This book by H. G. Wells has created quite a stir. Orignially science fiction set in small town England, a radio drama troupe in 1938 decided to make it more relevant to the listeners by setting it in 1938 New England, and people who did not hear the introduction stating that it was fiction thought the world was coming to an end.
I really enjoyed this book. H.G., I am sorry I have never read any of your work before-- I love it! For those of you that don't enjoy sci-fi, its a pretty short book (around 200 pages) and its literature, so expand your horizons.