Graphic Classics, Volume 17: Science Fiction Classics

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The first full-color volume in the Graphic Classics series features an all-new comics adaptation of H.G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds" by Rich Rainey and Micah Farritor. Also E.M. Forster's dark vision of the future "The Machine Stops", illustrated by Ellen Lindner. Plus stories by Jules Verne, Stanley Weinbaum, Lord Dunsany and Arthur Conan Doyle, with art by Brad Teare, George Sellas, Roger Langridge, Johnny Ryan and Hunt Emerson.

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The first full-color volume in the Graphic Classics series features an all-new comics adaptation of H.G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds" by Rich Rainey and Micah Farritor. Also E.M. Forster's dark vision of the future "The Machine Stops", illustrated by Ellen Lindner. Plus stories by Jules Verne, Stanley Weinbaum, Lord Dunsany and Arthur Conan Doyle, with art by Brad Teare, George Sellas, Roger Langridge, Johnny Ryan and Hunt Emerson.

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Editor (and adaptor of two pieces) Pomplun searched back to the roots of science fiction for the Martian invaders, aliens and disintegration machines that populate this 17th volume in Eureka's excellent series. Most young readers will recognize the title and the tripods in Wells's "War of the Worlds," but they'll find the original story and time period surprisingly fresh. Realistic watercolor panels are a great match for this fast-moving adaptation. Stanley Weinbaum's seminal, but likely totally unknown, "Martian Odyssey" is a whiz-bang, standout tale of a stranded astronaut's encounters with aliens rendered in heavy-line, Don-Bluth-style art. E.M. Forster's utopian/dystopian society in "The Machine Stops" might remind some of Wall-E save for the lack of a cute robot (and upbeat ending). Not surprisingly, given the age of the source material, some of the futures can seem quaint, such as Hans Christian Andersen's "In a Thousand Years," and the themes weighty, as in Lord Dunsany's "Bureau d'Echange de Maux." However, the varied art and strong story choices are sure to please graphics fans with a taste for tales without tights and masks. (Graphic short stories. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780978791971
  • Publisher: Eureka Productions
  • Publication date: 6/28/2009
  • Series: Graphic Classics (Eureka) Series , #17
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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.

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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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  • Posted June 27, 2009

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    Six science fiction classics in excellent graphic form

    This is a comic book rendering of six classic stories by top notch authors, including H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. The stories are told with good graphic illustrations by six different artists. It can be read by pre-teens, or anyone older than that, even older adults like me. I was particularly impressed by the art work of Micah Farritor in his rendition of The War of the Worlds. A good stocking stuffer.

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