Review of War of the Worlds: Battleground Australia

Authors: Steve Proposch (Editor), Christopher Sequeira (Editor), Bryce Stevens (Editor), Kerry Greenwood, Carmel Bird, Jack Dann, Janeen Webb, Sean Williams, Angela Meyer, Lindy Cameron, Jenny Valentish, Narrelle M. Harris, Lucy Sussex, Rick Kennett, Jason Franks, Dmetri Kakmi, Bill Congreve, Jason Fischer, Kaaron Warren.

Reviewer: Shelley Russell Nolan

Synopsis: 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)

Review: 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.

Rating:  4

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