Wednesday, June 23, 2004

What's next, super intelligent shades of the color blue?

I tried to post this yesterday morning, but had a laptop freakout that required a reboot and I lost what I'd written. Then was going to post it last night but never got around to it. Anyway, I've always been a big fan of radio dramas - I like the ability of sitting back and allowing my mind to paint the picture (for the record, I'm also a fan of audiobooks). The BBC adaptations of the Hitchhiker's Guide books (well, the first two) were some of the first I ever got a chance to listen to. Together with recordings of the Lord of the Rings and the Star Wars trilogy (the latter for NPR, the LotR adaptation was for both NPR and the BBC), as well as NPR Playhouse productions of Ray Bradbury short stories, Doc Savage, and a fantastic recording of A Canticle for Liebowitz, these make up some of my earliest memories - part of what got me interested in that "genre" to begin with.

I saw last year that the BBC had reunited most of the surviving cast of the original Hitchhiker's Guide series and were intending to finally record the remaining three books of that series, based on adaptations of the books that had been done by Douglas Adams prior to his death several years ago. What I didn't know was that apparently, the late Mr. Adams is going to be playing one of the parts himself, from beyond the grave (as it were). This according to a story on the BBC website Monday.

The wonders of technology, I suppose.


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