Anthology of Science Fiction, the Surreal, and the Other-Worldly (Dramatization)
- Narrated by: Third Ear Radio Theater
- Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
- Release date: 14-06-02
- Language: English
- Publisher: Ziggurat Productions
Master of the Crabs by Clarke Ashton Smith: Zothique is a dark world of mystery where luxurious ventures across dim landscapes abound, pitting strength and wisdom against powerful wizards and alien gods under a dying sun.
Black God's Kiss by C.L. Moore: Castle Joiry has been taken, and its commander brought before the conqueror. Jirel of Joiry refuses to surrender her home, and vows that her enemy's victory will cost him his life. She bids farewell to the world of treacherous men and walks of her own will into hell in search of revenge.
Dark Angel by Troy Cardines: Vampires lurk in dark places including the black space between the planets! An Interstellar Enforcer chases a vampire across the solar system, only to find the traditional methods of killing a vampire are not quite the same on the outskirts of Saturn!
Venus Cursed by Cindy Reed: Manifest Destiny in the solar system is accomplished with genetically-engineered people. Androids are developing an attitude, and humans are leaving their bodies. Enter Special Agent Dunn to sort it all out.
Taurus Horn by Ken Nolan: If you commit a crime in the future, your conviction is a one-way ticket to the most hostile world in the universe. Your host is Neptune-10. Try to stay on his good side.
Frozen in Time by Gary Gillett: Cryogenics seems like a good idea, but don't count on the world being a better place when you thaw out!
Quirt's Dream by David Burke: Sound with no source of meaning, sight without comprehension, shriveled cities with teams of human caricatures moving rapidly but nowhere at all... Visit the indescribable world within Quirt's dream.
Radio 2000: A unique collection of radio snippets providing a sneak peak into the warped side of radio's future.
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By Robbie on 02-03-11
Like the curate's egg, good in parts
I'm not sure who the 'Third Ear Radio Theatre' are, but I wasn't taken by them on the evidence of this compilation. The individual items fall neatly into three categories: classic tales, new writings, and 'Radio 2000'.
The two classic tales (by Clark Ashton Smith and CL Moore) are adventure-horror yarns in the super-melodramatic, vaguely Lovecraftian style. They're narrated here against a background of music and sound effects to add to the atmosphere. The narration is well done generally, although the complex grammar and vocabulary seem to be beyond the narrator's understanding in places. The music tends to swell at the dramatic points, sometimes with enough volume to drown out the narration, which is annoying but won't make you lose the thread.
The five following stories were, I think, written as well as acted by members of Third Ear. These are straight science-fiction tales rather than horror, and something of a mixed bag. They're very much run-of-the-mill, but you'll probably find something to like and perhaps even think about in at least a few of them.
'Radio 2000', which ends the compilation, continues the sci-fi theme with a fast-moving collection of clips that are supposedly from the audio entertainment medium of the future. They seem intended as comedy, but I found nothing funny or interesting in any of them.
If you have a spare Audible credit burning a hole in your pocket, and you really like CAS and Moore, you may decide it's worth buying for the two classic tales alone. If you find enjoyment in any of the new writings as well, consider it a bonus.
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By Andrew on 26-03-03
A mixed bag
Most short-fiction anthologies contain stories you love and stories you hate, but this audiobook puts a slight twist into that formula. By and large, the stories are mediocre, but the performances are good enough (and occasionally over-the-top enough) to draw you in.
"Master of the Crabs" and "Taurus Horn" are highlights, while "Venus Cursed" had excellent potential but was spoiled by a slightly rushed ending. On the other hand, "Black God's Kiss" doesn't adapt well to audio, and "Frozen in Time" is a particularly dull version of an old sci-fi cliche.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Jon G. Jackson on 24-11-08
Curious combination of stories.
The Smith and Moore aren't really "dramatized"...more like read with sound-effects. They're interesting, Smith more than Moore. The others are original radio plays that are much less compelling. I'm not sorry I bought it...but, it could have been better.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful