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.