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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of Science Fiction Novel The First Men in the Moon.

The First Men in the Moon originally published in 1901 by H. G. Wells received significant popularity by the readers. The Strand Magazine published the novel, and later a hardcover copy became available.

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Author: H. G. Wells

Genre: Science Fiction

Page count: 232

Good reads rating: 3.69 of 5

My Ratings: 7.4 of 10

Published: 1901 (First Edition)

Publisher: SDE Classics (November 12, 2018)

Language: English

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Review and Summary of The Science Fiction Novel The First Men in the Moon.

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The novel is about the adventures of two men, one a businessman named Bedford and the other a scientist named Cavor. Bedford is a typical businessman, always thinking about making money and ways to increase it. Cairo is intellectual and always in search of new knowledge and experiences. They both meet each other in the countryside in Lympne and become friends.

Cavor tells Bradford about his invention of a device that introduces weightlessness, nullifying the effects of gravity, and named it the Cavorite. This device using the phenomenon of weightlessness allows people to transport to space. Bradford agrees on using it with the hope to make a profit. They both travel to the Moon and after their landing, they discover weird creatures. As the sun rises the frozen temperature of the moon falls to a moderate climate suitable for vegetation causing plants and insects to grow to gigantic size.

They discover bizarre insects like five-foot-tall creatures called the Selenites who feed on worms. At first, they try to hide, but they become captured by the Selenites or the Moonies. Bradford and Cavor both react differently towards their capture. Cavor communicates with the Selenites while Bradford continuously tries to escape, but with as much gold he finds on the moon.

He finally convinces Cavor to escape and they both flee the prison but they capture Cavor. Bradford returns to earth. On earth, he uses the gold collected to purchase a business empire but failed to return to the moon and rescue Cavor. This happened after he lost the cavorite. After many years, Cavor sends radio transmissions to earth from the moon. He informs everybody about life on the planet and the advanced society established by the moonies. It happened with the help of his knowledge and teachings. He informs earth about his communication to the Grand Lunar, but they interrupted his broadcasting.

Final Say on The Science Fiction Novel The First Men in the Moon.

The author wrote an exceptional novel, full of adventures and scientific knowledge. The story takes readers to the moon with the imagination what if life happens away from the earth? I rate this book a 7.4 out of 10 because of the interesting and fascinating plot it presents. Would I re-read the novel? No. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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