HG Wells on the Future | BBC broadcasts from the father of science fiction
CHANNEL | National Programme
FIRST BROADCAST | 09 January 1934
DURATION | 8 minutes 39 seconds
HG Wells rejects patriotism and nationalism in this intentionally provocative talk, speaking of his great desire for a future 'world unity' where barriers between countries are dissolved. While acknowledging his own great pride in being an Englishman, Wells decries both the increasing nationalism that is plaguing the world and the march towards war, a catastrophe that many believe is now inevitable, while still hoping for peace and co-operation if the courage and imagination can be found. Next, he turns his attention to the topic of aviation, looking forward to a time when 'this great gift of invention, flying' might be available to all for the purposes of international travel.
Due to the age of this recording, the sound quality is variable.
The concern that Wells expressed over nationalism was inspired by the rise of Germany's National Socialist Party - aka the Nazi Party - which had assumed power the previous spring under the leadership of Adolf Hitler.
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An invitation to HG Wells to go on air for the first time.
HG Wells agrees to speak about world peace.
Wells reassures the BBC that his broadcast will be objective.
Will HG Wells's broadcast require 'toning down'?
Preparations for a broadcast by HG Wells.
Concerns that Wells has not submitted a manuscript go right to the top.
Wells makes a commitment to objectivity.
Wells responds to an invitation to speak about evolution.
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