Public Domain Horror Fiction – The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Aliens!  Spaceships!  Intergalactic travel!  The most unbelievable part?  For me, it is that this novel was first published in 1898, a time of virtually little to none technology at all (at least compared to today’s standards) and yet the author was able to envision beings from outer space utilizing technology to attack Earth.

Thankfully, it still hasn’t happened, but it just amazes me that a person who grew up in a time of the horse and buggy could have had such a vivid imagination.

Check out Project Gutenberg’s free copy:

“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 and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water.”  – H.H. Wells, The War of the Worlds

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2 thoughts on “Public Domain Horror Fiction – The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

  1. Awesome story. It was Wells protest at the 1893 Second Matabele War when British machine gunners slaughtered spear wielding warriors. There was a general outcry at the massacre. What, Wells wondered, would happen if the relative positions were reversed? And so emerged the technically superior Martians with their heat ray, set on the Thames rather than the Sagani. A great story and absolute literary classic followed, with a very clear moral message for contemporary turn of the twentieth century British militarists. But then, social commentary was Wells all over.

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