H.G. Wells: The Reason Behind Google's Alien Doodles
Article by George Norman
On 21 Sep 2009
This whole month we’ve seen Google display alien-inspired doodles on its homepage – like the one from September 5th, the one from September 15th and the one from September 21st (that’s today). The alien part alone was enough to spur interest into why Google was doing this and even generate some interesting theories. And the fact that Google snuck some clues to the world helped.

For example, the September 5th Google released a coded tweet alongside the doodle. The tweet said 1.12.12 15 1.18.5 20.15 21.19 – which translated to “All your O are belong to us”. Ten days later Google posted a second alien inspired doodle and along with it tweeted this: 51.327629, -0.5616088. These are the coordinates to an English town called Horsell. In H.G. Wells; War of the World, the aliens land in a town called Horsell. Coincidence? I think not!


The Mountain View-based search engine giant has today acknowledged the fact that all the doodled are no coincidence – they were posted in preparation of H.G Well’s anniversary. Web Design Lead with Google, Micheal Lopez, comments: “we're finally acknowledging the reason for the doodles with an official nod to Herbert George [Wells], who would be 143 years old today. Inspiration for innovation in technology and design can come from lots of places; we wanted to celebrate H.G. Wells as an author who encouraged fantastical thinking about what is possible, on this planet and beyond. And maybe have some fun while we were doing it.”

English author Herbert George Wells was born on the 21st of September 1866 and died on the 13th of August 1946, at age 79. His science fiction books earned him the title of “The Father of Science Fiction” – Jules Verne is also refered to as “The Father of Science Fiction”, but today isn’t his birthday, now is it? H.G. Well’s most notable works are: The Time Machine, The First Men in the Moon, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Shape of Things to Come.

September 5th Google doodle

September 15th Google doodle

September 21st Google doodle

Tags: Google, Alien, Doodle, H.G. Wells
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