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Marauders from Mars War of the Worlds: Battleground Australia sheds fresh, Antipodean light on H.G. Wells' original tale in stories that traverse the southern continent. Home to the planet's longest-surviving mysteries, Australia now plays victim to marauding Martians in this outstanding collection of exciting stories set in the past, present and future. Australian Invasion Marauders from Mars War of the Worlds: Battleground Australia sheds fresh, Antipodean light on H.G. Wells' original tale in stories that traverse the southern continent. Home to the planet's longest-surviving mysteries, Australia now plays victim to marauding Martians in this outstanding collection of exciting stories set in the past, present and future. Australian Invasion It is well-known that Wells found vital inspiration for his 1897 novel in the horrific plight of Tasmanian Aboriginals who, within his lifetime, were virtually wiped out by the warfare and disease brought by foreign invaders. In Battleground Australia we discover that the war with Mars was not confined to England and did not end with all Martians destroyed by disease. In Australia some of the aliens survived and went underground, to emerge a century or more later. Best Science Fiction A Collection of Australia's best-selling literary, crime and speculative fiction writers including: Kerry Greenwood, Jack Dann, Carmel Bird, Jenny Valentish, Janeen Webb, Sean Williams, Kaaron Warren and Angela Meyer with a foreword by film director Alex Proyas (The Crow; I, Robot; Gods of Egypt)


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Marauders from Mars War of the Worlds: Battleground Australia sheds fresh, Antipodean light on H.G. Wells' original tale in stories that traverse the southern continent. Home to the planet's longest-surviving mysteries, Australia now plays victim to marauding Martians in this outstanding collection of exciting stories set in the past, present and future. Australian Invasion Marauders from Mars War of the Worlds: Battleground Australia sheds fresh, Antipodean light on H.G. Wells' original tale in stories that traverse the southern continent. Home to the planet's longest-surviving mysteries, Australia now plays victim to marauding Martians in this outstanding collection of exciting stories set in the past, present and future. Australian Invasion It is well-known that Wells found vital inspiration for his 1897 novel in the horrific plight of Tasmanian Aboriginals who, within his lifetime, were virtually wiped out by the warfare and disease brought by foreign invaders. In Battleground Australia we discover that the war with Mars was not confined to England and did not end with all Martians destroyed by disease. In Australia some of the aliens survived and went underground, to emerge a century or more later. Best Science Fiction A Collection of Australia's best-selling literary, crime and speculative fiction writers including: Kerry Greenwood, Jack Dann, Carmel Bird, Jenny Valentish, Janeen Webb, Sean Williams, Kaaron Warren and Angela Meyer with a foreword by film director Alex Proyas (The Crow; I, Robot; Gods of Egypt)

21 review for War of the Worlds: Battleground Australia

  1. 5 out of 5

    Pete Aldin

    Great collection with an Australian flavour that never cheapens itself in the process (ie. it’s NOT Crocodile Dundee vs the Martians). Not everyone will like every story in an anthology and I was not a fan of some. But there were plenty enough to satisfy. Pick of the bunch (5 star brilliance): Jason Fischer’s Rising the Snails (God, I hope he writes this as a full novel or novella somehow); Kaaron Warren’s The Sixth Falling Star; Jason Franks’ A Fair Go to Mars; Rick Kennett’s The Enemy of the Ene Great collection with an Australian flavour that never cheapens itself in the process (ie. it’s NOT Crocodile Dundee vs the Martians). Not everyone will like every story in an anthology and I was not a fan of some. But there were plenty enough to satisfy. Pick of the bunch (5 star brilliance): Jason Fischer’s Rising the Snails (God, I hope he writes this as a full novel or novella somehow); Kaaron Warren’s The Sixth Falling Star; Jason Franks’ A Fair Go to Mars; Rick Kennett’s The Enemy of the Enemy; Angela Meyers’ Nothing Missed. These were right up my alley and perfectly pitched.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shelley Nolan

    This was an intriguing collection of short stories, each one offering a different take on the Martian invasion from War of the Worlds, all set in Australia. Some I really enjoyed, while others were not quite as entertaining. But they all had me turning the page to find out what happened next. With stories set during the initial invasion, present day, and in the future, this collection offers a diverse range of plots as the authors reimagine the world as we know it. It was hard to pick a favourite This was an intriguing collection of short stories, each one offering a different take on the Martian invasion from War of the Worlds, all set in Australia. Some I really enjoyed, while others were not quite as entertaining. But they all had me turning the page to find out what happened next. With stories set during the initial invasion, present day, and in the future, this collection offers a diverse range of plots as the authors reimagine the world as we know it. It was hard to pick a favourite, with three standing out once I had finished the last page - Enemy of my Enemy, A Fair Go to Mars, and The Second Coming of the Martians, with Cat and Mouse also standing out. With a range of characters both reliable and unreliable, flawed and heroic, and endings that leave you wondering, this collection is sure to delight science fiction fans who are looking for something different and are ready to explore a world of what ifs based on the one main event.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Clare Rhoden

    Who ever thought of this proposition - that The War of the Worlds Martians ended up in Australia - is to be congratulated. Fifteen fantastic stories by very accomplished Australian authors. Who ever thought of this proposition - that The War of the Worlds Martians ended up in Australia - is to be congratulated. Fifteen fantastic stories by very accomplished Australian authors.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Steven Paulsen

    Great concept, wide variety of takes on the theme, overall it’s a fantastic read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Louise Seager

  6. 5 out of 5

    jennet wheatstonelllsl

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shane Nixon

  8. 4 out of 5

    Narrelle

  9. 4 out of 5

    Peter Krochmal

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth Darland

  11. 4 out of 5

    radiobody

  12. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Bell

  13. 4 out of 5

    Peter Longworth

  14. 4 out of 5

    Theo Sam

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tehani

  16. 4 out of 5

    Emily Randolph-Epstein

  17. 5 out of 5

    Raqui

  18. 5 out of 5

    M

  19. 4 out of 5

    Naoise Nickolay

  20. 5 out of 5

    Emilia

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

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