H. G. Wells died this week in 1946. In honor of his death, we’re taking a look at the fake news broadcast that supposedly panicked many listeners.
Some people may know that H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds was originally released as a radio broadcast in 1938. Played out by a cast of actors and presented as though it were really taking place, The War of the Worlds broadcast caused mass panic, and many people believed aliens were actually invading New Jersey. Or at least that’s how the story goes.
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There’s some evidence of this. According to NPR‘s Radiolab, about one in twelve people were listening in, enough to constitute mass panic, and many ran from their homes to see what was happening. This matter is contested, however.
Slate argues that this one in twelve number is just out of those with their radios on, in addition to the fact that Wells’ masterpiece was competing with a particularly popular variety show. In a ratings survey shortly after it aired, most respondents referred to it as a “radio play”. Certainly not as a news broadcast.
Still, contemporary news papers seized the opportunity to discredit radio as an unreliable source, and claimed that masses of people had taken to the streets in panic. Sort of ironic. At least we got a few movies about all that hype. And we finally got to see Tom Cruise running for once.
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I kid. Somebody let that man rest. He must have other skills that are being neglected. At least put him on a motorcycle sometimes. Wait.
So was there an actual scare? Maybe. A little. Certainly it occurred to someone that it could be interpreted as real news. Ultimately, though, people knew what it was, and if they didn’t, they dismissed it as a prank. Still, pop culture myths are pernicious, and it’s interesting to imagine a world in which a broadcast could convince a nation that aliens had invaded.
Exciting news for fans of science fiction literature! China’s biggest science fiction novel, The Three-Body Problem, is being adapted for television according to The Verge! The science fiction epic novel has become a phenomenon in China and received international acclaim. Written by Liu Cixin, who has won the Galaxy Award nine times, the 2017 Locus Award, and the 2015 Huge Award. He has written numerous acclaimed science fiction books, including The Wandering Earth,Ball Lightning, and also two sequels to The Three-Body Problem. A film adaptation of The Wandering Earth, released in February 2019, became the second highest grossing film in China in only two weeks!
The Three-Body Problem was published in 2006 and begins in the backdrop of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. A dissident exile is sent to a remote research facility and makes first contact there with a hostile alien species known as Trisolarans. She learns the aliens are planning to take over Earth. The novel skips ahead to the modern day afterward, following a team of scientists preparing for the aliens arrival. The novels themes not only deal with the alien invasion but the nature of the universe itself.
The novel has been attempted to be adapted before, first as a short film by director Fanfan Zhang but was shelved due to quality issues. However, interest in Cixin’s work picked up again with the release of The Wandering Earth, especially after it was picked up and began streaming on Netflix. Chinese production company YooZoo Entertainment holds the rights to the series and is reportedly developing it for television. The series is planned to run as a 24 part series and is slated (unofficially) to begin shooting this September. While no further information is available at this time, it’s not hard to imagine that Netflix might stream the series as it did for The Wandering Earth.
We’ll keep you updated as further information comes out. But are you excited to see this Chinese science fiction epic adapted for the television screen? Let us know in the comments!
With Endgame over, Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic universe has reached its conclusion. It’s safe to say we’re in a transition period in which characters like Tony Stark, Thor, Captain America, the Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye are on their way out, with newer characters like Dr. Strange, Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel taking their place as the main heroes of the sprawling superhero universe. But what about even more characters? With Marvel having a vast library of superheroes, its inventible we’re going to be getting a lot of new faces with Phase 4 and beyond. But who could they be? Let’s have a look at some of the superheroes from the comics who haven’t been adapted yet and see who might be candidates for showing up!
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Guardians of the Galaxy introduced the Nova Corps, so it stands to reason their most famous member of the comics has a good shot at showing up in the future. Richard Rider, better known as Nova, was given the helmet of the intergalactic space police by a dying Corps member. Although he didn’t have any idea how to use his equipment at first, he eventually discovered the helmet gave him a connection to a special energy field called the Nova Force, which allowed him to access abilities such as flight, super strength, and energy manipulation. With the MCU continuing to expand into cosmic territory, it’d be awesome to see this galactic defender get his due. Perhaps there could even be a crossover with Captain Marvel or the Guardians!
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5. Moon knight
Moon Knight is essentially a Batman-like vigilante but with one difference: he’s pretty messed up in the head. Suffering from dissociative identity disorder, Moon Knight has developed multiple personalities, being born as Marc Spector but also becomes Steven Grant, a millionaire, and Jake Lockley, a taxicab driver. Prowling the streets after dark, Moon Knight uses gadgets and his own combat training to take down the criminal underworld, making him a fascinating anti-hero who’s always teetering the line on becoming a villain.
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4. Beta Ray Bill
Beta Ray Bill is one of the wilder heroes of the wider Marvel Universe. A noble warrior alien, Beta Ray Bill is distinctive for being so pure hearted and good that he could wield Thor’s hammer, much like Captain America. It was he who was granted Stormbreaker in the comics and his costume partially inspired Thor’s look in Infinity War and Endgame. A rival and friend to Thor, Beta Ray Bill might even be a worthy successor to the God of Thunder in the films, taking Stormbreaker from Thor if the God of Thunder truly hangs up his hammer.
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3. Devil Dinosaur
This guy is a bit of an obscure one, but so were the Guardians and Dr. Strange before they got big. Hailing from a parallel world overtaken by dinosaurs and cave people, Devil Dinosaur aids his friend Moon Boy on the dinosaur infested planet, fighting off dinosaurs and other monsters as they journey across the hostile world. In the modern day, Devil Dinosaur found his way to Earth, where he teamed up with a young girl called Moon Girl. Devil Dinosaur is a bit high-concept, but who wouldn’t want a Dino buddy as their companion?
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A 15 year old engineering student, Ironheart began life as Riri Williams, who stole Iron Man tech and forged her own suit of armor. Beginning a career as an underground superhero, Ironheart established herself as a member of her community, helping out the little guy before becoming integrated with the superhero community at large. With more callings for diverse superheroes, it’d be fantastic to see an intelligent, talented young black woman become an Avenger.
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1. Ms. Marvel
A very popular candidate to appear in the films, Kamala Kahn is a young Muslin woman who inherits abilities thanks to Captain Marvel and grows into a superhero. Kamala Kahn has been acclaimed for portraying a young woman with diverse interests, with a colorful personality who instantly feels relatable to a young audience. She’s the hero who feels especially relevant now and one that would be great to see in the world.
Its Alien Abduction Day! It’s a day when the skies are watched carefully by those who wish to find UFOs or be abducted by aliens. Most people celebrate the day by either UFO watching or watching movies featuring extraterrestrials. But you can always read some books featuring our alien friends! Below are five books dealing with alien abductions, both fictional and…er…nonfictional.
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5. ‘Communion’ by Whitley Strieber
Communion by Whitley Strieber is a supposed real life account by Strieber’s potential encounters with aliens. Strieber offers no interpretation of whether these events were real or not, leaving the audience to decide that for themselves. You can decide whether Strieber’s account is real or not but the novel itself is worth the read, if only for Strieber’s terrifying account of the actual abductions. Dream-like and surreal, these accounts are seriously disturbing and will keep you up at night for sure. The novel gets bogged down near the end with Strieber’s philosophical ramblings of what the aliens wanted from him but the book itself is a must read for UFO fans.
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4. ‘Little Green Men’ by Christopher Buckley
Little Green Menis a comedy bent on the alien abduction trope. It centers on a man called John Oliver Banion who is abducted by aliens. Believing the aliens abducted him for a purpose, he concludes that purpose is to force Washington to acknowledge the existence of extraterrestrials! He soon becomes a cult figure to millions who want the truth as well and has to choose between his career, life, family or seeing his new cause through to the end. Funny, satirical, and with great characters, Little Green Men is a hilarious read.
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3. ‘Lagoon’ by Nnedi Okorafor
Lagoon details humanity’s first contact with aliens, as when an alien spaceship crashes into a lagoon off the coast of Lagos, the fifth most populated city in the world, Earth is changed forever. The novel follows a rapper, a biologist, and a rogue soldier who come together as the city begins to get out of control. As the government considers bombing the city and its own citizens begin to riot, this small group of people must work as one to ensure peaceful first contact. A unique and highly engaging novel that details aliens landing somewhere that isn’t America, Lagoon is a great, fast paced read.
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2. ‘Contact’ by Carl Sagan
The basis for the more famous nineties movie, Contactcenters on a young woman receiving a message from supposed aliens and attempting to decipher their message then somehow heads into space to make contact with the extraterrestrials. Touching on themes on faith, science, and what it means to be human, Contact is intimidating to read, as its very focused on the realistic side of space travel, which means like of high minded scientific concepts/math thrown at the reader. But its a wonderful read nonetheless and the reveal at the end makes the whole journey worth it.
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1. ‘War of the Worlds’ by H.G. Wells
You know it, you’ve watched it, but have you actually read it? War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells started it all. The popularity of aliens, alien invasions, and the human conflicts against them began with this book. The aliens come without warning, attacking London at the end of the nineteenth century. The war against the aliens is still just as hard hitting as it was back then, despite countless other alien invasion stories popping up by the thousand since. Most famous are the giant tripods, the aliens war machines that stomp their way through London, annihilating everything in sight with their death rays. A great and exciting pulpy read, War of the Worlds started it all but holds up very well.