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The First Men in the Moon

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The First Men in the Moon is a 1901 scientific romance novel by the British author H. G. Wells. The novel tells the story of a journey to the moon undertaken by the two main protagonists, the impecunious businessman Mr Bedford and the brilliant but eccentric scientist Dr Cavor. On arrival, Bedford and Cavor find the moon inhabited by an extra terrestrial civilization the t ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 1963 by Ballantine Books (first published 1901)
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Edward
Jul 17, 2015 Edward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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--The First Men in the Moon

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بسام عبد العزيز
جورج ويلز كان بالفعل عبقريا!

رجل بكل هذا الخيال الجامح الذي يجعله يتخيل عوالم آخرى.. كواكب آخرى.. مخلوقات آخرى.. مستقبل آخر.. في الوقت التي كانت قمة التكنولوجيا فيه هى المحرك البخاري و لم يكن شخص ليتصور أنه يوما ما سيستطيع أن يتحدث مع شخص من قارة آخرى من خلال جهاز لا يزيد حجمه عن راحة اليد.. لابد أن يكون شخصا عبقريا!

البداية كانت بطئية نوعا ما.. و لكن مع توالي الصفحات ازداد انغماسي في الرواية.. حتى وصلت قمتها في نهاية الصفحات في الحديث بين العالم الأرضي و الرئيس القمري.. وهي النقطة التي يفصح فيها
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Marts  (Thinker)
Aug 19, 2008 Marts (Thinker) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys classic adventure stories!!!!
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
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Ahmed
لو قيسنا الرواية علميا بمعلوماتنا الحالية مش هتساوي 10 %
لكن بمقاييس 1901 طبعا معلومات قيمة
معجبنيش وصفه للقمر والمخلوقات القمرية ... إلخ
عجبني الحوار بين كافور والقمري الأكبر و ده كان المغزى من الروايةوالرسالة اللي عايز يوصلها للبشر ساعتها
هحاول أحصل على نسخة منمن الأرض إلى القمر قريبا وأقارن ما بينهم
Melissa (ladybug)
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
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Jonfaith
Dec 10, 2012 Jonfaith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Bev
This is not my favorite H. G. Wells novel. I really enjoyed The Island of Dr. Moreau last fall--it won the creepy contest sponsored by Softdrink & Heather in their annual Dueling Monsters challenge. And The Invisible Man garnered 4 stars this year. But The First Men in the Moon is one of Wells' lesser known novels--and I think deservedly so.

It is the story of two men who find a way to journey to the moon (back at the turn of the last century). There is the brilliant scientific theorist who c
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Tariq Alferis


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طالما استهوى القمر كتّاب الخيال العلمي، فلقد وصف ويلز القمر بأنه عالما غريبا تقطنه كائنات شبيه بالحشرات، في سنة قدمت السينما فلم رحلة الى القمر أول فلم خيال علمي وهذه صورة مقتبسة من الفلم تمثل وصول الصاروخ وماعاناه القمر من أسى واكتئاب من جرّاء ذلك
يُعتبر ه،ج، ويلز من مؤسسي أدب الخيال العلمي، قدم العديد من الأعمال التي تعتبر اليوم شيء عادي أو سخيف مقارنة بالتقدم التكنولوجي الحالي، قرأت الرواية بسبب مُشاهدة أول فلم خيال علمي في التاريخ . هذا الكتاب كان السبب المُباشر لبداية عصر صناعة الأفلام، ج
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Mohammed Youssef
وأنا أقرأ أدب جورج هربرت ويلز أفكر في كل كلمة تكتب في الرواية وإرتباطها بالعلم الذي عجز عن تحقيقه العلماء ،ويلز يأخذني إلى عالم أخر عالم لم أسمع عنه قط ولم أره بالطبع ، قد يعجز العلم -لفترة مؤقتة- عن ترجمة أدب ويلز إلى واقع ملموس ولكننا سنبحر معه إلى أفاق أبعد من خيالنا أفاق نُسجت من خيال واحد فقط .. خيال ويلزي جدا

يأخذنا إلى تجربة فريدة جدا في القمر ذلك الكيان الشاعري الذي لم نتصور بواقعيتنا المعهودة ما سيدور في ذهنه وهو يكتب تلك الرواية الممتعة قد تظن في نهاية الرواية أنها مغامرة أسطورية ولكنك
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Jim
May 09, 2015 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
Oh, for the good old days when men believed that the moon was inhabited by "Selenites" who lived in deep caves underground! H.G. Wells in his The First Men in the Moon takes two Englishmen, the eccentric inventor Cavor and the ne'er-do-well Bedford to the moon in a spherical spaceship using an antigravity substance called Cavorite.

Fortunately for these ill-prepared astronauts, the moon has plenty of oxygen, so they don't need a spacesuit with breathing apparatus. In no time at all, they get lost
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Rebecca
I bought this almost a year ago and only just added it to Goodreads. Good job, Becki. Now I'm paranoid about other books I might have forgotten to add...
Vera
Jul 21, 2014 Vera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another very nice science fiction story by H.G. Wells. This book was written before the first airplane had flown and Wells writes about a journey to the moon. Jules Verne wrote about travelling to the moon 35 years before Wells. The characters in Verne's book are being shot to the moon a giant projectile, which reminds of the actual space shuttles (which wasn't about to start before a hundred years after Verne's publication!!).
Wells, on the other hand, takes a very different, not less creative a
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Hayley Stewart
Jun 13, 2012 Hayley Stewart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Full review can be found here

One of H. G. Wells lesser known books (in comparison to the likes of The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, War of The Worlds) I still thought it was worth going into it with the feelings that reading his other books gave me.

Set in England, Wells introduces us to Bedford – a man who’s trying to find an easy way to earn money to pay off the debt collectors chasing him... and Professor Cavor, your run-of-the-mill eccentric scientist who has just hit upon an idea for an i
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Salsabil Emam
Oct 01, 2012 Salsabil Emam is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
سأكتب رأيي في هذا الكتاب بالعامية لأن له حكاية لا تصلح إلا سرداً ودياً :D

الكتاب ده عامل رقم قياسي شخصي معايا .. حيث أنه أطول زمن أستغرقه في قراءة كتاب .. !!!

الكتاب ده كنت بقرأه أيام الثانوية العامة .. و نمت و سيبته تحت المخدة .. و صحيت روحت المدرسة و جيت ملقيتهوش :D
.. و طلعت أُمي الحبيبة حفظها الله و أمد في عمرها و أعطاها الصحة .. خبيته عشان مضيعش وقتي فيه و أركز في المذاكرة

:D و لغاية دلوقتي - و ده نادراً ما يحدث لي لأني زهايمر مُتحرك- فاكرة أجزاء كتير منه و فاكرة مجمل موضوعه .. و فاكرة مقدمة ا
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Noir_alice
May 09, 2015 Noir_alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Forget The Invisible Man and The Time Machine, this should be considered a timeless classic by Wells! The science is outdated and fantastical, but it has all the wonder and intrigue of science fiction. It is an eccentric blend of tongue in cheek humor, swashbuckling adventure, and chilling despair. It is one of the most entertaining science fiction books I've read, and this is from a major Isaac Asimov fan! I particularly love the imaginative and visually rich world that Wells has created! It is ...more
Po Po
May 25, 2014 Po Po rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Such a disappointment! I expected so much more from this. I was waiting for some philosophical discourse and musings on some enduring, unalterable and inalienable Truth,
as is usually the case in wells' works, but nope. Nothing of the kind in this book.

I'm giving it two stars instead of just one because this story was highly imaginative and VERY unpredictable (I liked that I couldn't foresee what would happen about 50 pages before it actually does).

I think my main issue with this particular stor
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David
მეოცე საუკუნის დასაწყისში დაწერილი სამეცნიერო ფანტასტიკა დღეს აბსოლუტურად განსხვავებულად იკითხება. რაც მაშინ პროგრესულ იდეებს წარმოადგენდა, დღეს უკვე სასაცილოდ შეიძლება არ გვეყოს, მაგრამ ზოგიერთი ავტორი ამის მიუხედავად ახერხებს "წაკითხვადობის" შენარჩუნებას და თავდაპირველი ჟანრისგან გარდაქმნას. ასეთია მაგალითად უელსი და მისი "პირველი ადამიანი მთვარეში", რომელიც რომანტიული სათავგადასავლო ჟანრისავით იკითხება. მისი მოძველებული (ზოგჯერ აბსურდული) თეორიების მიუხედავად წიგნი მაინც საინტერესოდ იკითხება. ...more
Tyska
Two men make it to the moon and discover a hidden society of moon creatures beneath the surface.
Supposed to be one of Wells' best but most underrated books from the time when people hadn't set foot on the Moon, yet.
His stories always seem so simple to me when in fact they are rich in detail and complexity. I love how neatly he combines scientific facts with fiction and how lively the worlds are that he creates. Once again, like in most of his writings, he doesn't miss the chance to criticize hu
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Ariel Lynn
May 18, 2015 Ariel Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was engaging & so well-written that it makes me feel like our language has deteriorated beyond saving. Perhaps I already thought that, however.

I found the whole book, short though it was, engaging & it drives forward a story immersive & interesting beyond countless stories I've read from current authorship. Yes, the language was a little confusing at times, but I only found a word or two here & there that I couldn't quite grasp - even then, I still gathered the basic me
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Tracy
Sep 12, 2014 Tracy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story was fantastic; full of clever parts you had to figure out on your own and entertaining adventures. But the amazingness that makes this book a classic is H.G. Wells Technicolor imagination. Pretty much any and every alien movie you've ever watched has included a part dreamed up by H.G. Wells. Foreign and vibrant landscapes (think Avatar). Odd livestock (think Dune). Bug-like intelligent life (think Ender's Game or others to numerous to list). It's all H.G. Wells.

I just watched a TED ta
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Perry Whitford
Two amateur astronauts take an unlikely trip to the moon in one of H. G. Wells lesser-known scientific romances.

Mr. Bedford and Mr. Cavor are typically eccentric Englishmen, tending towards being outright silly. The latter is a scientist who invents Cavorite, a 'substance opaque to gravitation' from which a spherical spaceship is constructed.

What follows is a fun but uneven mix of accurate and wildly inaccurate science, knockabout adventure and Utopian fantasy. The genuine science and serious mo
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Ismael Galvan
Feb 11, 2014 Ismael Galvan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being that it's a such an old book (in terms of space travel), I didn't know what to expect even from from a legend like H.G Wells. Still, what science did anyone have about space travel back in 1901? Furthermore, the back cover stated, "To the moon and back--without a rocket!"

I've finished the book. I'm greatly impressed how Wells circumvented a rocket in a way that kept this a solid work of science fiction. There's numerous scientific aspects that are flat-out wrong, such as the moon having ox
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Chris Bubb
Jun 27, 2013 Chris Bubb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: work-reads
I generally enjoy H.G. Wells novels. "The War of the Worlds" is among my favorite books, and I also have a soft spot for "The Time Machine", "The Invisible Man", and "The Island of Doctor Moreau". There's something really appealing to me about Wells's style and his vision of the world. It doesn't hurt that his stories are usually gripping as well.

"The First Men in the Moon" is in the general Wells mold, but it had a lesser impact on me than some of his more well-known works. Maybe it's the tone
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Jeremy
Jan 22, 2009 Jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like many of the H. G. Wells books that I have read, I really liked this one. Not so much because of the prose this time, but because of the character Cavor. He is impulsive, single-minded to his one purpose, and doesn't react practically. He flails his arms when excited, and has multiple repetitive mannerisms. In short, he has classic examples of Asperger's Syndrome, or would at least be diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum.

The story was well paced, until Wells covers the adventures Cavor broadcas
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Norm Davis
Jun 23, 2012 Norm Davis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pre Golden era science fiction fans
Recommended to Norm by: "Read the Classics"
In this novel Wells is incredibly detailed in his descriptions of the locations and events. It is as if you were there. It is no wonder that when his “War of the Worlds” was performed on radio many decades ago the folks listening on the radio show had taken the radio performance as reality.

Mr. Wells builds incredible sentences that build upon themselves until the reader has no choice but to imagine the content so very precisely. That makes it “artsy” in my book and who would imagine an ancien
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Russell
I liked the first three-quarters of the book. The science is all wrong, of course, but this is a fine example of a scientific romance. Wells does characters better than Verne, but he lacks Verne's warmth. The two protagonists aren't terribly likable, Bedford is our peephole into the world and while he is interesting he lacks charm. Cavor is a classic absent minded professor, he's amusing and brilliant, but in the end somewhat of a worm of a man, which is a shame. But both men are well characteri ...more
Steve Mitchell
Jul 31, 2011 Steve Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a science fiction novel, this certainly falls down on the science part. Wells’s contemporary Jules Verne complained that in his 1865 novel From the Earth to the Moon the protagonists used a cannon to launch them on their journey where Bedford and Cavor used the fictional substance Cavorite to counter gravity. I do not have a problem with totally made up devices, substances and practices - as the second word of the genre is fiction – provided the author does not then go on to break their own m ...more
John Beta
Sep 27, 2015 John Beta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stars in general, however 5 stars considering it was written in 1901! I especially enjoyed the sections where Mr. Cavor did his best to explain humanity to the Grand Lunar, particularly trying to explain war. I think if an alien race visited Earth, they'd either make a u-turn, or blow us out of existence for our own good!
Douglas Dalrymple
The moon was a much more dangerous place in 1901 than it is today, that’s for sure. And it’s a shame we’ve lost the recipe for antigravity Cavorite, since it would come in handy next time I have to move furniture.

This is by no means a great book (Wells’s The History of Mr Polly is much better) but it’s a fun read of the half-a-brain-tied-behind-your-back variety, with an authentic old-school sci-fi flavor.

I wonder if grad students in English Lit these days ever write about Wells. There’s fodder
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John
Feb 27, 2011 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
An ingenious, delightfully schlocky good time, The First Men In The Moon is a fantastic blend of beautiful writing, hopelessly outdated science, and Army of Darkness-syle violence. Definitely not to be taken too seriously, but H.G. Wells' eloquent, purposeful writing completely elevates the material out of Mystery Science Theater territory. The last few chapters have little to do with the plot, and I found them to be rather boring; but, other than that, the book flat-out rocks. The image of the ...more
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In 1866, (Herbert George) H.G. Wells was born to a working class family in Kent, England. Young Wells received a spotty education, interrupted by several illnesses and family difficulties, and became a draper's apprentice as a teenager. The headmaster of Midhurst Grammar School, where he had spent a year, arranged for him to return as an "usher," or student teacher. Wells earned a government schol ...more
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