Must read and listen to
Wells, H. G. 1995 (1897). The War of the Worlds. New York: Oxford.
Welles, O. 1938. Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds.” Larchmont, N.Y.: Longines Symphonette Society. (on Archive.org)
Pick one of two below
Lyndon, B. 1953. The War of the Worlds. Hollywood, Calif.: Paramount. (Available on Amazon and iTunes)
Spielberg, S. 2005. War of the Worlds. Universal City, CA: DreamWorks Home Entertainment. (Available on Amazon and iTunes)
Theory and Commentary
Pooley, J., & Socolow, M. J. (2013, October 28). The myth of the war of the worlds panic. Slate.
Marshall, C. (2016, September 8). Things to Come, the 1936 Sci-Fi Film Written by H.G. Wells, Accurately Predicts the World’s Very Dark Future. Open Culture. (on Archive.org)
Go to 3:00 for a reading from War of the Worlds (accompanied by Holst’s “Mars” from The Planets)
Early Illustrations of WotW from Open Culture
Student Essays: What is Science Fiction?
Wikipedia article on Definition of science fiction with chronological history