the young reader. Original dynamic cover art enthusiastically represents the excitement of each story. Appropriate "reader friendly" type sizes have been chosen for each title—offering clear, accurate, and readable text. All editions are complete and unabridged, and feature Introductions and Afterwords. This edition of War of the Worlds includes a Introduction, Biographical Note, and Afterword by James Gunn. They came form outer space--Mars, to be exact. With deadly heat-rays and giant fighting machine they want to conquer Earth and keep humans as their slaves. Nothing seems to stop them as they spread terror and death across the planet. It is the start of the most important war in Earth's history. And Earth will never be the same.

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.

The Coming of the Martians
The Eve of the War
The Falling Star
On Horsell Common
The Cylinder Opens
The Heat-Ray
The Heat-Ray in the Chobham Road
How I Reached Home
Friday Night
The Fighting Begins
In the Storm
At the Window
What I Saw of the Destruction of Weybridge and Shepperton
How I Fell in with the Curate
In London
What Had Happened in Surrey
The Exodus from London
The "Thunder Child"
The Earth Under the Martians
Under Foot
What We Saw from the Ruined House
The Days of Imprisonment
The Death of the Curate
The Stillness
The Work of Fifteen Days
The Man on Putney Hill
Dead London
Wreckage
The Epilogue
Afterword

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