BBC is making a Victorian-era War of the Worlds

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Re: BBC is making a Victorian-era War of the Worlds

Post by Voice From Limbo » Sat Dec 07, 2019 1:48 am

Oh, yeah, Google -- didn’t think of that. :cry:

Re: BBC is making a Victorian-era War of the Worlds

Post by Bronshtein » Sat Dec 07, 2019 12:24 am

I confess I haven't seen it yet - I'll have to commandeer a television/computer/tablet and some bandwidth from my family (the darlings :evil: )to catch up with it.

The simple expedient of googling time travel stories reveals a time travelling angel from 1998 in a 1733 epistolatory novel, returning to 1728 to warn everyone of the dangers of Catholicism.

Written my one Samuel Madden, an Irish prod, it doesn't explain how the time travel works but makes darn sure everyone know of the terrors of letting them left footers get away with stuff.

Wait a minute - 1998?! The Good Friday Agreement - fuck me this Madden guy was on to something!

Re: BBC is making a Victorian-era War of the Worlds

Post by HongKongPhooey » Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:08 pm

Just for clarity, I'm a Brit, saw it, and moderately enjoyed it.
Tale retold from a different perspective and very much in line with H G Wells world views (at the time he wrote it)

Re: BBC is making a Victorian-era War of the Worlds

Post by Voice From Limbo » Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:54 pm

Several specialty publishers have reprinted "forgotten" books over the years, one of them Hyperion Press, back in the 70's, a few of which I have. You may recognize some of the names on this list, but most of them are obscure:

http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pubseries.cgi?199

I don't know if any featured time travel. And finding copies might be difficult, though I believe some are available as ebooks.

This guy was a little late:

http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?266251

But there may be earlier ones in there.

Gregg Press also had a reprint series:

http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pubseries.cgi?2335

Re: BBC is making a Victorian-era War of the Worlds

Post by Australian Dawn » Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:51 pm

It does annoy me a bit seeing Wells credited with inventing the concept of time travel though, Edward Page Mitchell wrote about a time machine before him and I wouldn't be surprised if his wasn't the first story to use time travel either, who knows with so many authors works forgotten or lost?

Re: BBC is making a Victorian-era War of the Worlds

Post by Australian Dawn » Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:57 pm

True. Not understanding it probably just lets it work on a subconscious level. I imagine that's the only way Americans can absorb anything remotely progressive.
Wells was no doubt trying to freak out the imperialists of his day by pointing out that in the scheme of things they might not be all that, who better than Americans to be freaked out by it today?

Re: BBC is making a Victorian-era War of the Worlds

Post by Bronshtein » Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:26 pm

Maybe the Yanks like it because they don't understand it?

Wells was a socialist and anti-imperialist, and the story reflects this.

Re: BBC is making a Victorian-era War of the Worlds

Post by Australian Dawn » Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:41 pm

Was it much different than the book?

Re: BBC is making a Victorian-era War of the Worlds

Post by HongKongPhooey » Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:40 am

I saw it and moderately enjoyed it.

Re: BBC is making a Victorian-era War of the Worlds

Post by Australian Dawn » Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:59 am

Maybe a straight up retelling of this story is just out of sync with the zeitgeist of the British people since the loss of the Empire? I'm sure the Yanks wouldn't have mucked it up, and they have been drawn to the story again and again, perhaps because it resinates with their position as global superpower, the position Britain held when the story was written.
I suppose the story is all about the hubris of the dominant human power and that narrative isn't particularly relevant to todays Britain.
I thought it was a cert to be good with the BBC behind it, I'll have to reassess my perhaps overly positive opinion of the BBC!

Did any of you guys see it?

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