Quotable: The War Of The Worlds, “No One Would Have Believed…”


Perhaps the most famous first sentence of any science fiction work ever written.


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No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water.


The War Of The Worlds is arguably the most well known alien invasion story ever. It’s certainly the most influential example of such works. It was written by the British writer H.G. Wells and published in 1898. It has been adapted for film, television and other mediums numerous times over the years. The most infamous adaptation being the 1938 radio broadcast narrated by Orson Welles, that caused wide spread panic among some listeners who supposedly believed that the events being narrated were real, and that an alien invasion was under way.



Dedicated to the unforgettable quotes of fantasy and science fiction literature. Whether long or brief; funny or serious; whimsical or dramatic. May they provide incentive to discover the originating books.


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