Throughout November, Resonance 104.4 FM will continue to rebroadcast the original series of radio shows upon which my forthcoming book ‘Welcome to Mars’, published by Strange Attractor Press next month, is based.
‘Welcome to Mars’ is a live twelve-part series of unscripted reflections on the fantasy of science in the early years of the American Century which I created with electronic sound production by Simon James. Between 1947 and 1959, the future was written about, discussed and analysed with such confidence that it became a tangible presence. Each episode of ‘Welcome to Mars’ tells a tale of weird science, strange events and even stranger beliefs, set in an age when the possibilities for human development seemed almost limitless. Over the next few weeks you will be able to hear the following episodes:
Thursday November 6, 19.30-20.00, repeated Saturday November 8, 15.30-16.00
Programme 5: ‘1952: Red Planet’
What happens when the world ends and no one bothers to show up, weird scenes at Cal Tech, and do electronic brains know something we don’t?
Thursday November 13, 19.30-20.00, repeated Saturday November 15, 15.30-16.00
Programme 6: ‘1953: Other Tongues, Other Flesh’
Contact with beings from outer space, ‘he’s been reading those trashy science fiction books again’, and what could possibly be wrong with the CIA offering you a drink?
Thursday November 20, 19.30-20.00, repeated Saturday November 22, 15.30-16.00
Programme 7: ‘1954: Meet The Monsters’
Big Trouble in the South Pacific, Seduction of the Innocent and ‘what are all these voices doing inside my head?’ We dare you to miss it.
Thursday November 27, 19.30-20.00, repeated Saturday November 29, 15.30-16.00
Programme 8: ‘1955: Popular Mechanics’
Inside the Space Ships, a Black Sunday in July, and how to drive a scientist crazy in eight easy lessons.
These shows can be heard on 104.4 FM or live stream direct from the Resonance FM website.