History Literature / TheWarOfTheWorlds

16th Apr '18 12:29:16 PM timotaka
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** Dying off to disease also fits in with the parallels with imperialism (see NotSoDifferent below): Many European explorers especially in Africa died from diseases they had never encountered before. On the other hand, these diseases did not delay the imperialist conquest of Africa for long (if at all) and the reverse effect - indigenous populations being hit hard by imported diseases - was much more common, even in European history, as in the Black Death. But having Earth's population being decimated by Martian measles would have made for too much of a DownerEnding.

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** Dying off to disease also fits in with the parallels with imperialism (see NotSoDifferent below): Many European explorers especially in Africa died from coming to contact with previously undiscovered (from European point of view) groups of people often involved new and previously faraway diseases they had never encountered before. On the other hand, these diseases did not delay the imperialist conquest of Africa for long (if at all) and the reverse effect - indigenous populations being hit hard by imported diseases - was much more common, even spread in European history, as in the Black Death. But having Earth's population being decimated by Martian measles would have made for too much of a DownerEnding.one direction or another, with severe consequences.
8th Mar '18 7:49:37 PM rwe1138
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* ScaryDogmaticAliens: Firmly on the "aliens as consquistadores" (or, rather, "[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything aliens as British colonialists]]") model. The martians don't bear malice towards humanity; it just happens that they don't give a damn if your life isn't as important as their need for blood as a resource.

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* ScaryDogmaticAliens: Firmly on the "aliens as consquistadores" (or, rather, "[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything aliens as British colonialists]]") model. The martians Martians don't bear malice towards humanity; it just happens that they don't give a damn if your life isn't as important as their need for blood as a resource.
18th Feb '18 11:11:11 PM Arcorann
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There have been several movie versions of this story (the two most famous being released in 1953 and 2005), as well as the famous 1938 RadioDrama, a [[Series.WarOfTheWorlds TV series]], [[SettingUpdate renovelizations set in "the present day"]], a mostly-overlooked but surprisingly faithful RTS game, and, of all things, a RockOpera (which actually formed the soundtrack - in a remixed form - for said video game.) It has also influenced many subsequent alien invasion stories.

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There have been several movie versions of this story (the two most famous being released in 1953 and 2005), as well as the famous 1938 RadioDrama, a [[Series.WarOfTheWorlds TV series]], [[SettingUpdate renovelizations set in "the present day"]], a mostly-overlooked but surprisingly faithful RTS game, and, of all things, a RockOpera (which actually formed the soundtrack - in a remixed form - for said video game.) It has also influenced many subsequent alien invasion stories.
stories. An authorised sequel written by Creator/StephenBaxter, ''Literature/TheMassacreOfMankind'', was released in 2017.
15th Jan '18 6:02:16 PM N.Harmonik
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->"And before we judge them [the Martians] too harshly, we must remember what ruthless and utter destruction our own species has wrought, not only upon animals, such as the vanished Bison and the Dodo, but upon its own [[FairForItsDay inferior]] races. The Tasmanians, in spite of their human likeness, were entirely swept out of existence in a war of extermination waged by European immigrants, in the space of fifty years. Are we such apostles of mercy as to complain if the Martians warred in the same spirit?"

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->"And -->"And before we judge them [the Martians] too harshly, we must remember what ruthless and utter destruction our own species has wrought, not only upon animals, such as the vanished Bison and the Dodo, but upon its own [[FairForItsDay inferior]] races. The Tasmanians, in spite of their human likeness, were entirely swept out of existence in a war of extermination waged by European immigrants, in the space of fifty years. Are we such apostles of mercy as to complain if the Martians warred in the same spirit?"
29th Dec '17 8:21:16 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* HumansAreMorons: Subverted. The main character observes that for all the greater technological advancements the aliens have over humans, they do not appear to have invented a tool as simple and practical as the wheel.
** Doubly subverted back to being played straight today. Human examination of the Martian tripods describes them as using electrically/magnetically manipulated sliding devices that simulate muscles. Given that wheels don't really appear anywhere in (Earth) biology (the closest thing is the ball and socket joint), this suggests that the Martians have technologically grown to the point that all their machinery works by simulating biological systems, which have millions of years of evolutionary testing and refinement behind them.
3rd Dec '17 1:29:20 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* DeathRay: The Martian "Heat Ray".

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* DeathRay: The Martian "Heat Ray". In a classic case of an UnbuiltTrope predating TheCoconutEffect, it's much more realistic than the vast majority of examples. There's no visible beam or unnecessary flashiness, just a lot of energy being projected on the target.
22nd Sep '17 2:18:55 PM Carliro
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* ScaryDogmaticAliens: Firmly on the "aliens as consquistadores" (or, rather, "[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything aliens as British colonialists]]") model. The martians don't bear malice towards humanity; it just happens that they don't give a damn if your life isn't as important as their need for blood as a resource.
22nd Sep '17 2:06:33 PM Carliro
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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Yes, the most notable colonial power of all time being invaded by ''blood suckers'' is part of Wells' point.
->"And before we judge them [the Martians] too harshly, we must remember what ruthless and utter destruction our own species has wrought, not only upon animals, such as the vanished Bison and the Dodo, but upon its own [[FairForItsDay inferior]] races. The Tasmanians, in spite of their human likeness, were entirely swept out of existence in a war of extermination waged by European immigrants, in the space of fifty years. Are we such apostles of mercy as to complain if the Martians warred in the same spirit?"
--> Chapter I, "The Eve of the War"
20th Aug '17 5:04:18 PM johnsmithxxi
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* GeniusBruiser: The narrator's medical student brother. He's up front when a bicycle shop is looted and rides a bicycle with a ''flat tire'' several miles before it completely falls apart under him. Described as an expert boxer, goes up against ''three men'' to assist Mrs. and Miss Elphinstone travelling in a dogcart and pony. He also steers the dogcart across a stream of people fleeing London. The man's enough of a bruiser to be ''twice'' mistaken for a railroad employee at Waterloo Station, but intelligent enough to refugee across the Channel with Mrs. and Miss Elphinstone.
8th Jul '17 1:45:25 PM nombretomado
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* CoolBoat: The HMS ''Thunder Child''. At the time, a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torpedo_ram torpedo ram]] like ''Thunder Child'' represented the most powerful destructive force in the world - fully armoured, with a sharp ram on the bow, torpedo tubes, heavy guns and powerful engines to take it up to [[RammingAlwaysWorks ramming speed]]. In the real world, however, torpedo rams were completely useless; all that they ever destroyed was a single, grounded ship and a harbour jetty. TheOtherWiki says "''It has been suggested by some that, in view of the limited military value the torpedo ram demonstrated, Wells's immortalization of the type in what would become a literary classic was the torpedo ram's [[DamnedByFaintPraise greatest achievement]].''"

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* CoolBoat: The HMS ''Thunder Child''. At the time, a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torpedo_ram torpedo ram]] like ''Thunder Child'' represented the most powerful destructive force in the world - fully armoured, with a sharp ram on the bow, torpedo tubes, heavy guns and powerful engines to take it up to [[RammingAlwaysWorks ramming speed]]. In the real world, however, torpedo rams were completely useless; all that they ever destroyed was a single, grounded ship and a harbour jetty. TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki says "''It has been suggested by some that, in view of the limited military value the torpedo ram demonstrated, Wells's immortalization of the type in what would become a literary classic was the torpedo ram's [[DamnedByFaintPraise greatest achievement]].''"
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