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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

Letter to HG Wells from the BBC.

Letter to HG Wells from the BBC

WRITTEN 1929
1 PAGE

An invitation to HG Wells to go on air for the first time.

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Letter to HG Wells thanking him for his promise to broadcast on the BBC.

Letter to HG Wells thanking him for his promise to broadcast

WRITTEN 1929
2 PAGES

HG Wells agrees to speak about world peace.

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A note by HG Wells on his 'World peace' broadcast of 1929.

HG Wells on his 'World peace' broadcast of 1929

WRITTEN 1929
2 PAGES

Wells reassures the BBC that his broadcast will be objective.

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Memo from Hilda Matheson to John Reith regarding HG Wells broadcast.

Memo from Hilda Matheson to John Reith regarding HG Wells broadcast

WRITTEN 1929
1 PAGE

Will HG Wells's broadcast require 'toning down'?

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Letter from Hilda Matheson to Dame Rachel Crowdy.

Letter from Hilda Matheson to Dame Rachel Crowdy

WRITTEN 1929
1 PAGE

Preparations for a broadcast by HG Wells.

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Memo concerning HG Wells's Russian Talk.

Memo concerning HG Wells's Russian Talk

WRITTEN 1931
1 PAGE

Concerns that Wells has not submitted a manuscript go right to the top.

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Memo about interview with HG Wells prior to Russian broadcast.

Record of Interview with HG Wells prior to Russian broadcast

WRITTEN 1931
1 PAGE

Wells makes a commitment to objectivity.

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A letter from HG Wells to the BBC.

Letter from HG Wells to the BBC

WRITTEN 1942
1 PAGE

Wells responds to an invitation to speak about evolution.

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