Sherlock Holmes's War of the Worlds

Sherlock Holmes's War Of The Worlds


Sherlock Holmes's War of the Worlds

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Sherlock Holmes's War of the Worlds is a sequel to H. G. Wells' science fiction novel The War of the Worlds, written by Manly Wade Wellman and his son Wade Wellman, and published in 1975. It was inspired by a viewing of A Study in Terror, a 1965 film which is also based on the Sherlock Holmes characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


The story consists of the tales of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and Professor Challenger in London during the Martian invasion.


The underlying philosophy of the book is very different to, indeed contradictory to, the original Wells story. There, the idea is repeatedly expressed of humans being completely helpless before the Martian invaders, as are other creatures towards the humans.

In various parts of the Wells book, Martian/Human is compared to human/cow, human/rabbit, human/ant etc. The Humans' final deliverance, due to the Martians' succumbing to earthly bacteria, is completely unconnected to their own efforts. Conversely, in the present book Holmes, Watson and Challenger are plucky and resourceful humans, continually confronting and outwitting the Martians and completely undeterred by the invaders' technological superiority. The story features a romantic relationship between Holmes and his landlady Mrs. Hudson, which Watson is completely oblivious to.

Alternate versions

  • Titan Books' 2009 reprint of the novel is titled The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The War of the Worlds.

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