The science fiction classic that proposed the possibility of intelligent life on other planets — written over 100 years ago, this compelling tale describes the Martian invasion of Earth and man's struggle to survive.
H.G. Wells's science fiction classic, the first novel to explore the... read more
They came from outer space - Mars, to be exact. With deadly heat-rays and giant fighting machines they want to conquer Earth and keep humans as their slaves until they eat them. Nothing seems to stop them as they spread terror and death across the planet. It is the start the most important... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
They came from outer space - Mars, to be exact. With deadly heat-rays and giant fighting machines they want to conquer Earth and keep humans as their slaves until they eat them. Nothing seems to stop them as they spread terror and death across the planet. It is the start the most important war in Earth's history. And Earth will never be the same.
“Yet so vain is man, and so blinded by his vanity, that no writer, up to the very end of the nineteenth century, expressed any idea that intelligent life may have developed there far, or indeed at all, beyond its earthly level.”Narrator
“And before we judge them too harshly we must remember what ruthless and utter destruction our own species has wrought, not only upon animals, such as the vanished bison and the dodo, but upon its inferior races. The Tasmanians, in spite of their human likeness, were entirely swept out of existence in a war of extermination waged by European immigrants, in the space of fifty years. Are we such apostles of mercy as to complain if the Martians warred in the same spirit?”Narrator
“So some respectable dodo in the Mauritius might have lorded it in his nest, and discussed the arrival of that shipful of pitiless sailors in want of animal food. 'We will peck them to death tomorrow, my dear.'”Narrator
“Never before in the history of warfare had destruction been so indiscriminate and so universal.”Narrator
Book One - The Coming of the Martians
1. The Eve of the War
2. The Falling Star
3. On Horsell Common
4. The Cylinder Opens
5. The Heat-Ray
6. The Heat-Ray in the Chobham Road
7. How I Reached Home
8. Friday Night
9. The Fighting Begins
10. In the Storm
11. At the Window
12. What I Saw of the Destruction of Weybridge and Shepperton.
13. How I Fell In With the Curate
14. In London
15. What Had Happened in Surrey
16. The Exodus from London
17. The "Thunder Child"
Book Two - The Earth Under the Martians
1. Under Foot
2. What We Saw from the Ruined House
3. The Days of Imprisonment
4. The Death of the Curate
5. The Stillness
6. The Work of Fifteen Days
7. The Man on Putney Hill
8. Dead London
10. The Epilogue
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