We can expect a bit of a flood of HG Wells-related product this year, because this month the copyright on the renowned SF author’s work has finally expired. But we doubt many will be quite as intriguing as The Massacre of Mankind. Written by multi-award-winning author Stephen Baxter and authorised by the HG Wells Estate, it’s a sequel to Wells’s classic 1897 'scientific romance' The War of the Worlds.
It takes place 14 years after the invasion failed, defeated by the aliens’ vulnerability to Earthly germs. Machinery looted from the Martians’ Tripod war machines has lead to technological leaps forward. But then come the signs of new launches on Mars… Turns out that first attempt was just a fact-finding mission, and soon invaders are once again taking control of the south-east of England.
The Massacre of Mankind is available to buy now, in hardback and as an ebook. Thanks to Gollancz, we have 15 copies of the hardback (RRP £18.99) to give away. To be in with a chance of winning one, simply answer the question below!