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Originally posted by Horsey316
looks like it can be a good movie, i saw sighns and that movie freaked me out. I just watched a movie called mission to mars on the sci fi channel that was a good movie i was suprised it had a positive out come has any one seen it?
Originally posted by onlyinmydreams
WOTW is one of my favorite books. All scifi fans MUST read it. It sets up all the archetypes used in later alien-oriented science fiction stories (it was, for instance, the first work of fiction that attempted to come up with a realistic/nonhuman description of aliens). It's also a work of literature that can stand on its own artistic merits... the opening passage where the narrator describes the mentality of the aliens (as quoted in modified form above) is classic.
Things that appear in WOTW before they showed up in any other work of fiction:
1)nonhuman, telepathic aliens
2)the notion that alien biology would be vulnerbale to earth bacteria
3)'heat rays' (AKA directed energy weapons)
4)poison gas used in battlefield conditions
5)the defeat of trench warfare by means of fast, mechanized units (presaging how tanks would eventually end the trench warfare induced stalemate of WW1)
ATSers might also be interested in reading another book on aliens by HG Wells... 'The First Men in the Moon'. The 'sellenites' are amazingly similar to the 'gray' aliens of today's abduction stories and the heroes travel to the moon in an antigravity device (rather than the usual 'cannon shell' method other scifi novels used in that era).
[edit on 16-12-2004 by onlyinmydreams]