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The Score: Oneword Radio: 2001 A Space Odyssey: Unused Film Score: Alex North

Two 2001 Music Scores? Oneword’s Score Plays Them Both

I was listening to The Score, a programme about film music on Oneword Radio, a UK digital station.

On June 24 they played both scores for Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. I was unaware there were two scores but you may not be so ignorant. However if you are then it is a fact that Stanley Kubrick commissioned Alex North to write the score for his film 2001: A Space Odyssey, but decided against it in favour of the classics we know. North’s score is in two movements, reflecting the first and second chapters of the film.

Wikipedia states:

‘The 2001: A Space Odyssey score is an unused film score composed by Alex North for Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.’

‘North, unaware that Kubrick had decided not to use the score in his film was “devastated” at the 1968 New York City premiere screening of 2001 not to hear his work, and later offered this account of his experience:

“Well, what can I say? It was a great, frustrating experience, and despite the mixed reaction to the music, I think the Victorian approach with mid-European overtones was just not in keeping with the brilliant concept of Clarke and Kubrick.”‘
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BBC Radio 7: Heinlein Centenary: Methuselah’s Children: The Green Hills Of Earth

robert heinlein  green hills of earth methuselahs children book cover photo bert coules bruce young bbc radio 7 logo imageBBC Radio 7 Celebrates Heinlein’s Centenary

Robert A. Heinlein is recognised by many as one of the great masters of Science Fiction. To mark the centenary of Heinlein’s birth, BBC Radio 7 presents three new commissions, two this week and one next.

The Green Hills of Earth

Written in 1947 The Green Hills of Earth features in “Forbidden Planet’s” top 100 best Sci-fi stories.

Rhysling, the blind singer of the spaceways, captures the beauty of space and the complexities of being a spaceman in his songs. Snatches of his music are interwoven with the story of how he lost his sight and became Earth’s unofficial chronicler of the universe. Read by Adam Sims.

Saturday at 6.30pm and 12.30am

Methuselah’s Children

Paul Birchard reads Heinlein’s sci-fi novel about a group of families who can live for several hundred years.

Set in the America of 2112, the Howard Families are the end products of a privately-funded, secret experiment in eugenics - selective breeding - started centuries earlier. For hundreds of years, members of the Families (whose average life expectation is now around 150) have kept the information about their extended lives hidden from the world as a whole, with false identities, artificial ageing and faked deaths. But when the novel begins, the truth is discovered and reactions range from envy through horror to hatred.

Abridged by Bert Coules and directed by Bruce Young.

Monday 9 th July to Monday 16 th July at 6.30pm and 12.30am

Please note that as some of these have been transmitted they will be available on the listen again section at BBC Radio 7 (Saturday / Monday), for a limited time.

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Mariella Frostrup : Open Book : Building Scifi Worlds

mariella frostrup photo image bbc radio 4 open book coverMariella Discusses Building Scifi Worlds From Scratch With Graham Sleight and Justina Roberts

World Building in Science Fiction

Earlier this year on Open Book, historical novelist Tracy Chevalier admitted that she was in awe of science fiction writers who have to create a new world from scratch. Mariella Frostrup is joined by one such writer, Justina Robson and one of the judges of this year’s Arthur C Clarke Awards Graham Sleight to discuss approaches to inventing a whole new universe.

Selling Out: Quantum Gravity Book Two – Justina Robson
Publisher: Gollancz (17 May 2007)

Keeping It Real – Justina Robson
Publisher: Gollancz

Natural History – Justina Robson
Publisher: Pan

Mappa Mundi - Justina Robson
Publisher: Tor

Living Next-Door to the God of Love
Publisher: Tor

Once again, Radio 4, through Open Book, give us some interesting listening in the form of a discussion/interview.

Mariella Frostrup on Open Book this week interviewed Justina Robson. It is still on the listen again page at

Unfortunately, it appears that the BBC don’t archive their tranmissions forever, and that the ‘listen again’ page only holds items for around seven days. C’mon BBC! Sort yourself out!

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Blake’s 7 Streaming Radio Podcast From Scifi Channel

blakes 7 audio adventures scifi channelThe 80s Classic Space Scoundels Get Audio Show Treatment

Blake’s 7 was one of the finest slices of British scifi ever shown on TV, and now this most excellent show has been revamped - as an audio series! It’s a brand new Blake’s 7 for a new generation - SCI FI are streaming every chapter exclusively on, but if you can’t wait just click here to listen now.

It’s completely free of charge, updated three times a week, and stars Derek Riddell (The Book Group), Colin Salmon (Alien vs Predator, Resident Evil, many James Bond movies) and Daniela Nardini (This Life).

So what are you waiting for? Join the adventure NOW!

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The Verb: Ira Lightman: Radio 3: Scifi Special

Radio Ain’t Dead.. Yet.

Ira Lightman tells us: “Just wanted to draw your attention to The Verb, on Radio 3 a few days ago. It was a sci-fi special, and it had my short play The Coming of the Wopoli on it, as well as work and chat from Gwyneth Jones and Francis Spufford.

It’s on Listen Again for 5 days at The Verb On Radio 3.”

I have to be honest, radio is not something I am in touch with except when I’m driving, and I missed this. So catch it while you can!

Thanks Ira.

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