The War of the Worlds is a science fiction novel by the British author H.G. Wells. It was originally published in 1897 as a serial, appearing in Pearson's Magazine in the United kingdom and in Cosmopolitan magazine in the United States. It was first published in book form in 1898.
The novel is about the invasion of Earth by aliens from the planet Mars. It tells the story of a news writer and his brother witnessing the fictional attack of the Martians in early twentieth century Great Britain. It is believed by many to be the first science fiction novel concerning an alien invasion, and has massively influenced the sci-fi genre since its publication.
The novel now has an official sequel called The Massacre of Mankind. It is written by Stephen Baxter.
There have been numerous adaptations of The War of the Worlds on other media. The most famous of those adaptations remains the 1937 radio play directed by and starring Orson Welles. It is reported that the first time the radio play was broadcast it caused a mass panic from the listners . The reason for the listners' panic was that those who first heard the radio play believed they were hearing news of a genuine alien invasion.
Other famous adaptions of the novel include the 1953 War of the Worlds film, the Jeff Wayne's musical, and the War of the Worlds Speilberg blockbuster.
In 2019, a new tv series by BBC was made based on the original novel.
- Text of H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds on Wikisource.
- Quotations from The War of the Worlds on Wikiquote.
- Free public domain audiobook of The War of the Worlds from LibriVox.
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- There is an article on The War of the Worlds on the War of the Worlds wiki