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by H. G. Wells

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In The War of the Worlds, what are some examples of the power or dangers of science/technology?

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Obviously The War of the Worlds is premised on the use of technology for mass killing and destruction, but the aliens are the ones in possession of it. Interplanetary travel, laser-like weaponry (the heat-ray), and poison gas (the "black smoke") are all used by the Martians in their attempt to take over Earth and kill or subjugate its population. In the course of the story, the aliens are also apparently testing what we would now label conventional air travel. (Wells and other nineteenth-century science fiction writers, including Jules Verne, tended to envision interplanetary flight in terms of a projectile shot from a cannon, a simpler technology than that of the airplane or the spacecrafts that actually were to become a reality in the twentieth century.) None of this had been developed yet by man at the time Wells wrote his story. Despite the destructive power of these devices, the Martians are defeated by natural causes, their lack of resistance to the microorganisms they encounter for...

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