Frequently cited as a forerunner to his masterpiece, The War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells' "The Crystal Egg" concerns an odd antique trinket that provides its owner visions of a strange Martian landscape and its alien inhabitants. Acclaimed radio broadcaster Walter Covell, performs Wells’ short story with fluid efficiency and quick-clipped clarity. Covell colors the proceedings with vivd role-playing, breathing life into a reticent antiques dealer, his impetuous wife, an extravagant prince, and a curious clergyman whose extraterrestrial discovery has grave implications for Earth.
The War of the Worlds was probably H.G. Wells' best-known work, but this brief tale indicates that he had more than a passing interest in Mars. The artifact that the title refers to would not seem too extraordinary today, but this brilliant prediction of robotic planetary exploration seemed fantastic in the early 20th century.
Herbert George Wells, better known as H.G. Wells, was an English writer best known for such science-fiction novels as The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, and The Island of Doctor Moreau. He was a prolific writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and produced works in many different genres, including contemporary novels, history, and social commentary. Wells, along with Jules Verne, is sometimes referred to as "The Father of Science Fiction".
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"Combining the scientist's analytical view, the historian's sense of destiny, the novelist's vivid feel for everyday life, and the artist's limitless imagination, H.G. Wells crafted impressive fantasies - and the most exciting works of 20th-century science fiction." (H. G. Wells: A Sketch of His Life and Works)
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