Modern Day War of the Worlds

Dave didn’t seem to like this – but this is what a modern day War of the Worlds set in Woking might look like.

I have to say, it is always quite strange when you read the War of the Worlds, with all the familiar local place names, because in some ways the places that H.G.Wells described back in 1898 have changed massively since then so as to in parts be totally unrecognisable to a modern reader. For example, Horsell the village outside Woking where in the book the first Martian landing takes place has been pretty well absorbed by the growth of the Woking housing estates over the twentieth century. Having said that, the 750 acres of Horsell Common itself has survived even if the surrounding area is rather different. Perhaps then you have to relocate the story elsewhere to produce a modern retelling…

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