The War of the Worlds in and near Boston

Fighters from Mars

In a world where the notion of copyright was yet to involve lawyers, it was quite easy to copy material and pass it off as your own.

And that is what the Boston Evening-Post did in 1898, taking H.G. Wells classic The War of the Worlds and giving it a few geographical tweaks to move the story from London to Boston. The story, more often referred to as Fighters from Mars doesn’t really deviate from the narrative of the original. The readers of the Boston newspaper made the story a big hit and a sequel was produced shortly afterwards which was written as original material.

Edison's Conquest of Mars

Edison’s Conquest of Mars had the people of Earth in a counter-attack against the invaders from Mars. Amazingly, the hero of the story, Thomas Edison, was THE Thomas Edison, inventor of light bulbs and all-round American icon at that time.

Whilst the original Fighters’ story is only available as scanned images of the original print, the sequel can be purchased from Apogee Books and looks to be a good read. A 2006 review from Focus magazine can be read here.

Hayden Yale

Child of the 80's. Born, raised and living in the Cheshire countryside, England.Lover of fan art, especially if it is based on my childhood heroes from Masters of the Universe, Thundercats, Transformers and TMNT. Penchant for almost anything retro, especially movies, games and art.

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4 thoughts on “The War of the Worlds in and near Boston

  1. I just saw two different scans of the Fighters article and they didn’t change much, did they? They even used the same character names. Heck, even the first paragraph is nearly identical to that of H.G. Well. Wow, the name of the “author” is “M.C. Wells”. Pretty gutsy of these guys and I guess they got away with it.

    The Kindle edition of Edison’s Conquest of Mars is only $2.99 so it might be worth a look at.

    Good article, I did not know about this.

  2. Ivan Helsel says:

    @ubikuberalles & @Hayden Yale, Unfortunately, that link no longer works. Any chance you two made copies? downloads? of transcript? (even of the scans?)

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