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The 60 Greatest Old-Time Radio Shows From Science Fiction
Selected by Ray Bradbury

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The 60 Greatest Old-Time Radio Shows From Science Fiction
Selected by Ray Bradbury
Radio Spirits
20 audio cassettes - 30 hours of play time
Genre: Science Ficiton

Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - July 7, 2001

Six-legged aliens, earth's destruction, space ships, time travel, exploding suns, robots, no matter what 'type' of science fiction you like, you're sure to find a story that fits your mood in this fantastic collection of old-time science fiction radio shows. This collection features shows from such programs as Dimension X, The Sealed Book, X-Minus One, Suspense, The Mercury Theatre on the Air, Escape, Lights Out, CBS Radio Workshop, Family Theatre, The Mysterious Traveler, Exploring Tomorrow, and the Theatre Royal.

This collection comes with a booklet that provides a brief synopses of each show, program notes, original air date, and a cast list. It is also filled with photos of the various authors and tidbits about the old-time radio shows. This volume of 60 old-time radio shows is contained on 20 audio cassettes for a total of 30 hours of listening enjoyment. The tapes come in a sturdy, collector's album.

The shows in this collection where selected by Ray Bradbury, and he did an incredible job of selecting some of the best science fiction radio shows available. This collection also includes an audio forward written and read by Ray Bradbury. The stories range from H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds, which originally aired in 1938 and is the oldest recording in the collection, to Second Door by Robert Readick. Second Door, which originally aired in 1962, is the youngest story in this anthology.

Most of the stories in this collection are based upon stories written by some of the best science fiction writers to ever come along. The list of authors is a virtual who's who of award winners, both past and present, and includes the likes of Ray Bradbury, H.G. Wells, Jack Williamson, Philip K. Dick, George Stewart, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, Jules Verne, Mary Shelley, Frederik Pohl, Gordon R. Dickson, Theordore Sturgeon, and James Blish. There is also a sprinkling of dramitizaions of works by lesser known, but nonetheless excellent, science fiction authors. For example, this collection includes Curt Siodmak's world famous masterpiece, Donovan's Brain. Siodmak is better known as a horror writer, than for his science fiction works. A sampling of the titles found in this collection includes, Earth Abides, Martian Chronicles, Dr. Grimshaw's Sanitorium, Nightfall, Martian Death March, Child's Play, A Logic Named Joe, The Embassy, Frankenstein, Beyond Infinity, Dream of Armageddon, The Old Die Rich, and Soldier Boy, to name but a few.

I was not only amazed by the breadth of this collection, but also by it sound quality. The shows have been remastered from the originals and are, universally, of excellent quality. In fact, I would wager than many will find that the sound quality of these tapes is far better than it was when they listened to the original broadcast. Whether these stories are old favorites, or stories with which you are becoming acquainted with for the first time, you are sure to be pleased with this selection. These are all full-production radio shows, with full casts and sound effects. Just pop a tape in your tape player, and let yourself be wafted back into time, to those good old days when you could cozy up to your radio and be whisked to odd, alien, and wondrous lands. To a time when you could hire a private dick to hunt up the Martian Embassy for you, or just as easily, where you might be called upon to help defend the Earth from alien invaders.

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