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Sci-Fi Radio and Beyond 2000/2000x, hours of storytelling from NPR
September 16, 2013 2:45 PM   Subscribe

National Public Radio produced at least two short runs of sci-fi radio dramas in the relatively recent past. The first of these two was Sci-Fi Radio, which was was produced out of Commerce, Texas, and broadcast on NPR in 1989-90. The producers drew their inspiration from some of the best stories from some of the best science fiction authors of the 20th century, including Ray Bradbury, Roger Zelazny, Henry Kuttner, and Poul Anderson. You can read more here on the Old Time Radio Plot Spot, or listen to the series on the Times Past Old Time Radio blog (also on Archive.org). A decade later, NPR revisited the format with 2000X: Tales of the Next Millennia, for which they won a a 2001 Bradbury Award. The official site is no longer online, but Archive.org captured Yuri Rasovsky's site for the series. Rasovsky shared two of those broadcasts and talked about his work in radio with Radio Drama Revival, and you can listen to the rest, as recorded from radio and grouped in an unsorted jumble (with duplicates), thanks to the very generous OTR Sounds.
posted by filthy light thief (7 comments total) 60 users marked this as a favorite

 
Host & consultant: Harlan Ellison

Well, I'm in.
posted by mykescipark at 3:21 PM on September 16, 2013 [1 favorite]


Radio + ScienceFiction = I'll be busy for some time...
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:17 PM on September 16, 2013


Well, there's at least one fly in the ointment:

Vintage Season ... A couple with a mundane, everyday house to sell find themselves unwilling landlords to a trio of renters who are anything but mundane and who seem to have a particular and uncommon interest in their home. And they are not the only ones - another equally odd group also want exclusive rights to the house, at any cost.

That is not the plot of the classic short story by C.L. Moore but rather that of the awful movie starring Jeff Daniels. I would have preferred a reading of the original, one of the most perfect time travel stories written.

And after clicking on the show for it, as well as those of The Grantha Sighting and the Ballad of Lost C'mell, all I can say is oh, well...

Now if the stories had been read as written rather turned in radio plays, there is a concept with merit.
posted by y2karl at 4:33 PM on September 16, 2013


Related: OTR/archive.org -- Isaac Asimov's "The Foundation Trilogy." Thanks, filthy light thief!
posted by MonkeyToes at 4:40 PM on September 16, 2013 [5 favorites]


Ray Bradbury, Roger Zelazny, Henry Kuttner, and Poul Anderson.

I am about to run around around, Kermit-style.

Please look away.

#yaaAAaaY
posted by Mezentian at 3:28 AM on September 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


Related: OTR/archive.org -- Isaac Asimov's "The Foundation Trilogy."

Warning: 8 hours of "BBC English"!

What I mean is, fantastic find! It's a early 1970s BBC Radiophonic Workshop production, so it might sound dated, or you might revel in the early synthesizer experimentation from the Radiophonic Workshop crew (previously).
posted by filthy light thief at 8:25 AM on September 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


I choose "revel in the early synthesizer experimentation from the Radiophonic Workshop crew", thank you!
posted by Mezentian at 4:47 PM on September 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


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