Shadows of the Past is set in the aftermath of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds.
James Brogan is an engineer working for Edison Laboratories, one of the companies that works with technology based on the hardware left behind by the invasion. Brogan’s father, a NYC policeman, was killed in a fire that started when Nikola Tesla experimented with contraband martian equipment: a power supplies from an infamous Martian “tripod.”
Edison Labs took Officer Brogan’s family under their wing, and James ended up working for the company.
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