Even though I'm a fan of Guy Ritchie's updating of Sherlock Holmes currently playing in theaters around the world, were I for whatever reason limited to recommending only one Holmes adventure per season, I'd have to tip my hat to Sherlock Holmes & The War of the Worlds by Manly and Wade Wellman.

The Wellmans, a father and son team, actually began writing this fusion of genres in the late 1960s, publishing it as a series of short stories in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. A few months ago, however, Titan Books (who have really been championing the sci-fi field for the last few years) collected the Wellman's short stories and published them in a complete paper back collection, a collection I'm happy to recommend to not only fans of either Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle's characters or H.G. Wells' alien invasion scenario, but to all fans of sci-fi. One would think the melding of the two stories would yield an absurd, incongruous amalgamation, but the Wellmans have done an outstanding job of creating a storyline that triumphs on its own while at the same time never ignoring the debt to the men whom without their story couldn't exist.

The two have plucked the characters from Doyle's world and deposited them into Wells' end of the world, keeping Holmes and Watson untouched while modifying Wells' story rather significantly (though not disrespectfully). It opens with the titular character purchasing an odd crystal egg from an antiques dealer. A strange trait of this rare item has him showing the sphere to his scientist friend Challenger. When the two look into the crystal egg, they see not their reflections, but a spherical view into an alien landscape, a landscape they quickly deduce is Mars.
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