In the first chapter of First Men in the Moon, Wells writes:

And this book is the sequel.

The Wikipedia page for First Men says it is preceded by Love and Mr Lewisham, however, the plot of Love doesn't seem to have anything to do with First Men.

Is there prequel to First Men or am I misreading the text?


The full context is (from Project Gutenburg):

As I sit down to write here amidst the shadows of vine-leaves under the blue sky of southern Italy, it comes to me with a certain quality of astonishment that my participation in these amazing adventures of Mr. Cavor was, after all, the outcome of the purest accident. It might have been any one. I fell into these things at a time when I thought myself removed from the slightest possibility of disturbing experiences. I had gone to Lympne because I had imagined it the most uneventful place in the world. "Here, at any rate," said I, "I shall find peace and a chance to work!"

And this book is the sequel.

A secondary definition of the word “sequel” is “a result, consequence, or inference.” The narrator is effectively saying “I had an adventure. This book is the result.”

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