# 21188

[POTTER, Robert]. "EASTERLEY, Robert and WILBRAHAM, John" (pseud.)

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 marks to spine), patterned endpapers, pp. vi; 274, text block 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. Set in the North-West of Australia, the story features encounters with Aboriginal tribesmen and a technologically advanced alien race. The author, a Melbourne clergyman, published the work under a pseudonym.

Morris Miller, p. 652.

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