Saturday, 23 August 2014
Post-Wells works on time travel, in particular Poul Anderson's six volumes, are like a very long series of footnotes to the phrase "...curious possibilities of anachronism and utter confusion..." in The Time Machine. The War Of The Worlds is the grandfather of all alien invasion stories. In popular sf, the Daleks (evolved beings in protective machines) play the roles of Morlocks (persecuting the blond, fair-skinned Thals) and Martians (invading Earth).
When discussing Greg Bear's Eon, I twice explicitly referred to Wells and could have drawn at least three other parallels:
alternative histories on parallel Earths (Men Like Gods; A Modern Utopia);
future technological warfare (The War In The Air etc);
in particular, nuclear warfare (The World Set Free).
These are significant issues, not Buck Rogers stuff. However, Wells did not address artificial intelligence or immortality.