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Cather

Cumberland, VA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • X Minus One: The Green Hills of Earth (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (24 mins)
    • By Robert Heinlein
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    Based on Robert Heinlein's classic story of "Noisy" Rhysling, a blind space-traveling singer who longs to return to Earth, this episode of X Minus One originally aired on July 7, 1955.

    Cather says: "A classic in context"
    "A classic in context"
    Overall

    This is the story of Rhysling, the blind singer of the spaceways. The character and his music (particularly this song) appears throughout Heinlein's "Future History".

    I can't decide if I'm mad or happy that they replaced Rhysling's squeezebox with a guitar, but after a lifetime of Heinlein devotion, I finally got to hear some of Rhysling's songs as *songs*, rather than as poems. "The Green Hills of Earth" has always been words on a page to me... to hear Rhysling sing "We pray for one last landing...." produced an expected emotional reaction.

    This is a wonderful adaptation of the story-- yes, the audio is a little lacking, but bear in mind that this show is fifty years old. You could probably clean it up, but this is how it was heard back then. I bet someone could adapt this, make it sound slick, and take the 1950's styrofoam cheese flavor out of it... but it would be a shame. This isn't just something that happened to take place in the fifties... this is a piece of 1955-- radio history, science fiction history, and American history.

    I buy everything with Heinlein's name on it that I don't already have, and I suspect that after I am done with the Heinlein episodes of this series and the one that followed it, I will probably be checking out some of the others.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Starseed

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Spider Robinson, Jeanne Robinson
    • Narrated By Spider Robinson
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    For Rain McLeod, a 46-year-old dancer whose failing body is about to end her career, the Starseed program is the only way to continue living her dream. But for others, including several religious groups and power hungry countries back on earth, the existence of Stardancers represents a threat to all humanity.

    Cather says: "A worthy follow-up"
    "A worthy follow-up"
    Overall

    The first novel in this series (Stardance) was absolutely excellent, and this followed suit.

    I was surprised at how little the notion of Spider reading the part of the (female) main character interfered... that can kill a book, in my opinion, but it worked here.

    Once again, the description provided is a little off of the actual book... but it doesn't matter. Read it.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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