by Chris Oakley
says: what if Martians landed in New Jersey and London in 1938 and offer
humans an alliance? Please note that the opinions expressed in this
satirical post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
on this day farmers and police at the New Jersey town of Grover's Mill
gathered near the crash site of what was initially thought to be a meteor.
Closer inspection of the
object, however, revealed it was actually an extraterrestrial spacecraft;
even more astonishing, when the craft's occupants emerged they identified
themselves as the advance party of a diplomatic mission from the planet
Mars sent to establish what one of the Martians called "an alliance
between the royal house of our planet and the free peoples of Earth
against the tyrants who would seek to oppress both our worlds".
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Under heavy police and military escort the
Martian ambassadors were driven to a US Army Air Corps base on Long
Island; from there they were subsequently flown to Washington for an
emergency meeting with President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
What Roosevelt heard at that meeting alarmed him: a group of Martian
militarists seeking to overthrow their homeworld's monarch had sent its
own emissaries to Earth to make pacts with Hitler's Germany, Stalin's
Russia, Mussolini's Italy, and the generals' clique that was increasingly
dominating the Japanese government. There were even disquieting hints one
such emissary had made preliminary overtures to Spanish Falangist warlord
on this day Martian diplomatic envoys landed in the British town of Woking
for a historic meeting with British prime minister Neville Chamberlain and
his inner circle.
Part TwoThere was a certain
irony in the locale for this meeting, given that in H.G. Wells' classic
novel War Of The Worlds Woking was the site where Martian war
machines had launched their first attack on Earth; journalists covering
the meeting were quick to note the contrast between that violent fictional
confrontation and the more cordial actual summit between the Martian
diplomats and Chamberlain's cabinet.
For one man present at the summit, the event had a special personal
significance -- H.G. Wells had agreed to write a commentary on the Woking
conference for the London Times. In later years his
article would come to be regarded as the definitive journalistic account
of Great Britain's first direct encounter with extraterrestrials. Back in
the United States, meanwhile, President Roosevelt and his Secretary of
State, Cordell Hull, were debriefing selected members of Congress on FDR's
discussions with the Martian delegation that had landed in Grover's Mill
the previous night.
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