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Tuesday, 21 June 2005
War of Worlds

War of the Worlds

This is a public statue of a Martian Fighting Machine which can be found in Woking, Surrey. It was commissioned in 1998 for the centenary of HG Wells famous novel War of the Worlds. HG Wells lived in Woking for several years and was based here while he wrote the novel. The aliens landed at Horsell Common outside the town.  When a radio version of the book was broadcast it caused mass panic.

HG Wells was a contemparary of DH Lawrence, and Lawrence visited him at his home, after which he remarked

He is a funny little chap; his conversation (is) amusing, but not expansive.

Besides being the founder of the modern alien invasion genre, HG Wells is considered the father of war games having written the first rules for a miniture war game using toy soldiers.

Posted by bigblue on 21/06/2005 at 08:54 PM
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