Radio 4 is currently considering Mars, in fact and fiction. Constantly. Possibly to the point of exasperation. Yet it’s not surprising. So much change is happening so fast in the real world that it’s natural for us to imagine sudden invasion and what it’s like to live in a world occupied by aliens.
Saturday’s Afternoon Play was a new two-part dramatisation of The War of the Worlds, HG Wells’s fable of Martians invading England. The novel first appeared as a magazine serial in 1897, was published as a book a year later and has never been out of print since. After 120 years, it remains a huge influence on literature, public consciousness, even real-life rocket science.
Melissa Murray’s dramatisation...
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