The War of the Worlds (novel)
An early science fiction
novel, The War of the Worlds
(1898), by H.G. Wells
, describes the fictional 1895
invasion of Earth by aliens
, from Mars
, who use chemical weapons
, Heat-Rays, and robots
. The book as been viewed as an indictment of European colonial
actions in Africa
, and The Americas
. Wells seems to have taken great pleasure in the fictional
devastation of locations where he had spent an unhappy childhood
Warning: Wikipedia contains spoilers.
The book has been adapted as a famous radio play, as a movie, and as a bestselling record album, all of which have played some part in maintaining the public's interest in the original novel.
This theme of an alien invasion has remained a popular one ever since, some recent examples being Footfall by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, the "Worldwar" series by Harry Turtledove, and the film Independence Day.