Media

Must read and listen to

Wells, H. G. 1995 (1897). The War of the Worlds. New York: Oxford.

Welles, O. 1938. Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds.” Larchmont, N.Y.: Longines Symphonette Society. (on Archive.org)

Pick one of two below

Lyndon, B. 1953. The War of the Worlds. Hollywood, Calif.: Paramount. (Available on Amazon and iTunes)

Spielberg, S. 2005. War of the Worlds. Universal City, CA: DreamWorks Home Entertainment. (Available on Amazon and iTunes)

Theory and Commentary

Pooley, J., & Socolow, M. J. (2013, October 28). The myth of the war of the worlds panic. Slate.

Additional Materials

Marshall, C. (2016, September 8). Things to Come, the 1936 Sci-Fi Film Written by H.G. Wells, Accurately Predicts the World’s Very Dark FutureOpen Culture. (on Archive.org)


Carl Sagan’s Cosmos E05 – Blues for a Red Planet

Go to 3:00 for a reading from War of the Worlds (accompanied by Holst’s “Mars” from The Planets)

Early Illustrations of WotW from Open Cultre

From the 1897 Edition

By Artist Henrique Alvim Corrêa

Assignments

Essay 1: What is Science Fiction?

Student Essays: What is Science Fiction?

Wikipedia article on Definition of science fiction with chronological history