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by H G Wells
30 minutes, 18 seconds
Unabridged Science Fiction Story


One hundred and one years before the films Armegeddon and Deep Impact entered U.S. theaters, the father of modern science fiction scared the crap out of Victorian London with this, the first of such death-from-above science fiction tales. Read by Alex Wilson.

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Originally for sale on April 23, 2007, and released free with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License five years later. See the Mission page for why.

Because of internationally diverse copyright laws, this audiobook is only for licensed in the United States, Canada, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand. The text on which this audiobook is based is still protected under copyright in the European Union and many other countries (where pre-1923 copyrights last until 70 years after the author’s death) and will remain so protected until 2017.


Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) was a British author often called "The Father of Science Fiction." Even before the 20th century began, his fiction and articles explored invisibility, interstellar travel, time travel, and genetic experimentation. His novel, The War of the Worlds was serialized in the American magazine Cosmopolitan, and later turned into a famous radio drama by Orson Wells.

Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in
Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)

Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical)
Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.

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