Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Radio Series and Book Welcome to Mars Reflect on the Fantasy of Science in America, 1947-1959

In 2006, author and multimedia performer Ken Hollings and sound producer Simon James broadcast live on Britain's Resonance FM radio a twelve-part series of unscripted reflections on the fantasy of science in America during the late 1940s and 1950s. Titled Welcome to Mars, the series examined the concept of “the future” and told the “story of weird science, strange events and even stranger beliefs, set in an age when the possibilities for human development seemed almost limitless.”

Here are the twelve parts of Welcome to Mars, which you can listen to as a podcast, thanks to the Internet Archive. Note that each part is a mp3 file of approximately 30 minutes replete with sound effects.

Programme 1: 1947: Rebuilding Lemuria

Programme 2: 1948-49: Flying Saucers over America

Programme 3: 1950: Cheapness and Splendour

Programme 4: 1951: Absolute Elsewhere

Programme 5: 1952: Red Planet

Programme 6: 1953: Other Tongues, Other Flesh

Programme 7: 1954: Meet The Monsters

Programme 8: 1955: Popular Mechanics

Programme 9: 1956: Greetings My Friends!

Programme 10: 1957: Contact with Space

Programme 11: 1958: Battle for the Mind

Programme 12: 1959: Teenagers from Outer Space

If this has piqued your interest, check out Welcome to Mars (2008), the new companion book by Ken Hollings that was just published in the UK by Strange Attractor Press. The book launch is scheduled for November 18, 2008, at The Horse Hospital in London.

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