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The Reading List: Aliens

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'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 sinking of the Titanic - 99 years on

Tomorrow will mark the ninety-ninth anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, which killed 1,517 people and remains one of the worst peacetime maritime disasters in history.

Nasa grounds Cameron's pricy space mission

When one of his Hollywood blockbusters runs over budget or behind schedule, as they almost always do, James Cameron tends to confound the naysayers by eventually producing a hugely lucrative commercial hit. But real life isn't always so forgiving.

Now it's Titanic in 3D

A deep-sea expedition will explore the world's most famous wreck site – so you can do the same

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On and off target: From war-torn Baghdad to battles in outer space,

The night's biggest battle has shaped into a two-horse-race between a big studio blockbuster and a small, independent war movie. In the "Goliath" role, you have the special-effects addict James Cameron's 3D epic Avatar, the most lucrative film ever made. In the "David" camp sits The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow's lesser-seen but brilliant portrait of a bomb-disposal team in Baghdad.

The long and short of making a game

The question, “How long does it take to make a video game?” might as well be, “How long is a piece of string?” This tricky-to-answer query is in the air because one of the developers behind the critically acclaimed ‘Mirror’s Edge’, 2008’s breathtaking free-running title, has revealed that the title took seven years to create.