Sherlock Holmes's War of the Worlds

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Sherlock Holmes' War of the Worlds
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Sherlock Holmes's War of the Worlds (currently retitled as of 2009 as The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The War of the Worlds) is a sequel to H. G. Wells' science fiction novel The War of the Worlds, written by Manly Wade Wellman and his son Wade Wellman, and published in 1975. It was inspired by a viewing of A Study in Terror. It is a pastiche crossover which combines H. G. Wells' extraterrestrial invasion story with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Professor Challenger stories.


The story consists of the tales of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and Professor Challenger in London during the Martian invasion.


The underlying philosophy of the book is very different to, indeed contradictory to, the original Wells story in which the idea is repeatedly expressed of humans being completely helpless before the Martian invaders, as are other creatures towards the humans.

In various parts of the Wells book, the relationship between Martians and humans is compared to that between humans and cows, rabbits or ants. The humans' final deliverance, when the Martians succumb to earthly bacteria, is completely unconnected to their own efforts. Conversely, in the Wellmans' book Holmes, Watson and Challenger are plucky and resourceful humans, continually confronting and outwitting the Martians and completely undeterred by the invaders' technological superiority.

The story features a romantic relationship between Holmes and his landlady Mrs. Hudson, which Watson is completely oblivious to.

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  • Titan Books' 2009 reprint of the novel is titled The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The War of the Worlds.

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