The War of the Worlds

Shooting magic with the expert

Tiny twinkling light bulbs look like snow flakes. Mixed with purple and white beams of light, make the most beautiful picture.

Florence Too

Friday, 23 December, 2011, 12:00am

Bogged down in reality

A Man of Parts by David Lodge Harvill Secker, HK$247

8 May 2011 - 12:00am


No law in place to make testing of domestic water pipes mandatory

I refer to the report ('Turning the tide against burst pipes', December 12) where you aptly compare galvanised and cast iron pipes with a 'ticking time bomb'.

19 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

The War of the Worlds

As sci-fi stories go, few have a pedigree to match that of The War of the Worlds. Written by English author H.G. Wells and published in 1898, the account of Earth's invasion by Martians gained legendary status 40 years later, when Orson Welles' vivid radio adaptation caused hysteria among listeners who believed the drama to be a news broadcast.

21 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

War of the World: History's Age of Hatred

War of the World: History's Age of Hatred

by Allen Lane

Harper Collins, $375

Niall Ferguson's new book is big. The hardback edition totals 746 pages, making it unlikely summer reading: too massive for the plane, it's also too hefty for the beach.

16 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

War of the world visions

Aliens attack! The menacing creatures dominate the newly released War of the Worlds. In recent years the Hollywood film alien has become a cliche: no creature from another planet is complete without a grotesque skull structure and long, thin octopus-like legs. They drag earthlings skywards in the tired abduction scenes. It is occasionally terrifying; generally trite.

1 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Mean green mutha from outer space

Job description: The MGMFOS has one primary function, and that is to creep us out so comprehensively we'll be looking under the bed and sleeping with the light on for weeks. When a director gets it right, a truly believable space alien at once captivates and terrifies us, firing the imagination as to what horrors might really be lurking out there, in a galaxy not so far, far away.

7 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

War without a message

H.G. Wells' 1898 novel The War of the Worlds was published at a time when the British empire was in a state of unrest and at risk from attack by anarchists.

Orson Welles' 1938 radio play, based on the book, stirred widespread panic among people who feared a world war. The sci-fi horror story strikes a nerve in people and makes them respond to the crisis of their era.

3 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Science friction

NEW YORK-BASED actor Tim Robbins doesn't like to watch Hollywood films which show his city being destroyed. No New Yorker likes to see that after the events of September 11, 2001.

30 Jun 2005 - 12:00am


FRIGHTENED? THAT'LL BE most of us, then. Cast your mind back to the climax of last year's American presidential election, when terror alerts appeared daily on newswires and websites. Defcon (defence readiness conditions) upgrades were jumping like popcorn, while knuckles whitened at speculation of an imminent attack to rival 9/11.

26 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

War of the Worlds

Director: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin

Release date: June 29

Prelude: Based on H.G. Wells' 1898 classic sci-fi novel about a martian invasion. It caused widespread panic in 1938 when legendary filmmaker Orson Welles adapted it into a radio play and broadcast it in the form of a live report.

26 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Security guard out of bounds

While taking photos from the pedestrian walkway between Swire House and World Wide House recently, a security guard prodded me and motioned me to move. I was neither causing an obstruction - it is a wide walkway and I had only been there a few minutes - nor was I using a tripod (which requires special clearance).

1 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Making waves with Martian monsters

MARS ATTACKS! Starring Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close. Directed by Tim Burton. Category 2A. Now showing at Ocean, New York, Majestic, UA (Queensway, Sha Tin, Times Square, Whampoa, Bonds, Kowloon, Aberdeen), Jade, Park, Empress, Broadway (Kwai Fong, Yuen Long, Mongkok, Kowloon Bay), Yuen Long, Tuen Mun.

2 Mar 1997 - 12:00am