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The War of the Worlds
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  • At most terrestrial men fancied there might be other men upon Mars, perhaps inferior to themselves and ready to welcome a missionary enterprise.
  • "Extra-terrestrial" had no meaning for most of the onlookers.
  • I think everyone expected to see a man emerge—possibly something a little unlike us terrestrial men, but in all essentials a man.
  • It was one of those complicated fabrics that have since been called handling-machines, and the study of which has already given such an enormous impetus to terrestrial invention.
  • And speaking of the differences between the life on Mars and terrestrial life, I may allude here to the curious suggestions of the red weed.
  • Only that known popularly as the red weed, however, gained any footing in competition with terrestrial forms.
  • In man, in all the higher terrestrial animals, such a method of increase has disappeared; but even on this earth it was certainly the primitive method.
  • At any rate, in all the bodies of the Martians that were examined after the war, no bacteria except those already known as terrestrial species were found.
  • Now I stood on a mound of smashed brickwork, clay, and gravel, over which spread a multitude of red cactus-shaped plants, knee-high, without a solitary terrestrial growth to dispute their footing.
  • Even as I saw these Martians for the first time they seemed to be endeavouring to raise themselves on these hands, but of course, with the increased weight of terrestrial conditions, this was impossible.
  • Now by the action of natural selection, all terrestrial plants have acquired a resisting power against bacterial diseases—they never succumb without a severe struggle, but the red weed rotted like a thing already dead.
  • CHAPTER THIRTEEN HOW I FELL IN WITH THE CURATE After getting this sudden lesson in the power of terrestrial weapons, the Martians retreated to their original position upon Horsell Common; and in their haste, and encumbered with the debris of their smashed companion, they no doubt overlooked many such a stray and negligible victim as myself.

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  • Unless we’ve launched some kind of classified aircraft, no way this thing is terrestrial."
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • My own pessimism, my insecurity, was a more terrestrial affair.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River

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