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Science Fiction Radio Theater

  • January 1, 2017


    The generation starship,
    Vanguard, where the onboard society has broken down and no one remembers that there is a universe out there beyond the bulkheads. From the Dimension X series, 1951. Original story, published in 1941, is part of the book Orphans of the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein.

    Drummer’s Dome

    Great Northern Audio Theatre sends us this tale of Drummer Crowley, who is finally able to build that geodesic dome lake home he’d always wanted when they release his old band’s albums on CD. But he soon discovers that the inside of the dome doesn’t seem to be on the same planet as the outside. Written by Brian Price and Jerry Stearns. Starring Dean Johnson and Irene Ruderman.
  • January 8, 2017

    KSVR Radio Theater Project

    Wilbur Murphy sought romance, excitement, and an impossible Horseman of Space. With polite smiles, the planet frustrated him at every turn - until he found them all the hard way! A classic science fiction story originally published in the "If Worlds of Science Fiction" in July, 1953.The Radio Theater Project of KSVR radio in Mount Vernon, Washington brings us this classic story by Jack Vance.

    Chet Avery’s Lot

    Chet owns a space junkyard where anything can be had, for a price. Featuring John Cullum (Northern Exposure). From
    Act One Radio and Jim French Productions.
  • January 15, 2017

    Sci-Fi Radio

    On Mars, tough smuggler Northwest Smith encounters a young woman being chased by a mob. Instinctively, he decides to protect her. The crowd identifies her as "Shambleau", but Smith does not recognize the name. He is surprised when the mob disperses without violence when he claims her as his own. Fortunately for Smith, his Venusian partner Yarol comes looking for him and finds him before it is too late. Unlike Smith, he knows what the creature is. This is Catherine Moore’s first tale of the great sci-fi character, Northwest Smith, published in 1933. Directed by Yuri Rasovski for the 2000X radio series.

    Light of Other Days

    Bob Shaw’s tale of looking in Slow Glass, where it takes years for the light to get through, so what you see there is what’s taken place a long time ago. From the
    Sci-Fi Radio series.

    And Other short subjects.
  • January 22, 2017

    Even the Queen, by Connic Willis
    Even the Queen

    Connie Willis’ Hugo Award winning story details a conversation between three generations of women as they discuss the decision of one of their daughters to join the Cyclists—not bicycle enthusiasts, but women who menstruate despite the existence of medical procedures that would allow them to not do so. From the
    2000X public radio series, directed by Yuri Rasovski.

    The War of the Cotswolds

    Action Science Theater in the UK asks What do you do if your budget’s been cut, your marking isn’t finished, you’ve run out of biscuits, and aliens land in the playing field? Time to find out…

    Written by Dan Bond, Brian Macken & Dan Booth. Produced by Dan Booth. Entry from the 75th Anniversary War of the Worlds contest.
  • January 29, 2017

    Centropolis, by Walter Adler

    1984-like drama set in the State, Centropolis, which has solved all problems and is bio-engineering a triumph over death itself. Actors are recruited to play the public, and sometimes dangerous, roles of government officials, leaving the inner workings of government to proceed independent of public scrutiny. The German drama is orchestrated into sound bites, photo opportunities, and planned leaks.

    Written by Walter Adler. Translated by Robert Goss. Produced by Eric Bauersfeld at Bay Area Radio Drama, 1991, for SoundPlay: explorations in the art of radio drama. Available in the Pacifica Radio Archives.

    Other Short subjects.
  • February 5, 2017

    Galaxy Quest Restoration Project
    Primitive James, Episode 1

    He’s an advanced robot built in the 21st century, and now 200 years later, still working as a mercenary on a spaceship bound for battle on a distant planet.

    Written by Michael Popham, Directed by John Popham. Snoose Boulevard Productions. Winner of the Mark Time Award in 1997.


    Follow the adventures of the intrepid crew of the NSEA Protector as they meet 'Lilith' an ancient being with ancient powers! Will she be friend or foe?

    Recreations of the TV series fictionally represented in the 1999 film, Galaxy Quest.
    Episode 2 of the Galaxy Quest Restoration Project, written by David A. McKenzie. A 2016 Parsec Award winner.
  • February 12, 2017

    Primitive James, Snoose Blvd Prod.
    Primitive James, Episode 2

    James, the 200-year-old robot is working as a mercenary. His ship is attacked and crashes on a planet in Winter. He hides out in a mining colony, but is being hunted by Confederation soldiers.

    Written by Michael Popham, Directed by John Popham. Snoose Boulevard Productions. Winner of the
    Mark Time Award in 1997.

    The Cold Equations

    Tom Godwin's science-fiction story “The Cold Equations” takes place entirely aboard the Stardust, an Emergency Dispatch Ship (EDS) headed for the frontier planet Woden with a load of desperately needed medical supplies. The pilot, Barton, discovers a stowaway: an eighteen-year-old girl.

    Produced by Kevin Singer for the Sci-Fi Radio series.
  • February 19, 2017

    X Minus One
    Primitive James, Episode 3

    James is sent out from the mining colony to kill local predators called Spinners, but finds them to be more aggressive and intelligent than he was told. He is captured, but the mine’s doctor rescues him. Back at the mine they are surrounded by Spinners.

    Written by Michael Popham, Directed by John Popham. Snoose Boulevard Productions.

    Skulking Permit

    A small colony, cut off from Earth for generations, must prove they are a model of Earth culture when a ship arrives to effect their ‘reclamation’. They strive to provide archetypes of Earth society, including a town criminal… though they don’t even know what that is.

    Original story by Robert Sheckley. First published in the December 1954 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction magazine. Aired on X Minus 1, Feb. 26, 1956.
  • February 26, 2017

    KSVR Radio Theater Project, FuturePast series
    Primitive James, Episode 4

    The Confederation troops have taken over the mine, and they suspect James is a combatant. Another Confederation ship arrives, and the Captain knows James’s true identity.

    Written by Michael Popham, Directed by John Popham. Snoose Boulevard Productions. Winner of the Mark Time Award in 1997.

    Expedition on Mars

    An early story from H. Beam Piper’s Future History, as a Martian expedition tries to find something that will help them understand the long-dead civilization, and a linguist seems to be close to making a breakthrough in understanding the ancient Martian language.
    (I have six SF anthologies that reprinted this story. It’s that good.)

    Part of the
    FuturePast series of classic SF stories from the Radio Theater Project, KSVR radio, Mount Vernon, WA.
  • March 5, 2017

    The Martian Crown Jewels, by Poul Anderson
    The Martian Crown Jewels
    Syaloch, a birdlike Martian who adulates and imitates the legendary Earth detective Sherlock Holmes, is hired to determine who stole the Martian Crown Jewels. At stake are the friendly diplomatic relations of Earth and Mars.

    Story by Poul Anderson from 1958. Produced by Brian Smith for the
    Seeing Ear Theater.

    Short Subjects
  • March 12, 2017

    Sci-Fi Radio
    The Ballad of Lost C’Mell
    An Instrumentality of Mankind story from the great
    Cordwainer Smith. C’Mell, an underperson of feline descent, joins an intrigue between Lord Jestecost and E’telekeli, leader of the underpeople’s fight for rights in the Instrumentality.

    Produced by Kevin Singer for the
    Sci-Fi Radio series.

    Short Subjects.
  • March 19, 2017

    KFAI Community Radio
    Sci-Fi Shorts
    It’s our
    Membership Drive, so we bring you a number of excellent short subjects of a science fictional nature. And in return you give us a call at 612-375-9030 and pledge your financial support for the show and the station. We Hear You, Now Hear Us.

    Helpful Robots, by Robert Shea and KSVR Radio Theater Project. Part of their FuturePast series of Classic SF. Produced by Joseph C. McGuire at KSVR, Mount Vernon, WA.
    The Last Ones, by Mike Murphy and AuralStage.
    Music by Leslie Fish, Dan Hicks, the Android Sisters.
    Comedy from Soylent Theater, and the Radio Pirates.
    And MORE!
  • March 26, 2017

    The Menace From Earth
    The Menace From Earth
    A Robert Heinlein story whose title is a diversion from the real story. It’s about a young girl who is brought up on the Moon, and whose relationship with her boyfriend appears to be threatened when another teenager visits from the nearby planet. Produced by William Allen Rich and the Atlanta Radio Theater Company.

    Short Subjects
    SF songs from Rocky Horror, the Shakers.

  • April 2, 2017

    The Lost World
    The Lost World, Part 1

    Ziggurat Productions comes this version of the Arthur Conan Doyle novel. “Travel with Professor Challenger to a secluded South American plateau, deep in the Amazon Jungle...where dinosaurs still roam!”
  • April 9, 2017

    The Lost World
    The Lost World, Part 2

    “A stunningly powerful theatrical performance brought to new heights by a brilliant musical score. Enter a bold new world of
    sound that is rhythm-rich in dynamic melodies and compelling, progressive percussion.”

    Produced and directed by Perry Jacob. Original music and production by Bob F. Flick.

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