By Robert Rankin
The pickled Martian's tentacles are fraying on the ends and Professor Coffin's such a lot Meritorious Unnatural allure (the is still of the unique alien post-mortem, played by means of Sir Frederick Treves on the London clinic) is not any longer drawing the crowds. it is 1895; approximately a decade considering the fact that Mars invaded Earth, chronicled through H.G. Wells within the conflict OF THE WORLDS. Wrecked Martian spaceships, back-engineered by way of Charles Babbage and Nikola Tesla, have carried the Queen's personal electrical Fusiliers to the purple planet, and Mars is now a part of the ever-expanding British Empire.
The less-than-scrupulous sideshow owner likes Off-worlders' funds, so he wishes a sensational new charm. be aware has reached him of the japanese satan Fish lady; not anything relatively like her has ever existed before.
But Professor Coffin's quest to own the final word showman's convey is set to reason substantial friction among the people of alternative planets. adequate, in truth, to touch off Worlds warfare .
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