Wednesday, 14 March 2007

Ray Bradbury "The Veldt"

I have already written of my love for Science Fiction and here is my favourite writer of the genre, Ray Bradbury, captured in gloriously authentic radio. It's one of my most vividly remembered short stories by the master of the short story's art. In this archive radio broadcast of the story The Veldt (24 minutes) from The Illustrated Man (1951) a father purchases the very best for his children, spoiling them even. He buys a special entertainment centre in which the children can live a form of simulated life, a virtual reality in which different destinations can be experienced. The children discover that because this fantasy world is so utterly absorbing their parents are threatening to turn off the machine. Rebellion (and the hot stink of lions) is in the air. Remember that this was in the days way before computer games were even dreamed of. This is a great story. Now if I say that my childhood was spent listening to radio programmes it will age me. It's interesting to discover what today's youngsters will make of it, although the story is still printed in all sorts of anthologies. You can find this and many original sound broadcasts at X Minus One at OTR.Network (Old Time Radio).
Tomorrow we will be posting the first of our "Interview of the Week" series. Naoki Mitsusi the creator of the very popular Joe's Story has been interviewed by Tom Henderson( and next week Lewiss Needham's discussion with Brian Moore will appear here in which he discusses the web serial Teddy & Anna ( Both interviews will be posted on the blog or, should you want an illustrated version, on our website. We are very grateful for those busy people who have taken the trouble to respond to our students. Several more interviews are in the pipeline. On the subject of what's in the pipeline I'm soon to post on our website the latest student animations. The first will be "Paradise Lost" by Tom Robinson, a remarkable satire on the remarkable evolution of our planet that goes up tomorrow. I'll add a link to this retrospectively because that is the joy of blogs.

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