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Franklin’s Faith

November 12, 1942. WOC (Wartime Operations Center) number 6, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois. War Cabinet meeting of the executive branch; recently evacuated from temporary headquarters in Chicago.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt adjusted himself in his seat, but could not find a comfortable position.

The Martian Civilization

The Martian Civilization
By Richard Knelling
Saturday Evening Post, August 1943

The Martians are exactly the ancient and cold race described by Wells. Where he went wrong was ascribing to them a 'vast intelligence'. In actual fact, individually, Martians are not much more intelligent than an Earth wolf. The comparison is apt in other ways; we know from deciphering their electronic records that the Martians are descended from semi-aquatic pack hunters who once ranged across the long lost shallow Martian seas and the great stretches of marshland surrounding them.

WoW II Timeline - People & Events


  • September 2nd
    • Moses Mercer's Last Ride
    • The Martian Army attacks Earth!
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WoW II Timeline - Politics


  • February
    • The battleship USS Maine exploded in Havana Harbor at 9:40pm on February 15, 1898, the climax in pre-war tension between the United States and Spain. In the American press, headlines proclaimed "Spanish Treachery!" and "Destruction of the War Ship Maine Was the Work of an Enemy!" William Randolph Hearst and his New York Journal offered a $50,000 award for the "detection of the Perpetrator of the Maine Outrage." Many Americans assumed the Spanish were responsible for the Maine's destruction.
  • March

WoW II Timeline - Technology


  • May
    • Dr Wilhelm Kress of Austria makes the first powered flight in an airplane design based loosely on the Martian airship he observed the previous year in London


  • September
    • Rolls-Royce Limited converts a Martian 'air turbine' to run on kerosene instead of hydrogen
  • December
    • Rolls-Royce Limited achieves first flight with a 'air turbine' powered aircraft


  • October

WoW II Timeline

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Scientists Discover Secret of Martian 'Electronic Brains'

Wire News, October 27, 1919

Scientists at Stanford University in California have discovered the basic principles used by the Electronic Brains found in Martian machinery. It is believed that this will lead to similar electronic brains being made available for government and businesses within a decade.

Says Stanford professor Trevor Lickman; "There could be a market for as many as two or three hundred electronic computation devices a year."

The Second War of the Worlds

I’m sure you are all familiar with H. G. Wells classic SF novel The War of the Worlds. You may also be aware that it has spawned a small industry of adaptations and related stories by other authors.

Interesting Idea: Clockpunk

Since I don't see a post on this, I thought I'd share.

Clockpunk is similar to steampunk but without the steam. I think it's a faaaaascinating idea, though I've not written anything in the genre. See the clockpunk blog here: