Regarded as one of the fathers of science fiction, H.G.Wells wrote The Time
Machine, The War of the Worlds among other works. He was born 21 September 1866 and died 13 August 1946. He wrote other genres too, including history, politics, and text books.
I remember reading The War of the Worlds in a comic form when I was a kid
and being impressed with it and also because I found an interesting snippet of
information regarding the book – A broadcast by Orson Welles of a dramatization of the novel War of the Worlds in the US on 30 Oct. 1938 caused a furor, many of its millions of listeners taking it for a factual report of the invasion by Martians of New Jersey.
Science fiction written by Jules Verne and H.G.Wells always fascinated me –
I marveled at how they must have visualized what they did in their books and
how they would feel if they could look and have a glimpse into today’s world,
where some of what they wrote as science fiction is reality!
The First Men in the Moon is a scientific romance published in 1901. H. G. Wells called it one of his “fantastic stories”.
Many critics of the time dismissed his writings as writings for children and flights of fancy but the works still remained popular and provided inspiration for a whole new breed of writers later, including George Orwell. His
contemparory, Jules Verne, also criticized him for this book and how he described/used Cavorite.
Book review of First Men in the Moon:
brings them to a fascinating new world – the moon as they never expected it to be – full of
strange, fast-growing plants, mooncalves, and moon creatures called Selenites. As they explore the moon and its life, they also discover more about mankind. The book reflects the authors views on war and mankind in general.
What’s in a Name Challenge 2012
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Challenge 2012
e-Book Challenge 2012
Classics Challenge 2012Memes:
Middle English word referring to a flighty or whimsical person, usually a young woman. In modern use, it is slang for an overly talkative person.Its origin is in a meaningless representation of chattering.
- 1. a broom, esp one made of a bundle of twigs tied to a handle
(Team Sports / Curling) Curling a broom or brush used to sweep the ice in front of the stone to make it slide farther
- kop·je (also kop·pie) n. S. AFRICAN a small hill in a generally flat area. from Afrikaans koppie, from Dutch kopje, diminutive of kop ‘head’.
prep. 1 from side to side of; across: a long counter thrown athwart the entranceway. 2 in opposition to; counter to: these statistics run sharply athwart conventional presumptions. ■ adv. 1 across from side to side; transversely: one table running athwart was all the room would hold. 2 so as to be perverse or contradictory: our words ran athwart and we ended up at cross purposes. late Middle English
8 thoughts on “World of Words Wednesday – The First Men in the Moon”
I included besom in my list this week too! I found it in Tom's Midnight Garden. I love flibbertigibbet. For such a preposterous looking word it rolls off the tongue quite readily. I know I've come across it repeatedly in a movie- I just can't think of which one right now. Mary Poppins maybe. Or Monty Python?
i realized where i had heard that word before – Flibbertigibbet – from the song 'Maria' from 'The Sound of Music'! My daughter loves the 'Favorite Things' song from the movie and as she was singing it, I remembered this one:)
I also liked this book but thought it fell a bit in the middle. I agree with you that the descriptions are great.
I haven't sat down to write my thoughts about it yet.
I agree with you.. The part of the book where the reports are transmitted from the moon to the earth was a little too long for me.. but the book overall managed to keep me occupied..
I love flibbertigibbet, but I hope I'm not one!
I most certainly turn into one many times…:)
I knew flibbertigibbet but not the others.
yes, that was the only one that sounded familiar to me though I was not sure what it exactly meant