Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Rough Guide to Space Opera: Modern Radio - Blue Tyson

Modern Radio includes radio shows of interest in the tv era. This ranges from comedies like Canadia 2056 where Canada can manage one spaceship, the short episode Chuck Chunder of the Space Patrol and its moronic space hero of the title. The elephant in the room of comedy of this ilk is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which began as a radio series. Much later in 2005 came the Red Dwarfian silliness of The Spaceship.

On the more serious side, there was also an adaptation of Star Wars. The BBC did a version of Leigh Brackett's The Last Days of Shandakor along with a short Dan Dare series.

Original work includes :-

  • 1978 - Alien Worlds, a series about the International Space Authority and its dealing with extraterrestials from the Arthur C. Clarke Starlab.

  • 1978 - Johnny Chase: Secret Agent of Space, a series about a flamboyant space hero of Canadian creation.

  • 1981 - Earthsearch, where a ship looking for colonies has an accident, and the only people left alive are very young children..

  • 1984 - Space Force, a series by the creator of Journey Into Space and along similar lines in a similar ship.