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The First Men in the Moon

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The novel tells the story of a journey to the moon by the impecunious businessman Mr Bedford and the brilliant but eccentric scientist Dr Cavor. On arrival, Bedford and Cavor find the moon inhabited by a race of moon-folk the two call "Selenites." The novel can also be read as a critique of prevailing political opinions from the turn of the century, particularly of imperia ...more
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Published (first published 1901)
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محمد مكرم
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ما الذي يحدث لو صعد الأنسان إلى القمر؟
ظل ذلك السؤال يراود خيال الكثير من الأدباء و الشعراء لمئات السنين، و نسجت الكثير من الأساطير عن القمر من بينها أن هناك حضارة اخرى على القمر، و كائنات أخرى تحيا هناك، و هو ما تبناه هربرت جورج ويلز في عمله الحالي، حيث يقرر رجل أعمال و عالم غريب الأطوار القيام برحلة إلى القمر ليكتشفا أن القمر مسكون بحضارة فضائية متطورة و تحكمه كائنات عاقلة
بالطبع للرواية أبعاد اخرى غير جانب التشويق و الأثارة العلمية، يحاول هربرت جورج ويلز نقد المجتمع الأرضي بأكمله ، والحضارة الز
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
...and no cheese to be found...

When Mr Bedford's financial difficulties become pressing, he leaves London for the quiet of the Kentish countryside to write a play which he is sure will win him fame and fortune, despite him never having written anything before. Instead, he meets his new neighbour Mr Cavor, an eccentric scientist, and becomes intrigued and excited by the possibilities of the invention Cavor is working on – a substance that will defy gravity. Bedford, always with an eye for the ma
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
Marts  (Thinker)
Jan 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys classic adventure stories!!!!
Shelves: classics
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
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 04, 2014 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
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
Dec 03, 2012 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
Back when I read The War of the Worlds I had this dream that I was going to love every book by Wells. To be honest I'm in the cliché part with this author. Lets say I loved his most iconic works and got bored with his indie ones. I don't know what it was with The First Men in the Moon, it started very interesting I have no idea when it lost me. The fist half was great but the second half, well, I have no idea. Anyway I can't go lower than 3 stars, the man was a visionary!

No es el estilo, ni la
May 08, 2015 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
Callum McLaughlin
This is one of Wells' lesser known novels, but I found it just as interesting and enjoyable an entry to his canon of work.

As always, I was left both impressed and appreciative of how much the fantastical elements of his stories are based in genuine science. He doesn't take the easy option of just telling us that his characters 'make a space shuttle', he tells us how they do it, but without ever bogging down the narrative.

Obviously in this particular case, the speculative scientific elements hav
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
Mar 31, 2014 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
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
“My habits are regular. My time for intercourse – limited”

I had to giggle at that!

A silly scientist (Cavor) invents an anti-grav paint (Cavorite), coats a sphere with the stuff and with the help of Bedford (Victorian wag), who turns out to be a bit too handy with a crowbar, they float off into space and land on the Moon.

In Wells’ imagination the moon is psychedelic. After a bit of farcical leaping about in the moon’s gravity, they encounter a moon species, the Selenites, ant-like beings, at whic
Po Po
May 13, 2014 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
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 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
Martin Hill
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been a great fan of H. G. Wells since I was a teenager. While I've read many of his lesser-known works, I never got around to reading one of his best-known novels—until now.

The First Men in the Moon was written in 1901, and along with The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds, is one of the books that immediately come to mind when you think of Wells.

If your only knowledge of this book is the 1964 movie, this novel will surprise you. This is no romantic comedy, though there are humorous m
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
Mar 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 15, 2016 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...
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Книжни Криле
Има книги, чието преиздаване на български си е истинско събитие, чисто и просто защото са писани от автор с титанично творчество, някой не просто оставил следа, ами направо променил завинаги цели литературни жанрове. И днешната книга е точно от тези. Благодарение на „Изток-Запад” до нас достига един от ранните диаманти в библиографията на Хърбърт Уелс, който заедно с Жул Верн си дели титлата „Баща на научната фантастика”! Закопчейте коланите и се пригответе за неповторим полет на въображението с ...more
Bear LV
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Một tác phẩm mang giá trị lịch sử đối với dòng văn học Sci-fi. Tuy vậy đặt vào bối cảnh hiện đại như ngày nay thì có lẽ sẽ khá chán đối với đại đa số người đọc. Nhưng giá trị con người và tầm nhìn của tác giả ở đoạn cuối làm mình khá thích dù nó hơi ít ỏi.
Rasha | رشا
اخيرا، آخر الصفحات فحطت فيها تفحيط عشان اخلصها الخيال العلمي فعلا مش مجالي، لكن القصة هذي كونها مكتوبة بأسلوب قديم لم تبقي على اي نوع من الحماس او الفضول للنهاية انتهت القصة قبل نهايتها الفعلية بكثير والبقية لاكمال جزئية كوفير وتوضيح ما حصل معه وكيف قتل في النهاية على يد الفضائيين. البداية كانت جيدة وممتعة لكن ما استمرت على نفس المنوال.
Dan Mortimore
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved The Time Machine and this was just as good! Takes a little bit of a suspension of disbelief - ideas about gravity and life on the moon are quite zany to say the least.

The book was held together by the strong main characters. Mr Bedford - an ambitious but reckless man who has 'come an ugly cropper in business enterprises'. Mr Cavor - an eccentric scientist who is entirely idealistic and unpractical. They're almost caricature, but there's a tension between them which is very satisfying. T
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