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the-war-of-the-worlds-h-g-wells_UPDATEMartian cylinders that landed on EarthHours between the landing of each cylinder1024Year the first liquid-fueled rocket was launched by physicist Robert Goddard, who was inspired by The War of the Worlds as a child1926Year actor Orson Welles23 at the time—reenacted The War of the Worlds on radio as a simulated news broadcast1938The War of the Worldsby the NumbersNarrator, Book 2, Chapter 10e can never anticipate the unseen good or evil that may come upon us suddenly out of space.Sources: British Library, Encyclopaedia Britannica,, H.G. Wells: Another Kind of Life by Michael SherborneCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.H.G. Wells rose from a life of poverty to study science andwent on to become a pioneerin the science fiction genre.His visionary early work, which included The Time Machine, predicted many weapons and ideas that have since become reality as humans and technology have increasingly intertwined.H.G. WELLS1866–1946AuthorPeoples fear of the Martians and their technology overwhelms them and drives them to mental breakdown.Martians use technology far superior to that of humans to overcome their physical limitations and establish dominance on Earth.FearTechnologySet in late 19th-century England, The War of the Worlds recounts the Martian invasion of Earth and a mans attempt to survive. The superior Martian weapons and towering metallic tripods that threaten to extinguish humanity are vehicles through which the author explores themes of technology, fear, and power.Alien Invasion!THEMESNarrators brotherMedical student in London; travels with Miss and Mrs. ElphinstoneCurateChurch leader; trapped in collapsed house with narratorOgilvyAstronomer who observes cylinder launch; killed by Heat-Ray Main CharactersArtillerymanCunning survivalist; travels with narratorNarratorUpper-middle-class writer of philosophical papers; interested in scienceMartiansHighly intelligent invaders; use machines to do their biddingThe War of the WorldsEnglishOriginal Language1897 Year PublishedH.G. WellsAuthorScience FictionNovelSymbolsRailway & TelegraphRepresent human achievements that transformed life and contributed to the modern ageSymbolizes the Church and its propensity to view suffering as divine punishment CurateMartians are portrayed as Earths new rulers, and humans are compared to the animals they once dominated.Power

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