- Nov 1, 2004
Oh, and as for alien invasions... try Fitz-James O'Brien's "What Was It?" or Guy de Maupassant's "The Horla", or even Ambrose Bierce's "The Damned Thing", which gives a (more or less) scientific explanation of the invisible invader...
Well, I wouldn't say that "What Was It?" is about an alien invader, since no such explanation is hinted at, but it's certainly about invisibility.
Cyrano de Bergerac wrote about space travel in the 1600's, and Mark Twain wrote about time travel in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court a few years before Wells wrote The Time Machine. I'm sure there are other examples, but these are the ones that immediately come to mind.