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With HG Wells Other Novels, 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 These Unearthly Creatures Arrive In Huge Cylinders, From Which They Escape As Soon As The Metal Is Cool The First Falls Near Woking And Is Regarded As A Curiosity Rather Than A Danger Until The Martians Climb Out Of It And Kill Many Of The Gaping Crowd With A Heat Ray These Unearthly Creatures Have Heads Four Feet In Diameter And Colossal Round Bodies, And By Manipulating Two Terrifying Machines The Handling Machine And The Fighting Machine They Are As Versatile As Humans And At The Same Time Insuperable They Cause Boundless Destruction The Inhabitants Of The Earth Are Powerless Against Them, And It Looks As If The End Of The World Has Come But There Is One Factor Which The Martians, In Spite Of Their Superior Intelligence, Have Not Reckoned On It Is This Which Brings About A Miraculous Conclusion To This Famous Work Of The Imagination You would think that as Man grows in intelligence he would likewise grow in morality But you would be wrong Or at least, that is what history teaches us About a hundred years before Harvard professor Robert Coles wrote his now famous article The Disparity Between Intellect and Character, H.G Wells made much the same observation.At the end of The War of the Worlds, the unnamed narrator returns to his house and sees the paper he had been working on before the war began It was a paper on the probable development of Moral Ideas with the development of the civilizing process 194 There s one for the wastepaper basket As with much science fiction, the aliens in The War of the Worlds revealabout us than about them.Throughout the book, Wells compares Man with the lower animals And it becomes increasingly uncomfortable At the start, we are microbes under the Martians microscope We might be able to pass over the metaphor without much thought if only he didn t go on to compare us to monkeys, lemurs, dodo birds, bison, ants, frogs, rabbits, bees, wasps, and rats animals we exploit or exterminate without compassion The narrator doesn t fail to make the connection between the Martians treatment of humans and our treatment of animals When he discovers that the Martians regard human beings as food, he is able to shift his perspective and see the human diet from the point of view of an animal that is typically regarded as food I think that we should remember how repulsive our carnivorous habits would seem to an intelligent rabbit 139.Moreover, it is not only animals that we destroy Other humans are also fair game And before we judge of them too harshly, we must remember what ruthless and utter destruction our own species has wrought, not only upon animals, such as the vanished bison and the dodo, but upon its own inferior races The Tasmanians, in spite of their human likeness, were entirely swept out of existence in a war of extermination waged by European immigrants, in the space of fifty years Are we such apostles of mercy as to complain if the Martians warred in the same spirit5.If only moral growth went hand in hand with intellectual growth But apparently evolution doesn t work that way So a look at the Martians is a look into a mirror It is also a look into our own future And it is a future difficult to look upon The Martians are ugly And not just on the outside Evolution has turned them into littlethan heads Thanks to natural selection, their bodies function with marvelous efficiency They need not eat, sleep, or engage in sexual intercourse They communicate by telepathy Through Darwinian adaptation, they lost what they did not need to survive and developed what they did need And what they needed was intellect, not character Heads, not hearts Is this where our species is headed Wells was an advocate of Darwinism and if the Martians represent the future of Man, then The War of the Worlds must be read as a cautionary tale The Epilogue supports this interpretation If the Martians can reach Venus, there is no reason to suppose that the thing is impossible for men, and when the slow cooling of the sun makes this earth uninhabitable, as at last it must do, it may be that the thread of life that has begun here will have streamed out and caught our sister planet within its toils Should we conquer198 199.Should we conquer If we don t want to become blood sucking heads without hearts we had better not On the contrary, we had better learn compassion for those over whom our superior intelligence gives us power Surely, if we have learnt nothing else, this war has taught us pity pity for those witless souls that suffer our dominion 166. 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 protagonist antagonist 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 fiction.In 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 causedThe 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 H.G 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 spaceships.It 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 read.We have a primitive form of speculative fiction, the very foundations of what we now call science fiction At the time, H.G Wells was writing fiction that had scientific and imaginative leanings, but no one would dare think that perhaps the fiction was not quite 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 book.So, 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 religion.The 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 require a mere two or three stars enjoyable, if a little boring But this is a novel that should be remembered for when it was written.The 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 unexpectedly.Of 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. I acknowledge that I am one of the few people who actually enjoyed the recent War of the Worlds movie The reason for this has to dowith the original book than Tom Cruise or Steven Speilburg s tendency to wittle everything, including alien attacks, down to simple family problems In a lot of ways, War of the Worlds 2006 was a close to dead on adaptation of the original Victorian novel Just a few words on why you should like, or if you don t like, respect War of the Worlds as a movie It avoids alien movie cliches 1 There are no characters Presidents, generals, etc who tell you what is going on on a global scale all information is through rumors 2 You do not see a major city destroyed nor any iconic landmarks 3 Instead of humanity banding together to defeat a common foe, the characters and others they interact with are left increasingly fragmented and isolated That being said, Speilburg s War of the Worlds adapts much of the plot line and themes from the original novel Instead of the 1950s version which pits a united front against the aliens Cold War adapted , the original Victorian novel has a character travel isolated Wells narrater, like Tom Cruise, finds himself on a ferry crossing, holed up with a panicked priest who conflated with the artillery man, provides us with a freaky Tim Robbins Robbins even shares a few lines with the artillery man The ending is much the same, a kind of Now what sense pervades And of course, Morgan Freeman s opening and closings, are practically word by word from the novel The movie is also a great window into some of the novel s most important themes War of the Worlds, is a very Post 9 11 movie There is the dust, the annhilation of things we find familiar, clothing floats from the sky in mimic of office paperThere is a pervading fear of complete and nonsensical annhiliation Whereas the 1950s adaption pits humanity against an enemy, the updated version worries itself with unknown enemies who spring from the ground And, Speilburg, not one to be subtle, has Dakota Fanning ask Tom Cruise, Is it the terrorists That being said, the Victorian novel is a catelogue of Victorian anxieties This is the age of colonialism, afterall, and suddenly England is beset by a muchpowerful force, unexpected, and completely foreign Reverse colonialism The aliens take England s resources, kill off its people, and even cover the landscape with alien plant life And perhaps the most over arching anxiety of all Darwin Here we have evolution at its cruelest then consume us drinking our blood like in Bram Stoker s Dracula Just when humanity seems at its lowest, nature kicks in and saves the day The ending seems anti climatic now, but you have to remember that H.G Wells did not have a pop reference that included Will Smith destroying the mother ship So my point is, War of the Worlds is an amazing book and good movie, and one can inform the other This is not a war anythan it s a war between men and ants. I didn t listen to the novel novel, but I listened to a radio adaptation performed by some fan favorite cast members of Star Trek Leonard Nimoy is amazing.It was cool as hell.And hilarious.Because it doesn t really have a Big Battle or anything that humanity has to do to overcome these invaders They just show up, and we watch in horror as they thoroughly hand us our asses.Eventually, they justdie off because regardless of their superior intelligence firepower they didn t get their shots before they landed on Earth.So.Basically, humans were saved because Mars was full of anti vaxxers And if it happened on Mars, who s to say it can t happen here Perhaps the true moral of the story is that by unlocking space travel, we can rid ourselves of some of our less desirable brethren by letting them roam around the universe unchecked I like to think that this story had a happy ending forthan just the Earthlings An L.A Theatre Works full cast performance featuring John de Lancie, Meagan Fay, Jerry Hardin, Gates McFadden, Leonard Nimoy, Daryl Schultz, Armin Shimerman, Brent Spiner, Tom Virtue and Wil Wheaton.