The first men in the moon [NOOK Book]

The first men in the moon

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  • BN ID: 2940018973997
  • Publisher: London, G. Newnes, limited
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digitized from 1901 volume
  • File size: 389 KB

Meet the Author

H. G. Wells
H. G. Wells
"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe," H. G. Wells once said. Widely revered as the father of science fiction, the English novelist, journalist, sociologist, and historian penned ominous -- and educated -- glimpses at humanity's possible future, including The Time Machine (1895), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898).

Biography

Social philosopher, utopian, novelist, and "father" of science fiction and science fantasy, Herbert George Wells was born on September 21, 1866, in Bromley, Kent. His father was a poor businessman, and young Bertie's mother had to work as a lady's maid. Living "below stairs" with his mother at an estate called Uppark, Bertie would sneak into the grand library to read Plato, Swift, and Voltaire, authors who deeply influenced his later works. He shoed literary and artistic talent in his early stories and paintings, but the family had limited means, and when he was fourteen years old, Bertie was sent as an apprentice to a dealer in cloth and dry goods, work he disliked.

He held jobs in other trades before winning a scholarship to study biology at the Normal School of Science in London. The eminent biologist T. H. Huxley, a friend and proponent of Darwin, was his teacher; about him Wells later said, "I believed then he was the greatest man I was ever likely to meet." Under Huxley's influence, Wells learned the science that would inspire many of his creative works and cultivated the skepticism about the likelihood of human progress that would infuse his writing.

Teaching, textbook writing, and journalism occupied Wells until 1895, when he made his literary debut with the now-legendary novel The Time Machine, which was followed before the end of the century by The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds, books that established him as a major writer. Fiercely critical of Victorian mores, he published voluminously, in fiction and nonfiction, on the subject of politics and social philosophy. Biological evolution does not ensure moral progress, as Wells would repeat throughout his life, during which he witnessed two world wars and the debasement of science for military and political ends.

In addition to social commentary presented in the guise of science fiction, Wells authored comic novels like Love and Mrs. Lewisham, Kipps, and The History of Mister Polly that are Dickensian in their scope and feeling, and a feminist novel, Ann Veronica. He wrote specific social commentary in The New Machiavelli, an attack on the socialist Fabian Society, which he had joined and then rejected, and literary parody (of Henry James) in Boon. He wrote textbooks of biology, and his massive The Outline of History was a major international bestseller.

By the time Wells reached middle age, he was admired around the world, and he used his fame to promote his utopian vision, warning that the future promised "Knowledge or extinction." He met with such preeminent political figures as Lenin, Roosevelt, and Stalin, and continued to publish, travel, and educate during his final years. Herbert George Wells died in London on August 13, 1946.

Author biography from the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of The War of the Worlds.

Good To Know

In 1891, Wells married his cousin Isabel. However, he eventually left her for one of his brightest students, Amy Catherine, whom he married in 1895.

Wells was once interviewed on the radio by an extremely nervous Orson Welles. The two are unrelated, of course.

Many of Wells's novels became film adaptations, including The Island of Dr. Moreau, filmed in 1996 by Richard Stanley and John Frankenheimer, and The Time Machine, filmed in 2002 by Wells's great-grandson, Simon Wells.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Herbert George Wells (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 21, 1866
    2. Place of Birth:
      Bromley, Kent, England
    1. Date of Death:
      August 13, 1946
    2. Place of Death:
      London, England

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    I am a great fan of science fiction and writers like H.G. Wells

    I am a great fan of science fiction and writers like H.G. Wells and Jules Verne in particular. I purchased this volume, published by 1st World Library Literary Society, because "THE FIRST MEN IN THE MOON" is such a great read, a really wonderful story. I give Mr. Wells and this story Five Stars. Unfortunately, I must give this particular volume one and a half stars. The reason? There are numerous errors in spelling and punctuation. VERY distracting when one is trying to read such an interesting tale. My guess is that the text was scanned electronically from another volume. Sadly, it appears that no one ever bothered to either spell check the work or have a proof reader sit down and go over it to insure accuracy. It is ironic that a society that advocates literacy would release a book filled with misspelled words and mistakes in punctuation. I completely endorse the stories of H.G. Wells and his story "THE FIRST MEN IN THE MOON". But unless this company publishes an updated and corrected copy of the present volume, you will need to buy it from someone else!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2006

    Cavorite: better than warp-drive

    Herbert George Wells wrote his first book, The Time Machine, in 1895. As a student I was introduced to his eighth book, A History of Mr Polly, and strangely seem to have taken on this character¿s story and role in life although he, Mr Polly, never turned out to be, like myself or his author, a Science Fiction writer. The Cephae, in my book, The Trouble with Cephae, are not unlike the Selenites found on Mr Wells¿ moon which is reminiscent of Gruyere cheese, which of course we had always know until the Apollo moon landings told us otherwise. Personally I prefer Well¿s Cavorite, for space travel, to the Warp Drive of today¿s SF space ships. Well written and fun to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2003

    An unfortunatly unknown classic

    This, like all Well's books is an extremely entertaining story about the fantasticly improbable. Sadly, at least with the people i talk to, it's almost completely unknown. I think it relates very well to the general story of The Time Machine with explorers traveling to an unknown world and excapeing the dangers they find. If you liked that book i'm sure you well enjoy this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2014

    Nice,,,, Great...!

    Nice,,,, Great...!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2013

    To outdated but still classic

    That's mean!!! Love this book. Read

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  • Posted August 10, 2012

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    Very Imaginative

    The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells is another clas­sic book by the famous Eng­lish author writ­ten in 1901. At the time the novel was ridiculed, how­ever it stood the test of time for over more than a Century.

    Mr. Bed­ford lost his for­tune and goes to Ken to write a play. By chance he meeds Dr. Cavor, a bril­liant sci­en­tist who is devel­op­ing an anti-gravity mate­r­ial. Soon after Cavor man­ages to cre­ate such a mate­r­ial and sug­gests to go on an adven­ture to the moon with his new friend.

    Cavor, moti­vated by sci­ence, and Bed­ford, moti­vated by money embark on their jour­ney to moon where they find a harsh world of freez­ing nights, hot days and not-so-friendly aliens.
    Worst - it seems that the two explor­ers are trapped forever.

    The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells is a very imag­i­na­tive book which, in the con­text of what we know now, is an amaz­ing tes­ta­ment to Mr. Wells' imag­i­na­tion, logic and fore­sight. In this book objects float in space, weight­less­ness is applic­a­ble, humans are able to cover large dis­tances on the moon due to low grav­ity and space­ships gen­er­ate an immense amount of heat return­ing to earth.

    The story also has sev­eral philo­soph­i­cal tones. The two main char­ac­ters, Cavor and Bed­ford are at odds with one another through­out. Cavor, the man of sci­ence, is a paci­fist who works for the ben­e­fit of mankind. Bed­ford on the other hand is not a very nice guy, how­ever prac­ti­cal, who is look­ing at sci­ence for pure finan­cial gain.

    I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I would, the begin­ning was very slow and I actu­ally only found the last part inter­est­ing where the emo­tional con­flict becomes promi­nent. The moon dwellers, who are sup­posed to be the bad guys, aren't very inter­est­ing nor did I have any emo­tions vested in the adven­tures of our two protagonists.

    The last chap­ter I thought was the best, if you haven't read the book stop read­ing as I'm going to give the end­ing away. Even though it seems that the chap­ter is dis­con­nected from the rest of the book, I felt it gave the book the emo­tional punch it needed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Outdated but still classic.

    For today's world, this book is VERY outdated, but in spite of the campiness, it was enjoyable. Read it if you can't find anything else.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    I highly recommend this

    If you love science fiction books, this is the book for you. A normal guy named Bedford meets a scientist named Cavor and together they build a space shzip in the shape of a sphere. Then they meet these insect-like aliens and get drunk on a lunar weed. They are captured and escape. Beford is forced t leave Cavord behind. The rest you will have to read for yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2011

    Seems like a good book

    I will soon buy it

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