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Bedford the somewhat unscrupulous businessman (and would-be playwright) joins forces with his neighbor, an eccentric scientist named Cavor, who is developing a metal that can repel gravity. In a sphere they build, they end up on the moon.
Wells wrote many strange tales, and this is one of the stranger. What they find is that an ant-like race lives under the moon's surface, in a massive nest of tunnels that goes hundreds of miles down. They are captured, they try to communicate, they try to escape. In the process, Bedford proves that he's mainly interested in Number One; Cavor, with his endlessly inquiring mind, bridges the gap and begins exchanging information with the "Selenites" - or, less formally, the "Moonies" - until they learn that one of the major industries on earth is the manufacture of weapons of war: and that gold, one of the commoner metals on the moon, is prized on earth above life itself.
It's a short, fast, entertaining tale, with a surprising amount of humor. But the structure is a bit odd and the end surprisingly open-ended.
Greg Wagland is an excellent narrator of HG Wells (and maybe other authors as well!) - I'm definitely going to look for some of his other work here.
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