Hurry quick! Head on over to the premiere resource for Science Fiction and Fantasy OTR – The OTR Plot Spot and check out this week’s LISTENING BOOTH. There you’ll find all the three parts of The Word for World is Forest by Urusla K. LeGuin in two mp3 files. This version is terrific, it was originally produced by CBC Radio for the long running Science Fiction series Vanishing Point.
The Word for World is Forest
By Ursula K. LeGuin; Dramatized by Alberto Manguel
2 MP3 Files – Approx 90 Minutes [RADIO DRAMA]
Broadcaster: CBC Radio / Vanishing Point
Broadcast: March 1989
“The seemingly simple natives of a world blanketed in forest resent the arrogance of human interlopers, and the contempt they show for the local ecology. All the natives need is a leader strong enough and clever enough to match wits with their human exploiters…. Based on a novel by Ursula K. le Guin.”
WARNING: Easily embarrassed? Take heed, there’s a stunning difference between this series and the OTR of the 1950s. First there’s the spotlight on the evils of manifest destiny, social Darwinism, ecological strip mining, genocide, rape and miscegenation. Second, there is a complete absence of censorship, The Word for World is Forest contains sounds (urination), concepts (“hygenic homsexuality”) and more even unthinkable – language straight from the book!