by Kevin J Anderson
Now try to imagine how one of the Victorian age’s leading astronomers would react if he were to find himself the custodian on an advance Martian scout.
Sounds a little bizarre, but don’t worry because Kevin J Anderson has done all the imagining for us in this compelling and rather unusual story with a cast of characters that includes H G Wells and his future wife Jane, Professor T H Huxley and Percival Lowell.
For this book, Mr Anderson has plundered the plots of several of H G Wells’ science fiction novels to create a story that is reminiscent of the late Victorian era and very much in the style of Wells himself. Not only is there the obvious connection with War Of The Worlds, but also The First Men On The Moon, The Invisible Man and The Island of Dr Moreau amongst others.
If it all sounds a little strange, don’t let that put you off. I must admit that I was unsure myself when I started reading the book, but soon put all doubts aside as I found myself engrossed in the twin plots that run through the story. This is not a modern science fiction tale at all; it is very much of the time, with all the wonder and imaginings of the late Victorian era and the assumptions about the Moon and Mars that we now know to be untrue.
Kevin J Anderson is a great storyteller who’s imagination and wonderful characters make his books so memorable and enjoyable.
“The Martian War” is one of the most intriguing books I have read for a long time. The combination of real and fictitious characters mixed with the plots and events from several of H G Wells’ most famous works, make reading this book a unique pleasure.
For fans of Anderson and Wells, this is a book that really needs to be read. If you have never read either writer, then this is a great place to start, giving you the best of each to get you started on the journey.
I note from the advertising at the end of the book that He also written another based on the life of Wells, and one that includes Jules Verne and his best loved creation Captain Nemo! Something to look forward to.