The First Men in the Moon

The First Men in the Moon  (1901) 
by H. G. Wells

The First Men in the Moon is a science fiction novel written by the British author H. G. Wells. It was originally serialised in The Strand Magazine from December 1900 to August 1901, and first published in hardcover in 1901 by George Newnes. The novel tells the story of a journey to the moon undertaken by the two main protagonists: the impecunious businessman Bedford and the brilliant but eccentric scientist Dr Cavor. Excerpted from The First Men in the Moon on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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THE FIRST MEN IN
THE MOON

First Men in the Moon (1901) frontispiece.jpg

"I was progressing in great leaps and bounds"

Frontispiece.

The First Men
in the Moon

By

H. G. Wells

Author of "Tales of Space and Time,"
"Love and Mr. Lewisham,"
and "Anticipations"

"Three thousand stadia from the earth to the moon. . . . Marvel not, my comrade, if I appear talking to you on super-terrestrial and aerial topics. The long and the short of the matter is that I am running over the order of a Journey I have lately made."—Lucian's Icaromenippus

London
George Newnes, Limited
Southampton Street, Strand
1901

CONTENTS


  1. PAGE
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  3. II.
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    28
  4. III.
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    41
  5. IV.
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    54
  6. V.
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    61
  7. VI.
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    70
  8. VII.
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    77
  9. VIII.
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  10. IX.
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  11. X.
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    107
  12. XI.
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    115
  13. XII.
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    132
  14. XIII.
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    140
  15. XIV.
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    152
  16. XV.
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  17. XVI.
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  18. XVII.
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  19. XVIII.
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    1. XIX.
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    2. XX.
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    3. XXI.
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    4. XXII.
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    5. XXIII.
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      277
    6. XXIV.
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      289
    7. XXV.
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      316
    8. XXVI.
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      340

    LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS


    "I was progressing in great Leaps and Bounds" Frontispiece
    "He gesticulated with his Hands and Arms" . To face page 6
    "I looked back at his receding Figure" 11
    "I sat across the Edge of the Manhole and looked down into the Black Interior" 54
    "We watched intensely" 87
    "I realised my Leap had been too Violent" 101
    "Insects," murmured Cavor, "Insects" 130
    "There the Thing was, looking at Us" 137
    "Bedford," he whispered, "there's a sort of Light in front of Us" 177
    "The nearer I struggled, the more awfully remote it seemed" 236
    "They carried Him into Darkness" 292
    The Grand Lunar 322


    This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1926.


    The author died in 1946, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.