April 06, 2004
Researchers found that many of the 2,069 adults questioned could not tell fact from fiction. More than one in 20 thought the sci-fi classic War of the Worlds, in which Earth is invaded by Martians, was a historical event. Some even believed the Battle of Helm's Deep from the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Battle of Endor from Return of the Jedi actually took place.
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SF author Ken MacLeod has commented on the subject...
Posted by: FredKiesche at April 6, 2004 11:18 AM