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