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H.G. Wells 

With stories like The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells established himself as a sci-fi writer of almost clairvoyant talent. But these tales of hi-tech adventure hold an ominous warning - beware the dark side of progress.

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Declan Whitebloom
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Jonathan Adams ... Narrator (voice)
Sean Carroll ... Himself
Circus-Szalewski ... Frank Harris
Ridley Scott ... Himself
Terin Smith Terin Smith ... Young H.G. Wells
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With stories like The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells established himself as a sci-fi writer of almost clairvoyant talent. But these tales of hi-tech adventure hold an ominous warning - beware the dark side of progress.

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Documentary

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USA

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English

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16 November 2011 (USA) See more »

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If you want to be there, or don't – you have to do something about it
16 November 2013 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

This documentary consists of expert interviews, real life footage, reenactments, film clips, narration. It goes into the great predicting power of H.G. Wells(far in advance, on little proved basis, he "called" many things that since came to be), and both the positive(turning actual national genocide into fictional planetary to make people think) and negative(his Utopian vision of a technocratic one-world government) aspects of his work.

Covered in detail are his musings on science and what is to come: time travel(butterfly effect, grandfather paradox), lasers, invisibility, medical progress combining man and animal, tanks, aerial warfare, the atomic bomb even WW2.

Also gone into is his commenting on horrifying future and technology(and that man will misuse it), the British class system, morality and progress: to what end? With War of the Worlds he describes the terror and civilian targeting of the two World Wars.

There is some disturbing and violent content in this. I recommend this to fans of the author. 8/10


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