Google pays homage to H.G. Wells

September 21, 2009
The front page of Google search showing UFOs invading its celebrated logo as the Internet giant said it was paying homage to British science fiction writer H.G. Wells.

Google provided an explanation Monday for flying saucers invading its celebrated logo -- the Internet giant was paying homage to British science fiction writer H.G. Wells.

The Mountain View, California-based company frequently changes the colorful logo on its famously sparse home page to mark anniversaries or significant events.

But it generally makes it clear what is being celebrated.

Not so the case with a recent tweak of its logo.

Last week, the word "" was spelled out in a series of crop circles topped by a picture of a flying saucer. Google also provided a set of latitude and longitude coordinates.

The coordinates pointed to Horsell Commons, the location of the alien landing in Wells' 1898 classic, "The War of the Worlds," giving rise to speculation that Wells was involved.

Google revealed all on Monday and said that it was celebrating the 143rd birthday of Wells, who was born on September 21, 1866.

"Inspiration for innovation in technology and design can come from lots of places," Google said in a blog post. "We wanted to celebrate H.G. Wells as an author who encouraged fantastical thinking about what is possible, on this planet and beyond."

(c) 2009 AFP

Explore further: Google adds Malay, Swahili others to automatic translation

Related Stories

Gengis Khan basecamp found in China

December 25, 2006

Chinese scholars have found a series of ancient wells they believe provided water for Genghis Khan's legendary hordes during their campaign in Western Xia.

Google Maps combines with Google Local

October 7, 2005

Google Inc. of Mountain View, Calif., says it has combined its Google Maps service with Google Local, moving both out of beta, or testing, status.

Recommended for you

Computer engineers boost app speeds by more than nine percent

September 26, 2016

Researchers from North Carolina State University and Samsung Electronics have found a way to boost the speed of computer applications by more than 9 percent. The improvement results from techniques that allow computer processors ...

Hyperloop pushes dream of low-cost futuristic transport

September 23, 2016

Is it a plane, is it a train? No, say supporters of Hyperloop, a futuristic mode of transport floated by Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk that promises high-tech, high-speed and cheap travel over long distances.

First test of driverless minibus in Paris Saturday

September 24, 2016

The French capital's transport authority will on Saturday carry out its first test of a driverless minibus, in the hope that regular routes for the hi-tech vehicles will be up and running within two years.

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.