# 21188

"EASTERLEY, Robert and WILBRAHAM, John" (pseud.); [POTTER, Robert, 1831-1908]

The germ growers

$1,000.00 AUD

Melbourne : Melville, Mullen & Slade, 1892. Octavo, gilt-lettered pebbled cloth over bevelled boards (light edge wear, faint library markings to spine), patterned endpapers, pp vi, 274; contents clean.

One of the first Australian works of science fiction, and one of the earliest works to postulate an alien invasion of Earth, published six years prior to H.G. Wells’ The war of the worlds.

The story is set in Australia’s North West, where aliens who have taken on the appearance of human beings attempt to develop a virulent disease which will wipe out the human race. The plot also involves the indigenous people of the region. The author, an Irish-born Melbourne clergyman, published the work under a pseudonym.

Morris Miller, p. 652.