Thursday, July 29, 2010
Check out this neat Flickr gallery of 35 black-and-white illustrations that I compiled from Edison's Conquest of Mars, a late nineteenth-century work written by amateur astronomer and newspaper man Garrett P. Serviss that was inspired by H.G. Wells' seminal SF novel The War of the Worlds. The first 25 illos are from the original 1898 serial and the last 10 illos are from the 1947 novel. The quality of the images varies and there is considerable overlap. Here we see the Martians building the Sphinx!