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THE WAR OF THE WORLDS

BY
H. G. WELLS,

AUTHOR OF
"THE TIME MACHINE," "THE STOLEN BACILLUS," ETC.

LEIPZIG
BERNHARD TAUCHNITZ
1898.


"But who shall dwell in these Worlds if they be inhabited? Are we or they Lords of the World?
And how are all things made for man?"

                                                                                             KEPLER (quoted in The Anatomy of Melancholy).


TO
MY BROTHER
FRANK WELLS,
THIS RENDERING OF HIS IDEA


CONTENTS.

BOOK I.
THE COMING OF THE MARTIANS.
I. The Eve of the War
II. The falling Star
III. On Horsell Common
IV. The Cylinder unscrews
V. The Heat-ray
VI. The Heat-ray in the Chobham Road
VII. How I reached Home
VIII. Friday Night
IX. The Fighting begins
X. In the Storm
XI. At the Window
XII. What I saw of the Destruction of Weybridge and Shepperton
XIII. How I fell in with the Curate
XIV. In London
XV. What had happened in Surrey
XVI. The Exodus from London
XVII. The "Thunder Child"

BOOK II.
THE EARTH UNDER THE MARTIANS.
I. Under Foot
II. What we saw from the Ruined House
III. The Days of Imprisonment
IV. The Death of the Curate
V. The Stillness
VI. The Work of Fifteen Days
VII. The Man on Putney Hill
VIII. Dead London
IX. Wreckage
X. The Epilogue