The War of the Worlds

H. G. WELLS (1866 - 1946)

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H. G. Wells wrote The War of the Worlds in 1898, when there was much speculation about life on the planet Mars. The book is considered to be one of the first science fiction novels. In the story, an English gentleman narrates the events of a violent and fast paced Martian invasion.

The frightening images of people fleeing from gigantic tripod machines and the prospect of life under Martian rule have served as a bottomless well of inspiration for popular culture. The novel has served as a template for many derivative or inspired works, including comics, countless books, a tv series, several films, a bestselling musical, and the famous Orson Wells broadcast. Overall, The War of the Worlds has become an early milestone in and inspiration for the invasion genre.

The novel demonstrates Wells' typical pessimistic outlook on human nature and offers a good deal of critisism on society and people's ignorance and vanity. The War of the Worlds can be read as an indictment of European colonial actions around the globe at that time - with which the injustice of the Martian invasion can be compared. Wells has since been credited with predicting quite a number of technologies, such as laser-like rays, industrial robot-like machines, and chemical-warfare.
(Summary by Stephan Möbius and Annie Coleman)

Illustrations by Stephan Möbius
Book 1 - Chapter 1: Map of Surrey
Book 1 - Chapter 5: The Cylinder Opens - 1, The Cylinder Opens - 2
Book 1 - Chapter 11: In the Storm
Book 1 - Chapter 12: At the Window
Book 1 - Chapter 16: What Had Happened in Surrey
Book 1 - Chapter 17: The Exodus from London
Book 2 - Chapter 2: Under Foot

Genre(s): Science Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 01 Stephan Möbius
00:13:52
Play 02 The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 02 Chris Goringe
00:08:21
Play 03 The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 03 Peter Yearsley
00:06:51
Play 04 The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 04 Joseph Morris
00:06:19
Play 05 The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 05 Peter Yearsley
00:10:22
Play 06 The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 06 Kara Shallenberg
00:06:36
Play 07 The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 07 Kara Shallenberg
00:10:09
Play 08 The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 08 Mike Shapiro
00:07:00
Play 09 The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 09 Mike Shapiro
00:13:26
Play 10 The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 10 Stephan Möbius
00:13:46
Play 11 The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 11 Tony Gray
00:17:15
Play 12 The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 12 Stephan Möbius
00:23:40
Play 13 The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 13 Chris Goringe
00:10:50
Play 14 The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 14 Stephan Möbius
00:23:55
Play 15 The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 15 Kristin LeMoine
00:19:01
Play 16 The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 16 Chip
00:28:20
Play 17 The War of the Worlds - Book 1 - Chapter 17 Chip
00:22:53
Play 18 The War of the Worlds - Book 2 - Chapter 01 Kathleen (Kathy) P. King
00:16:49
Play 19 The War of the Worlds - Book 2 - Chapter 02 Jean Crevier
00:19:17
Play 20 The War of the Worlds - Book 2 - Chapter 03 Stephan Möbius
00:13:11
Play 21 The War of the Worlds - Book 2 - Chapter 04 Jean Crevier
00:09:44
Play 22 The War of the Worlds - Book 2 - Chapter 05 Peter Yearsley
00:07:34
Play 23 The War of the Worlds - Book 2 - Chapter 06 Peter Yearsley
00:09:43
Play 24 The War of the Worlds - Book 2 - Chapter 07 Chip
00:38:46
Play 25 The War of the Worlds - Book 2 - Chapter 08 Kara Shallenberg
00:23:02
Play 26 The War of the Worlds - Book 2 - Chapter 09 Peter Yearsley
00:13:23
Play 27 The War of the Worlds - Book 2 - Chapter 10 Stephan Möbius
00:09:14