THE WAR OF THE WORLDS
THE WAR OF THE WORLDS BY HG Wells Illustrated version (first published 1898 ) But who shall dwell in these worlds if they be inhabited? . . . Are we or they Lords of the World? . . . And how are all things made for man?-- KEPLER (quoted in The Anatomy of Melancholy). The book that made HG Wells’s reputation was, without question, The War of the Worlds. The book has never been out of print since 1898. It has been adapted for all forms of media, most notoriously Orson Welles’s radio broadcast in 1938, which caused panic and hysteria in parts of New York and New Jersey, and most recently Steven Spielberg’s film version. Although now over a hundred years old, it never fails to attract, entertain, even repel its readers, because its theme of invasion by a superior and seemingly invincible enemy is as relevant today as it has ever been.