Gathered together in one hardcover volume: three timeless novels from the founding father of science fiction.
The first great novel to imagine time travel, The Time Machine (1895) follows its scientist narrator on an incredible journey that takes him finally to Earth’s last moments—and perhaps his own. The scientist who discovers how to transform himself in The Invisible Man (1897) will also discover, too late, that he has become unmoored from society and from his own sanity. The War of the Worlds (1898)—the seminal masterpiece of alien invasion adapted by Orson Welles for his notorious 1938 radio drama, and subsequently by several filmmakers—imagines a fierce race of Martians who devastate Earth and feed on their human victims while their voracious vegetation, the red weed, spreads over the ruined planet.
Here are three classic science fiction novels that, more than a century after their original publication, show no sign of losing their grip on readers’ imaginations.
About the Author
H. G. Wells (1866–1946) was a prolific English writer in many genres, prominent in his time as a socialist and a pacifist as well as a pioneer of science fiction.
Margaret Drabble is the award-winning author of seventeen novels, including The Seven Sisters, The Peppered Moth, The Witch of Exmoor, and The Needle’s Eye. She has written several biographies and works of nonfiction and edited The Oxford Companion to English Literature. She lives in London and Somerset.