I forget where I saw this tweet first, but it’s a backhanded reference to this: a War of the Worlds musical.
Which isn’t half bad.
Interesting question, isn’t it? There are two strong possibilities, one wild card, and one probably-not. Although any one of the four has promise.
You will be shocked to hear that H.G. Wells did not actually give a good date for the Invasion, but this line of speculation seems sound. It all comes down to basic astronomy and when certain church renovations took place. As usual – and yes, I’m going to make you click through. Ken Hite did the scholarship; he should get the clicks for it.
Interestingly: if you had asked me when the Martian Invasion took place I would have said “1938.” Well, more accurately I would have said “193…8? 1939? Whenever the radio program was… wait, sorry, you mean the original one? I dunno, some time in the 1890s?” It’s really interesting, the way that this particular intellectual property operates. I’ve read the original book more times than I’ve listened to the radio show, but the radio show is what I associate with the concept. And yet the visual image that I get when thinking of “War of the Worlds” is unambiguously from the 1950s flick*. Guess this demonstrates the power the IP had on popular culture, eh?
*I actually didn’t mind the Tom Cruise remake, but it was no first-season War of the Worlds TV series. Then again, what was?