Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Rough Guide to Space Opera: Old Time Radio - Blue Tyson

Old Time Radio describes generally a period of American radio drama production from the 1920s to the 1950s before the rise and dominance of television. There are a few shows of subgenre interest. A couple of them were for kids like Tom Corbett, Space Cadet and the curiosity Planet Man. Another unknown is Captain Starr. Space Patrol was likewise the adventures of a Commander of the United Planets and his space cadet sidekick. You can find examples of these online. A lesser known UK show is Journey Into Space.

For more interest for trying out today are the well known space heroes Dan Dare and particularly Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon.

Again, Buck Rogers was a pioneer in being the first to air in 1932 and running until 1947. In 1935 Flash Gordon began, but did not last anywhere nearly as long. Dan Dare was broadcast for a few years beginning in 1951. You'll find Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon episodes online.

Occasionally there would be a story of interest in the anthology shows like X Minus One, but these of course are readings of prose work, like Robert A. Heinlein's Universe Generation Ship story, for example.