Tuesday, 10 November 2020


First appearing in the February 1932 issue of the Ladies’ Home Journal, The Queer Story of Brownlow’s Newspaper is a piece of short, speculative fiction from H. G. Wells in which the titular protagonist is delivered an edition dated 10 November 1971, a date four decades in the future. The narrative is chiefly a description of the articles contained in the pages and Wells’ predictions for what’s in store with mixed accuracy including simplified spelling for English, a thirteen month reformed calendar, geothermal energy and increased scientific literacy. The title refers to a phone call from the future—see also here and here.