The War of the Worlds

Book Title The War of the Worlds
Author Name H.G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke (Introduction)
Publishing house Modern Library Classics – Penguin Random House
Country – city USA
Date of issue Aug 13, 1991
Number of pages 96

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The War of the Worlds

This book has been translated by Hendawi Foundation for Education and Culture

With H.G. Wells’ other novels, The War of the Worlds was one of the first and greatest works of science fiction ever to be written.

Even long before man had learned to fly, H.G. Wells wrote this story of the Martian attack on England.

These unearthly creatures arrive in huge cylinders, from which they escape as soon as the metal is cool.

The first falls near Woking and is regarded as a curiosity rather than a danger until the Martians climb out of it and kill many of the gaping crowd with a Heat-Ray.

These unearthly creatures have heads four feet in diameter and colossal round bodies, and by manipulating two terrifying machines – the Handling Machine and the Fighting Machine – they are as versatile as humans and at the same time insuperable.

They cause boundless destruction. The inhabitants of the Earth are powerless against them, and it looks as if the end of the World has come.

But there is one factor which the Martians, in spite of their superior intelligence, have not reckoned on.

It is this which brings about a miraculous conclusion to this famous work of the imagination.


Arthur C. Clarke has long been considered the greatest science fiction writer of all time. Books by Clarke—both fiction and nonfiction—have sold more than a hundred million copies worldwide. He died in 2008.

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