Sorry, this episode is not currently available on BBC iPlayer Radio

Episode 1

Tim Pigott-Smith reads from the 1901 novel by HG Wells.

Penniless businessman Mr Bedford meets the brilliant Cavor, an absent-minded scientist on the brink of developing a material that can negate the power of gravity. Cavor soon succeeds in his experiments and tells a stunned Bedford that the invention makes possible one of the oldest dreams of humanity: a journey to the moon.

Abridged by Neville Teller.

A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4.

Release date:

15 minutes

Last on

Mon 20 Jul 2009 22:45

4 Stories

4 Stories

Download these highlights and all our programmes via the iPlayer Radio app.

More from Books at the BBC

Books at BBC logo

Author interviews, readings, documentaries and highlights from the BBC's books content

Sample our books and authors Clip Collection

Clips of Books Content

Interviews, previews and reviews