Book Drama Looks to The Skies
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Hollywood California, January 2011 -
All eyes are on the sky. The sun is being extinguished, its energy slowly drained by an unknown force. The
crisis has come to the attention of Starlab -- an ISA (International Space Auhority) manned space laboratory
whirring quietly through space 21 miles above earth in geo-synchronous orbit. “Alien Worlds: On The Threshold Of
The Unknown,” emerges as a continuing series of half-hour dramatic science-fiction radio programs that can be aptly
described as “theatre-of-the-mind.” The 30 episode series was recently heard worldwide on Sirius XM Satellite radio
and has now been released as a science fiction audio book adventure series by Addlink in Hollywood.
The series takes place on various ‘alien worlds’ and aboard a giant observatory space station called Starlab, all
of which are governed by the International Space Authority (ISA) and its director, Commissioner Matthew C. White.
The series unfolds its many colorful original stories with an ongoing cast of characters and special guest
appearances by some of Hollywood’s leading actors. The programs boast an impressive music score by The London
Dramatic radio and audio books should entertain audiences on a level that is more thought-provoking than just music
or a simple reading alone. Radio has turned into a jukebox since the advent of television, and most audio books are
boring readings. Series producer Lee Hansen explains, "We feel that ‘ALIEN WORLDS’ offers a new direction for
radio listeners. And we are now moving that concept over to the audio book world.”
“I needed talented radio actors and actresses more than I needed talented voice-over people, Hansen explained.
“There is a big difference. Voice-over people are accomplished at reading copy for commercials, but when it comes
to believable interactive performances among actors, the task becomes very difficult and touchy. With radio-drama,
the use of the actor’s voice is entirely dependent upon a performance capable of sustaining and supporting the
believability of the story’s dialogue. The people involved in ‘ALIEN WORLDS’ have all been involved in radio acting
in one form or another. So they perform well together. However, I quickly found out that there are only a small
number of seasoned radio-drama performers available. It makes casting a bit more difficult,” Hansen explains. Good
writing plays a major role also, and Alien Worlds assembled a fantastic writing team supervised by Hansen including
Ron Thompson and one outstanding episode written by J. Michael Straczynksi of Babylon 5 who recently penned the
film script “Changeling” directed by Clint Eastwood.
Hansen has been noted for having created “state-of-the-art radio theatre” through his offering of Alien Worlds.
“None of the acting scenes last more than two minutes” Hansen explained. “There's a continual start and stop action
format which I formulated based on the attention-span of radio audiences that are conditioned to listening to the
Top-40 music radio format with records lasting around 2 to 3 minutes. The program scenes are continually changing
with new action, sound effects and music to keep the pace moving to hold the short attention span of most modern
day listeners,” says Hansen as he continues to describe the new dimensions in radio theatre that “ALIEN WORLDS”
creates. It's unlike anything else that's been done before in radio theatre. The program’s recording studios
utilized the most technologically advanced equipment available in the recording of the series. They experimented
with sound altering phasers and various digital voice processors, like the Vocoder 2000, to create new sounds and
alien voices. The results are fantastic recordings that trigger the enormous power of human imagination that paint
unique pictures in the mind for each and every individual listener. The entire series now re-mastered as a
unique audio book experience that can be downloaded at http://www.alienworlds.com.
The classic dramatic radio sci-fi adventure series, Alien Worlds, now available as an audiobook series with a free
episode at http://www.alienworlds.com/Free-Sci-Fi-Audio-Book.html
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