The First Men in the Moon, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


When penniless businessman Mr Bedford retreats to the Kent coast to write a play, he meets by chance the brilliant Dr Cavor, an absent-minded scientist on the brink of developing a material that blocks gravity.

Cavor soon succeeds in his experiments, only to tell a stunned Bedford the invention makes possible one of the oldest dreams of humanity: a journey to the moon.

With Bedford motivated by money, and Cavor by the desire for knowledge, the two embark on the expedition.

But neither are prepared for what they find a world of freezing nights, boiling days and sinister alien life, on which they may be trapped forever.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9780141441085



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The story's protaginist, Mr. Bedford, meets a scientist on the verge of an amazing discovery - a material that blocks gravity. The two characters then build a device that enables them to travel to the moon, where they encounter an extraordinary landscape, populated by strange plants, animals and even an intellegent human-like population. The book provides one of the fist examples of science fiction, and introduces the concept of space exploration decades before this feat became a reality. It has been read as a critique of imperialism, through the main character's desire to exploit the seemingly abundant supply of gold on the moon, and his brutal treatment of the resident population. This book is less well known than Wells' other works, but I would say that it is just as good as 'war of the worlds'. Some caution is advised for those who would have difficulty with the outdated scientific (mis)conceptions, ie. breathing on the moon, gravity-blocking material, animals on the moon!

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Rereading H.G. Wells has been quite an experience. When I first read this one, I remember, I was most impressed by the adventure story. This time around, 45 years later, I was struck by Wells' humor. There were times I almost laughed out loud while reading, a reaction not to the pseudo-science but to Wells deft handling of social satire and irony. A very good read.

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Very early sci-fi - reflecting the era & world-views of its times.Read Dec 2006