By Ulrike Küchler, Silja Maehl, Graeme A. Stout
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Are we such apostles of mercy as to complain if the Martians warred in the same spirit? Wells 2001: 55 Many have deplored in print the way this rhetoric bespeaks some of the most odious aspects of both Wells’ socialism and his Darwinism, but it behooves us to ﬁrst note that this “navel” of the text (I am thinking here of Freud’s ﬁgure of the “navel of the dream”), the point at which it stages its own genesis, involves a subtle displacement. Whereas Frank’s triggering observation concerned itself with the possibility of an invasion and the character of its reception, his brother deploys the story to entertain both the implicit cause of the invasion and its 20 Alien Imaginations moral defensibility.
Since the night of my return from Leatherhead I had not prayed. I had uttered 22 Alien Imaginations prayers, fetich [sic] prayers, had prayed as heathens mutter charms when I was in extremity; but now I prayed indeed, pleading steadfastly and sanely face to face with the darkness of God. Strange night, strangest in this that so soon as dawn had come, I, who had talked with God, crept out of the house like a rat leaving its hiding place—a creature scarcely larger, an inferior animal, a thing that for any passing whim of our masters might be hunted and killed.
6 Others, such as the narrator in Alfred Kubin’s only novel Die andere Seite (The Other Side 1909), who is, like Kubin, both an author and a painter, desperately try to overcome the diﬀerence between the reality of the alien other and its representation—only to realize that both are constructions. His travels begin with the painting and story of a former friend and future ﬁend ruling an allegedly utopian Eurasian Dream State whose totalitarian reality does not concur with the picture he imagined.
Alien Imaginations: Science Fiction and Tales of Transnationalism by Ulrike Küchler, Silja Maehl, Graeme A. Stout