Fighters from Mars

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Fighters from Mars
Fighters from Mars 1.jpg
Author Original H. G. Wells, edited versions unknown
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction
Publication date
Preceded by The War of the Worlds
Followed by Edison's Conquest of Mars

Fighters From Mars consists of two unauthorized edited versions of The War of the Worlds serial that appeared in the Cosmopolitan Magazine between April and December 1897.

The first version appeared in the New York Evening Journal between December 5, 1897 and January 11, 1898, and was entitled Fighters From Mars, or The War of the Worlds. The second version appeared in the Boston Post between January 8, 1898 and February 1898, and was entitled Fighters from Mars, or The War of the Worlds in and near Boston.

These versions change the settings to the local areas where the newspapers were on sale, and also edited out most of the passages containing science, science details pertaining to ordinary people and problematic actions by the narrator. Even though they are considered unauthorized it does seem that Wells may have inadvertently given the go ahead to the versions, as can be seen from a letter that was published in the magazine The Critic in March 1898. Where Wells states: "Yet it is possible that this affair is not so much downright wickedness as a terrible mistake."

In each paper the sequel 'Edison's Conquest of Mars' by Garrett P. Serviss was published after Fighters From Mars had finished.


  • Fighters From Mars, or The War of the Worlds (1897-1898). New York: New York Evening Journal. 1897. 
  • Fighters From Mars, or The War of the Worlds in and near Boston (1898). Boston: The Boston Evening Post newspaper. 1898. 
  • The Critic, March 1898, Vol. 29, page 284.
  • Fighters From Mars. Steven Mollmann, blog entry April 21, 2009.
  • Review of sequel (with reference to Fighters From Mars)