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The First Men in the Moon

H. G. Wells (1866-1946)

00:00(1/26) Ch 01: Mr. Bedford Meets Mr. Cavor in Lympne00:00
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1. Ch 01: Mr. Bedford Meets Mr. Cavor in Lympne
2. Ch 02: The First Making of Cavorite
3. Ch 03: The Building of the Sphere
4. Ch 04: Inside the Sphere
5. Ch 05: The Journey to the Moon
6. Ch 06: The Landing on the Moon
7. Ch 07: Sunrise on the Moon
8. Ch 08: A Lunar Morning
9. Ch 09: Prospecting Begins
10. Ch 10: Lost Men in the Moon
11. Ch 11: The Mooncalf Pastures
12. Ch 12: The Selenite’s Face
13. Ch 13: Mr. Cavor Makes Some Suggestions
14. Ch 14: Experiments in Intercourse
15. Ch 15: The Giddy Bridge
16. Ch 16: Points of View
17. Ch 17: The Fight in the Cave of the Moon Butchers
18. Ch 18: In the Sunlight
19. Ch 19: Mr. Bedford Alone
20. Ch 20: Mr. Bedford in Infinite Space
21. Ch 21: Mr. Bedford at Littlestone
22. Ch 22: The Astonishing Communication of Mr. Julius Wendigee
23. Ch 23: An Abstract of the First Six Messages Received From Cavor
24. Ch 24: The Natural History of the Selenites
25. Ch 25: The Grand Lunar
26. Ch 26: The Last Message Cavor Sent to the Earth

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Summary

Written nearly seven decades before Neil Armstrong's historic “Giant leap for Mankind” this book by one of the most influential sci-fi writers in English is an interesting read. The First Men in the Moon by Herbert George Wells, the English author who is today called the Father of Science Fiction, describes a strange and fantastic voyage. Businessman and budding playwright, John Bedford takes a sabbatical from his work and decides to write a play. He moves to a lonely cottage in Kent where he hopes to come up with a theatrical masterpiece. However, strange events interrupt his progress. A mysterious stranger accosts him and insists on sharing a brilliant scientific discovery with Bedford. The man is a physicist named Cavor who has developed a novel new anti-gravity material that he has named Cavorite. With the aid of this material, he plans to explore space and wants to undertake an experimental journey to the moon. Bedford is excited by this and immediately sees the commercial value of Cavorite. Together the two launch into a moon voyage. However when they get there, they discover that the moon is not an uninhabited satellite as was hitherto assumed. What follows is classic sci-fi with a twist of romance. Scholars have dubbed The First Men in the Moon as the first alien dystopia, where the denizens of another world are hostile to humans. The book probably launched a whole new genre of sci-fi horror fiction and has had a huge influence on films, TV, stage, animation, video-games and comics. It has been adapted to film four times. A scandal erupted when Wells was accused of plagiarism by an Irish writer, but no evidence was found for the charges. Though modern-day readers may find some of the scientific concepts quaint and outdated, the plot and characters more than make up for any such shortcomings. A great read for young and old alike!

Reviews

Bernie

- The First Men in the Moon

Good old fashioned SciFi, very well narrated by Mark Smith.

Julie

- Review first man in the moon

Very interesting and good book. This narrator is one of my favorite and of course he did an amazing job. Thank you Mark Smith!

Josh

The book is great! I thought it was a dud,but it was great!

Great book, Original story, and great readers!