copyright Kent Bonham


Ira fell in step with the group as they trickled out of Studio 17, strolling towards the next.  Once inside, he closed his eyes, and abruptly, the unrelenting voice in his head changed from unintelligible whispering to Orson Welles’  characteristic narration of the 1938 broadcast.  Gradually, he opened his eyes and he was alone, except…

He screamed.  A  glowing, pulsating,  figure was barreling down on him. Ira spun around and rushed to the door… locked!  He kicked at the metal door as the creature engulfed him…

He opened his eyes.  He was on stage.

“Mr. Welles, we’re live in  54321…”


Friday Fictioneers:  Playback –  04/04/14

Word Count:  100

Many thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting  Friday Fictioneers.

The preceding story was based partly on Orson Welles’  1938 broadcast of H.G. Well’s 1898 novel,  “War of the Worlds”.


When I was a kid I wanted to be an "atomic" scientist. Not anything my mother expected of me. Well, I became a scientist, just not an atomic one.

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18 comments on “Playback
  1. Dear Lucy,

    This feels like a quantum leap to the past. Well done.



  2. Hala J. says:

    This was pretty interesting. It took me a few reads to get what’s happening exactly—what was in his head and what was happening onstage. But that abrupt transition held some powerful imagery. Nice!

  3. plaridel says:

    what can i say? all’s welles that ends welles.

  4. K.Z. says:

    took me a couple of reads to get it but once i did , it’s great. i really enjoyed the description as well. 🙂

  5. Nan Falkner says:

    Great! Orson Welles and “War of the Worlds” broadcast was funny! Can’t believe people really believed it was true! Of course, no different than some of the Hoax’s we have believed in recent years.

    • Lucy says:

      The station actually told the listeners that it was fiction, but those people who tuned in after that announcement were the ones who took it seriously. Orson Welles and the station were cleared of any wrong doing. I think the best hoax in recent years is the crop circles. Thanks for reading my story. Lucy

  6. Great cultural mix here. And….Action!

  7. Good use of a past event and you seamlessly wove it into your story.


  8. pattisj says:

    On second reading, I wonder, was it fear that enveloped him before the performance?

    • Lucy says:

      Very Good! You’re the only one who figured it out. I wish I had a prize for you. Let me work on it. Thanks for reading my story. Lucy

      • Good story. It was a different generation that believed that broadcast was real. We see a lot on TV now and it’s harder to fool us. We’re also better connected to each other. Someone can just call a relative or friend in a certain locality and check things out. If one of the TV news programs isn’t carrying it, we know it isn’t true. They would be there in a hurry to interview the aliens.:)

      • Lucy says:

        I’d be there with my camera. Lucy

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