"Why do people read science fiction? In hopes of receiving such writing as this--a ravishingly accurate vision of things unseen; an utterly unexpected yet necessary beauty." So says Ursula K. Le Guin in her Introduction to "The First Men in the Moon," H. G. Wells's 1901 tale of space travel. Heavily criticized upon publication for its fantastic ideas, it is now justly considered a science fiction classic.
Cavor, a brilliant scientist who accidentally produces a gravity-defying substance, builds a spaceship and, along with the materialistic Bedford, travels to the moon. The coldly intellectual Cavor seeks knowledge, while Bedford seeks fortune. Instead of insight and gold they encounter the Selenites, a horrifying race of biologically engineered creatures who viciously, and successfully, defend their home.
About the Author
Editor Luke Hartwell is author of the novels Atom Heart John Beloved, Nathan's Story, and Locomotives in Winter. Jack London is the well-known author of Call of the Wild, White Fang, and other tales of the arctic, the sea, and the future. H.G. Wells is the equally famous author of War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, and other science fiction works. Robert Hugh Benson is best known for the work included here, Lord of the World.
Ursula K. Le Guin was born in Berkeley, California, in 1929. Over the course of her career she has published more than sixty books of fiction, fantasy, science fiction, children s literature, poetry, drama, criticism, and translation, and is the multiple winner of the highest awards in several fields. Among her honors are a National Book Award, a PEN/Malamud Award for short fiction, five Hugo and five Nebula Awards, twenty-one Locus Awards, the Kafka Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the National Book Foundation s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband.
“Written with astonishing animation and lucidity.” —G. K. Chesterton