War of the Worlds
This story begins at an observatory in England where the narrator witnesses explosions on Mars. This event is followed by what is thought to be a meteor landing not far from the observatory. Once the narrator travels to the spot of the meteor landing he discovers it is actually a cylinder and the cylinder contains Martians. The story chronicles the Martian attacks throughout many parts of England, even devastating London and the narrator escapes with many chilling and near death adventures. Read more on Wikipedia.
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Herbert George Wells was a prolific English writer best known for his work in the science fiction genre, although his writings included contemporary novels, history and social commentary. He was an outspoken socialist and a pacifist and his later works became increasingly political. Read more on Wikipedia