H. G. Wells: The First Men in the Moon

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The First Men in the Moon was serialised in Strand Magazine between December 1900 and August 1901 before being published in book form in September 1901. Building on the success of The Time Machine (1895), The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897) and The War of the Worlds (1898), The First Men in the Moon is the only one of Wells’s “scientific romances” to imagine a human voyage into space. The First Men in the Moon joins an established tradition of lunar voyage narratives, including Francis Godwin’s The Man in the Moon (1638) and Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon (1865). Wells himself regarded the work highly, and considered it his …

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McLean, Steven. "The First Men in the Moon". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 June 2012
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