Listen up everyone, the very talented Holly Rose is creating a brand new sci fi radio play! Inspired by her love of ‘classic sci fi pulp’, Holly is sending up all of those old familiar sci fi tropes with the help of her slightly-less-than-dashing reluctant ‘hero’ Raymond Gunn, a forty-something divorcee, and the irrepressible teenage heroine Starburst. We had a chat with Holly to find out more:
A Place to Hang Your Cape: Firstly, can you tell us a little more about Ray Gunn and Starburst?
Holly Rose: Ok, in the year 2005, because that’s when all of the best classic sci-fi is set, Raymond Gunn is living in a second hand space ship and getting thoroughly stuck in to his midlife crisis. He’s pretty sure things can’t get much worse, but when he finds himself on the wrong side of the Red Cluster gang, and the wrong end of a fist things take an entertaining turn for the worst. When he’s rescued, and I use the term very lightly, by Starburst, a rowdy teenage girl, and her broken AI, Ray just knows nothing will be the same again. He can’t quite see himself becoming a hero, but Starburst is pretty sure he’ll make a decent sidekick one day. Will Starburst break away from her dangerously, shady past? Will Ray ever manage to fix his space ship? Will the narrator actually be allowed to finish a story without irritating protagonists interrupting? Who knows, we need to make the series if you want to find out.
So the basic idea was to take classic sci-fi and shove it in a blender, to take all those tropes and stereotypes and to turn them on their heads, not just as a modern twist, but also to show the funny side of science fiction as a whole. Think, Hitchhikers meets Thrilling Adventure Hour with a healthy dose of Firefly thrown in for good measure.
The first episode was written as part of my final year project at University and I was lucky enough to be offered the chance to record that as a rough cut pilot, a link to which can be found on the kickstarter page. I went on to write a six episode series, and that is what this kickstarter will funding, the recording of those episodes.
AP2HYC: Radio drama seems to be a sometimes forgotten format today, what gave you the idea to do this?
AP2HYC: What have been the challenges of working in this medium so far?
AP2HYC: And what excites you most about the project?
Holly: Having people read the words I wrote down is pretty amazing, and very surreal. These characters have voices now, amazing, brilliant voices. It’s very bizarre. I think the thing that really excites me most is being able to tell stories about characters I love, and I do really love the characters in the show. They’re these people who have lived in my head for so long and now they can go out and be in the world and maybe, just maybe, other people will love them as much as I do.
AP2HYC: You’re a fan of classic, pulpy sci fi – can you tell us any personal favourites? Anything you’ve drawn from for this project?
And with not long left on the Kickstarter, if you would like to support Ray Gunn and Starburst please do head over there right away!