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The heat ray of a Martian Warship.

The Heat-Ray is the Martians' primary offensive weapon.

The BookEdit

The Heat Ray is described as a camera-type box with a circular mirror attached to one of the Tripods tentacles.

It was the first device to be set up and made operational when the Martians arrived on earth, and is therefore probably capable of being detached, and operated separately from a fighting machine if needed, although the two are always shown together after the first fighting machine appears.

The effect of the ray is as follows:

"Then it was as if an invisible yet intensely heated finger were drawn through the heather between me and the Martians, and all along a curving line beyond the sand pits the dark ground smoked and crackled".

The Heat Ray is also described as "A generator of intense heat in a chamber of practically absolute non-conductivity. 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.".

Martian Craft firing Heat Ray and Skeleton Beams.

Martian Craft firing Heat Ray and Skeleton Beams.

The only visible element of the ray in the book is a bright white flash emitted from the box chamber while the ray is fired. This is usualy changed for other media, which often shows the heat ray been visible like a beam of coloured light. The colour of the heat ray's light varies from adaptation to adaptation, with colours including red, green, white, yellow and blue.

In FilmEdit

In the 1953 George Pal adaptation, the Martians used 2 types of weapons. The primary is a Disintegration Heat Ray. It is mounted on a flexible turret known by some as a swan or cobra-neck. This weapon leaves of its victims nothing but remains a charred shadow of where they once stood.

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A human getting blasted by Steven Spielberg's Tripod Heat Ray

The other weapon is a "Skeleton beam" (due to their ability to create a X-Ray effect upon hitting their human target) equipped on both sides of the Martians Wingtips. In the film its effect is explained as neutralizing Mesons, the atomic glue holding matter together, By cutting across their lines of magnetic force, any object will simply cease to exist.


In Steven Spielberg's 2005 movie, the heat-ray was a blueish-white arc of light that turns its victim into dust and leaves their clothes intact. The emitters are portrayed by two crescent shaped "arms" on the tripod's head.


GalleryEdit

Handling Machines on the attack.

Handling Machines firing Heat Rays (War of the Worlds: Goliath)

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Tripods using their Heat Rays (Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds).





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Heat Ray in Action (1)(Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds).

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Heat Ray in Action (Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds).





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Heat Ray Firing (War of the Worlds: The True Story).

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The Martian Wing attacks A.R.E.S (War of the Worlds: Goliath).





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Tripod attacking the Thunder Child with its Heat Ray.

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Tripods attack the Thunder Child (Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of the War of the Worlds).





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Tripod firing its Heat Ray (Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds).

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Flying Machines firing their Heat Rays (Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds).





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Tripod attacks with Heat Ray.

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Heat Ray Attack on Horsell Common.








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Ogilvy killed by the Heat Ray (War of the Worlds Comic).





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Spielberg Aliens using Heat Rays (War of the Worlds 2005)

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Upgraded Tripods (War of the Worlds: Goliath).






A.R.E.S Achilles-Class Tripods firing Heat Rays.

A.R.E.S Achilles-Class Tripods firing Heat Rays.

Eric Wells using a Portable Heat Ray Cannon.

Eric Wells using a Portable Heat Ray Cannon.





Tripods using Heat Rays on Ironclad Battleships.

Tripods using Heat Rays on Ironclad Battleships (Jeff Wayne's Video Game Version of The War of the Worlds).

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The Bombarding Machine using its Heat Ray (Jeff Wayne's Video Game Version of The War of the Worlds).