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HG Wells on the Future | BBC broadcasts from the father of science fiction

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In the 1930s and 40s, novelist HG Wells (1866-1946) made regular radio broadcasts from the BBC to the nation. Some have survived the passage of time and they reveal just a hint of the creative mind that gave us such science-fiction classics as 'The Time Machine', 'The War of the Worlds' and 'The First Men in the Moon'.

Hear Wells in his own words as he discusses topics as diverse as world politics, the history of the printing press, the possibilities of technology and the shape of things to come...

HG Wells on the Future Collection

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Russia in the Melting Pot

BROADCAST 1931
3 MINUTES

HG Wells on the failings of Stalin's economic 'Five Year Plan'.

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Modern Conditions

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BROADCAST 1932
1 MINUTE

Our economic and political lives are 'out of gear'.

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Communications 1922-1932

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BROADCAST 1932
3 MINUTES

How the motor car serves as a warning to us all.

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Whither Britain?

Taking Stock

BROADCAST 1934
9 MINUTES

HG Wells challenges the idea of 'Britain for the British'.

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As I See It

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BROADCAST 1937
13 MINUTES

A talk on the worldwide community of English speakers.

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The Future of Europe

HG Wells Presents Dr Edvard Benes

BROADCAST 1939
33 MINUTES

HG Wells welcomes the former president of Czechoslovakia.

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The World Goes By

HG Wells on the 500th Anniversary of Printing

BROADCAST 1940
7 MINUTES

How the printed word has reached the world's entire population.

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Reshaping Man's Heritage

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BROADCAST 1943
12 MINUTES

HG Wells declares that it's time to 'face up to your inheritance'.

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Science and the Citizen

BROADCAST 1943
10 MINUTES

The newspaper is 'dead as mutton', says HG Wells.

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