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The First Men in the Moon

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  6,496 ratings  ·  238 reviews
In this 1901 classic, Wells's "first men in the moon" practice lunar locomotion, get lost in a moon jungle, and confront intelligent life in lunar caverns. The actions of these two earthlings createa delightful tale filled with adventure, romance, and fantasy that still stirs the imagination....more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published December 18th 2000 by Dover Publications (first published 1901)
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Rabindranauth
It all begins when Mr. Bedford retires to the countryside to write a play, where he befriends the eccentric scientist Mr. Cavor. Mr. Cavor is a physicist and he’s currently developing a material he terms Cavorite, which is capable of negating the force of gravity. Then, he miscalculates, and a sheet of his wonder material is produced and negates the forces of gravity acting on it. This makes it shoot off into the atmosphere. This inspires Mr. Cavor to design a ship plated in windows of Cavorite,...more
Marts  (Thinker)
Aug 19, 2008 Marts (Thinker) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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...more
Jonfaith
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...more
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...more
Bev Hankins
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...more
Po Po
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...more
Hayley Stewart
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...more
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
Tracy
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...more
Ismael Galvan
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...more
Brenda
I was surprised at how much I enjoy this book. I downloaded it from Amazon eons ago and never even thought twice about it. However I play a game with my self on my kindle when picking a new book. I look away while I scroll up and down the book choices. Then I stop and I pick a book from what is on screen.

I found parts of it quite funny. However looking back, I wonder if they were funny on purpose or I am seeing it wrong. Some bits were quite brilliant. Some bits were a bit sexist. I think our n...more
Vera
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...more
Jeremy
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...more
Norm Davis
Jun 23, 2012 Norm Davis rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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
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...more
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...more
John
Feb 27, 2011 John rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Seema Dubey
HG Wells is one of the finest sci-fi writers, one has come across! While reading Wells one needs to remember that he wrote in times when there was no technology to speak of, and the world was mostly a mystery waiting to unravel! He was able to conjure up such great tales that even today they can be made into films with excellent watch-value (War of the Worlds). His imagination spoke of the things that were made possible only much, much later. Today's teens/ youth may not find the books having mu...more
Jim Dooley
What a nice departure it is to find a playful writer joining the serious moralist who has been the creator of works like THE SLEEPER AWAKES. This book is genuinely humorous and a rollicking good adventure, not unlike some of those delightful pulp stories found in the pages of "Amazing Stories."

Years ago, I remember enjoying two versions of this tale. The first was the exhilarating movie version that balanced gentle humor with a thoroughly entertaining science fiction adventure. The second was an...more
Jonathan Carlisle
Upon the first explanation of Cavorite, I was enamored. I enjoy seeing an imaginary world through the eyes of an 'outdated' factual mind. The separation of years between Wells and myself almost guarantees that he had heard, and possibly possessed, many scientific hypotheses that have not previously entered my realm of awareness. This means that an old idea can become a new idea to me. And isn't that why we read science fiction? As a story, I enjoyed the pacing right up until the premature end. T...more
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Ginelle
Mr. Bedford leases a home far away from busy civilization and his impending bankruptcy. He aims to write a play, and so change his monetary fortunes, while there but this is all upended by his introduction to Mr. Cavor. Mr. Cavor is Bedford's neighbor, and lives with an earnest want to learn things. In his house he has a laboratory in which he is attempting to create a gravity-defying substance. The book follows his success and his travel to the moon with Bedford.
I loved the description of thing...more
Lina
Jan 27, 2014 Lina rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: SciFi fans, those interested in ethical viewpoints
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H.G. Wells WELLS, H.G. (BRI) PRVI LJUDI NA MJESECU The First Men in the Moon Zanimljiva biblioteka (Mladost), str. 3-161 1952
H.Dž. Vels WELLS, H.G. (BRI) PRVI LJUDI NA MESECU The First Men in the Moon Džepna knjiga Svjetlost 218, str. 3-206 1961

http://opak.crolib.hr/cgi-bin/wero.cg... (1952)
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> prema prijevodu Zlatka Terkovića (tj. prema izdanju iz 1923)

http://opak.crolib.hr/cgi-bin/wero.cg... (1923)
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Nathan Jerpe
Now if you were heading to the moon and could only bring a dozen things, surely a handkerchief would be one of them? How about a cricket cap? It's 1901, after all. There are some things in this modern era we cannot live without.

There are nice comic touches here I didn't expect, and on the Top Ten pre-Rocketry Conveyances For Sending One Off Into Space, this one is second only to Bergerac's bottles of dew. This book is not exactly full of memorable characers (or women), but there's lots of techni...more
Riju Ganguly
One of the good old classics that had got me into sci-fi long-long ago. This 'recent' edition was a modestly scholastic one, but could have provided more information. The story is a winner, and that fact hardly needs any corroboration. Recommended.
David
H.G. Well's "The First Men in the Moon" (published in 1901, so it's long out of copyright and there are free editions on the web) is a Very Good (4 stars out of 5) piece of classic Science Fiction. It's nicely written with good descriptions and good characters (though the main character is a wee bit of a jerk). The one thing that I wish were different is the "addendum" that continues the book after what we would normally consider the end. This last 20% of the book has a different tone from the e...more
Laura
Sep 14, 2012 Laura rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bettie, Carey
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Penniless businessman Mr Bedford meets the brilliant Cavor, an absent-minded scientist with a dream. Read by Tim Pigott-Smith.
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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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