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Sci fi short story or radio play of man who ends up on death row for a minor infraction...bureaucracy and obscure laws are real culprits

The short story that the radio play was based on may be Gordon R. Dickson's Computers Don't Argue. A similar question was asked not too long ago, and this story was the answer to it. The story is ...
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Sci fi short story or radio play of man who ends up on death row for a minor infraction...bureaucracy and obscure laws are real culprits

Null has identified the written story that radio play was based on as "Computers Don't Argue" by Gordon R. Dickson, which was also the answer to this old question and this one. I'm adding ...
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Radio Adaptation of Neuromancer

The Neuromancer radio drama was produced by the BBC World Service Radio Drama Department as a Play of the Week. It is an abridged, dramatized form of the entire book. It originally aired in two parts ...
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Help finding the name of a radio drama about a machine that grants wishes, but turns out to be a credit card

I heard a radio drama many years ago "Something for Nothing" is a short story by Robert Sheckley, first published in Galaxy Science Fiction, June 1954, available at the Internet Archive (...
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Old radio show or book about a group of marooned men on a planet with only one creature which they eat and then cocoon and change into that creature

I'm pretty sure that the story in question is "Drop Dead" by Clifford Simak. The title comes from the fact that that's what the "critter" would. They just walk into the explorer ...
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In the radio series, how did Zaphod get into the artificial universe?

Ahh but that is the whole point. You, the listener, aren't meant to know. There are any number of possibilities, pretty much any loss of conciousness or teleportation of our heroes. These can ...
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Radio Drama 'free range' clones of rich people are grown so replacement organs will be available for them

This sounds like Jefferson 37, a BBC Radio 4 drama in 4 episodes by Jenny Stephens. The drama indeed deals with clones being produced in order to provide organ parts. This website provides the ...
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Comedy SF radio show. Radio 4 or Radio 4 extra (UK) Aliens base their society on a book of Noel Coward's plays

This must surely be Paradise Lost in Space, a six episode sci-fi drama, broadcast on Radio 4 in 1995. Two Earthmen, played by Tony Robinson and David Haig, are transported to an alien planet peopled ...
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Radio drama about a society in which a person and all of their dependents are executed if unemployed for more than 3 years

You seem to have heard a radio dramatisation of the short story Beachhead in Utopia from Lloyd Biggle, 1973. You've got the description pretty much right, with some changes that I assume made for a ...
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Story where one person cursed another in her dream, and the victim tried to undo the curse by "turning" her blood

This sounds very much like "The Withered Arm", a classic horror short story by Thomas Hardy. As in the question, the two main characters are women, Gertrude and Rhoda. Gertrude marries a ...
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Radio drama with four kids in a spaceship returning to a missing Earth

Earthsearch (1981) by James Follett? From Wikipedia: Three crew-generations previously, the starship Challenger - a vast ten-mile-long survey vessel – was launched from Earth on an interstellar ...
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Doctor Who radio programme. Heard 1998. Scientist has transferred consciousness of his entire race into immortal robot bodies

This is a Blake's 7 audio drama called The Syndeton Experiment, broadcast in April 1999. From the linked wiki page: When they finally locate Dr. Rossum he's an elderly man with a weak heart who has ...
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"Hard" science fiction short story where astronaut hides in parade crowd, evades broadcast reporter. Was also a radio drama

Sounds like James Gunn's "The Cave of Night" as per this review The Cave of the Night' (1955) (15 pages) 3.5/5 (Average): Reverdy L. McMillen, the first man in space, is the new media sensation! ...
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"That's no (inanimate object), that's my WIFE!" (mid 1970's audio media)

This might be the 'song' (it's actually spoken-word) called No Anchovies, Please by J. Geils Band. It can be found on YouTube. It's on their Love Stinks album from 1980, but maybe it was on the ...
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Science fiction radio drama: aliens find Earth deserted

"Rescue Party" by Clarke was adapted for the very-short-lived cassette series OMNI AUDIO EXPERIENCE; it's not clear to me if these were also played in the 1980s as a radio series or not. A story ...
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70s/80s Radio drama about a young man who can't remember his name, stranded on a planet run by robots

I'm certain you're describing a radio dramatisation of Robot City: Odyssey by Michael P. Kube-McDowell. (Robot City is a series of Asimov-inspired works by other authors; Odyssey is the first book.) ...
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Short Radio Horror Story Featuring A Tower Staircase That Goes On Forever

I definitely remember reading a short story which is exactly as the first writer describes, and have also been trying to track it down. The bit I remember is the couple counting as they descend, ...
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Radio show where only drunks can see goblins

That is an episode from the mid-eighties radio show Midnight. The title of that episode is indeed "My Cup Runneth Over". The show is exactly as you remember it. You can listen to it (and many other ...
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Radio Drama 'free range' clones of rich people are grown so replacement organs will be available for them

This sounds like a dramatisation of Kazuo Ishiguro's 'Never let me go' Kathy H describes herself as a carer for donors. She reminisces about her time spent at Hailsham, a boarding school, where the ...
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"Shipshape Home" as a radio program?

"It's midnight...the witching hour...and this is the voice in the night." The name of the radio show was "The Unknown" on WINS (NY) 1957-1958, midnights on weekends. It was done ...
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"Shipshape Home" as a radio program?

I couldn't find a radio play, but apparently there is an episode of Studio 57 that was based on the story, called "Young Couples Only" (S2E1). It seems to have starred Peter Lorre and ...
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Story identification - A BBC Radio 4 parody of The Prisoner

I haven't actually heard it, but could this what you are looking for? In the radio version of impressionist show Dead Ringers, a version of The Prisoner is set within the radio soap opera The ...
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Conversation on spaceship approaching 3rd planet

This is the radio play "Poruka prijateljstva" by Zvonimir Furtinger, produced by Radio Zagreb in 1964. It was also published on gramophone record "YU naučno-fantastične priče" in Belgrade in mid-...
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Radio drama astronauts returning from the moon to a nuclear war on earth

You're thinking of Rocket from Manhattan, which appeared on the Lights Out radio show. Rocket from Manhattan is set in the future some 55 years hence; the date is 20th September in the year 2000. The ...
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"Hard" science fiction short story where astronaut hides in parade crowd, evades broadcast reporter. Was also a radio drama

I agree it's 'The Cave of Night' from X minus One, and perhaps also made in Dimension X. It was told in first-person from the perspective of a reporter working on the story of the brave astronaut who ...
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Sci fi short story or radio play of man who ends up on death row for a minor infraction...bureaucracy and obscure laws are real culprits

Perhaps the classic The Trial by Franz Kafka? In this story a man is charged with an unspecified crime and put through a huge bureaucratic system over a long period of time. In the end, the man is ...
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Giant computer sucks thoughts from population

The story you are looking for is Song of the Silencer by Brian Aldiss.
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Radio play where the protagonist uses a lance grown from a seed to fight against a giant with three swords

I found it! The adventures of strong Vanya by Ottfried Preußler (1968) Found it via Google with the following query: Geschichte Ivan Lanze Thanks to @MJD for the valuable hint that the story might ...
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Radio play where the protagonist uses a lance grown from a seed to fight against a giant with three swords

Could this be a variation of the tale of Ivan Popyalof? Based on John Rennie's comment, I searched for Russian fairy tales that contained the keywords pood, lance, sword, and giant and came across ...
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