The Reading List: Aliens
Monday 22 August 2011
'War of the Worlds by H G Wells', Penguin Classics £8.99
Variously interpreted as a commentary on evolutionary theory, British imperialism and Victorian fears and prejudices, War of the Worlds tells the nail-biting tale of one man's struggle to track down his wife during an alien invasion. Included are some of the most vivid scenes of London in literature.
'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' by Douglas Adams, Pan £7.99 (Volume 1)
First published in 1985 following a successful radio series of the same name, Adams' series of Hitchhiker books remain a pop-cultural phenomenon, spawning multiple spin-offs on stage and in comic books. The laugh-out-loud tale follows Arthur Dent, a hapless Englishman, as he travels through space.
'An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base' by Annie Jacobsen, Orion £20
Jacobsen's riveting, behind-the-scenes look at America's most enigmatic military installation, Area 51, addresses the persistent conspiracy theories about UFOs, while also taking an historic look at the government's long-buried secret weaponry and espionage programs. Controversial and captivating, it poses as many questions as it answers.
'The Eerie Silence: Searching for Ourselves in the Universe' by Paul Davies. Penguin £9.99
For 50 years the Search for extra-terrestrial intelligence has been vigilantly scanning our skies in the hope of detecting alien activity. As well as being an engaging writer, Paul Davies is also head of the group's Post-Detection Task Group. Here he addresses the issue of ET silence, examining ways in which we might be able make contact, as well as the form that alien intelligence would take.
'Cowboys & Aliens' by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Fourth Estate £12.99
Recently adapted into a film starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, Rosenberg's comic sees a pair of gun slinging cowboys – Zeke Jackson and Verity Jones – joining forces with a group of Apache Indians who are led by Chief Medicine Crow. Their aim is quite straightforward – to defeat a group of invading aliens who are intent on world domination. Naturally.
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 If I were Prime Minister: I'd give tax cuts to the rich, keep Trident, and get my football team wrong
- 2 Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to join show
- 3 General Election 2015: 14-year-old boy asks Nick Clegg – 'can you kill Katie Hopkins?'
- 4 University student in court for allegedly covering housemates' food in window cleaner and spit
- 5 Garland shooting: Isis claims attack on Prophet Mohamed cartoon contest in Texas as its first action on US soil
Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to join show
Eurovision 2015: What date is the song contest and who are the favourites to win?
Game of Thrones, season 5 episode 4, review: Sansa in danger of becoming another footnote in Westeros' bloody history
Noel Gallagher 'cannot wait' to hear Oasis-inspired One Direction album but rants about 'pointless' Tidal and Spotify
The highly NSFW poster for Gaspar Noé's Love makes Nymphomaniac look like 50 Shades
In defence of liberal democracy
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
Andy McSmith's Sketch: Feisty audience is the real star of an enlightening show