If you’ll tolerate me for one more moment, Bloggers, I have a real, genuine, interesting Christmas MEME for you.
It’s possible you’ve heard me speak in the past of the CBC-Radio science fiction show that I loved so much, that for some unGodly reason didn’t make it…
I have since been informed that its name was Faster Than Light, and that it was only on Sundays…
But you know, some Sundays are pre-empted…
And thus my challenge to you: given, say, six episodes per season of adapted SF-story radio play to try grabbing the listeners with…
What would YOU do?
This will be an actual game, though with as-yet-undetermined prizes. Also, I hope to solicit the services of an unknown judge (who is not me, because he/she is far too qualified to be me) to evaluate your first-season submissions…those making it through the first round will be asked to submit their second-season schedule in a further post of mine. And from that round the winners will be chosen.
There will be no physical prizes for this, of the sort that RAB and Sean W. can expect in January when I get some dough (actually I may already have one of these prizes in hand), but instead I think I may be able to offer a non-physical prize or two that may meet with your approval. Or, who knows, I may find myself with an extra of something come the end of this Christmas season. It is simply up in the air. It depends on the quality of the responses, I guess. I may be moved.
Hell, knowing the quality of response I usually get from you freaks, I probably will be so moved. Damn it. Okay, so the winner gets a real physical prize, to be sent in January along with the two long-overdue Time-Travel prizes. And by February 1st you will all either be singing my praises, or talking about what a jerk I am.
And given such conditions:
Six one-hour radio episodes, of which NO MORE than fifty-five minutes may be devoted to one or more SF-adapted scripts or imaginary interviews or whatever as you see fit (five minutes at least must be saved for the host saying hello and goodbye)…and an audience of bored people living in the North is yours, to do with as you will. Why if your program is good enough, you may even gain popularity among the Laplanders…no higher possible praise existing.
I’ll give you my version of it:
EPISODE ONE: Adaptation of “Scanners Live In Vain” by Cordwainer Smith — 30 minutes. Adaptation of “Into Darkness” by Greg Egan — 15 minutes. Host interview with Harlan Ellison about SF — 10 minutes.
EPISODE TWO: Adaptation of “Home Is The Hangman” by Roger Zelazny — 45 minutes. Retrospective of Roger Zelazny including excerpts from various works — 10 minutes.
EPISODE THREE: SPECIAL “ASTOUNDING” EPISODE: Adaptation of “Foundation” by Isaac Asimov — 50 minutes. Host retrospective of the John W. Campbell era of SF and its engineering biases eats up the rest of the time.
EPISODE FOUR: Adaptation of “The Santaroga Barrier” by Frank Herbert — 45 minutes. Host discusses the changing nature of the 60s SF — 10 minutes.
EPISODE FIVE: SPECIAL AMERICAN FANTASY EPISODE: covering Ray Bradbury and Harlan Ellison, selections from “The Martian Chronicles” and “Deathbird Stories” interspersed with host commentary and interview snippets.
EPISODE SIX: “Neuromancer” by William Gibson, part one — 55 minutes. And keep those cards and letters coming folks, if you want to know how it turns out…
I swear to God, I don’t know why this show isn’t still on. I loved this show.
Resurrect it for me, won’t you, Bloggers? And then I’ll have the transgresso-fiction bit up as soon as I can.
(Oh, even among us that’s probably an obscure reference…anyway use what you like, even something I’ve already said.)