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5.0 von 5 Sternen The very first - a classic in every sense
Okay folks, this is it. The very first alien invasion novel and it's 101 years old this year. That's right, over a century.
Yet this is still a wonderful book to read. Sure, we know there aren't any real Martians. Put that aside. The straight forward Victorian narrative style is odd and strangely formal by today's standards. But that's part of what sets the...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Oh come on!
Have you ever watched an old 1960's sci-fi movie with spaceships held up by strings and lame costumes? Well this is the book version. Granted, for it's time, I'm sure it was phenomenal. But to read it today is like watching some old claymation dinosaur movie.
I loved Wells' "The invisible man", "The Time Machine" and "The Island of Dr...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The very first - a classic in every sense, 26. Januar 1999
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Okay folks, this is it. The very first alien invasion novel and it's 101 years old this year. That's right, over a century.
Yet this is still a wonderful book to read. Sure, we know there aren't any real Martians. Put that aside. The straight forward Victorian narrative style is odd and strangely formal by today's standards. But that's part of what sets the scene.
Here is a book that has all the basic elements of the genre - and Wells got them right the very first time. Better, in fact than most modern writers. There aren't any heroic moves we can make to save ourselves. There's no hero that defeats the Martians through cleverness and clean living. The Martians are centuries ahead of us technologically and we're going to lose. Period. Is that realistic enough for you?
How about a writer that predicts tactical battlefield lasers, chemical weapons, armored mechanical fighting vehicles, interplanetary spaceflight and computer controlled robots up to ninety years ahead of reality. Pretty impressive stuff that STILL hasn't come to pass in some cases, even though we can understand such things now. Imagine someone who takes a horse-drawn carriage to town conceptualizing battlefield lasers. That's what Wells did when he wrote this novel.
But most of all this book is there for its commentary on humanity - Victorian imperialism and lack of humility, the arrogance of invulnerability just waiting to be burst. Watch a cultured society crumble in the face of harsh reality. Watch us devolve into elemental things once more, as we learn what it means to be dominated as we have dominated other, less advanced cultures. Wells' book was meant as a commentary on English Imperialism and arrogance, but that lesson still has relevance today, whether you apply it to superpower politics or global environmentalism.
Take the time for this book. It's worth it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen INCREDIBLE. . ., 16. Mai 1999
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I finally read this book for the first time at age 27, and was not disapointed!
The imagery is incredible, Wells tells the story of invasion and chaos as if he had been there himself . . .I could certainly imagine myself there.
I do think you have to be a little bit older, more well read to better appreciate this book. I noticed several school kids from VA put reviews on line calling it boring. Of course, these are probably the kids who were expecting the main character to be like Will Smith and the earthlings to travel to the Martians space station (a la Independence Day).
And that was part of the book's charm. No influence from Hollywood. Written in the late 1800's, before movies existed, the book is way ahead of its time. Independce Day obviously got its influence from this book, and is a more updated (and Americanized) version.
Hey, go read it now!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ein maßgebendes Meisterwerk für heutige Science Fiction, 9. August 2005
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Noch im 19. Jahrhundert geschrieben begründet Krieg der Welten einen wichtigen der Teil der heutigen Science Fiction, die sich in Filmen wie Independence Day zu erkennen gibt. Die in diesem Buch aufscheinenden Ideen wurden seither in unzähligen anderen Büchern, Filmen, Zeitschriften, Hörspielen und sogar Videospielen verwendet und haben das Gedankengut des H. G. Wells weit über seine Zeit und sein Werk hinaus verbreitet. Während Krieg der Welten in einer Neuverfilmung Steven Spielbergs zum Blockbuster zu werden verspricht, dürfte es in Buchform wieder Leser zu begeistern beginnen.
Krieg der Welten ist H. G: Wells geniale Darstellung eines Krieges zwischen Welten, der mit dem Kampf zwischen Mensch und Tier vergleichbar ist. Es wurde in einer Zeit vor den beiden Weltkriegen geschrieben und greift doch gleich einer Vision Gedanken einer Zeit weit danach auf. Ein Dejavu vermitteln auch die darin geschilderten Verwüstungen Londons, die sich beinahe ein halbes Jahrhundert danach in anderer Form wirklich zutrugen. Unsere heutige Kultur verfügt unbewusst über viele Ideen, die ursprünglich visionären Werken wie denen Wells entspringen. Auch basiert viel der neueren klassischen Literatur auf Ideen aus Wells Krieg der Welten und wie man der Buchrückseite entnehmen kann, haben auch große Literaten und Sozialkritiker wie George Orwell sich dieses Buch zu Gemüte geführt.
Zum Inahlt gibt es nicht viel zu sagen, außer dass man das Buch unbedingt lesen sollte um sich selbst ein Bild davon zu machen. Der erzählerische Stil hält sich strikt an die Ichform und ist in Form eines Erlebnisberichtes gehalten, wobei für einige Kapitel kurz auf die Erlebnisse des Bruders des Erzählers Bezug genommen wird. Spannend und detailiert geschrieben verliert sich Wells weder in heute altertümlichen Formulierungen, eher ist es bis auf einige Details sehr zeitlos gestaltet und geschrieben. Als ein Grundwerk der modernen Science Fiction ergibt es zusammen mit H. G. Wells und Jules Vernes anderen Werken das Fundament aller Science Fiction, die seit deren Veröffentlichung verfasst worden ist.
Eine kurze Inhaltsangabe:
Über eine kurze Schilderung seltsamer Beobachtungen des Planeten Mars beginnt die Geschichte mit dem Aufschlag eines Zylinders. Nach der Öffnung dieses offensichtlichen Raumschiffs beginnen die entstiegenen Marsmenschen mit einem ersten regelrechten Massaker unter den Schaulustigen. Bereits einen Tag danach vernichten sie eine militärische Einheit die zu Hilfe gerufen wurde und mit dem Einschlag eines zweiten Raumschiff-Zylinders verlassen sie ihren Landeplatz, um sofort in kriegerische Handlungen zu verfallen. Ihre Zerstörungen führen zu einem kriegsgleichen Zustand, der die Menschen schließlich zu nichts anderen als umherstreunenden Flüchtlingen werden lässt. Mit jedem Tag wird ihre Lage aussichtsloser und die vollkommene Vernichtung droht.
Fazit:
Mit Krieg der Welten wurde ein Werk der wahren klassischen Literatur geschaffen, dass noch Generationen danach Begeisterung versprüht und sich in den Auslegern eines ganzen Genres verewigt hat. Empfehlenswert für alle Leser die sich auch nur ansatzweise für Science Fiction oder klassische Literatur interessieren, denn Moderne und Klassik sind hier vereint.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen What Are Humans Now and What Is Our Future Potential?, 27. August 2007
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Science fiction plays two roles for the reader. The more familiar one is to provide a perspective on the future implications of technology and to raise new issues and choices. The less familiar is in providing a context for evaluating what we now see from the wrong perspective.

All science fiction inevitably becomes dated in the first dimension. The truly great science fiction retains its strength in the second sense. I have rated The War of the Worlds with five stars solely for that second value.

Regardless of its currently creaky scientific perspective, Wells did an astonishing good job of extending upon the knowledge available to him in the late 18th century. Manned flight had not yet occurred, and he was providing plausible concepts of interplanetary travel. The discussions of the impact of a planet's distance from the sun on the timing of the evolution of life, distance on the timing of life's destruction, and on how gravity will affect space travelers are superb.

Let me mention that I had the great good fortune to hear this book read in an audio cassette editon by Alexander Spencer, and that reading greatly added to my enjoyment of the book. Mr. Spencer was able to capture the emotional ups and downs of the novel very well, and that makes it much more immediate. If you have not heard this novel read aloud, I strongly urge you to do so.

The story line of the novel is exceptionally well developed around the theme of what it really means to be human. The war with the Martians becomes a source of stress that allows us to look behind the social mask of civilization to consider the moral state that people have arrived at. In many ways, he also uses the Martians as a counterpoint for considering what we might become. This is masterfully done. He adds to the metaphor by continuingly referring to various bacteria, insects, and animals as our counterparts, our superiors, and our victims. The comparisons are worthy of Socrates.

I was fascinated to see the eloquent plea for realizing our symbiotic relationship to nature. This is turned into a very powerful argument for environmental restraint just at the end of the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, and demonstrates remarkable prescience.

Wells also looks at humans from the perspective of our minds, our bodies, and our spirits. He has the greatest faith for our minds in this regard. Science, for him, is the great hope.

The story is well plotted, as well. Those who enjoy a good sack of the city along the lines of Godzilla or King Kong will find the War of the Worlds rewarding. I particularly appreciated Wells' skill in keeping the narrator and his brother near the center of the action.

To enjoy this book as an adventure tale the most, you will have to ignore the implausible parts of the story and the unending lists of place names in England. I didn't find that to be too much of a price to pay. After a while the places started to seem familiar. Perhaps looking them up on a map would help.

After you have finished reading this story, I think you will find it helpful to speculate how the 21st century human population would probably react to alien visitors to the Earth. I found that my own reaction was to reflect on how much progress we have made in moving away from thinking of humans as the life center of the universe in the last 100 years. But we have a long way to go. Perhaps we can only truly make significant progress when we first find extraterrestrial life superior to our own.

Another useful line of thinking is to imagine that we will meet superior extraterrestrial life in the future. What should we be working on now?

Think ahead to gain the most!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "...this world was being watched keenly and closely...", 19. Dezember 2005
We are in 1898 England. Yep we see something happening on the surface of Mars. Later what looks like a meteor comes to earth. Once we realize the significant of the situation (or think we do) Different people approach the situation in different ways. The true story is how the different people meet the situation.
Many people want to equate this story with real potential invasions others as the bad guys vs. the good guys. However from the very first we see that they are the greater (more evolved) intelligence and we are the equivalent of vermin or the ants that are being held under the magnifying glass. From our point of view they seem like cruel creatures, from theirs is indifference. Their way of consuming nourishment is appalling yet look at what and how we eat.
The writing its self is of the time in which Wells lived so the descriptions of our world may seem a little alien to today's younger readers. However the suspense is still there and the story will hold their attention.
Do not miss the 1953 movie. Even thought it adds more religious overtones it is still pretty much the same story with similar characters. Of course this one names the narrator and adds a love interest.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen What Are Humans Now and What Is Our Future Potential?, 27. August 2007
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The War of the Worlds (Bantam Classics) (Taschenbuch)
Science fiction plays two roles for the reader. The more familiar one is to provide a perspective on the future implications of technology and to raise new issues and choices. The less familiar is in providing a context for evaluating what we now see from the wrong perspective.

All science fiction inevitably becomes dated in the first dimension. The truly great science fiction retains its strength in the second sense. I have rated The War of the Worlds with five stars solely for that second value.

Regardless of its currently creaky scientific perspective, Wells did an astonishing good job of extending upon the knowledge available to him in the late 18th century. Manned flight had not yet occurred, and he was providing plausible concepts of interplanetary travel. The discussions of the impact of a planet's distance from the sun on the timing of the evolution of life, distance on the timing of life's destruction, and on how gravity will affect space travelers are superb.

Let me mention that I had the great good fortune to hear this book read in an audio cassette editon by Alexander Spencer, and that reading greatly added to my enjoyment of the book. Mr. Spencer was able to capture the emotional ups and downs of the novel very well, and that makes it much more immediate. If you have not heard this novel read aloud, I strongly urge you to do so.

The story line of the novel is exceptionally well developed around the theme of what it really means to be human. The war with the Martians becomes a source of stress that allows us to look behind the social mask of civilization to consider the moral state that people have arrived at. In many ways, he also uses the Martians as a counterpoint for considering what we might become. This is masterfully done. He adds to the metaphor by continuingly referring to various bacteria, insects, and animals as our counterparts, our superiors, and our victims. The comparisons are worthy of Socrates.

I was fascinated to see the eloquent plea for realizing our symbiotic relationship to nature. This is turned into a very powerful argument for environmental restraint just at the end of the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, and demonstrates remarkable prescience.

Wells also looks at humans from the perspective of our minds, our bodies, and our spirits. He has the greatest faith for our minds in this regard. Science, for him, is the great hope.

The story is well plotted, as well. Those who enjoy a good sack of the city along the lines of Godzilla or King Kong will find the War of the Worlds rewarding. I particularly appreciated Wells' skill in keeping the narrator and his brother near the center of the action.

To enjoy this book as an adventure tale the most, you will have to ignore the implausible parts of the story and the unending lists of place names in England. I didn't find that to be too much of a price to pay. After a while the places started to seem familiar. Perhaps looking them up on a map would help.

After you have finished reading this story, I think you will find it helpful to speculate how the 21st century human population would probably react to alien visitors to the Earth. I found that my own reaction was to reflect on how much progress we have made in moving away from thinking of humans as the life center of the universe in the last 100 years. But we have a long way to go. Perhaps we can only truly make significant progress when we first find extraterrestrial life superior to our own.

Another useful line of thinking is to imagine that we will meet superior extraterrestrial life in the future. What should we be working on now?

Think ahead to gain the most!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Things to come, 12. November 1997
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"... across the vast gulf of space, mind that are to our minds as ours are to the beasts that perish. Intelects, vast, cool and unsympathetic, regarded our world with envious eyes and slowly and surely drew their plans against us."
Even after many times in reading, that opening, with visions of the red planet, drying canals and Gustav Holst playing in the backround, plays almost cinimaticaly across my imagination. Surely the best opening to any book I have ever read.
While I think "War of the Worlds" stands as Wells's masterpiece, it's too bad that Hollywood has passed over this work. I don't count Gorge Pal's 1960s version, it is standard Cold War fare with the church bells ringing at the end... blech.
There have been imitators, of course. "Independance Day" is the most recent, but the only quality treatment of Wells invasion from mars was The Mercury Theater's Halloween 1938 production with Orson Wells.
And even that boiled it down to its essentials of invasion, desparation, futility and reprive. "The War of the Worlds" was an exploration of how we, as humans, have treated our own world and the 'aliens' of our own planet. The animals, environments and fellow humans that have been trampled beneath the feet of so-called civilization. We think ourselves those 'vast intellects', taking the world for our own, our advance only irritated by 'godless savages', beings of little consequence.
And still, 100 years after it was first published, Wells cautionary tale still holds true. Except that now, the earth is holding us to account as the Martians had to account to the microbes that spelled their demise. Global warming, antibiotic-resistant disease, over-population, species extinction, are these the things that bring to an end our dominion on this earth, the earth that we, in many ways, stole from ourselves, unthinking of the consequences as the Martian were oblivious to the consequences of their invasion?
We know Mars to be a dead world but 100 years ago it was widely believed that, not only did Mars have life but it had intelligent life. But until Wells came along with his tentacled horrors to dethrone man kind from his empire over the earth, the earthlings thought looked on those that might one day be found on Mars as they had looked on the natives of Africa, the Americas, India and China; savages to be brought under the tutalage of Western society.
The more things change, the more things stay the same. Will Wells's warnings continue to fall on deaf ears?
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A race of aliens with very human characteristics, 10. Dezember 1999
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Many people who have heard of "The War of the Worlds" may have seen the movie without reading the book. The movie was set in Cold War America, with martians that flew in what looked like greenish manta rays. The book was set in Victorian England, and the martians looked like towering tripods. In both versions however the premise is the same: Earth invaded by a superior alien intelligence. HG Wells wrote about humanity's ego and complacency being crushed by a highly developed lifeform.
"The War of the Worlds" has been interpreted as an allegory of imperialism. Just as the British took over other countries to make them part of the Empire, so too is the Earth being taken over by the Martians. They even bring their own plant life with them, the "Red Weed". The Martians see us as vermin, trying to wipe us out with heat rays and poisonous black gas. Thats's what makes the story so much fun. It is frightening in a cosy sort of way. We read the story in a safe, comfortable room, while the narrator talks of all the death and destruction he sees.
An interesting point that Issac Asimov once brought up was that if alien intelligence did exist, their advanced evolution would also mean they would be emotionally superior to us. They would not act like barbarians, as war is a primitive thing. When people write alien invasion stories, they are really saying something about us. We are destructive and aggressive by nature. Our history has been one long story of conquest, slavery and even genocide. So HG Wells has put a little bit of us into his Martians. Both metaphorically (as imperialists), and literally (as food).
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A major classic and influence on later literature., 4. Juni 1999
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This is the first novel describing warfare between planets. Mars is portrayed as a dying world. An invasion, expeditionary force of Martians has landed in southern England, landing first in Woking (about 25 miles southwest of London), and this event and the destruction caused by the Martians is seen through the eyes of a writer in speculative philosophy. This book is probably Wells' most noted work. It was published right after certain noted astronomical observations had been reported in the newspapers. Wells refers to his novel as an attack on "human self-satisfaction." At that time, Britain was deeply involved in Empire activities in Africa and India and Wells had presented a story in which "the tables are turned:" now it is England who suffers takeover. The book isn't simply a science fiction tale (or, even the first novel of a war between planets). It leads into a discussion of Britain's role in the world, of imperialism, and of colonialism. And, to all those teenagers who thought it was boring and gave it one star, remember that it was the first novel in a whole sub-genre of science fiction. It appeared in 1898! My goodness, think of the science of that time. Marie Curie's first paper was only just published in 1897. The first all-metal dirigible first flew in November of 1897. This is a pioneering novel. And you should read it as such. Those other books and films you use as examples would not be what they are without Wells.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Oh come on!, 6. Februar 1999
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Have you ever watched an old 1960's sci-fi movie with spaceships held up by strings and lame costumes? Well this is the book version. Granted, for it's time, I'm sure it was phenomenal. But to read it today is like watching some old claymation dinosaur movie.
I loved Wells' "The invisible man", "The Time Machine" and "The Island of Dr. Moreau." Great books even today. But War of the Worlds just wasn't that good--I recommend reading the others. I gave it 3 stars just for it's classic value--it really was the beginning of books like that so I've got to give him credit.
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