The strangest part of this story may be that in the middle of
By 1940, Wells had published almost all of his fiction, his fantastical works helped shape science fiction that would come later. Some of his most lasting works, all written before 1900, include "The Time Machine," "The Island of Doctor Moreau," "The Invisible Man" and "The War of the Worlds."
In 1938, "The War of the Worlds" was revised and adapted by a young New York theater director for a radio play:
San Antonio radio station KTSA brought Welles and Wells together for a conversation that was broadcast on Oct. 28, 1940. "I had a series of delightful experiences since I came to America," says Wells, "but the best thing that has happened so far is meeting my little namesake here, Orson." The author then suggests that his American counterpart drop the extra "e" from Welles.
I did the inverse when I tweeted Wednesday about Geoff Nicholson treading in H.G. Wells' footsteps, as well as Edgar Allen Poe's, at the L.A. Review of Books. I added an "e" to H.G.'s name where it didn't belong, then corrected myself about 30 seconds later, noting that I meant the British author, not Orson, the filmmaker.
It's pretty amusing that the person who created the
The interview took place before the release of Welles' magnum opus,