CBC Radio: Faster Than Light

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Just found on the CBC’s website:

http://www.cbc.ca/radiodrama/sundayshowcase.html

Merchandise – Radio Drama on CD
Faster Than Light: Tales of Time and Imagination CD
Hosted by Robert Sawyer
Produced by Barbara Worthy and Joe Mahoney

Faster Than Light is a new science fiction magazine show and included in this evening’s lineup are two short plays by Joe Mahoney. The Cold Equations is a dramatization by Mahoney of a Tom Godwin story in which a space shuttle pilot discovers a young stowaway on board his ship. Her presence may doom his mission and he is forced to choose between its success and the young girl.

Captain’s Away is an original drama and, in this first episode, we meet Karin Kudelka – who is either an alien captain on an interstellar starship – or one of the best darn waitresses around.

Faster Than Light also includes an interview with author Nalo Hopkinson, as well as some original commentary by the evening’s host, Robert Sawyer, a well-known science fiction author.

Posted by Jesse Willis

Review of A Sound Of Thunder by Ray Bradbury

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A Sound Of Thunder
By Ray Bradbury; Performed by a full cast
1 Cassette – Approx. 70 minutes [RADIO DRAMA]
Publisher: Durkin Hayes Audio
Published: 1992
ISBN: 0886466687
Themes: / Science Fiction / Time Travel / Dinosaurs / Mars /

Ray Bradbury is another author who is dear to me in both print and in audio. There is an old Caedmon production of his story “Usher II” (read by Leonard Nimoy) which I just love. And I’m currently listening through a collection of old-time radio shows called The 60 All-Time Greatest Science Fiction Radio Shows, selected by Ray Bradbury.

And the books – The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes… Bradbury is unique in my experience, and I really enjoy his stories.

There are two audio dramas on this single cassette program. The first is an excellent production called “A Sound of Thunder”, in which a man pays big bucks to be taken back in time to hunt the biggest of prey – a Tyrannosaurus Rex. But when you go back in time, there are rules… In the second story, “Night Call, Collect”, the last man in the universe receives… a phone call. A short interview of the author is also included.

The production quality – sound effects, music, the acting – is excellent, the scripts are wonderful. Highly recommended.

Both of the stories here (“A Sound of Thunder” and “Night Call, Collect“) are part of a radio series called The Bradbury 13. Twelve of the thirteen shows were released through Durkin Hayes/DHAudio. Jesse has some of these shows in stock – contact him here about getting a copy. A summary of all thirteen of the Bradbury 13 can be found here.

posted by Scott D. Danielson

Another from my list of all-time favorites….The …

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Another from my list of all-time favorites….

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, starring Simon Jones, Peter Jones, and Geoffrey McGivern, BBC Radio, 1978

This BBC audio drama is the original version of the insanely popular science fiction comedy, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It’s been through many forms since then, including novels and a BBC television series. But this radio series is not only the original version, it’s the best version. The actors are crisp and hilarious, the scripts brilliant, the sound and music first-rate. If you don’t know what Vogon poetry is, this is the place to start.

The original run, called “Fit the First”, was six half-hour shows. Later, six more shows (“Fit the Second”) were done for a total of 12 shows. The Collector’s Edition (available from Amazon.com UK) includes all of those along with two CD’s filled with Douglas Adams interviews.

Another note – Douglas Adams recorded a live reading of some sections of the novels. The tape runs about 90 minutes, and is extremely funny. It’s called Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Live in Concert. It appears to be out of print, but is available on Audible.com.

Posted by Scott D. Danielson