Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

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.



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.