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quote of the day #19

Discussion in 'Sci-Fi and Fantasy Talk' started by painkiller64, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. painkiller64

    painkiller64 Avoid A Void

    Sep 15, 2006
    Those who have never seen a living Martian can scarcely imagine the strange
    horror of their appearance. The peculiar V-shaped mouth with its pointed
    upper lip, the absence of brow ridges, the absence of a chin beneath the
    wedge-like lower lip, the incessant quivering of this mouth, the Gorgon
    groups of tentacles, the tumultuous breathing of the lungs in a strange
    atmosphere, the evident heaviness and painfulness of movement, due to
    the greater gravitational energy of the earth—above all, the extraordinary
    intensity of the immense eyes—culminated in an effect akin to nausea. There
    was something fungoid in the oily brown skin, something in the clumsy
    deliberation of their tedious movements unspeakably terrible. Even at this
    first encounter, this first glimpse, I was overcome with disgust and dread.
    —H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds (1898)

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