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Edison's Conquest of Mars: The Original 1898 Sequel to The War of the Worlds Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2010
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If you are a fan of steampunk, or early science fiction, I am sure you will love this novel.
No plot spoilers from me: The story is told from the perspective of an unnamed associate of Thomas Edison and takes place immediately following a devastating attack on Earth from the Martians. While not overly action packed and having some obviously faulty science (in retrospect), it is amazing to me how much the author got right. It also, as is evident in the title, venerates Thomas Edison (who was very much alive when the book was published) as the main hero of the story.
It does suffer from the attitudes of the time regarding race and nationalism that might not sit right with all readers, but taken at face value it is quite an imaginative and entertain tale. It should be reiterated that this is not a true sequel to "War of the Worlds", so the Martians are notably different than those Wells portrayed.
This is a worthy read for the many firsts and the story actually stands on its own, without having to read "Fighters from Mars" first.