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The War of the Worlds

20/03/2013 (18:00-20:00)

Dr Adam Roberts

 Mars: victorian and modern

H G Wells’ The War of the Worlds (1898) is one of the great classics of science fiction, the prototype for a thousand subsequent science-fiction stories of alien invasion—superbly readable and gripping,vividly rendered and as popular today as it has ever been. More, from the perspective of Egham, the story is local: the Martians land in Woking, fight across the landscapes of Surrey and Berkshire, devastating Shepperton and Weybridge on their way into London.

Join Dr Stewart Boogert, Reader in Accelerator Physics and Adam Roberts, Professor of Nineteenth-century Literature who will stage this novel as a dialogue between past and future—between the nineteenth-century world view and 21st-century astrophysics.

An audience Q&A will take place following the main presentation. After refreshments, audience members are invited to experience astronomy themselves using the modern observatory dome housed within the Department of Physics. A Victorian-style telescope will also be on display.

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