H G Wells' originalbook was equally subversive. A lifelong socialist, Wells attacked colonialism and the dehumanising militaristic ambitions of 19th-century Germany through the metaphor of men from Mars. Crisp prose and tense plotting ensured "The War of the Worlds" (1898) was among the first science fiction novels to command a mass audience. It retains a dedicated following. This poster advertised George Pal's 1953 film version. Try www.war-of-the-worlds.org to contact those who believe that the truth about alien invasions has been kept from us.
In 1938, Orson Welles' radio production of "The War of the Worlds" panicked millions of Americans into believing that aliens had landed at a small town in New Jersey. "Good heavens, something's wriggling out of the shadow like a grey snake," said the radio announcer. "Now it's another one, and another. They look like tentacles to me..." Today's media-savvy public may scarcely credit the havoc wrought by Welles' adaptation; there were even calls for Congress to ban fiction presented in the style of a news broadcast.
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