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“Attentive fans of HG Wells asked how many mistakes could be issued with a new coin issued by the Royal Mint to commemorate the author of “The War of the Worlds,” including the fact that his “monstrous tripod” has four legs. The 2-pound coin is intended to mark 75 years since the death of Wells and features illustrations inspired by “The War of the Worlds” and “The Invisible Man.” How many people had to go through that? Adam Roberts, author of a Wells biography and vice president of the HG Wells Society, science fiction writer and professor of 19th century literature, also criticized the portrayal of the Invisible Man, who is seen wearing a top hat; he arrives in Iping in the book wearing a “wide-brimmed hat.” “It’s nice to see Wells memorialized, but it would have been nice to see Wells memorialized.”
With this carelessness, I would say Wells would be annoyed: he went to great lengths to get things correct in his own job – inviting his book’s translators to stay with him to support the process and eliminate mistakes, and so on. “Stephen Baxter, vice president of the Wells Society and author of The Massacre of Mankind, an official sequel to The War of the Worlds , said he thought Wells would be “quite flattered by the coin, but furious with the non-three-legged! It’s not just the extra leg, but its rigidity.
He takes a side swipe in the novel itself at the “stiff, stilted tripods” depicted in an early “pamphlet” about the war – in fact, in the newspaper serialization of the book, his first publication, he was complaining about the crude illustrations. I saw little more than a Dutch doll resembling a human being. They resembled Martians. Asked about the errors, a spokesperson for the Royal Mint said, “We have created a new 2-pound coin to celebrate the life and works of HG Wells. The coin features scenes from famous works such as War of the Worlds and Invisible Man, as imagined by designer Chris Costello.” Costello said he took inspiration from HG Wells’ old book covers and movie posters. “old book covers and movie posters of HG Wells. ”
In 2013, on a commemorative coin intended to honor the poet, the Central Bank of Ireland misquoted James Joyce. While in Ulysses, Joyce wrote, “Inevitable modality of the visible: at least that thought through my eyes, if not more.”
“The Central Bank inserted an additional “that” in the last line, and so its coin reads, “Signatures of all items that I am here to read.” The bank later argued that the coin was “intended to be an artistic representation of the author and the text, and was not intended to be a literal representation.”
Perhaps something about reading? Pride and Prejudice’s quick text search throws up just the thing,’ Mullan wrote at the time. And a year ago, commentators, including Philip Pullman, attacked a new 50-pence coin commemorating Brexit for the lack of use of an Oxford comma. The coin says “peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations,” and Pullman said it should be “boycotted by all educated people” because after “prosperity.” it does not have a comma.