Annotations for War Of The Worlds


Baker & Taylor
Follows an English astronomer, an artilleryman, a country curate, and others as they struggle to survive and stop the invasion of Earth by Martians.

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Baker & Taylor
The first modern-day science-fiction story about the possibilities of intelligent life on distant planets follows an English astronomer, an artilleryman, a country curate, and others, as they struggle to survive and stop the invasion of Earth by Martians. Reprint. (A Paramount/Dreamworks film, directed by Steven Spielberg, releasing Summer 2005, starring Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, & Tim Robbins) (Literature)

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Penguin Putnam
Famous for the mistaken panic that ensued from Orson Welles?s 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. Naïve locals approach the cylinder armed just with a white flag?only 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 Aldiss?s introduction considers the novel?s view of religion and society

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