OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

The First Men in the Moon

ISBN : 9780198705048

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¥1,639
Author: 
H. G. Wells; Simon J. James
Pages
224 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
129 x 196 mm
Pub date
Jan 2017
Series
Oxford World's Classics
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  • It is the 150th anniversary of H. G. Wells's birth in 2016
  • Detailed Introduction is informed by the latest Wells scholarship
  • Includes a chronology, bibliography, and notes to provide additional contextual interest
  • Discusses the contexts and influence of the novel that develop Well's social and political concerns, in which he fortells the consequences of unchecked imperialism and greed

     
'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.

Index: 

Introduction
Note on the Text
Select BIbliography
A Chronology of H. G. Wells
THE FIRST MEN IN THE MOON
Explanatory Notes

About the author: 

H. G. Wells
Edited by Simon J. James
  

Professor Simon J. James, Professor of Victorian Literature at the University of Durham. James is editor of The Wellsian, the scholarly journal of the H. G. Wells Society, and the author of Maps of Utopia (2012), the first full-length study of the aesthetics of Wells's writing.

"[An] informative and enjoyable introduction... which sets the book in its historical and literary context." - Leah Galbraith, FictionFan
  

"Very smart-looking new editions of SF classics." - David V Barrett, Fortean Times

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