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AiraCobra
On 2/12/2017 at 2:31 PM, K1FFLOM said:

For me there is only one book:

H.G. Welles "The War of the Worlds".

 

Have read the book countless times.

I own both first releases which were printed as monthly installments in the "Pearsons" and "Cosmopolitan" magazines, before the initial book was released. The series started in Autumn 1897 and ended in Spring 1898. The story included some fabulous illustrations. The picture of the "flying machine", which Welles mentions in his story is most likely the very first of a spaceship in modern literature. We are talking 6 years before the Wright Brothers and a decade before a " common" aeroplane design. Oh, and 2 years before a car was driving 100 kph and the word "streamline" was not put into the same sentence with "public transport".

Which gave the illustrator a wide horizon for it's design/visuals.

Not to mention the design of the martian tripods....

 

And also in my collection is the very first bound and also illustrated version of the book from 1898. Sadly the picture of the "flying machine" was not used in it. It was probably way to progressive at the time for the mainstream reader, when even the thought of extraterrestrials was unheard of. Nerver mind -flying- extraterrestrials.

 

The 1897 version of the story is the best, as since the release of the book in 1898, the story was shortened and interesting parts had been left out. Parts of which made some people in Britain so angry that they demonstrated outside "Pearsons" publishing house and even made others damage kiosks which sold the magazine at the time....

Have you ever heard Orson Wells play based on that book? If so you should it's absolutely amazing

 

 

Today actually marks the 80th anniversary of that reading and it freaked EVERYBODY who happened to turn in mid-broadcast the f*ck out - https://abcnews.go.com/US/80-years-orson-welles-war-worlds-radio-broadcast/story?id=58826359

 

 

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MyNameHere
On 7/7/2018 at 4:42 PM, realarmy said:

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned 1984 or Brave New World. Those are a must read.

+1. My favorite book is '1984', and I like 'Brave New World' too.

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