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The First Men in the Moon

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  9,462 Ratings  ·  361 Reviews
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. Wit ...more
Paperback, 213 pages
Published March 31st 2005 by Penguin Classics (first published 1901)
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Nov 09, 2013 Edward rated it really liked it
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بسام عبد العزيز
Oct 21, 2014 بسام عبد العزيز rated it it was amazing
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
Marts  (Thinker)
Jan 08, 2008 Marts (Thinker) rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Dec 03, 2012 Jonfaith rated it really liked it
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
May 08, 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
Tariq Alferis

طالما استهوى القمر كتّاب الخيال العلمي، فلقد وصف ويلز القمر بأنه عالما غريبا تقطنه كائنات شبيه بالحشرات، في سنة ١٩٠٢ 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 الأفلا
Po Po
May 13, 2014 Po Po rated it it was ok
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
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
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
Hayley Stewart
Jan 05, 2012 Hayley Stewart rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
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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
Mar 31, 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
Minh Nhân Nguyễn
3,5 sao

Truyện ra đời đã lâu rồi nên một số chi tiết không còn chính xác nữa. Nhưng mình vẫn rất tôn trọng tác giả chứ không thích những nhận xét chê bai cuốn sách vì lý do đó. Khi đọc ta cứ xem như "mặt trăng" ở đây là một hành tinh con người chưa khám phá tới thì sẽ thấy thú vị hơn nhiều.

Ngoài sự tưởng tượng phong phú, sáng tạo; những tình tiết phiêu lưu gây cấn; sự vận dụng logic và lý thú các kiến thức khoa học; thì cuốn sách còn mang một thông điệp sâu sắc ở cuối truyện. Đây là điều làm mình
Jan 04, 2014 Danielle rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 09, 2016 Ian rated it liked it
Wells is always good fun, but this is the least successful of his sci-fi novels that I have encountered, mainly because science did finally catch up with his imagination and prove so many of his suppositions about the moon to be wrong. The narrator chances upon a mad scientist, Cavor, who invents a sort of anti-magnetic element from which they build a ship to propel them to the moon. The atmosphere, geology and composition of the moon are all complete hokum, as are the insect-like inhabitants, t ...more
May 15, 2016 Thảo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Phần đặc sắc nhất của tác phẩm này đã bị thời gian bào mòn, khiến cho những tưởng tượng về một chuyến du hành đến mặt trăng không nhiều thú vị như đáng ra phải có. Một tác phẩm có hạn sử dụng, như mình hay nói. Cái còn sót lại ở đây không phải là các tình tiết liên quan đến thể loại sci-fi nữa mà chính là vấn đề con người. Dùng mặt trăng để nói về chúng ta, Trái Đất. Nhưng kể cả như vậy, đã chẳng có gì thực sự đủ sâu.
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...
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
Jan 18, 2014 David added it
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
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
Huda Aweys
في العصور دي كانت بداية تطلعات البحث عن حياة خارج المحيط الأرضي الذي كان قد بدأ يضيق بمن عليه بعد ما أتبعته الثورة الصناعية من قيود وآلام واحباطات وصدمات للإنسان الحديث ...
خيال علمي رومانتيكي بيعكسلنا تطلعات انسان هذا العصر نحو (البراح) ... التخلص من القيود الزمانية والمكانية والمادية
ايضا بتعكسلنا شعوره بالنقص والاضطراب والخوف من ذلك الغد القلق .. المهدد دوما بالحروب والصراعات
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 è abitata nel sottosuolo da una sorta di lunatici formichieri... Da leggere tutto d'un fiato!
Nov 19, 2016 Matthew rated it really liked it
The First Men in the Moon has two unusual features. Firstly the title is not a typographical error or misprint. Cavor and Bedford are not merely the first men on the moon, but the first men in the moon, and this second fact is more significant than the first.

It is curious that Wells chose to create a book in which lunar civilisation is subterranean, rather than surface-dwelling, but it does make a kind of sense. Wells’ depiction of life on the moon has been rendered obsolete by what we now know
Norm Davis
Jun 16, 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
Ismael Galvan
Feb 06, 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
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
Dec 23, 2013 Russell rated it liked it
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
Chris Bubb
May 30, 2013 Chris Bubb rated it liked it
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
Jan 22, 2009 Jeremy rated it really liked it
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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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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