The Martian War

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The Martian War: A Thrilling Eyewitness Account of the Recent Invasion As Reported by Mr. H.G. Wells is a 2006 science fiction novel by Kevin J. Anderson (under his Gabriel Mesta pseudonym). It is a retelling of H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds; similar to Anderson's past work, War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches, it recounts the Martian invasion from a variety of viewpoints, and ties into Wells' other work.

In the book, Wells himself is the main character, who witnesses the Martian attack alongside his fiancée Jane, Thomas Huxley, and Percival Lowell. The British government brings them together with Dr. Moreau and Hawley Griffin, who help develop a strain of cholera to be used against the Martians. Wells travels to the Moon to help free the Selenites, who have been enslaved by the Martians, before joining forces to end the Martian menace once and for all.

The premise bears a deal of similarity to the earlier The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume II: both involve a group of literary figures being brought together by a secret agency of the British government to fight Wells' Martians; both end the invasion by using a biological weapon produced by Dr. Moreau, and The Martian War uses the same first name given to the Invisible Man by the creators of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. II (in the original book, the Invisible Man had no first name; LOEG author Alan Moore gave him the first name 'Hawley' as a reference to Hawley Crippen). Anderson had previously written the novelization of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen film.

While making use of many themes in the original Wells book, the present work is diametrically opposite in its basic philosophy. Wells emphasized humanity's complete helplessness in face of the Martians, making many comparisons to humanity's ruthless treatment of animals, and the Martians' succumbing to Earth microbes is miraculous deliverance which desperate humanity did not expect. Conversely, in the present book it is the intended and carefully planned device of a resourceful humanity.