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1 The War of the Worlds H.G. Wells

2 Novelist, teacher, historian, journalist Novelist, teacher, historian, journalist Influenced by M. Shelley, C. Darwin, M. Twain Influenced by M. Shelley, C. Darwin, M. Twain Inspired several writers, especially other scifi Inspired several writers, especially other scifi

3 The Novel Published 1898, one of the first science fiction novels—first one to explore/exploit the concept of interplanetary travel Published 1898, one of the first science fiction novels—first one to explore/exploit the concept of interplanetary travel Setting is early in the twentieth century Setting is early in the twentieth century First-person narrator (fictionalized version of H.G. Wells) First-person narrator (fictionalized version of H.G. Wells) Invasion of England by aliens, in this case, Martians Invasion of England by aliens, in this case, Martians

4 Timeline Part I Ten Martian landings are mentioned in the novel commencing in June "early in the twentieth century": twentieth centurytwentieth century First Martian Landing (Day 1): Horsell Common. First Martian Landing (Day 1): Horsell Common.Horsell Second Martian Landing (Day 2): Addlestone Golf links. Second Martian Landing (Day 2): Addlestone Golf links.Addlestone Third Martian Landing (Day 3): Pyrford. Third Martian Landing (Day 3): Pyrford.Pyrford Fourth Martian Landing (Day 4): Bushey Heath. Fourth Martian Landing (Day 4): Bushey Heath.Bushey Fifth Martian Landing (Day 5): Sheen. Fifth Martian Landing (Day 5): Sheen.Sheen Sixth Martian Landing (Day 6): Wimbledon. Sixth Martian Landing (Day 6): Wimbledon.Wimbledon Seventh Martian Landing (Day 7): Primrose Hill, London. Seventh Martian Landing (Day 7): Primrose Hill, London.Primrose HillPrimrose Hill 8th, 9th, 10th Landings (Days 8, 9, 10): landing sites not mentioned in the book - presumably within London. 8th, 9th, 10th Landings (Days 8, 9, 10): landing sites not mentioned in the book - presumably within London.London

5 Timeline Part II The duration of the war is three weeks: On Days 1 and 2, the Martians secure their initial bridgehead around Woking. On Days 1 and 2, the Martians secure their initial bridgehead around Woking.Woking On Day 3, they begin first major offensives of the invasion (the Battle of Weybridge/Shepperton and begin the attack on London). On Day 3, they begin first major offensives of the invasion (the Battle of Weybridge/Shepperton and begin the attack on London).Battle of Weybridge/Sheppertonattack on LondonBattle of Weybridge/Sheppertonattack on London Day 4 sees the great panic and exodus from London. The Martians advance to the great city's center. Day 4 sees the great panic and exodus from London. The Martians advance to the great city's center. On Day 5, the narrator is imprisoned by the fifth Martian landing. On Day 5, the narrator is imprisoned by the fifth Martian landing. On Day 6, the city of London is entirely occupied by the Martians. This day also sees the Battle of Southend and the sacrifice of the Thunder Child. On Day 6, the city of London is entirely occupied by the Martians. This day also sees the Battle of Southend and the sacrifice of the Thunder Child.Battle of SouthendBattle of Southend During Days 5 to 18, the narrator watches the Martians while still trapped. During Days 5 to 18, the narrator watches the Martians while still trapped. Day 10 is the approximate date on which Leatherhead (the town to which the narrator had sent his wife for safety) is destroyed by a Martian, killing everyone. Fortunately, his wife escapes before the attack and they are reunited after the Martians' destruction. Day 10 is the approximate date on which Leatherhead (the town to which the narrator had sent his wife for safety) is destroyed by a Martian, killing everyone. Fortunately, his wife escapes before the attack and they are reunited after the Martians' destruction.Leatherhead On days 19 and 20, the narrator makes his way to London. On days 19 and 20, the narrator makes his way to London.London During the night on day 21, the Martians are found dead During the night on day 21, the Martians are found dead

6 Themes/Motifs (Alien) Invasion (Alien) Invasion Powered armor/mecha Powered armor/mecha Evolution Evolution Enslavement Enslavement Armageddon Armageddon Social Darwinism Social Darwinism

7 Influences Orson Welles adapted story for CBS radio broadcast October 30, 1938 (set in 1939) Orson Welles adapted story for CBS radio broadcast October 30, 1938 (set in 1939) Byron Haskin directed first film in 1952, which won an Oscar for Best Special Effects Byron Haskin directed first film in 1952, which won an Oscar for Best Special Effects 1988 TV series 1988 TV series Steven Spielberg directed film in 2005, incorporating elements of the novel, radio broadcast, and 1952 film Steven Spielberg directed film in 2005, incorporating elements of the novel, radio broadcast, and 1952 film Many others in TV, film, literature, etc. Many others in TV, film, literature, etc.

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14 Essential Questions: Why do we explore our world, solar system, and galaxy, and what do we hope to gain by meeting other civilizations? Why do we explore our world, solar system, and galaxy, and what do we hope to gain by meeting other civilizations? How is the extra-terrestrial reflective of the human individual? How is the extra-terrestrial reflective of the human individual? How is humanity’s fear of extra-terrestrials similar to our other fears? How is humanity’s fear of extra-terrestrials similar to our other fears? How has the genre continued to change? How has the genre continued to change? What devices (literal and figurative) are recognizable as science fiction components? What devices (literal and figurative) are recognizable as science fiction components? When and how did science fiction move beyond literature? When and how did science fiction move beyond literature? Which timeless lessons and mythological characteristics are incorporated most frequently? Which timeless lessons and mythological characteristics are incorporated most frequently?


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