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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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