When an army of invading Martians lands in England, panic and terror seize the population As the aliens traverse the country in huge three legged machines, incinerating all in their path with a heat ray and spreading noxious toxic gases, the people of the Earth must come to terms with the prospect of the end of human civilization and the beginning of Martian ruleInspiring films, radio dramas, comic book adaptations, television series and sequels,The War of the Worlds is a prototypical work of science fiction which has influenced every alien story that has come since, and is unsurpassed in its ability to thrill, well over a century since it was first published Ladies and gentlemen, I shall read you a wire addressed to Professor Pierson from Dr Gray of the National History Museum, New York 9 15 P M eastern standard time Seismograph registered shock of almost earthquake intensity occurring within a radius of twenty miles of Princeton Please investigate Signed, Lloyd Gray, Chief of Astronomical DivisionProfessor Pierson, could this occurrence possibly have something to do with the disturbances observed on the planet Mars Martians are com Ladies and gentlemen, I shall read you a wire addressed to Professor Pierson from Dr Gray of the National History Museum, New York 9 15 P M eastern standard time Seismograph registered shock of almost earthquake intensity occurring within a radius of twenty miles of Princeton Please investigate Signed, Lloyd Gray, Chief of Astronomical DivisionProfessor Pierson, could this occurrence possibly have something to do with the disturbances observed on the planet Mars Martians are coming Run for your lives Boo Hey, what has Orson Welles got that I have not got Now that I scared you let us go back to the review This is one of the best known science fiction stories of H.G Wells among with The time Machine and The Invisible Man as well as the one of the first ones In case you somehow missed it the book tells the tale of Martian invasion on Earth.These guys decided Mars became too cold, but luckily they have a really nice cozy planet practically next door our own Earth They came and proceeded to beat the crap out of humans using so called heat ray which strongly reminds laser weapons, except that laser was not invented at the time of the book publication And so the fashion showI mean total destruction of humanity began starting with British Islands I found it strange that Martian decided this place was the best landing point by pure laws of probability Russian Empire was the obvious candidate just because they had the largest territory Other than being the fist book that introduced the idea of alien invasion since that time beaten to the death and beyond by pulp media and aforementioned laser there are quite a few interesting themes in here if you read carefully colonialism its ugly sides, religious hypocrisy, and relations between humans and animals usually the former kill the later It might be the very first dystopian novel written way before the term came to be I freely admit that the book is great, but personally I like both The time Machine and The Invisible Man better simply because I am not a big fan of dystopia This is the only reason for one less star of the otherwise perfect rating P.S Who would have thought Martians were anti vaxers Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC s Big Read Poll of 2003 The War of the Worlds goes beyond the of the time popular military invasion fiction, which took away the standard protagonist antagonist arc of single characters and popped whole countries or tribes in their place, and brings down to Earth a whole new enemy at a time when science fiction did not exist and science itself was oft thought of as fiction.In Surrey, a professor is caught up in the invasio Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC s Big Read Poll of 2003 The War of the Worlds goes beyond the of the time popular military invasion fiction, which took away the standard protagonist antagonist arc of single characters and popped whole countries or tribes in their place, and brings down to Earth a whole new enemy at a time when science fiction did not exist and science itself was oft thought of as fiction.In Surrey, a professor is caught up in the invasion of Martians as they sweep through London and its surrounding boroughs after witnessing several explosion on the planet Mars at the Ottershaw observatory We follow the un named professor and his brother in first person narrative, seeing through their eyes this invasion and the destruction causedThe air was full of sound, a deafening and confusing conflict of noises the clangorous din of the Martians, the crash of falling houses, the thud of trees, fences, sheds flashing into flame, and the crackling and roaring of fire Dense black smoke was leaping up to mingle with the steam from the river, and as the Heat Ray went to and fro over Weybridge its impact was marked by flashes of incandescent white, that gave place at once to a smoky dance of lurid flames The first thing one needs to reference is the radio adaptation of 1938, which was narrated by Orson Welles and caused panic due to its news bulletin style those listening thought it was the truth Whilst reading the novel, there is no doubt that the imagery, style and prose of H.G Wells purported this panic It is written with such imagination that it s difficult not to imagine oneself standing on the side of a crater as Martians crawl sluggishly out of their spaceships.It is not often that I can forgive a book its downfalls due to the time of its writing It s all very well to accept that, for the most part, racism and sexism and things of that ilk were at many times in history acceptable behaviour, but enjoying a book from a period with those things in this day and age is a thing I find difficult to do However, in the case of The War of the Worlds I think it is vitally important to read the book with the exact time and place it was written in history to be lodged within your mind alongside every word you read.We have a primitive form of speculative fiction, the very foundations of what we now call science fiction At the time, H.G Wells was writing fiction that had scientific and imaginative leanings, but no one would dare think that perhaps the fiction was not quite fiction after all There is little mention of the Martians weaponry or technology except when it is in use any modern day writer of sci fi would absolutely be telling you all about the nuts and bolts of the piece We have primitive science, because that is what they had at the time of writing Whilst the future may have been thought of, the idea of futuristic technology was as alien to them as the Martians and their technology are in the book.So, the excitement of the scientific exploration of futures is not to be found here But the imagination of Wells is so beyond almost everything else that was around at the time and coupling it with popular militarist fiction means that this is an extremely important novel in the progression of English fiction It is not surprising that Wells was, like Darwin himself, stuck inextricably between the truth of science and the tradition of religion.The story itself, if put in perspective removed from its time period and thought of solely as a novel is nothing special The narrator is disjointed with his surroundings, the story disappointing in the way it ends and less dramatic and climactic than it could have been The style of prose is lacking, the dialogue just standard and the characters just slight breezes on a warm day In that, it would require a mere two or three stars enjoyable, if a little boring But this is a novel that should be remembered for when it was written.The imagination of a scientific man who is at odds with what is right and wrong The spectacular birth of a new genre of, not only writing, but of thinking, too The fact that even though my oestrogen levels were almost at zero, the reunion at the end made me cry my eyes out because it was written so perfectly, so unexpectedly.Of course, that film with that actor was better Of course it was We have perspective and technology now that means the original The War of the Worlds is pretty pathetic It cannot possibly compete with our high standards of today, unless you have half a brain and take this novel for what it truly represents Unless I didn t listen to the novel novel, but I listened to a radio adaptation performed by some fan favorite cast members of Star Trek. I acknowledge that I am one of the few people who actually enjoyed the recent War of the Worlds movie The reason for this has to dowith the original book than Tom Cruise or Steven Speilburg s tendency to wittle everything, including alien attacks, down to simple family problems In a lot of ways, War of the Worlds 2006 was a close to dead on adaptation of the original Victorian novel Just a few words on why you should like, or if you don t like, respect War of the Worlds as a mov I acknowledge that I am one of the few people who actually enjoyed the recent War of the Worlds movie The reason for this has to dowith the original book than Tom Cruise or Steven Speilburg s tendency to wittle everything, including alien attacks, down to simple family problems In a lot of ways, War of the Worlds 2006 was a close to dead on adaptation of the original Victorian novel Just a few words on why you should like, or if you don t like, respect War of the Worlds as a movie It avoids alien movie cliches 1 There are no characters Presidents, generals, etc who tell you what is going on on a global scale all information is through rumors 2 You do not see a major city destroyed nor any iconic landmarks 3 Instead of humanity banding together to defeat a common foe, the characters and others they interact with are left increasingly fragmented and isolated That being said, Speilburg s War of the Worlds adapts much of the plot line and themes from the original novel Instead of the 1950s version which pits a united front against the aliens Cold War adapted , the original Victorian novel has a character travel isolated Wells narrater, like Tom Cruise, finds himself on a ferry crossing, holed up with a panicked priest who conflated with the artillery man, provides us with a freaky Tim Robbins Robbins even shares a few lines with the artillery man The ending is much the same, a kind of Now what sense pervades And of course, Morgan Freeman s opening and closings, are practically word by word from the novel The movie is also a great window into some of the novel s most important themes War of the Worlds, is a very Post 9 11 movie There is the dust, the annhilation of things we find familiar, clothing floats from the sky in mimic of office paperThere is a pervading fear of complete and nonsensical annhiliation Whereas the 1950s adaption pits humanity against an enemy, the updated version worries itself with unknown enemies who spring from the ground And, Speilburg, not one to be subtle, has Dakota Fanning ask Tom Cruise, Is it the terrorists That being said, the Victorian novel is a catelogue of Victorian anxieties This is the age of colonialism, afterall, and suddenly England is beset by a muchpowerful force, unexpected, and completely foreign Reverse colonialism The aliens take England s resources, kill off its people, and even cover the landscape with alien plant life And perhaps the most over arching anxiety of all Darwin Here we have evolution at its cruelest then consume us drinking our blood like in Bram Stoker s Dracula Just when humanity seems at its lowest, nature kicks in and saves the day The ending seems anti climatic now, but you have to remember that H.G Wells did not have a pop reference that included Will Smith destroying the mother ship So my point is, War of the Worlds is an amazing book and good movie, and one can inform the other This is not a war anythan it s a war between men and ants