Author: H.G. Wells
Title: The War of the Worlds
Original publication date: 1898
Book awards: BBC's Big Read (Best loved novel, 2003, No 194), Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century (85), Guardian 1000 (Science Fiction & Fantasy), 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006/2008 Edition),
First words: No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as me
Last words: And strangest of all is it to hold my wife's hand again, and to think that I have counted her, and she has counted me, among the dead.