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Publisher's Summary

Five seminal science fiction classics are brought vividly to life in these gripping BBC Radio dramatisations, with casts including Robert Glenister, William Gaunt, Carleton Hobbs and Joanne Froggatt.
Frankenstein (1994) is adapted from one of the first science fiction novels, Mary Shelley's tale of a scientist who tries to play God and creates a monster.
The Time Machine (2009) dramatises one of the first stories to feature time travel, HG Wells' thrilling tale of an inventor who discovers a dystopian future.
The Lost World (1975) is based on a classic fantasy adventure story by Arthur Conan Doyle, whose notion of dinosaurs roaming our world was the inspiration for Jurassic Park.
R.U.R. (1989) is a radio production of Karel Kapek's thought-provoking play which introduced the word robot to the English language.
Solaris (2007) dramatises Stanislaw Lem's pioneering ghost story set in space, both a suspenseful thriller and a philosophical meditation on guilt and the human condition.
Accompanying this collection is a bonus PDF file featuring extensive sleeve notes by Andrew Pixley. Duration: 10 hours approx.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 BBC Worldwide Ltd. (P)2017 BBC Worldwide Ltd.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Nigel on 06-14-17

Two great - Two fine - One really bad

Let’s start things off on a positive note. Solaris (2007) and The Time Machine (2009) are both enjoyable stories dramatised by the BBC. The others not so much.

Frankenstein (1994) is fine, but I’ve already heard the adaptation by Big Finish which is also available on Audible and is far superior (starring Arthur Darvill). Would have enjoyed this production more if I hadn’t heard anything to compare it against.

Same issue with The Lost World (1975). I’ve already got the BBC’s more recent production (2011) and it is much better. Starring David Robb

R.U.R., Rossum’s Universal Robots (1989). There is a good story hidden there, but it is terribly dated. Especially the portrayal of the lead female, Helena Glory. Was glad when it ended. Won’t be listening to it again. Ever.

Previously these five dramatisations were available separately so although I really enjoyed only two of them, for me at least, it still seems good value. Looking forward to reading other reviews of R.U.R.. Do others agree, is it really as bad as I thought it was?

Overall 3-1/2 stars

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By rob y on 07-08-17


V different R4 dramatisations but all v good. I personally liked Solaris and Frankenstein best.

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