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The First Men in the Moon

Oxford World's Classics

By (author) H. G. Wells
Edited by Simon J. James
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom
Published: 12th Jan 2017
Dimensions: w 142mm h 196mm d 15mm
Weight: 168g
ISBN-10: 0198705042
ISBN-13: 9780198705048
Barcode No: 9780198705048
Synopsis
'My next clear recollection is that we were prisoners at we knew not what depth beneath the moon's surface ... At the village of Lympne, on the south coast of England, the 'most uneventful place in the world' the failed playwright Mr Bedford meets the brilliant inventor Mr Cavor, and together they invade the moon. Dreaming respectively of scientific renown and of mineral wealth, they fashion a sphere from the gravity-defying substance Cavorite and go where no human has gone before. They expect a dead world, but instead they find lunar plants that grow in a single day, giant moon-calves and the ant-like Selenites, the super-adapted inhabitants of the Moon's utopian society. The First Men in the Moon is both an inspired and imaginative fantasy of space travel and alien life, and a satire of turn-of-the-century Britain and of utopian dreams of a wholly ordered and rational society.

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Very smart-looking new editions of SF classics. * David V Barrett, Fortean Times * [An] informative and enjoyable introduction... which sets the book in its historical and literary context. * Leah Galbraith, FictionFan *