NEXT: Halloween Invasion – Aliens Among Us
Martians invaded New Jersey, strange machines were seen crossing the Hudson River, panic sent citizens screaming into the streets … Americans were glued to their radios, sure we were being attacked by aliens from another planet. And it was all fiction. It certainly seemed real to tens of thousands listening to Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre on the Air that night in October, 1938, as he and his actors presented H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds as a radio play, written by Howard Koch and Anne Froelick. Now seen as the seminal alien invasion story, Wells is credited with establishing several extraterrestrial themes, including first contact and war between planets and their differing species.
NEXT: People | Science | Tomorrow, began with a special, authorized performance of The War of the Worlds presented by the Long Beach Shakespeare Company. Then we had “first contact” as SETI’s Jill Tarter, the real life researcher on whom the Jodie Foster character in the movie Contact is based.
“NEXT: People | Science | Tomorrow “ -- the Crawford Family Forum’s new series on the convergence of science, technology and society - an exploration of the future of civilization, the human species, and our place in the universe. Our series is hosted by Mat Kaplan of Planetary Radio.