I officially repost this!
It’s a meme with a celebrity judge!
When I posted this before, there were only two respondents. Not to denigrate their contributions at all (and I encourage them to cut-and-paste if they think they nailed it), but whoever is judged the best in this one by our celebrity judge is actually going to win a SEVERELY WICKED PRIZE, that actually cost money. And so the controversy is assured.
That’s right, Bloggers! Like Golden Age Superman, I’m gonna put my money right where my mouth is! BAM! WOW!
So here it is!
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?
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. [EDIT: actually it’s already up, if you care to find it.]
Oh, even among us that’s probably an obscure reference…anyway use what you like, even something I’ve already said…
Good luck, Bloggers! The one-and-only Very Big Prize I’ll ever give out goes with this one! That is, if I can get my Celebrity Judge back.
Matthew E. and Adam Star, you may repost yout original entries, or make up something new, as you see fit.
And may the Devil take the hindmost…