: A Thrilling Eyewitness Account of the Recent Alien Invasion As Reported By Mr. H.G. Wells
Pocket, Apr 2005, $23.00, 272 pp.
In 1894 at London's Normal School of Science elderly biology Professor T.H. Huxley and his young protégé H.G. Wells observe a meteor shower with plenty of enthusiasm. While watching the display they discuss life on other worlds specifically arid colder Mars leading Huxley to conclude with a “war of the worlds” comment.
Huxley decides that Wells has the needed intelligence and imagination to understand that live Martians are on the red planet. He introduces his student and Wells wife Amy Catherine (“Jane”) Robbins to the wonders of the Britain's Imperial Institute, where he meets Dr. Hawley Griffin working on invisibility, Dr. Moreau and astronomer Percival Lowell who have sent a message to Mars. However, Wells, Jane and Huxley are accidentally propelled into space where they meet the Martians and learn how the hive-mind Selenites were enslaved. On Mars, the three earthlings cause a Selenite revolt and unleash disease on the water system of Mars. Desperate for water, the Martians turn to Earth.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner