HG Wells on the Future | BBC broadcasts from the father of science fiction
Document Type | Letter
20 June 1929
HG Wells reassures the BBC that 'God and King shall be omitted' from his forthcoming broadcast about world peace. He does, however, claim for himself the freedom to criticise the recent Kellogg-Briand Pact.
The Kellogg-Briand Pact was a multilateral agreement made in 1928 and eventually signed by 62 countries including Germany. It was meant to renounce the use of war as an instrument of national policy, but its weakness lay in the fact that it made no provision for dealing with any countries that acted against it. One of the chief architects of the pact, US Secretary of State Frank B Kellogg, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1929.
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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