- Neither is the composition of the Black Smoke known, which the Martians used with such deadly effect, and the generator of the Heat-Rays remains a puzzle.2.10 — Book 2 Chapter 10 — The Epilogue (13% in)
- This intense heat they project in a parallel beam against any object they choose, by means of a polished parabolic mirror of unknown composition, much as the parabolic mirror of a lighthouse projects a beam of light.1.6 — Book 1 Chapter 6 — The Heat-Ray in the Chobham Road (8% in)
- But varied as its composition was, certain things all that host had in common.1.16 — Book 1 Chapter 16 — The Exodus from London (65% in)
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