When the smoke cleared, the little steamer had reached the misty horizon, and Carrie was safe. But the battleship Thunder Child had vanished forever, taking with her man’s last hope of victory. The leaden sky was lit by green flashes, cylinder following cylinder, and no one and nothing was left to fight them.
The Earth belonged to the Martians.
~Jeff Wayne’s musical adaption of the classic HG Wells novel, War of the Worlds