The War of the Worlds
Illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith
Introduced by Iain Sinclair
Martian tripods, heat-rays and the terrible red weed, H. G. Wells’s classic story of alien invasion is full of iconic imagery, and Grahame Baker-Smith’s stirring illustrations capture all of the action.
A peaceful night in Surrey is shattered when what is thought to be a meteor crashes into Horsell Common. Curious villagers approach the strange cylindrical object, only to be incinerated by a Martian heat-ray. Soon the invaders are sending out their terrible 'tripods', causing devastation throughout England as ‘intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic’ gradually seek to eradicate the human race.
Spawning an infamous radio play that convinced listeners a real alien invasion was in progress, a musical, several films, a television series and countless literary spin-offs, The War of the Worlds remains one of the most significant and influential works of science fiction.
‘A true classic that has pointed the way not just for science-fiction writers, but for how we as a civilisation might think of ourselves’