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    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2008
    Found a link to this 1898 novel, serialised in the US before War Of The Worlds was released in the US.

    " Having survived the initial Martian attack, the still reeling Earth sets about planning a response. The urgency of the matter is accelerated when it becomes clear from observations of Mars that the Martians are preparing a second invasion. America swiftly becomes the focus of the impending defence, and perhaps offence, for it transpires that Thomas Edison has invented both a disintegrating weapon the equal of the heat ray, but in his remarkable "electric" aircraft, has also provided a means of delivering that weapon (and retribution) to the Martians."
      CommentAuthorIan Mayor
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2008
    Great find.

    Sounds like something Micheal Bay might film... and I can't believe I mean that in a positive way.
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    It says Edison authorized the use of his name. That's excellent.

    Here's the text at Project Gutenberg: Edison's Conquest of Mars by Garrett P. Serviss
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    Awesome stuff. I've attacked Project Gutenberg for the text and will look forward to reading it immensely. The Victorian Social Historian in me is already salivating with glee at the thought.
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    That is an incredibly cool literary artifact.
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2008
    Nice. I wonder if Iain Edginton and D'isreali were aware of this story when they wrote Scarlet Traces and (more pertinently) Scarlet Traces: The Great Game. I mean that as a point of interest rather than as some kind of accusation of plagarism.
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2008 edited
    So once again Edison stole his invention from somebody else?

    But then again, it was written in never mind.
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    1. I bet Tesla fucking hated that book.

    2. Warren - any more Edison Hate Future coming?