Tuesday, March 07, 2017
The 1950s also saw his reputation expanded through many adaptations on radio (and later in television and film). Most of the radio adaptations were carried out by other writers, although Bradbury himself was very active in circulating his short stories to the radio networks. Sometimes, the networks bought the stories before they had even been published elsewhere.
My view has always been that radio is the most natural home for adaptations of Bradbury stories. While his stories can work well in film and television, the very act of showing requires that things have to be made concrete. Often, when adapting from a written text, it is better to leave some things in the mind of the viewer/reader/listener.
My full(ish) list of Bradbury's radio outings can be found here.
And if you've never experienced Bradbury on radio, where better to start than with the classic episodes of the 1950s series Suspense and Escape. Most of these episodes are not science fiction. Instead, these series adapt Bradbury's more suspenseful stories set pretty much in the real world. But with a twist.
There is a well-curated collection of the Suspense/Escape episodes here: http://www.escape-suspense.com/ray-bradbury/
Saturday, March 04, 2017
The full table of contents is as follows:
- No Phones, Private Coffin (Yesterday I Lived)
- If Paths Must Cross Again
- The Miracles of Jamie
- The Long Way Around (The Long Way Home)
- The Very Bewildered Corpses (Four-Way Funeral)
- The Reincarnate
- The Poems
- Defense Mech
- Mr. Priory Meets Mr. Caldwell (Hell’s Half-Hour)
- “I’m Not So Dumb”
- Invisible Boy
- Ylla (I’ll Not Ask for Wine)
- The Tombstone
- The Watchers
- Lorelei of the Red Mist
- One Minus One (Corpse-Carnival)
- The Sea Cure (Dead Men Rise Up Never)
- Riabouchinska (And So Died Riabouchinska)
- The Black Ferris
The period covered by this volume contains a lot of stories that eventually appeared in A Memory of Murder - a collection of stories which Bradbury would have preferred not to have seen the light of day. These are stories which appeared in detective and mystery pulp magazines such as Flynn's Detective Fiction and Dime Mystery. But there are also some significant classics, including a rare opportunity to see two versions of "Skeleton", and the story that would eventually evolve into Something Wicked This Way Comes, "The Black Ferris".
Currently, Amazon US has this volume available for pre-order at 50% of the publisher's list price. So if you were put off by the cover price, you might now want to reconsider!