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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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Following in the footsteps of one of the greatest science fiction masterpieces ever written, this long-forgotten sequel to The War of the Worlds boasts Thomas Edison as its hero. Originally published in the late 1800s, this is one of the rarest and most important cornerstones of the science fiction genre. Turning the original Wells tale on its head, this novel weaves a distinct and astonishing story of humans invading Mars, marking the invention of the space techno-thriller. Presenting a cornucopia of technical ingenuity, this edition marks a variety of firsts in the genre: the first space battle ever to appear in print, the original fictional example of alien abduction, the introduction of the theory that the pyramids were constructed by extraterrestrials, and the first truly functional spacesuits. Complete and unabridged for the first time everincluding the original illustrationsthis narrative also features an introductory essay by acclaimed author Robert Godwin.
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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.