Newman, Kim. "Famous Monsters"
Divergence: 1898 CE
What if: H.G. Wells's book The War of the Worlds was not fiction.
Summary: A Martian gets a job in Hollywood.
Published: In Interzone #23 (Spring 1988); The Year's Best Science Fiction, Sixth Annual Collection (ed. Gardner Dozois), St. Martin's 1989 (0312030096, 0312030088), v.t. Best New SF 3, Robinson 1989 (1854870289); Famous Monsters, Pocket UK 1995 (0671853007); and Anno Dracula 1899 and Other Stories, Titan 2017 (178116570XBUY).