My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The War of the Worlds by Herbert George Wells would have been an alternative future when it was published, much like the short story “Second Variety” or the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, both by Philip K. Dick.
Published in 1898, the story accounts of Martians landing in England and slowly emerging from large capsules, having been shot from Mars.
These aliens begin to construct immense vehicles to commence their bloodshed through a Heat-Ray which incinerates all living things in an instant.
The plot is much similar as to the current human endeavor of NASA since the 1980s to place a human being on Mars.
Wells writes of this natural tendency of intelligent forms “to carry warfare sunward is, indeed, their only escape from the destruction that, generation after generation, creeps upon them” (8).
Much like Global Warming is now enacting on our needs of a race and civilization to explore other alternatives of sustenance once this planet has been raped of its abilities to nourish and protect its inhabitants.
What I repeatedly noticed in Wells’s writing was the correlation with mankind to lesser creatures on Earth.
To be succinct I will give an outline of the many quotes connecting the abuse of the Martians to the abuses of Mankind upon his own terrain:
“The Martians took as much notice of such advances as we should of the lowing of a cow.” (Wells 35)
“It’s bows and arrows against the lightening, anyhow,” said the artilleryman. “They ‘aven’t seen that fire-beam yet.” (Wells 50)
“But the Martian machine took no more notice for the moment of the people running this way and that than a man would of the confusion of ants in a nest against which his foot has kicked.” (Wells 53)
“Through the reek I could see the people who had been with me in the river scrambling out of the water through the reeds, like little frogs hurrying through the grass from the advance of a man, or running to and fro in utter dismay on the towing path.” (Wells 55)
“Did they grasp that we in our millions were organized, disciplined, working together? Or did they interpret our spurts of fire, the sudden stinging of our shells, our steady investment of their encampment, as we should the furious unanimity of onslaught in a disturbed hive of bees?” (Wells 72)
“This isn’t a war,” said the artilleryman. “It never was a war, any more than there’s a war between man and ants.” (Wells 125)
Wells could have been trying to convey mankind’s blatant disregard for his fellow creatures upon Earth, a sharing colony of life forms.
And in the wise words of H.G. Wells: “Surely, if we have learned nothing else, this war has taught us pity – pity for those witless souls that suffer our dominion” (123).
“Since 1900 more species than ever before have become extinct and scientists think we may even be losing one species a day at the moment” (Peoples Trust for the Environment Web).
Other Books to Consider:
Peoples Trust for the Environment Web. “Endangered Wildlife.”
Accessed on September 19, 2010.
Wells, H.G. The War of the Worlds. Kentucky: World Classics Books, 2009. Print.
List of Extinct/Endangered Animals:
(You might be surprised…)
CG FEWSTON is an American novelist who is a member of AWP, a member of Americans for the Arts, and a professional member and advocate of the PEN American Center, advocating for the freedom of expression around the world.
CG FEWSTON has travelled across continents and visited such places as Mexico, the island of Guam, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Singapore, Thailand, Taipei and Beitou in Taiwan, Bali in Indonesia, and Guilin and Shenzhen and Beijing in China. He also enjoys studying and learning French, Vietnamese, Cantonese and Mandarin.
CG FEWSTON earned an M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership and Administration (honors), an M.A. in Literature (honors) from Stony Brook University, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Fiction from Southern New Hampshire University, where he had the chance to work with wonderful and talented novelists like Richard Adams Carey (author of In the Evil Day, October 2015; and, The Philosopher Fish, 2006) and Jessica Anthony (author of Chopsticks, 2012; and, The Convalescent, 2010) as well as New York Times Best-Selling novelists Matt Bondurant (author of The Night Swimmer, 2012; and, The Wettest County in the World, 2009, made famous in the movie Lawless, 2012) and Wiley Cash (author of A Land More Kind Than Home, 2013; and, This Dark Road to Mercy, 2014).
Among many others, CG FEWSTON’S stories, photographs and essays have appeared in Sediments Literary–Arts Journal, Bohemia, Ginosko Literary Journal, GNU Journal (“Hills Like Giant Elephants”), Tendril Literary Magazine, Prachya Review (“The One Who Had It All”), Driftwood Press, The Missing Slate Literary Magazine (“Darwin Mother”), Gravel Literary Journal, Foliate Oak Magazine, The Writer’s Drawer, Moonlit Road, Nature Writing, and Travelmag: The Independent Spirit; and for several years he was a contributor to Vietnam’s national premier English newspaper, Tuoi Tre, “The Youth Newspaper.”
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A TIME TO LOVE IN TEHRAN won GOLD for Literary Classics’ 2015 best book in the category under ”Special Interest” for “Gender Specific – Female Audience”…
Finalist in the 2015 Chatelaine Awards for Romantic Fiction…
Finalist in the 2015 Mystery & Mayhem Novel Writing Contest…
Praise for A TIME TO LOVE IN TEHRAN:
“Fewston delivers an atmospheric and evocative thriller in which an American government secret agent must navigate fluid allegiances and murky principles in 1970s Tehran… A cerebral, fast-paced thriller.”
“A TIME TO LOVE IN TEHRAN is a thrilling adventure which takes place in pre-revolutionary Tehran. Author CG FEWSTON provides a unique glimpse into this important historical city and its rich culture during a pivotal time in its storied past. This book is so much more than a love story. Skillfully paired with a suspenseful tale of espionage, A TIME TO LOVE IN TEHRAN is a riveting study of humanity. Replete with turns & twists and a powerful finish, FEWSTON has intimately woven a tale which creates vivid pictures of the people and places in this extraordinary novel.”
CG FEWSTON‘s new novel,
A TIME TO LOVE IN TEHRAN, was published on April 2, 2015 —
10 years to the day of the publication
of his first novella, A FATHER’S SON (April 2, 2005)
“Thus one skilled at giving rise to the extraordinary
is as boundless as Heaven and Earth,
as inexhaustible as the Yellow River and the ocean.
Ending and beginning again,
like the sun and moon. Dying and then being born,
like the four seasons.”
found in Sources of Chinese Tradition, p 5