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The First Men in the Moon

Book cover for First Men in the Moon

The First Men in the Moon: HG Wells

The First Men in the Moon is a scientific romance by H G Wells which was first published in 1901. It documents a journey to the moon taken by two men who discover a way to defy the laws of gravity and go on to discover a sophisticated extra-terrestrial civilisation who inhabit the moon.

The extract featured here, taken from chapter three of the novel, introduces Cavorite, a fictional metal which acts as a gravity shield. In order to create it, Dr Cavor fused together a number of metals and other elements, heated the mixture and then let it cool to a temperature of sixty degrees Fahrenheit. After this cooling process, Cavorite protects objects contained within it from the effects of gravity. In attempting to reach the moon, Cavor decides to build a spherical spacecraft using the metal.

The First Men in the Moon by HG Wells read by Mark Smith

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