H.G.Wells/ The First Men in the Moon

H.G.Wells/ The First Men in the Moon

The Last Message Cavor sent to the Earth

And that is all.

It may be he made a hasty attempt to spell “useless” when his fate was close upon him. Whatever it was that was happening about that apparatus we cannot tell. Whatever it was we shall never, I know, receive another message from rhe moon. For my oen part a vivid dream has come to my help, and I see, almost as plainly as though I had seen it in actual fact, a blue-lit shadowy dishadishevelled Cavor struggling in the grip of these insect Selenites, struggling even more desperately and hopelessly as they press upon him, shouting, expostulating, perhaps even at last fighting, and being forced bakwards step by step out of all speech or sing of his fellows, for evermore into the Unknown – into the dark, into the silence that has no end.
H.G. Wells was born in Bromley, Kent, in 1866. Graduating from London University in 1888, he taught science fir a short while until beginning a career as a journalist and novelist. He explored the fantastic and the marvellous, creating much of the groundwork for what we now understand as science fiction. Later on, he adopted a more realistic, socially-conscious approach in both fiction and non-fiction.

He died in 1946.

(Fontana, 1978; first published in 1901)