Woking, Surrey, United Kingdom
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1898 – H. G. Wells publishes ‘The War of The Worlds’ a science fiction novel written from 1895 to 1897.
The novel, labeled a “scientific romance” like previous Wells works and written in the first person by an unnamed narrator depicts an extra-terrestrial invasion in England as planet Earth is being invaded.
June 1902, Day One – A meteor lands on uninhabited land in Horsell Common, near the Narrator‘s town of Woking, Surrey. The Narrator joins the crowd near the event discovering that the meteor is in reality a cylinder… A cylinder containing extra-terrestrial beings, causing widespread panic.
As the alien invasion intensifies, annihilating the armed resistance and as extra-terrestrial vegetation colonizes the shattered Earth, the Narrator will try to survive and rescue his wife.
Discover the events of The War of the Worlds by downloading and reading the book on Project Gutenberg.
This adaptation, co-written and narrated by Mercury Theater creator/presenter Orson Welles and in which the invasion take place in New Jersey, was for the most part presented as a news bulletin. If regular listeners knew it was a work of fiction, people tuning in were fouled by its realism and took it for a regular news broadcast, leading to a small panic in a few communities… and put Orson Welles in the limelight.
Byron Haskin adapted The War of The Worlds for the big screen in 1953, from a screenplay written by Barré Lyndon and produced by George Pal, who would later adapt H.G. Well’s masterpiece The Time Machine in 1960.
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