Publication detailsJames, Simon J. (orig.) (2017). Wells, H.G., The First Men in the Moon . Oxford: Oxford University Press
- Publication type: Scholarly Edition
- ISSN/ISBN: 9780198705048 (paperback)
- Further publication details on publisher web site
Author(s) from Durham
At the village of Lympne, on the south coast of England, the failed playwright Mr Bedford meets the brilliant inventor Mr Cavor, and together they invade the moon. The First Men in the Moon is both an inspired and imaginative fantasy of space travel and alien life, and a satire of turn-of-the-century Britain and of utopian dreams of a wholly ordered and rational society. This edition examines the book as pivotal in the development of Wells's career, as it both foreshadows and satirises Wells's own imaginings of a perfected and centrally organised society.