Seen nearer, the Thing was incredibly strange, with a ringing metallic pace, and long, flexible, glittering tentacles swinging and rattling about its strange body. Behind the main body was a huge mass of white metal like a gigantic fishermans basket, and puffs of green smoke squirted out from the joints of the limbs as the monster swept by me. And in an instant it was gone.Book 1, Chap. 10, ¶15
The War of the Worlds
H. G. Wells
The prototype for all science fiction, H. G. Wellss fantastic novel will not let you out of its grip as it narrates the invasion of Earth by ruthless Martians. In 1938, a radio adaptation of The War of the Worldsdone in the style of a news broadcastpanicked the listening public.