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FREE READ Î The War of the Worlds ´ 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 humOus 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 se. Paraphrasing Whitehead I would say that the safest general characterisation of the science fiction tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to H G Wells Indeed The War of the Worlds is probably the most influential novel of the whole science fiction genre as well as a significant part of the horror category I remember reading this short novel as a child and being viscerally engrossed and terrified Rereading it now made me aware of a few things First I realised how this book sums up and in a way accomplishes some of the things H G Wells had experimented before Just to name a few the Darwinian conflict between two similar species The Time Machine the fascination for freakish life forms The Island of Dr Moreau the chase around working class London and its surrounding area The Invisible ManIt is possible that H G Wells’s remarkable book was perceived at the close of the 19th century as just a fin de siècle catastrophic story — similar to say Mad Max or Terminator at the end of the 20th Though in hindsight The War of the Worlds is much than that It is indeed the kernel and the seed of all the later tales of extraterrestrial invasion and tropes of apocalyptic destruction from H P Lovecraft eg The Colour Out of Space to Arthur C Clarke eg Childhood's End Robert Heinlein eg The Puppet Masters Ray Bradbury eg The Martian Chronicles Arkady Strugatsky eg Roadside Picnic Margaret Atwood eg Oryx and Crake Michael Faber eg Under the Skin Cormac McCarthy eg The Road Ted Chiang eg Story of Your Life Emily Mandel eg Station Eleven or Jeff VanderMeer eg Annihilation Not to mention films and TV Alien Independence Day The Walking Dead and so many that I forget as I write this short noteWhat strikes me the most is the fact that Wells depicts humanity in the shoes of the invaded party and pictures the invaders as an alien race of bloodthirsty mollusks — which in itself sounds like a veiled but stark criticism of Western imperialism and sense of superiority But as it turns out Wells’s prophetic vision was not so much that of a War of the Worlds with extraterrestrial invaders but precisely a vision of the World War between fellow humans that would break out some twenty years later with a technological arsenal not unlike that of the Martians cf mechanised artillery chemical warfare surgical strikes Later still when the Second World War began and the Nazis were about to invade the whole of Europe Orson Welles remembered this old tale about a Martian invasion and turned it into an incredibly relevant radio sensation The masses of refugees described by H G Wells fleeing the war in a disorderly and life threatening manner is a sight anyone may witness even today despite all the concrete walls or steel fences that are supposed to stop themIn short this is an unavoidable masterpiece The only reproach I could make is regarding the ending where the deadly flu epidemic the Martians eventually suffer from feels a bit like a disappointing Deus ex Machina As a side note historically things unfolded the other way around when say Spanish Conuistadors landed on the shores of the New World They didn’t win against the Aztec and Inca Empires so much because of the superiority of their weapons religion or culture but because they were bringing the smallpox virus along with them — first major and unwitting case of biological warfareJeff Wayne produced a compelling musical version of The War of the Worlds in the 1970s that would please any fan of Mike Oldfield Wells’s novel has been brought to the screen a significant number of times one of the most recent ones being Steven Spielberg’s adaptation 2005 with Tom Cruise which I should watch afresh Edit Rewatched the 2005 film adaptation Steven Spielberg took a few liberties with the book setting the story in present day Connecticut One very clever unfaithfulness however is having the aliens not come from Mars but from underground a nod to The Time Machine no doubt Spielberg isn’t new to the alien first contact genre But this is an outright nightmarish and nail biting take on what had once been a benevolent musical spaceship or a heart warming horticultural ET longing for home — in this film aliens also play the trombone and are versed in landscaping but they spray their gardens with human blood Spielberg’s War of the Worlds comes after the intense and graphic scenes of the Omaha Beach assault in Saving Private Ryan and is roughly in the same vein Some scenes like the innumerable bodies suddenly floating down a glistening river or the empty cloths raining from a blazing sky are strangely beautiful and horrifying In the midst of the gruesome devastation Tom Cruise Tim Robbins and Dakota Fanning are exceptional playing the parts of regular people suddenly overwhelmed with PTSD and facing the brutal ending of all things Breathtaking

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UelsThe 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. The War of the Worlds HG Wells Arthur C Clarke IntroductionYet across the gulf of space minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic regarded this earth with envious eyes and slowly and surely drew their plans against us — H G Wells 1898 The War of the WorldsThe War of the Worlds is a science fiction novel by English author H G Wells first serialized in 1897 The War of the Worlds was one of the first and greatest works of science fiction ever to be written Even long before man had learned to fly HG Wells wrote this story of the Martian attack on England The plot has been related to invasion literature of the time The novel has been variously interpreted as a commentary on evolutionary theory British imperialism and generally Victorian superstitions fears and prejudices Wells said that the plot arose from a discussion with his brother Frank about the catastrophic impact of the British on indigenous Tasmanians What would happen he wondered if Martians did to Britain what the British had done to the Tasmanians The Tasmanians however lacked the lethal pathogens to defeat their invaders عنوانها ج‍ن‍گ‌ ج‍ه‍ان‌ه‍ا؛ جنگ دنیاها؛ نویسنده جرج هربرت اچ‌ج‍ی ول‍ز‏‫؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش سال 1999 میلادیعنوان ج‍ن‍گ‌ ج‍ه‍ان‌ه‍ا؛ نویسنده اچ‌ ج‍ی ول‍ز‏‫؛ مت‍رج‍م ع‍ل‍ی‌ ف‍اطم‍ی‍ان‌؛ ت‍ه‍ران‌ وزارت فرهنگ وارشاد اسلامی، سازمان چاپ وانتشارات، نشر چشم انداز‏‫، 1377؛ در 254ص؛ مصور، شابک 9644220749؛ خلاصه شده از نسخه اصلی؛ چاپ دیگر 1379؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان بریتانیایی سده 19معنوان جنگ دنیاها؛ نویسنده اچ‌جی ولز؛ مترجم گروه ترجمه انتشارات آریانگار؛ تهران آریانگار، ‏‫1389؛ ‬در 64ص، رنگی؛ شابک 9786009214389؛عنوان جنگ دنیاها؛ نویسنده جرج هربرت ولز؛ مترجم سیدرضا مرتضوی؛ تهران آفرینگان‏‫، 1394؛ در 64ص؛ شابک 9786006753935؛عنوان جنگ دنیاها؛ نویسنده اچجی ولز؛ مترجم میرپویا حسینی‌اصل‌اسکویی؛ تهران انتشارات قافیه‏‫، ‏‫1397؛ در 64ص؛ شابک 9786226605496؛جنگ دنیاها عنوان رمانی علمی تخیلی ست، که «اچ جی ولز» نویسنده ی انگلیسی، در سال 1898میلادی نگاشته و منتشر کرده است؛ این رمان شرح تجربیات یک راوی گمنام است، که در حومه ی شهر لندن، شاهد هجوم موجودات بیگانه‌ ای از «مریخ» می‌شود؛ «جنگ دنیاها»، یکی از نخستین رمان‌هایی است، که ستیز بین نژاد بشر، و موجودات ماورایی را، با واژه هایش به تصویر می‌کشد؛ با الهام از این رمان، کتابهای مصور، مجموعه‌ های تلویزیونی، و فیلم‌های سینمایی بسیاری ساخته شده است؛ «استیون اسپیلبرگ» نیز، در سال 2005میلادی، با اقتباس از این کتاب، فیلمی با شرکت «تام کروز» را کارگردانی کردند؛ لندن، سالهای پایانی سده ی نوزدهم میلادی مدتی است برجستگیها و انفجارهایی در سطح سیاره‌‌ ی مریخ، به چشم می‌خورد؛ چند دانشمند در رصدخانه های گوناگون، متوجه این پدیده ‌ی شگفت انگیز شده اند؛ آیا روی این سیاره، موجودات هوشمندی زندگی می‌کنند؟ کسی پاسخی برای این پرسش ندارد، تا اینکه شیئی به زمین اصابت می‌کند؛ نخست به نظر می‌رسد، این شیء شهاب سنگ باشد، اما شهاب سنگی در کار نیست؛ جنگ دنیاها، نوشته‌ ی ه«ربرت جورج ولز»، یکی از نخستین آثاری است، که ستیز انسان و موجودات فضایی را بازگو میکند؛ این اثر خواندنی و هیجان انگیز از آن روز انتشار الهامبخش نویسندگان بسیاری بوده است؛ «موجودات مریخی به سبب استفاده ی بسیار از هوش خود، تنها مغزی بزرگ و دهانی از آنان باقی مانده است، و با آشامیدن خون انسان نیرو میگیرند؛ در مقابل اما دستاوردهای فنون و آلات جنگی آنان چندین برابر بزرگ‌تر از ماشین جنگی انگلستان است؛ و مردم در برابر آن زبون و هراسان هستند، و جز تن دادن به مرگ راه چاره‌ ی دیگری ندارند؛ اندیشه ی نوشتن رمان جنگ جهان‌ها زمانی برای نویسنده پدید آمد، که استعمارگران اروپائی، با حمله به جزیره تاسمانی در نزدیکی استرالیا، مردم بیگناه و بومی آن جزیره را میکشتند؛ نویسنده با برادرش فرانک، درباره ی این جنگ گفتگو میکرد که برادرش گفت «فرض کن که موجودات سیاره‌ ای دیگر از آسمان فرود آیند و سراسر انگلستان را به تسخیر خود درآورند»؛ ا شربیانی


The War of the WorldsWhen 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 noxi. 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 protagonistantagonist 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 fictionIn 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 caused The 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 HG 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 spaceshipsIt 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 readWe have a primitive form of speculative fiction the very foundations of what we now call science fiction At the time HG Wells was writing fiction that had scientific and imaginative leanings but no one would dare think that perhaps the fiction was not uite 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 bookSo 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 religionThe 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 reuire a mere two or three stars enjoyable if a little boring But this is a novel that should be remembered for when it was writtenThe 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 unexpectedlyOf 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