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First Men In The Moon, The
by H. G. [herbert George] Wells
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Nimoy and de Lancie, founders of Alien Voices, take the leads in this dramatization of H.G. Wells's science-fiction classic. William Shatner puts in a cameo as king of the ant people who live below the lunar surface and who are discovered by a crackpot British scientist and his next-door neighbor. De Lancie once told this reviewer he and Nimoy founded Alien Voices largely to have fun. This they do to the delight of listeners (though perhaps to the chagrin of Wells's ghost). Whatever the production lacks in finesse, it more than makes up for in sheer verve. This is particularly enticing bait to lure younger listeners away from the boob tube. Y.R. (c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine
The Denver Post Lean back, close your eyes, and have fun.
When penniless businessman Mr. Bedford retreats to the Kent coast to write a play, he meets by chance the brilliant Dr. Cavor, an absentminded scientist on the brink of developing a material that blocks gravity. Cavor soon succeeds in his experiments, only to tell a stunned Bedford that the invention makes possible one of the oldest dreams of humanity: a journey to the moon. With Bedford motivated by money, and Cavor by the desire for knowledge, the two embark on the expedition. But neither are prepared for what they finda world of freezing nights, boiling days, and sinister alien life, in which they may be trapped forever.
-First time in Penguin Classics
-Includes a newly established text, a full biographical essay on Wells, suggestions for further reading, and detailed notes
As I sit down to write here amidst the shadows of vine-leaves under the blue sky of southern Italy, it comes to me with a certain quality of astonishment that my participation in these amazing adventures of Mr. Cavor was, after all, the outcome of the purest accident. It might have been any one. I fell into these things at a time when I thought myself removed from the slightest possibility of disturbing experiences.
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“Written with astonishing animation and lucidity.” —G. K. Chesterton
About the Author
H. G. Wells (18661946) was a professional writer and journalist who published more than a hundred books, including the novels The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds.
China Miéville has won the Arthur C. Clarke and British Fantasy awards for his science fiction. Steve McLean is secretary of the H. G. Wells Society. Patrick Parrinder has written on H. G. Wells, science fiction, James Joyce, and the history of the English novel. He is a professor of English at the University of Reading.
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