BBC Radio is launching a huge science fiction "drama season" that will span three stations in the month of March: Radio 3, Radio 4, and BBC 7. Audio plays, including adaptations of Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous With Rama and Iain M. Banks' State Of The Art (adapted by Paul Cornell), will air during Radio 3's Afternoon Play, Classic Serial and Women's Hour timeslots. Meanwhile, BBC 7 will launch a new 10-part audio series called Planet B. The BBC's Jeremy Howe says the initiative is all about celebrating "contemporary science fiction," not chestnuts. And he says radio is the "natural home" of writers like Clarke and William Gibson, who've created "fantastic works of the imagination." [The Stage]


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