Questions tagged [war-of-the-worlds]

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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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 ...