History Literature / TheWarOfTheWorlds

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]].''"
5th Jun '17 6:08:13 AM NumberFortyFour
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* YouCouldHaveUsedYourPowersForGood: In the 1953 movie especially. The understanding of science and advancement of technology necessary to create the war machine's force fields and skeleton beams is hundreds, if not thousands of years ahead of human understanding. With that at their beck and call, certainly the Martians could have come up with a better solution to their climate change problem than invading Earth. Or perhaps not, just because they had the technology to potentially engineer a fix for their own planet doesn't mean it didn't make more practical/economic sense to use what they already had at hand and just move over to the perfectly good planet next door who's inhabitants can't stop them. You can genetically engineer a grass that only grows to a uniform 3'' height, or you can just take a lawnmower and cut what's already there to that height, which is the easier option?

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* YouCouldHaveUsedYourPowersForGood: In the 1953 movie especially. The understanding of science and advancement of technology necessary to create the war machine's force fields and skeleton beams is hundreds, if not thousands of years ahead of human understanding. With that at their beck and call, certainly the Martians could have come up with a better solution to their climate change problem than invading Earth. Or perhaps not, just because they had the technology to potentially engineer a fix for their own planet doesn't mean it didn't make more practical/economic sense to use what they already had at hand and just move over to the perfectly good planet next door who's inhabitants can't stop them. You can genetically engineer a grass that only grows to a uniform 3'' height, or you can just take a lawnmower and cut what's already there to that height, which is the easier option?
4th Jun '17 5:01:43 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** An ''Elseworlds'' story explored what would happen if the ''original'' Superman (as in the one without the wide range of powers he has in modern times) went up against the Martian invasion.

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** An ''Elseworlds'' story explored what would happen if the ''original'' Superman Franchise/{{Superman}} (as in the one without the wide range of powers he has in modern times) went up against the Martian invasion.
4th Jun '17 4:59:44 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AuthorAvatar: The narrator, although Wells is mentioned as a separate person: see Mythology Gag, below

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* AuthorAvatar: The narrator, although Wells is mentioned as a separate person: see Mythology Gag, MythologyGag, below
8th May '17 6:52:13 PM JRads47
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* UnbuiltTrope: Often cited as the [[TropeCodifier forerunner]] of the AlienInvasion plot, the story also gives the invaders their own hazards (namely [[spoiler:exposure to foreign diseases]]) and reasons for taking over the planet other than conquest.
20th Apr '17 10:08:35 PM DarthRevanFTW
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* AccentuateTheNegative: Wells may have written the alien invasion hitting Britain first as an example of CreatorProvincialism, possibly for the same pragmatic reason the current film adaptation has them hitting the USA first (If you want to conquer Earth, take out its greatest military power first. In the late 1800's that was Britain, today it's the USA), or as a subtle criticism of the actions of the British Empire. However, a more personal reason to Wells has been advanced. He may have had the all-destroying alien tripods land in London, at least partly with the intention of having them reduce his home region, the towns of Woking and Bromley, to smouldering corpse-heavy rubble. Wells utterly despised this part of Surrey for its parochial mentality and its lower-middle-class smug smallmindedness. He also wanted to get even for long, soul-destroying thirteen hour days spent in a miserable [=McJob=] working for a tiny-minded bully. Today's Woking boasts [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Woking_tripod.JPG a statue of an alien tripod]] on the main street to commemorate Wells' vision.



* AccentuateTheNegative: Wells may have written the alien invasion hitting Britain first as an example of CreatorProvincialism, possibly for the same pragmatic reason the current film adaptation has them hitting the USA first (If you want to conquer Earth, take out its greatest military power first. In the late 1800's that was Britain, today it's the USA), or as a subtle criticism of the actions of the British Empire. However, a more personal reason to Wells has been advanced. He may have had the all-destroying alien tripods land in London, at least partly with the intention of having them reduce his home region, the towns of Woking and Bromley, to smouldering corpse-heavy rubble. Wells utterly despised this part of Surrey for its parochial mentality and its lower-middle-class smug smallmindedness. He also wanted to get even for long, soul-destroying thirteen hour days spent in a miserable [=McJob=] working for a tiny-minded bully. Today's Woking boasts [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Woking_tripod.JPG a statue of an alien tripod]] on the main street to commemorate Wells' vision.



* BodyHorror: One of the types of bacteria that the Martians fell victim to are ''necrotic'' bacteria.



* BodyHorror: One of the types of bacteria that the Martians fell victim to are ''necrotic'' bacteria.



* FridgeHorror: The Martian tripods were the scariest, deadliest, most effective weapons that Wells could think of in 1898. [[WorldWarI Just 20 years, humanity would have the weapons technology to reach parity with these weapons]], including some of the very same weapons (chlorine gas being similar to the black smoke). And then, [[TheNineties about a century later]], humanity has invented weapons far more destructive than ''anything'' the Martians ever had in the original novel. Man's capacity to kill itself far outstripped what even science fiction writers could concoct.
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