HG Wells on the Future | BBC broadcasts from the father of science fiction
CHANNEL | Home Service
FIRST BROADCAST | 21 March 1943
DURATION | 9 minutes 34 seconds
HG Wells addresses the British Association Conference on the topic of 'Science and the Citizen'. In typical provocative style, he dismisses the medium of the newspaper as dead and the art of journalism as prostitution. He claims that reports in newspapers are unreliable and predicts that people might prefer to receive a constantly updated news summary through their telephones rather than being forced to buy 'three or four newspapers to find out what is being concealed from us'. He also contends that the public has a great appetite for reading informative material; so, he jokes, there should be mass book burnings to remove low-quality and out-of-date publications from local libraries.
HG Wells first worked as a journalist to supplement his income while employed as a teacher, but became a full-time writer after ill health forced him to leave the teaching profession. Among the many periodicals he wrote for were 'The Educational Times', 'Saturday Review' and 'The Pall Mall Gazette'.
HG Wells on the failings of Stalin's economic 'Five Year Plan'.
Our economic and political lives are 'out of gear'.
How the motor car serves as a warning to us all.
HG Wells challenges the idea of 'Britain for the British'.
A talk on the worldwide community of English speakers.
HG Wells welcomes the former president of Czechoslovakia.
How the printed word has reached the world's entire population.
HG Wells declares that it's time to 'face up to your inheritance'.
The newspaper is 'dead as mutton', says HG Wells.
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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