The War of The Worlds
The classic alien invasion novel that terrified the world
"No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's..."
A series of reports about odd atmospheric disturbances taking place on Mars preface the arrival of Martians just outside of London. At first the Martians can hardly move in Earth's comparatively heavy gravity but soon the Martians reveal their true nature as death machines 100-feet tall rise up from the pit and begin laying waste to the surrounding land. London is evacuated as England's military suffers defeat after defeat.