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Wells, H. G. ( 2001), The War of the Worlds: A Critical Text of the 1898 London First Edition with an Introduction, Illustration and Appendices, L. ), Jeﬀerson, NC: McFarland Books. 29 30 2 Alien Art: Encounters with Otherworldly Places and Inter-medial Spaces Ulrike Küchler Freie Universität Berlin, Germany What shapes the imagination of the alien? 2 In science ﬁction and tales of transnationalism these tensions are manifest as translation problems resulting from the diverse matters and modes of expression and interaction of the self and the alien other, and of their representations.
In their copious correspondence it is recounted that Frank, while out on a walk with Herbert George, urged his brother to speculate on whether an alien invasion of the Earth would be perceived by humans in the same way as the arrival of Europeans (notably, according to Stover, the Dutch and the British) in Tasmania was perceived by the Tasmanians. Signiﬁcantly, this kernel displays a slightly diﬀerent shell in Wells’ text where the pertinent passage reads as follows: And before we judge of them [the Martians] too harshly, we must remember what ruthless and utter destruction our species has wrought, not only upon animals such as the vanished bison or dodo, but upon its own inferior races.
Married to the Blob Wives? ) from both himself and the world (Wells 2001: 85); or, even more emphatically, the narrator’s assertion, “now comes the strangest part of my story” (244), a not altogether strange strangeness that amounts to a three-day lapse into unconsciousness, a blackout; all of which culminates in the grammatical cascade that brings the epilogue to closure: “And strangest of all is to hold my wife’s hand again, and to think that I have counted her, and that she counted me, among the dead” (254).