The First Men In The Moon Author:H.G. Wells "A mass of smoke and ashes, and a square of bluish shining substance rushed up towards the zenith. A large fragment of fencing came sailing past me, dropped edgeways, hit the ground and fell flat, and then the worst was over. The aerial commotion fell swiftly until it was a mere strong gale, and I became once more aware that I had breath and fee... more »t. By leaning back against the wind I managed to stop, and could collect such wits as still remained in me."
Such is the discovery of Cavorite, and the necessary measures for controlling it lead to the construction of a sphere in which Cavor and Bedford make man's first flight to the Moon. The voyage, landing, and exploration of the Moon are described with meticulous detail and realism; but it is when a strange civilization is discovered in the lunar caverns that we discover the author's chief interest in writing the novel. Here we have one of the early true science-fiction novels which criticize human society through the depiction of a non-human culture: Wells the sociologist joins forces with Wells the writer of scientific romances, and the two aspects of the author are well balanced.« less