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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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austin_dern
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.