The Reality of What Orson Wells Did

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War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells was a phenomenal hit. But, what really made it part of the 20th century’s collective conscious was the radio broadcast that aired in October of 1938. What it did was cause widespread panic.

How did PEOPLE panic?

Some called their local police, so much so that the lines were flooded. Others ran outside with rags on thier head fearing a gas explosion from the monsters attack and still others committed suicide.

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Here is a clip from the 2005 Tom Cruise War of the Worlds

The 1953 War of the Worlds Trailer

Now the 1938 Broadcast that caused the Panic!!

NPR Recounts the effects Orson Wells and Mercury Theater had on the 6 million listeners, 1 million believed that they were hearing actual reports.

ATT&T Operators Tell it All

Now for something really scary:

Is this the sound of the monsters from War of the Worlds or what? Supposed real sounds from around the world coming from the sky!

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The Time Machine: A Look At The Fascination

Ahh, The Time Machine, a legend in Science fiction and pulp art.

In 1895, HG Well’s released the novel the Time Machine. It was amazing, the idea that human beings could breach the veil to outer space was unbelievable, yet entertaining.  In the story a scientist successfully travels forward thorugh time. He moves past atomic bombs, and human destruction and eventually finds a primevil state of being in the future. In this time the Morelocks and the Eloi live in a strange separation. The Eloi are innocent, look like a human but are not as aware as a human from the 1890s. The Morelocks were humans who chose to live underground.

It’s filled with adventure, a girl in distress and a man who has to decide what time he wants to live in. There were two movies made, but the 1960’s verision is really our favoirte.

Here are some pulp cover art all based on time machines

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And one more thing: Supposedly Time Travel has already happened.

Video shot from the 1930s