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The Panic Broadcast

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Published November 1971 by Avon
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This is a great companion to "War of the Worlds," which I read in my book club in December. It gives the play "Invasion from Mars" that caused the panic on an alien invasion, and it was easy for me to see how that could happen, the broadcasts were realistic. It also had news articles and what happened after the broadcast, to those involved. It contains information and myth on Mars, which is now out dated but still interesting. The last chapter is a political/social statement by Mr. Koch, with a ...more
In 1938, Orson Welles broadcast a radio play of The War of the Worlds rewritten as a series of news bulletins and inadvertently caused a panic across the country. In 1970, the writer who adapted the play published his version, reminisced about the whole scandal, and reproduced newspaper articles and editorials and cartoons related to the panic. He also interviewed Arthur C. Clarke about when humans will go to Mars ("sometime in the eighties it should be quite feasible").

People's reactions to the
Paul Wells
It's difficult to believe the reactions this broadcast caused, particularly when you read the script and notice the interruptions and the distorted time scale. But there's plenty of news paper clippings and interviews to say yes, people did leave their houses and see Martians in the sky.

A fascinating book.
Batgrl (Book Data Kept Elsewhere)
Full review with multiple quotes from the text, which includes the radio play, can be found here at Booklikes. Reasons that I'm being rude (as making you have to go elsewhere to read a full review seems) can be found in my profile here or at Booklikes. If Amazon is going to start messing about with reviews (what users can and can't discuss) then that's too much bother for me - I'd rather be able to just write reviews than worry about what I should and shouldn't write about.

What all the text on t
Jul 28, 2015 Rachel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: history buffs, science fiction fans
Shelves: nonfiction
I remember learning about this infamous broadcast in school. I'm not sure how old I was, but I do remember thinking that it was so crazy that so many were tricked by such an unbelievable story. In this book, the man who adapted the original H.G. Wells story, "War of the Worlds" for broadcast, offers some interesting hypotheses as to why.

I found this book very readable, yet still very much a product of the time in which it was published (1970). It reflects the excitement about space and space exp
Surely you've heard of the famous radio adaptation of "The War of the Worlds". Howard Koch tells the story of how he came to write the script and how it drew him to Hollywood.
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Howard E. Koch was an American playwright and screenwriter who was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses in the 1950s.
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