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Got to listen to another episode of Dimension X on Sirius 118 in the car this morning.

This episode was Nightfall by Isaac Asimov.

It's about a planet with 6 suns, bathed in eternal daylight except for once every 2500 years when a conjunction and eclipse plunges the planet into darkness... and madness.



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Nov. 2nd, 2005 11:09 pm (UTC)
On www.live365.com you can listen to the entire Dimension X and X-1 series as well as Journey into Space, Space Patrol, and then there's all the old horror and drama shows too.
Nov. 2nd, 2005 11:17 pm (UTC)
Nightfall is an excellent written story. I can't imagine it dramatized effectively though. Or was it an audiobook type reading?

Another story in the same genre is The Nine Billion Names of God (I think that's right) by Arthur C. Clarke if I'm not mistaken. I haven't seen it in years.
Nov. 3rd, 2005 06:28 pm (UTC)

You'd probably be surprised how well old-time radio dramas like Dimension X could adapt science fiction. Particularly, dialogue-heavy writers like Asimov move very naturally into radio.

I haven't heard ``Nightfall,'' but if Dimension X gave it the usual sort of treatment than the adaption would be an actual audio play, not a books-on-tape type reading. Unique actors for each of the characters, music, foley artists providing sound effects from doors being shut through to observatories being set on fire, maybe a narrator to fill in gaps that just can't be done by sound effects (like John W Campbell's insert about the sky not having the feeble 3600 stars that Earth has).

Radio is a really good medium for old-time science fiction adaptations.

Nov. 4th, 2005 12:22 am (UTC)
I just got a 2 day pass for that Sirius after i read this post and saw i can listen to sirius online too :) I've been thinking of getting a Sirius radio and this way it said i can listen online, that way i can see what it has before i buy the radio :) it's only a 2 day pass i think it said but maybe it will give me an idea of what I'll get when I get the radio. After that it said I can listen to Sirius satellight radio on line too using my account and pass word. I guess they give us an account to listen to all the channels when we get those radios and subscribe. but I didn't know you could listen in online too without the radio :) till I just saw on that sirus.com webpage I just looked at . They just sent me the pass word in my email it sounds ok i'm listening to it now but i bet it will sound better on the sirius radio thingie than on my 56k modem. Will it sound better that way? I'm just guessing it will but i don't know. too bad it said Expiration Date: 11-6-2005 6:55 PM EST in the email under the password they gave me. so far it seams like a nice radio thingie :) it's playing with some kind of player thingie that opens with my web browser from that sirius.com webpage..
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