The Martians are coming!

With the news of a brand new BBC adaptation of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds by Peter Harness (who adapted Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell – also for the BBC), I thought I’d pay a visit to the H.G. Wells statue in my hometown of Woking, where Wells wrote (and set the beginning of) War of the Worlds.

All photos were taken by the iPhone XS Max – and it did a particularly excellent job given that it was super windy and raining heavily at the time, and I was trying to balance an umbrella, a bag and the phone simultaneously and was shaking the phone about like a good ‘un.  But thanks to the iPhone’s computational photography and ability to start storing frames in a buffer before I’ve even pressed the shutter button, and along with taking a whole slew of photos – overexposed, underexposed and everything in between and combining them – I think they came out just great.

(I’m assuming the ball that Wells is holding relates to the space capsule from The First Men in the Moon)

Wells moved to Working in 1895 and lived here for about a year and half.  During that time he wrote War of the Worlds and The Invisible Man. 

Woking’s science fiction connections were also recently bolstered by the Phillip K. Dick (Blade Runner) anthology TV series, Electric Dreams (produced by Channel 4 in conjunction with Amazon Prime Video) which had set an episode at Woking train station and told of a railway worker who journeys to a mysterious, unmarked town called Macon Heights.

Meanwhile, much closer to where I live, we had The End of the F***ing World shoot some material for the first episode.  The series was recently nominated for a BAFTA and Emmy and has been renewed for a second season.

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