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War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches

War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches

by Kevin J. Anderson
     
 

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In the spirit of H.G. Wells's classic tale of Martian invasion comes this anthology of some of today's leading authors' own renditions of the Martian invasion as it might have been seen through the eyes of such notables as Jack London, H.P. Lovecraft, Teddy Roosevelt and Pablo Picasso.

Authors included are: Mike Resnick, Walter Jon Williams, Daniel

Overview

In the spirit of H.G. Wells's classic tale of Martian invasion comes this anthology of some of today's leading authors' own renditions of the Martian invasion as it might have been seen through the eyes of such notables as Jack London, H.P. Lovecraft, Teddy Roosevelt and Pablo Picasso.

Authors included are: Mike Resnick, Walter Jon Williams, Daniel Marcus, Robert Silverberg, Janet Berliner, Howard Waldrop, Doug Beason, Barbara Hambly, George Alec Effinger, Allen Steele, Mark W. Tiedemann, Gregory Benford and David Brin, Don Webb, Daniel Keys Moran and Jodi Moran, M. Shayne Bell, Dave Wolverton and Connie Willis.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Martians! Percival Lowell may have been responsible for bringing them to Earth; Teddy Roosevelt evidently bagged one in Cuba; H.P. Lovecraft may have been one; and both Albert Einstein and Emily Dickinson seem to have played a role in defeating them. In this collection of stories that complement H.G. Wells's classic novel, these and other speculations are entertained by such well-known SF writers as Mike Resnick, Walter Jon Williams, Robert Silverberg, Connie Willis, Barbara Hambly, Gregory Benford and David Brin. One entry, Howard Waldrop's "Night of the Cooters," which concerns Martians and Texas Rangers, is a reprint. The 18 originals center on the reactions of various historical personages to the advent of Wells's invaders, including Picasso, Henry James, Winston Churchill, H. Rider Haggard, China's Dowager Empress, Rudyard Kipling, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Leo Tolstoy, Jules Verne, Mark Twain and Joseph Conrad. Anderson (Climbing Olympus, 1994) has brought together some solid stories here. But since the overarching plot line apes the Wells, variety and suspense take a back seat. The more successful pieces, then, are those like Waldrop's, or Willis's tale of Emily Dickinson's posthumous heroics, which parody the Wellsian universe. Overall, however, this is a far more literate and imaginative tracing of a Martian invasion than the one offered in Martian Deathtrap, reviewed below. (May)
Library Journal
Leading sf authors Roert Silverberg, Barbara Hambly, Allen Steele, Gergory Benford, Connie Willis, and 14 others imagine H.G. Wells's Martian invasion from points around the world as written by notable 19th-century authors and personages such as Teddy Roosevelt, Picasso, Einstein, Tolstoy, Verne, and Mark Twain. The pieces were all commissioned for this anthology except Howard Waldrop's Night of the Cooters, in which the Martians face the formidable Texas Rangers. A rollicking good compilation, especially Willis's hilarious Emily Dickinson. Highly recommended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781781162057
Publisher:
Titan
Publication date:
09/24/2013
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
389,137
File size:
753 KB

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No one would have believed, in these first few decades of the Twentieth  Century, how vastly human affairs could have been altered by a terrible  invasion from space.  That terrible onslaught from our planetary neighbors,  our enemies the Martians, has left great scars and wrought great changes upon  this green and blue world we call home.

My own chronicle of the Martian invasion that took place at the turn of our  century is well known and, I suspect, familiar to all readers.  In this  retrospective, however, I have compiled several reports from other notables  whose experiences during the Martian attacks may prove interesting and  enlightening to students of mankind's first interplanetary war.

Because of the great turmoil of the time, some of the dates contradict, as do  some of the events depicted here.  (Messrs. Verne and Picasso have refused to  speak with each other further on account of the discrepancies in their  accounts of the sacking of Paris.)  Due to the literary stature of Mr. Henry  James, I have also included his account of the siege of London, though I question his interpretation of events; his journals are purported to have  been written at the time, but I have no recollection of his keeping any  written record during our excursions.

As it has been through the ages, history lives in the memories of the  survivors, and sometimes those memories contain flaws.  

Nevertheless, these accounts deserve to be published—and let the futuredecide their worth.

Finally, I must thank my good friend, Monsieur Jules Verne, for his  assistance in obtaining several of these manuscripts, as well as providing an  Afterword to this volume. —Herbert George Wells

Meet the Author

Kevin J. Anderson: is one of the world's bestselling sci-fi authors. He is the author of The Illustrated Star Wars Universe and the highly popular Jedi Academy trilogy of novels: Jedi Search, Dark Apprentice and Champions of the Force. Both his X-Files novels, Ground Zero and Ruins, were New York Times bestsellers. He is now co-authoring the new series of Dune prequel novels.

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