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Old April 29th, 2015, 06:50 AM   #11
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A line from one of my all time favorite films, Forbidden Planet:

"Blaster men, man your stations!"
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The Myth of the War of the Worlds Panic makes a case that almost nobody was seriously alarmed by the radio broadcast, let alone panic-stricken. According to the authors, 'Radio had siphoned off advertising revenue from print during the Depression, badly damaging the newspaper industry. So the papers seized the opportunity presented by Welles’ program to discredit radio as a source of news. The newspaper industry sensationalized the panic to prove to advertisers, and regulators, that radio management was irresponsible and not to be trusted.'
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Not according to the recollections of head of CBS News, Paul White:


"The telephone switchboard, a vast sea of light, could handle only a fraction of incoming calls. The haggard Welles sat alone and despondent. "I'm through," he lamented, "washed up." I didn't bother to reply to this highly inaccurate self-appraisal. I was too busy writing explanations to put on the air, reassuring the audience that it was safe. I also answered my share of incessant telephone calls, many of them from as far away as the Pacific Coast."

Welles' apology;

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There is a less well known radio broadcast which took place in Quito, Ecuador in 1949, which did result in deaths and subsequently riots;

Feature on The War of the Worlds Quito Ecuador radio broadcast (1949). War of the Worlds Invasion website.
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Original drawings depicting iconic Martians from HG Wells's sci-fi masterpiece The War of the Worlds are on sale for £350,000

'Drawn by Henrique Alvim Corrêa and included in 1906 edition of the book after Wells did not like initial illustrations' by Warwick Goble.

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Original drawings depicting iconic Martians from HG Wells's sci-fi masterpiece The War of the Worlds are on sale for £350,000

'Drawn by Henrique Alvim Corrêa and included in 1906 edition of the book after Wells did not like initial illustrations' by Warwick Goble.

I've read that Wells wasn't overly keen on Goble's work, Dan.

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^^ I recall there were also heat ray weapons on the fighting machines. That became a major component of many 20th c. science fiction movies.

I am going to have to read this novel again.

a few real life armoies had a go as well

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I thought the Tom Cruise War of the Worlds was top-notch; and quite faithful to the book, really, given the time and place change. IIRC, they were getting into France in the original --- swimming the Channel. So it's reasonable to set them in other areas.

Tad Williams' wonderful "Otherland" quatrology sets his virtual simulations in various fictions treasured by the elderly potentates and billionaires that create the Otherland network, and one of them is War of the Worlds, and wonderfully effective as the protagonist Paul Jonas is very relieved to be home, home in England and on the Thames in little boat ----- and only gradually realizes that something is very, very changed about London, before he sees a Tripod.
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I thought the Tom Cruise War of the Worlds was top-notch; and quite faithful to the book, really, given the time and place change. IIRC, they were getting into France in the original --- swimming the Channel. So it's reasonable to set them in other areas.

Tad Williams' wonderful "Otherland" quatrology sets his virtual simulations in various fictions treasured by the elderly potentates and billionaires that create the Otherland network, and one of them is War of the Worlds, and wonderfully effective as the protagonist Paul Jonas is very relieved to be home, home in England and on the Thames in little boat ----- and only gradually realizes that something is very, very changed about London, before he sees a Tripod.

No sooner was the Wells' story serialized than two versions appeared in America. One setting the invasion in New York and the other in Boston.

Both were called Fighters from Mars.

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a few real life armoies had a go as well

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If I remember the story correctly, Watson Watt was asked to look into a radio-based death ray, found it didn't work but came up with Radar instead.
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