June 1902: The Martians Invade Earth in HG Wells’ War Of The Worlds

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1898H. 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.

book_side_icon&16Discover the events of The War of the Worlds by downloading and reading the book on Project Gutenberg.

ico_sound_16_grIn October 30, 1938 CBS Radio aired an hour-long adaptation of the War of The Worlds on the anthology drama series The Mercury Theater on The Air.

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.

movie_icon&16In 2005, Director Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise and screenwriter David Koepp teamed up once again to deliver an adaptation initially written by Josh Friedman.

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