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War of the Wrolds
War of the Wrolds

PICTURES OF THE WEEK: From 1906, illustrations by Henrique Alvim Correa for a limited edition run of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds. Groundbreaking for its time, it told the story of a brutal invasion of Earth by a technologically advanced race from Mars, whose war machines were towering tripods. First serialized in 1897 in England in Pearson's Magazine and in the United States by Cosmopolitan Magazine, and then as a hardcover novel in 1898, the 1906 limited edition's illustrations were reportedly Wells' favorite.

Besides being a science-fiction classic, War of the Worlds' powerful opening passage has resonated with readers for more than a century...

No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter. It is possible that the infusoria under the microscope do the same. No one gave a thought to the older worlds of space as sources of human danger, or thought of them only to dismiss the idea of life upon them as impossible or improbable. It is curious to recall some of the mental habits of those departed days. At most terrestrial men fancied there might be other men upon Mars, perhaps inferior to themselves and ready to welcome a missionary enterprise. Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us...

This week at Saturday Night Uforia:
SaucerThe Mysterious Mister Rhodes

The first-ever distinct photographs of flying discs were claimed to have been taken in July, 1947 by an oddball inventor named William Rhodes. But were they -- and he -- all they seemed?

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Coming in 2016:
SaucerSaucer Reading Fest

PARTS TWELVE THROUGH FOURTEEN -- Honoring a mid-20th-century American tradition of lazy days of reading, a selection of some of the most intriguing writings from the golden age of saucer-sighting.

MeteorSpotlight 1952: Anatomy of a Hoax

PART TWELVE -- All successful hoaxes have had certain elements in common, starting with the hoaxster's ability to beguile and deceive. But the most important factor of all may be the need to believe.

B. BunnySpotlight 1952: Anatomy of a Hoax

PART THIRTEEN -- All successful hoaxes have had certain elements in common, starting with the hoaxster's ability to beguile and deceive. But the most important factor of all may be the need to believe.

AdamskiSpotlight 1952: Anatomy of a Hoax

PART FOURTEEN -- All successful hoaxes have had certain elements in common, starting with the hoaxster's ability to beguile and deceive. But the most important factor of all may be the need to believe.

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