Gollancz is set to publish a sequel to H G Wells’ science fiction novel The War of the Worlds, written by veteran science fiction author Stephen Baxter, 118 years after the original story was published.
In Stephen Baxter’s terrifying sequel, set in late 1920s London, the Martians return, and the war begins again. But the aliens do not repeat the mistakes of their last invasion. They know how they lost last time. They target Britain first, since we resisted them. The massacre of mankind has begun.
First published in 1897, The War of the Worlds has become one of the most influential science fiction novels of all time, and the Orson Welles radio drama famously created a national panic in the United States
Stephen Baxter said “H.G. Wells is the daddy of modern science fiction. He drew on deep traditions, for instance of scientific horror dating back to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and fantastic voyages such as Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. And he had important near-contemporaries such as Jules Verne. But Wells did more than any other writer to shape the form and themes of modern science fiction, and indeed through his wider work exerted a profound influence on the history of the twentieth century.”
Steven has written more than twenty novels in twenty different languages, and collaborated with Sir Terry Pratchett on The Long Earth novels. Stephen has also written an authorised sequel to The Time Machine by H. G. Wells to mark the centenary of the original’s publication, The Time Ships.
Gollancz said it will publish a hardback (£20) and e-book (£19.99) on 19th January 2017.