The War of the Worlds

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Adam Roberts contributes a new introduction to this enduring classic novel

"No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's." So begins H. G. Wells' classic novel in which Martian lifeforms take over planet Earth. As the Martians emerge, they construct giant killing machines—armed with heat-rays—that are impervious to attack. Advancing upon London they destroy everything in their path. Everything, except the few humans they collect in metal traps. Victorian England is a place in which the steam engine is state-of-the-art technology and powered flight is just a dream. Mankind is helpless against the killing machines from Mars, and soon the survivors are left living in a new stone age.


H. G. Wells (1866–1946) is regarded as one of the all-time greatest authors of science fiction. Adam Roberts is a novelist whose titles include By Light AloneThe Dragon with the Girl TattooGradisil, I Am Scrooge, Jack Glass, New Model ArmySalt, Swiftly, and Yellow Blue Tibia. His work has been nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Philip K. Dick Award.


"Wells' scientific romances were works of art with unique relevance for our times."  —Arthur C. Clarke