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September 25th, 2015
Episode 87 of 146 episodes
The Martian apocalypse continues! The Martians display their superior technology, and 19th century England roils from the blow. H.G. Wells, today on The Classic Tales Podcast. Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening. I hope you enjoyed last week’s initial episode of The War of the Worlds. For some reason, there is a bit of an apocalyptic air right now. I also just returned from filming a commercial parodying an end of the world scenario. So, the time seemed right for the H.G. Wells classic. In preparation for producing The War of the Worlds, I noticed that none of the characters, not even the main protagonist, are named. This was originally written serially from 1895-1897, when steam trains and like gargantuan machinery constituted the pinnacle of our technological development. At 16, the aspiring rocket scientist Robert Goddard was heavily influenced by The War of the Worlds, and his work eventually led to the Apollo program’s manned landing on the moon. Another 16 year old was influenced by The War of the Worlds, and with a buddy created a parody of it entitled: The War of the Eggplants. This didn’t lead to a moon landing, but it did eventually lead to the podcast you are now enjoying. Yeah, that was me. And my buddy was Dave Warden. He’s a prominent podcaster, too. Maybe we’ll release The War of the Eggplants as a special episode. Maybe, I’ll have to check it out. It’s been a while… For more H.G. Wells fun, check out the double feature title: The Invisible Man and The Time Machine at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Members can enter their coupon code and get the entire audiobook for only 99 cents. And keep your eyes peeled for the next Classic Tales release: Dracula, Part 1of2, by Bram Stoker. Coming soon! And now, The War of the Worlds, Part 2 of 7, by H.G. Wells