The 6 Most Important Sci-Fi Ideas (Were Invented by a Hack) – by Cezary Jan Strusiewicz
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells is credited as one of the most influential science fiction books ever written, having introduced ideas like super-advanced aliens coming to Earth and said aliens hating the shit out of us and trying to wipe us out. Even though it was published as a novel all the way back in 1898, it’s seen as the blueprint for every alien invasion blockbuster released more than a century later. This article isn’t about that book.
In the same year, a writer named Garrett P. Serviss crapped out an unauthorized sequel to Wells’ book called Edison’s Conquest of Mars, in which famed inventor Thomas Edison turns the tables on the aliens from The War of the Worlds by flying to Mars and killing all of them with his revenge boner — it’s the Victorian-era equivalent of shameless straight-to-DVD crapfests like Transmorphers and Titanic II.
Also, it was one of the most revolutionary sci-fi novels ever written.
That’s right — many fundamental elements of science fiction as we know it can be tracked back to this cheap knockoff, not the classic it was ripping off. Like …
“Reverse the polarity!”
Aliens built the pyramids!
Aliens abducted people!
It’s all there in one book nobody ever heard of, by a writer whose name is…huh? If we didn’t know better we’d swear Cracked.Com was spoofing us. But we clicked on the article’s Edison’s Conquest of Mars link and guess what? An entire ebook is there, at the Project Gutenberg site.