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The War of the Worlds is a science fiction novel by English author H. G. Wells. It first appeared in serialized form in 1897, published simultaneously in Pearson's Magazine in the UK and Cosmopolitan magazine in the US.

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Did Wells consider how the Martians would survive the trip to Earth?

Trying to answer this question, I was looking into how long the Martians' journey took in the first place, but the book seems to be quite vague about it - chapter 1 mentions that the construction of ...
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Was Jurassic Park's kitchen scene inspired by The War of the Worlds' Martian machine in the scullery?

While reading "The Death of the Curate," chapter 4 of book 2 of H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds, I couldn't help but notice a couple of parallels with the iconic Jurassic Park (1993) ...
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Is The Artilleryman the same person as The Curate?

We learn from H. G. Wells' novel "The War of the Worlds" that The Narrator meets, separately, The Curate and The Artilleryman after the Weybridge attack. The Artilleryman attempted to enter ...
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Kurd Lasswitz — a war between Earth and Mars published a year before Wells' — any indication of influence?

What was the first science fiction story that showed a successful alien conquest of the Earth? Until I read an answer to the above question, I had never heard of Kurd Lasswitz. He is notable to me for ...
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Is the War of the Worlds the first story with intelligent but completely uncommunicative aliens?

There is no question that the Martians are intelligent, for this is in the very beginning of the story -- they are as much above humans as humans above microorganisms or at least the Martians have no ...
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What happens to the brother of the narrator?

The brother of the narrator has some chapters in The War of the Worlds, but at the end, we do not learn what happens to him. I was expecting to find out whether he is alive or not, but eventually the ...
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What is the minimum caliber required to destroy a fighting machine?

No specific caliber is mentioned in the novel (from what I've found), and the Live Musical shows generic cannons. Is there any specific gun used? From what I've found on the internet these 2 guns were ...
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What is "Camelot" from War of the Worlds?

What is the scene comprised of? All I can find are crappy reconstructions on YouTube and I'd just like a rundown of what the scene is.
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How tall are the tripods in Jeff Wayne's The War Of The Worlds?

EDIT: If anyone can find an image of the immersive experience (especially the scene with Big Ben i'd really appreciate it) Im saying this because in most album images, they dont really look that tall ...
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What is the most accurate rendition of the "handling machine?"

Ive seen so many, from Jeff Wayne's, to Pengradon's, to the tripod handling machine hyrbids from Speiberg's 2005 version. but what is the most accurate rendition, was there a picture from the 1906 ...
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Why is in Jeff Wayne's version the line "But the Thunder Child had vanished forever, taking with her man's last hope of victory" said?

Doesn't the Royal Navy still exist? Why was the Thunder Child the only ship able to fight them? The navy had other ironclads.
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Did the original fighting machines have shields?

In the 2005 War-of-the-Worlds movie and even in the 1953 movie, the fighting machines have shields; in the novel, the HMS Thunderchild sinks them, but I don't remember if shields were mentioned. Did ...
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Was War of the Worlds the first science fiction to discuss bacteria/viruses?

While the way the Earth is saved by microorganisms seems naïve perhaps today, I suspect that the idea of microorganisms affecting aliens was very new since it was not even completely accepted that ...
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Is there a scene in the “War of the Worlds” movie depicting a man with a suitcase full of money?

I think that in a scene in the 1953 version of the War of the Worlds movie, there are trucks, crowded with people escaping (but to where?), and a guy with a suitcase full of money offers to pay ...
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Did H.G. Wells invent the idea of Martian intelligence surpassing Earthly intelligence?

In the opening lines of The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells (1898) is the sentence. Yet so vain is man, and so blinded by his vanity, that no writer, up to the very end of the nineteenth century, ...
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A Soviet Satire of War of the Worlds?

According to Wikipedia, Russian author Laza Lagin wrote a sequel to, possibly a satire of, H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds. In 1962, Soviet author Lazar Lagin published a political pamphlet named "...
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In War of the Worlds, what was written on the Tripod?

In the latest adaption of War Of The Worlds, Ray and his daughter are captured by a Tripod. There is a scene where the tentacle comes down to take someone back into the Tripod and we are given a ...
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Are there any adaptations of War of the Worlds that correctly depict the unusual locomotive method of the Martian tripods?

I have assumed that I don't need to spoiler any of this, given the publication date. In HG Wells' "The War of the Worlds", the way the Martian tripods move is first described in this quote: "Can ...
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In Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds, what happens to Parson Nathaniel to render him unconscious?

In The Spirit of Man, Parson Nathaniel has the line: Nathaniel : Those machines are just demons in another form. I shall destroy them with my prayers, I shall burn them with my holy cross. I ...
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Why were the Martians 'envious' of us, and why did they attack?

In H.G Wells's War of the Worlds, the Martians are described as envious. What about earth makes them envious? And is the answer to this different between different versions of the story (ie. 2005's ...
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How much power does the Martian heat ray output? [closed]

In the influential H. G. Wells story, The War of the Worlds, the Martian fighting machine has a heat ray capable of projecting intense heat against anything it is turned on. I think the most ...
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What does "I realised with horror that I'd seen this awful thing before"refer to in Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds?

In Jeff Wayne's musical adaptation of HG Well's War of the Worlds the phrase "I realised with horror that I'd seen this awful thing before" is spoken by Richard Burton playing The Journalist. ...
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War of the Worlds: movie timeline

In the 2005 movie, how long was the invasion before the aliens died of our viruses? I've seen the movie once and I'm curious as to how long the aliens were on earth.
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Why do the Martian aggressors in Robinson Crusoe on Mars look the same as those in War of the Worlds?

The Martians in the film Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964) look near identical to those in War of the Worlds (1953). Was this a deliberate story element, an artifact of production such a cost-saving (...
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In War of the Worlds, is the Tripod that grabs Rachel really the same Tripod as in the beginning?

In the plot summary of War of the Worlds from wikipedia, it reads Ray cripples the probe using an axe, but Rachel is caught by a Tripod, ironically the same one that Ray saw in the beginning that ...
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Why did the car still work?

In the most recent adaptation of War of The Worlds, at one point everyones cars stopped working. Except for the protagonists, which had just been repaired. Was this ever explained?
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How do they get to earth?

In the most recent adaptation of War of the Worlds, strange lightning is seen striking the ground where the pods/capsules lie. How is this related to the aliens arriving to earth? Do they Ride the ...
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