In Providence, Rhode Island, an eight-year-old H.P. Lovecraft bravely seeks communion with an alien intelligence--and a return to his long-lost home. In Russia, a letter by Count Leo Tolstoy describes the coming of the ultimate revolution. In a dark woods outside of Zurich, a heroic Albert Einstein finds himself trapped inside a Martian craft, where survival itself is relative. In Amherst, Massachusetts, Emily Dickinson leaves poetic evidence that she encountered the Martians eleven years after her death. In Paris, a young artist named Pablo Picasso is inspired by the Martian carnage to create his most shocking and disturbing masterpiece. From Teddy Roosevelt in Cuba to the Dowager Empress in China, we see our fellow humans encounter the Martian menace through the eyes of such luminaries as Henry James, Jack London, Joseph Conrad, Mark Twain, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Jules Verne, Rudyard Kipling, and others.