When a cylinder from Mars lands not far from London, crowds of people arrive. Curiosity turns to terror as Martians appear. Their technology is far more advanced than humans and their heat-ray weapon kills instantly. One man, looking for his wife, understands that this invasion could mean the end of human civilisation and the beginning of Martian rule.
H. G. Wells; The Planet Mars; Orson Welles radio dramatisation of The War of the Worlds; Cinema: The War of the Worlds