'Death!' I shouted. 'Death is coming! Death!'
A cylinder from space lands in south-west London, and naïve locals approach it armed with a white flag - only to be instantly incinerated by an all-destroying heat-ray, as tentacled Martians emerge. Soon the whole of humanity is under threat, as the invaders build gigantic killing machines that chase and feast on human prey.
H. G. Well's 1898 novel was a pioneering work of alien invasion fiction. Greeted with acclaim and alarm on its publication, The War of the Worlds's factual, journalistic style contrasts shockingly with its fantastical and often disturbing story of humanity under siege.
About the Author
In the space of less than four years, H. G. Wells (1866-1946) published four of the most influential, original and hair-raising of all works of science-fiction. In a life of tireless experiment, travelling and intellectual engagement, Wells was both a leading public figure and one of the great imaginers of the modern world. Wells's other science-fiction classics The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau and The Invisible Man are also published in the Penguin English Library.
Series: The Penguin English Library
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 26th April 2012
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0 x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 1