War of the Worlds is a classic novel that was published by HG Wells back in 1898. It was a story about Martians leaving their dying world of Mars and trying to conquer Earth. The Martians arrive on Earth around the end of the 19th century in cylinders and then begin constructing monstrous tripods with heatrays who manage to almost conquer the Earth before dying to bacteria.
The novel popularized staple scifi tropes such as alien invasions, tripod war machines, and the heatray.
Some time later HG Wells got an unauthorized sequel called Edison's Conquest of Mars in which the Earth unites to invade Mars after Thomas Edison manages to reverse engineer the martian tech to construct human made space ships and heatrays, which are then used on a revenge attack against Mars. This novel added even more scifi staple tropes like space suits, disintegration ray, and asteroid mining.
HG Wells had also published the novel Crystal Egg (seen as a prequel to the WOTW novel) which has a Martian artifact that looks like a crystal egg which lets the viewer see what is happening on mars; one of the things seen through it is martians preparing their forces for the Earth Invasion

Later in 1938, Orson Welles had retold the story of War of The Worlds as a Halloween special broadcast, which scared many people into thinking an actual alien invasion was happening.
In 1953, War of the Worlds got its first movie version where the classic tripods were changed to manta ray style ships with powerful nuke resistant shields, and these manta ray ships also walked on electro-magnetic legs. This versions Martians were called Mortaxans and the story of what happened after the events of the movie was seen in the 1988 WOTW series which was a continuation of the movie and showed that many Martian Mortaxans still survived and were now trying to conquer the world Body snatcher style.

In 1978, Jeff Wayne made his own interpretation of War of the worlds which was musical based. Jeff Wayne would later release a RTS video game based of his interpretation. This is one of the more well known interpretations of War of the Worlds, second to the novel, as it features lots of classic music.

2005 brought Steven Spielbergs reimagining of WOTW, with the aliens this time being from a different star system and having tripods which were nuke resistant. This version took place in 2005 America.

2005 also brought another movie version of HG Wells War of the Worlds by Pendragon Pictures. This version is the most accurate to he book in events, tripod/alien descriptions, and story. This version suffered from a low budget.

In 2012, WOTW Goliath was released. This was an anime version of War of the Worlds and is a what-if story of what happens after the original martians died. It shows Theodore Roosevelt form a military alliance in preparation to fight off a second martian invasion. His defense force uses human made tripods and heatrays which are based off of reverse engineered Martian tech.

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