Gunn brought a very intimate, very personal touch to his work. Utilizing the concepts available in science fiction, Gunn is known for taking the fantastic and making it very simple and focused on the individual. This is very evident in ‘The Cave of Night’ as adapted by Ernest Kinoy for X Minus One. Although there are some differences between the story and the program, the basic concept of man against all odds is truly clear in both.
Performed as if a newscaster is reviewing his lines concerning the tragedy of the stranded astronaut, this episode both embraces the science fiction aspects of space travel, while also taking a very human look at such emotions as desperation, hopelessness, and isolation. As the episode unfolds, listeners become extremely invested in not only the fate of the astronaut, but also the struggles those trying to save him go through. This theme is not only mirrored in later works of science fiction, like The Martian, but also in such real-life instances as the Apollo 13 mission.
Thrill to twelve episodes of the best science fiction from the Golden Age of Radio, including ‘The Cave of Night’ in X Minus One, Volume 3 restored to sparkling audio quality by Radio Archives!
#25 The Outer Limit
Wednesday, November 16, 1955 - 30:00 - NBC
#26 Zero Hour
Wednesday, November 23, 1955 - 30:00 - NBC
#27 The Vital Factor
Wednesday, November 30, 1955 - 30:00 - NBC
Wednesday, December 7, 1955 - 30:00 - NBC
#29 To the Future
Wednesday, December 14, 1955 - 30:00 - NBC
#30 Marionettes, Inc.
Wednesday, December 21, 1955 - 30:00 - NBC
#31 A Logic Named Joe
Wednesday, December 28, 1955 - 30:00 - NBC
#32 The Roads Must Roll
Wednesday, January 4, 1956 - 30:00 - NBC
#33 Time and Time Again
Wednesday, January 11, 1956 - 30:00 - NBC
#34 Perigi's Wonderful Dolls
Wednesday, January 18, 1956 - 30:00 - NBC
#35 The Parade
Wednesday, January 25, 1956 - 30:00 - NBC
#36 The Cave of Night
Wednesday, February 1, 1956 - 30:00 - NBC