In H.G. Wells famous novel; The War of the Worlds, we see Victorian Britain, during the height of Empire, reduced to an apocalyptic wasteland. An alien invasion from the planet Mars brings alien fighting machines in the form of gigantic tripods striding about the land spewing black poison gas and devastating heat rays against any force that might challenge them. Within these monstrous vehicles are Martian creatures controlling the horrific fighting machines.
As refugees try to flee the onslaught, there is a brief description in the novel of a Royal Navy Ironclad that charges three martian tripods in the River Blackwater off of Maldon in Essex, UK. Also in Jeff Waynes' musical adaptation of War of the Worlds, we have a song about the valiant H.M.S. Thunder Child performing her brave deed in the arena of the river with refugees as the compelled audience watching the brave deed as though they had bought tickets for the show.
In the pastiche story above, we go aboard H.M.S. Thunder Child (The ironclad of War of the Worlds) The extrapolation tale goes back several days before the encounter and we see the build up through the eyes of the crew of Thunder Child.
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