Book Quote: “No One Would Have Believed…”



The War Of The Worlds is arguably the most well known alien invasion story ever told, and it’s certainly the most influential example of the theme. First published in 1898, the Science fiction classic was written by the British writer H.G. Wells. It has been adapted for film, television and other mediums numerous times over the years, with the most infamous adaptation being the 1938 radio broadcast narrated by Orson Welles, that caused wide spread panic among listeners who supposedly believed that the events being narrated were real, and that an alien invasion was under way.

Even if you’ve never read the book, you may still be aware that the opening paragraph is regarded by many as one of the best and most memorable quotes in literature. I myself included it in my top ten book quotes of all-time back in September 2020. Read the quote below and decide for your self if you concur.


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No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water.


Keep your eyes peeled for a review of The War Of The Worlds in the not to distant future.

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