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The Complete War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells and Garrett P. Serviss

The Complete War of the Worlds
by H. G. Wells, Garrett P Serviss
September 2, 2020
500 pages
Publisher: Wordfire Press 
The Martians are coming! 

Together in one volume for the first time—H.G. Wells’s seminal science fiction classic The War of the Worlds, with the contemporaneous, unauthorized, but extremely popular sequel Edison’s Conquest of Mars, as well as Wells’s own, much later conceptual sequel, Star Begotten.

How often do you watch the sky at night? Ever see bright streaks of light exploding from the red planet? Get ready for adventurous reading as you embark on a journey to find out just how these alien invasions play out! 

In The War of the Worlds, how will woefully unprepared Earthlings respond to towering three-legged “fighting machines” armed with heat-rays and chemical weapons that far exceed the capabilities of the19th Century English military?

In Edison’s Conquest of Mars, Earth’s leaders fear that the Martians will return to invade once more. U.S. President William McKinley, Queen Victoria, Kaiser Wilhelm II and Emperor Mutsuhito unite to plan an attack on Mars. Led by American inventor Thomas Edison, a group of scientists develop new technologies based on what earlier Martian visitors left behind. They design and build a fleet of space ships for the pre-emptive move. What will happen when the two opposing forces meet? 

The protagonist of Star Begotten, Joseph Davis, is an author of popular histories, who becomes suspicious that he and his family have been exposed to a Martian influence of another sort and are in the process of being changed. What might that influence be? 

Three classics of Martian invasion in one volume.

About the authors:
H.G. Wells (1866–1946) was an author of science-fiction works—including The War of the Worlds and Star Begotten—who had significant influence on society’s vision of the future.

H.G. Wells was born Herbert George Wells on September 21, 1866, in Bromley, England. He was educated at a private school in Bromley, Midhurst Grammar School; and the Normal School of Science, now the Royal College of Science, London University.

Garrett Putnam Serviss, born March 24, 1851, was a professional journalist, amateur astronomer, and early science fiction writer. Born in upstate New York, he majored in science at Cornell University before pursuing a law degree at Columbia University. Though Serviss never worked as an attorney. Instead he was a journalist for The New York Sun newspaper, where he wrote their column on astronomy.

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