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The Benchmark Against Which All Sci-fi is judged
on 10 April 2018
The original classic and still the best. As a piece of writing it is beautifully crafted (it was the first time I came across the word 'ululation' - and possibly the last!). Written in a time when one could be more languid in one's description, it manages to maintain the suspense and the sense of growing realisation of danger, with ordinary flawed people responding as we would to something terrifyingly immense. Most of us know how it ends, but - just in case - I won't spoil it for you. Let's just say that whenever people talk about Science Fiction, they ask how it compares with War of the Worlds.