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!READ KINDLE ♠ The First Men in the Moon ☨ When Penniless Businessman Mr Bedford Retreats To The Kent Coast To Write A Play, He Meets By Chance The Brilliant Dr Cavor, An Absent Minded Scientist On The Brink Of Developing A Material That Blocks Gravity Cavor Soon Succeeds In His Experiments, Only To Tell A Stunned Bedford The Invention Makes Possible One Of The Oldest Dreams Of Humanity A Journey To The Moon With Bedford Motivated By Money, And Cavor By The Desire For Knowledge, The Two Embark On The Expedition But Neither Are Prepared For What They Find A World Of Freezing Nights, Boiling Days And Sinister Alien Life, On Which They May Be Trapped Forever This book was most interesting and quite an adventure Two men, namely Bedford and Cavor, travel to the moon in a sphere designed by Cavor When they arrive there, they are most amazed at what they see, something like snow, plants growing at alarming rates, and strange beings called Selenites among others The adventure actually takes place inside the moon after Bedford falls into a crevice as the two explore the surface, after the snow lures them out of the safety of thier sphere.Well after an entire range of adventures, including a fight with the moon beings, eating moon plants, having to endure a disgusting blue light, and finally separating, Bedford finds the sphere, tries looking for and signalling to Cavor but never finds him, and finally heads back to earth.After many months elapse and Bedford gets his earthly life back in order, he receives a message from a Julius Wendigee regarding messages being received form space in english Well the messages actually emanate from Cavor who day by day has been and continues to send messages regarding his experiences This continues until one day the messages stop This is the last that Bedford hears of Cavor.Well in the usual Wells style, a great adventure.I ve left out too much detail, so hear what, JUST READ IT and no cheese to be found When Mr Bedford s financial difficulties become pressing, he leaves London for the quiet of the Kentish countryside to write a play which he is sure will win him fame and fortune, despite him never having written anything before Instead, he meets his new neighbour Mr Cavor, an eccentric scientist, and becomes intrigued and excited by the possibilities of the invention Cavor is working on a substance that will defy gravity Bedford, always with an eye for the main chance, begins to imagine the commercial possibilities of such a substance, but Cavor isinterested in the glory that he will gain from the scientific community And so it is that these two mismatched men find themselves as partners on an incredible voyage to the Moon I do not remember before that night thinking at all of the risks we were running Now they came like that array of spectres that once beleaguered Prague, and camped around me The strangeness of what we were about to do, the unearthliness of it, overwhelmed me I was like a man awakened out of pleasant dreams to the most horrible surroundings I lay, eyes wide open, and the sphere seemed to getflimsy and feeble, and Cavorunreal and fantastic, and the whole enterprise madder and madder every moment.I got out of bed and wandered about I sat at the window and stared at the immensity of space Between the stars was the void, the unfathomable darknessI ve been thoroughly enjoying revisiting some of the HG Wells stories I enjoyed in my youth, and reading for the first time the ones I missed back then As with the others, I read the Oxford World s Classics version, which has the usual informative and enjoyable introduction, this time from Simon J James, Professor of Victorian Literature and Head of the Department of English Studies at Durham University, which sets the book in its historical and literary context This is one I hadn t read before and perhaps it s fair to say it s one of the less well known ones, though only in comparison to the universal fame of some of the others, like The War of the Worlds or The Time Machine While I think it hasn t got quite the depth of those, it s at least as enjoyable, if notso Mostly this is because of the characterisation and the interplay between the two men, which give the book a lot of humour Bedford, our narrator, is rather a selfish cad without too much going on in the way of ethics or heroism, but I found him impossible to dislike He s so honest about his own personality, not apologising for it, but not hypocritically trying to make himself seem like anything other than what he is someone who s out for what he can get Cavor also has some issues with ethics, though in his case it s not about greed He s one of these scientists who is so obsessed with his own theories and experiments, he doesn t much care what impact they might have on other people even the possibility that he might accidentally destroy the world seems like an acceptable risk to him He simply won t tell the world it s in danger, so nobody has to worry about itIt s this accursed science, I cried It s the very Devil The medi val priests and persecutors were right and the Moderns are all wrong You tamper with it and it offers you gifts And directly you take them it knocks you to pieces in some unexpected way Old passions and new weapons now it upsets your religion, now it upsets your social ideas, now it whirls you off to desolation and miseryTo a large degree, this is a straightforward adventure novel with a great story and lots of danger and excitement But, being Wells, there are also underlying themes relating to contemporary concerns primarily two, in this case Firstly, through Cavor s invention of Cavorite the name gives an indication of Cavor s desire for glory, I feel , Wells looks at the huge leaps that were being made in the fields of science and technology and issues a warning that, while these promise great progress for mankind, they also threaten potential catastrophe if the science isn t tempered by ethical controls Secondly, through the race of beings that Cavor and Bedford find when they arrive on the moon, Wells speculates on a form of society so utopian in its social control that it becomes positively terrifying He uses this society, though, as a vehicle to comment on the less than utopian situation back on Earth, though I couldn t help feeling he frequently had his tongue stuck firmly in his cheek as he did so The stuff was not unlike a terrestrial mushroom, only it was much laxer in texture, and, as one swallowed it, it warmed the throat At first we experienced a mere mechanical satisfaction in eating then our blood began to run warmer, and we tingled at the lips and fingers, and then new and slightly irrelevant ideas came bubbling up in our minds It s good, said I Infernally good What a home for our surplus population Our poor surplus population, and I broke off another large portion. But the themes are treatedlightly in this one, and Wells allows his imagination free rein One of the things I enjoyed most was how he includes a lot of realistic science even as he creates an impossible substance in Cavorite and an equally impossible race of moon beings, the Selenites Of course we ve all looked down on Earth from planes now, but Wells imagines how it would look from space He describes convincingly how to control a sphere covered in Cavorite by using gravity and the slingshot effect of planetary mass He describes the weightlessness of zero gravity brilliantly, many decades before anyone had experienced it His Selenites are a vision of evolved insect life, which frankly gave me the shivers, especially when he describes how they are bred, reared and surgically altered to happily fulfil a single function in life a kind of precursor of the humans in Brave New World but with insect faces and arms I won t give spoilers as to what happens to the men, but the ending gives a minor commentary on one of Wells other recurring themes man s tendency to look on other people s territory as fair game for invasion and colonisation But since you re now thinking but wait That IS a spoiler I assure you it s really not, but you ll have to read the book to find out why it s not Or you could just read it because it s a great read lots of humour, great descriptive writing, enough depth to keep it interesting without overwhelming the story, a couple of characters you can t help liking even though you feel you shouldn t, and plenty of excitement What are you waiting for Jump aboard the Cavorite sphere you don t get the chance to go to the Moon every day of the week NB This book was provided for review by the publisher, Oxford World s Classics.www.fictionfanblog.wordpress.com . 17 .. Back when I read The War of the Worlds I had this dream that I was going to love every book by Wells To be honest I m in the clich part with this author Lets say I loved his most iconic works and got bored with his indie ones I don t know what it was with The First Men in the Moon, it started very interesting I have no idea when it lost me The fist half was great but the second half, well, I have no idea Anyway I can t go lower than 3 stars, the man was a visionary No es el estilo, ni la forma en que est escrito, ni el tema No se que fue Wells escribi todo con el mismo formato solo que usando ideas distintas y con cambios en el desarrollo, pero tiene una formula muy bien construida, una f rmula que me funciono de maravilla en La M quina del Tiempo y La Guerra de los Mundos, por desgracia en esta nueva novela me perdi en alg n momento a mitad de desarrollo Pero para ser honestos este hombre ten a una imaginaci n loqu sima y unas ideas muy avanzadas Sus descripciones son tan detalladas que sorprenden Los primeros hombres en la Luna no es un libro tan din mico como otras novelas del autor y hoy en d a su mayor obst culo seria que no puede competir con ellas ya que no encierra tanto misterio como antes No podemos viajar en el tiempo y no sabemos a ciencia cierta si hay vida inteligente en otros planetas Pero si tenemos informaci n sobre la Luna, se sabe mucho mas de ella a cada d a Conforme pasas las paginas, la trama deja de ser ciencia ficci n y se torna m s en fantas a Aun as , la idea es buena y la primera mitad muy interesante No deja de sorprenderme la ciencia ficci n vieja, tiene algo de especial, una chispa que no se encuentra con facilidad en libros actuales. Biographical NoteIntroductionFurther ReadingNote on the Text The First Men in the Moon Notes A story where Mr Bedford a penniless Business man meets a Scientist name of Dr Cavor Dr Cavor has invented a substance that can neutralize the effects of Gravity Mr Bedford sees a chance to change his fortunes using this substance to travel to the Moon While on the Moon, Mr Bedford and Dr Cavor find such strange sights as the Selenites, plants growing at alarming rates and other such awe inspiring things.While this book was written by the Author of The War of the Worlds and The Island of Dr Moreau, this book isn t as well known I often wondered why people were taken in by the War of the World s radio play, but having listened to this book I can see it At this point of time, people didn t know what was on the Moon It was a mysteries force that was unknown and at this time unexplored Anything could be there There is life on Earth, why not the moon and mars H.G Wells, a genius of descriptions, brings you to the moon along with his characters You can see the Selenites, the warrens under the Moons surface, actually even breathe the thin air with Mr Bedford and Dr Cavor You can see Dr Cavor waving his arms around and being non confrontational and Mr Bedford in his antagonistic best.The last few chapters tended to drag for me, but overall a wonderful early SciFi book about space and the possibilities to be found there. The 1960 film The Time Machine starring Rod Taylor is am adulteration of H.G Wells novel by the same name The Eloi speak English and each and everyone of them appear to desire Rod Taylor well, who doesn t The whole enterprise appears to be a cautionary tale about Nuclear War and Free Love I approached The First Men In The Moon with a wary eye about such cinematic mistreatments I suspect Eric Roberts would star in this one It should be noted that I was puzzled by the title, about the verb in Was this an Anglosim that had passed from favor No, idiot, the majority of the novel occurs within the moon its hollow and rife with Mooncalves, providers of sustaining protein Wells was operating with only whiff of scientific modernity at his reach Marconi and Tesla ruminate within these pages, but not much further Gravity remains the concept with the most play in the novel It creates a host of possibilities What fires the whole operation as literature is the dynamic between the two human characters It is a relationship needled with petulance and despair The utility of the adventure is argued repeatedly.It is rather bleak and often slow going, but worth the departure and the sage questions it raises. Che bel romanzo fantascientifico Un inventore inventa una specie di bolla volante che lo porta, assieme ad un amico, sulla Luna e qui scoprono che abitata nel sottosuolo da una sorta di lunatici formichieri Da leggere tutto d un fiato Riletto a maggio 2019Che dire, rileggerlo stato un tuffo al cuore, visto che stata una delle prime opere di Wells che scoprii e lessi di fantascienza nella mia adolescenza Alcuni particolari della storia non li ricordavo e mentre lo leggevo sentivo quel sens of wonder che molti autori contemporanei non riescono pi ad avere Wells incredibile, perfetto narratore che ti tiene incollato alle pagine, e nonostante molte ingenuit come il credere che nella Luna vi fossero degli abitanti nel sottosuolo chiss , forse ci credeva anche lui o ci sperava risente poco del centenario dalla sua pubblicazione e ci regala ancora una perfetta opera di fantascienza in grado di farci riflettere sulla nostra organizzazione sociale rispecchiata nei seleniti, gli abitanti della Luna i quali non conoscono le guerre Capolavoro da rileggere e conservare, stra consigliato.