The ultimate alien invasion story, Wells’s electrifying yarn has been oft imitated but never bettered. Expertly combining the minutiae of late- Victorian England with the spectacular arrival of dazzlingly imagined extra-terrestrial beings, The War of the Worlds is a triumph of set piece action and pulsating atmosphere.
Now a major BBC Drama
"For a time I believed that mankind had been swept out of existence, and that I stood there alone, the last man left alive."
When an alien capsule lands on Horsell Common, Woking, crowds of astonished onlookers gather. But wonder soon turns to terror when the Martians emerge. Armed with deadly heat rays, the aliens begin their conquest of earth. Confronted by powers beyond our control, a technology far in advance of our own, and a race of alien invaders which regard us as no more than ants, humankind faces extinction.
While the world crumbles under the shadow of the Martian menace, one man sets out alone across the desolate wasteland to find his wife.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 149 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm
'A true classic that has pointed the way not just for science-fiction writers, but for how we as a civilisation might think of ourselves' - The Guardian
'The War of the Worlds remains the barometer by which all extra-terrestrial invasions are measured, from V to Independence Day to Arrival' - The Irish Times
'The classic tale of alien invasion, and still the best' - The Times
'Wells occupies an honoured place in science fiction' - Kingsley Amis
'A born story-teller' - J.B. Priestly
'Wells is the Shakespeare of science fiction' - Brian Aldiss
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