April 2009 Although eyewitness accounts of the Martian invasion in The War of the Worlds were limited to England, there were some hints that the destruction took place on a much larger scale. A few of the stories were limited to that, but most of the authors realized that the strength of the characters, and their individual reactions to the attacks, were what best propelled the stories: from Theodore Roosevelt, whose first instincts on encountering a Martian is to kill it and then commission a more powerful hunting rifle from Winchester in order to kill the next ones more efficiently; to Tolstoy, who takes charge of a refugee camp as the rest of Russia falls; and from the Texas sheriff with a score to settle ("These things done attacked citizens in my jurisdiction, and they killed my horse."); to Joseph Conrad, who watches the world end in an unexpected way, and many others. Pablo Picasso's and Jules Verne's accounts of the attacks on Paris contradict heavily, and the Verne account contradicts almost blasphemously with Wells; Winston Churchill's encounter with the Martians during the Boer War is jumbled and confused; "Mars: The Home Front," an Edgar Rice Burroughs-inspired tale, feels rather out of place despite its setting; and Percival Lowells location varies from story to story.
The literary conceit here is that each story is written by a modern Science Fiction author in the style of someone who would have been alive at the time of the Martian invasion. It certainly sounded like Teddy's bombastic style, but I was rather hoping that the final letter would be "I regret to inform you..." Canals in the SandPercival Lowell Kevin J. Foreign Devils Guangxu Emperor and Empress Dowager Cixi Walter Jon Williams - one of the best of the stories, combining political intrigue in the court of the Chinese Emperor, with the Martian Invasion seen by the Emperor as a means to rid them of another foreign devil in the form of the Western powers. The Martian Invasion Journals of Henry JamesHenry James Robert Silverberg - rather a departure in that this story actually has H.G.Wells in it, and ends up with Henry James rather than Wells writing War of the Worlds. Anderson - possibly the only failure in the whole book, this story tries unsuccessfully to marry the conflicting stories of Wells Martians with the Barsoom of Burroughs. A Letter from St. LouisJoseph Pulitzer Allen Steele - the story of the Martian invasion as it might have been told by a reporter at the time.
Anderson) Foreign Devils -- Guangxu Emperor and Empress Dowager Cixi (Walter Jon Williams) Blue Period -- Pablo Picasso (Daniel Marcus) The Martian Invasion Journals of Henry James -- Henry James (Robert Silverberg) The True Tale of the Final Battle of Umslopogaas the Zulu -- Winston Churchill and H. P. Lovecraft (Don Webb) Roughing it During the Martian Invasion -- Mark Twain (Daniel Keys Moran and Jodi Moran) To See the World End -- Joseph Conrad (M. Shayne Bell) After a Lean Winter -- Jack London (Dave Wolverton) The Soul Selects her own Society: Invasion and Repulsion: A Chronological Reinterpretation of Two of Emily Dickinson's Poems: A Wellsian Perspective -- Emily Dickinson (Connie Willis) Afterward: Retrospective -- Jules Verne (Gregory Benford and David Brin) This was all good.
My second favorite was the story "by" Edgar Rice Burroughs ("as told to" George Alec Effinger), who recounted another visit from his uncle, John Carter.
Various contemporary science fiction authors were invited to write stories of Wells's Martian invasion in the style of people like Joseph Conrad (reporting from his job as riverboat captain in the Belgian Congo), Jack London (reporting from the Klondike), Jules Verne (reporting on the invasion of Paris), Theodore Roosevelt (reporting from the war in Cuba), and so on.
Ultimately, the stories which worked best for me were two of the oddities - Walter Jon Williams' viewpoint character is the Dragon Empress, whose words do not survive in the same falsifying volume as the other avatars', and his take on her is massively revisionist, but also makes for a good tale.
Well-written, innovative, and thoroughly enjoyable, each story give a different view of the invasion as well as the Martians themselves, most while keeping within the Wellsian premise of their eventual defeat.
The author clearly did his homework in getting the right people mentioned in the right contexts, and in believable situations (aside from the alien invasion side of things). The Martian Invasion Journals of Henry James, by Robert Silverberg An interesting story about James suffering the invasion with H. Tiedemann The Tolstoy story wasn't my favorite, but they did manage to capture some of the very Russian aspects of what I'd expect. Paris Conquers All, by Gregory Benford and David Brin The Jules Verne story was fun, especially his commentary about Wells. To Mars and Providence, by Don Webb What a fantastic job of making a story about young Lovecraft's connection to the Martian invasion! Roughing it During the Martian Invasion, by Daniel Keys Moran and Jodi Moran Perhaps I spoke too soon about earlier ones being my favorites. The gruesome battle at the end reminds me of The Thing, and only makes the story better.
Kilka opowiada to absolutne pereki w dorobku - skdind znanych i lubianych - pisarzy science-fiction. "Echa Wojny wiatów" to jeden z najbardziej kreatywnych sposobów, na wykorzystanie pomysów z "Wojny wiatów" Wellsa i w ogóle z jakiejkolwiek prozy, biorcej sobie za cel kontynuowanie wtków z cudzych powieci, jakie dane mi byo przeczyta.
I have written spin-off novels for Star Wars, StarCraft, Titan A.E., and The X-Files, and I'm the co-author of the Dune prequels. My original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series and the Nebula Award-nominated Assemblers of Infinity.