Tuesday, March 21, 2006
I was surfing around and finally found a copy of H.G. Welles' The Country of the Blind. We did a rendition of this on radio back in the day, and I've been wanting to re-read the original. Unfortunately, the broadcast was not recorded properly and is now lost. The good news is the entire original short story is available online in a .pdf file. The story is sort of twisted in a way only H.G. Welles could think up. If anyone has copious amounts of free time and wants to read it, click here.
The picture here is a meeting a H.G. Welles (on the right) and Orson Wells who did the infamous radio broadcast of the War of the Worlds in 1938. The two (not related) met only once briefly after the fiasco. H.G. Welles was amused by the whole incident. Remnants of a radio interview between the two is still available. If anyone wants copies of either, let me know as I am an amateur radio historian and broadcast collector. I also, come to think of it, have a radio broadcast of The Country of the Blind which was on the radio show Escape! circa 1954.
Radio and science fiction...it doesn't get any better.