>> Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Genre: Science Fiction
Publication Date: 1898 (originally), 2005 (this edition)
Challenges: Herding Cats #3, Initials Challenge #5, Decades 08 #9 (1890’s)
This is a book that has been on my “I want to read that someday, but just haven’t picked it up yet” list. This year I listed it for a couple of challenges so that I’d finally get to it.
I was surprised to discover that this book had been written in 1898. I’d always associated it with the 30’s due to the famous Orson Welles broadcast. I also associated it with black and white Science Fiction movies on Saturday afternoons while playing monopoly with my family.
The Scholastic books edition of this book that I read includes a wonderful introduction by Orson Scott Card. It really did a lot to put the story in context of H.G. Wells’ time for me. The part of the introduction that really spoke to me was the comparison of the British empire’s expansion into the continent of Africa and more primitive peoples with the invasion of Earth (and England specifically) by the Martians.
It really is quite interesting to read this book knowing that it was written before World War 1 and the development of airplanes. The story of the Martian invasion and the reaction of the English people is really quite interesting and I’m very glad I finally read it.