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"The Martians fire their gas-guns."
by Henrique Alvim Corrêa
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The War of the Worlds is a science fiction novel written by H. G. Wells about a Martian invasion of Earth. The Trope Maker for Alien Invasion stories (as well as Tripod Terror), it has been adapted into other works of media numerous times.


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  • The War of the Worlds (1938), a radio drama directed and narrated by Orson Welles. Infamous for unintentionally causing mass panic among audiences who were unaware it was fictional.
  • Bleak Expectations (2008), parodied in the second series finale: "A Happy Life Broken and then Mended a Bit".

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