Newswire: What? A War Of The Worlds sequel? Oh, the copyright’s expiring

H.G. Wells’ War Of The Worlds is one of the most well-known and highly regarded science-fiction novels of all time, a classic of the genre and a landmark in the development of alien-invasion stories. So naturally, it’s time to extract further profits by pouncing on the intellectual property as soon as it becomes public domain, and wringing it dry, like a money-soaked dish rag. The BBC reports The Massacre Of Mankind, a sequel to the story, is set to be published in hardcover and eBook form on January 19, 2017, barely two weeks after the December 31, 2016 expiration date on the original’s copyright.

The new adventure will pick up shortly after the events of Wells’ book, with aliens returning to Earth in order to capitalize on public-domain stories and transmute them into cash. Wait, no—that’s what’s actually happening in real life, sorry. This …

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