What is the name of this classic Sci-Fi story?
September 29, 2013 2:36 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for the name of this classic SF story about a handful of astronauts stranded in space in radio contact but slowly drifting away from each other and running out of air.

It's not this question, as the astronauts are floating in open space.

I no there are some dramatic reveals about their relationships but none of the characters are particularly interesting. I think its from the 60s, and I remember the tone being Asimov-y.

I'm thinking about seeing 'Gravity' and wanted to tell my dad about this story for comparison, but I can't find it on Mefi or Google. I know I've seen this story asked about before on AskMefi. THANKS!
posted by kittensofthenight to Media & Arts (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Sounds like "Kaleidoscope" by Ray Bradbury.
posted by Tsuga at 2:43 PM on September 29, 2013 [3 favorites]

Response by poster: I was just about to post that it's not Kaleidoscope, I think the tone is starker, more like a horror story.
posted by kittensofthenight at 2:47 PM on September 29, 2013

Response by poster: But I may be remembering it wrong. I dislike Bradbury and probably blocked out all of the treacly details.
posted by kittensofthenight at 2:48 PM on September 29, 2013

Asimov, Maelstrom, inspired by Poe. (Sorry, typing on phone)
posted by kandinski at 3:46 PM on September 29, 2013

Best answer: I remember reading that. It ends with one of them burning up in Earth's atmosphere, and a kid on the ground making a wish on the shooting star.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 5:20 PM on September 29, 2013 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Yeah, that's the one, Thanks Tsuga!
My memory is apparently very selective when describing stories.
posted by kittensofthenight at 5:35 PM on September 29, 2013

I read a short story that was almost certainly a tribute to this- a group of astronauts/colony ship gets sent out just as WW3 is starting, and gets destroyed. They drift eventually back into Earths atmosphere. Can;t remember who did it or where I read it, yay.
posted by Jacen at 8:32 PM on September 29, 2013

I believe this was on the radio, too. Something like "X minus One," or some such show. I was lying on our front lawn. My mother sat on the porch in the dark. I was looking at the night sky. The radio played, just loud enough for me to hear it clearly.

I believe I was about nine years old then.
posted by mule98J at 12:36 AM on September 30, 2013

mule98J, it aired on "Dimension X," and can be heard here (quality so-so but listenable) which aired September 15th ,1951.

I love X Minus One-- that intro is one of my favorite things to hear. Dimension X's intro is weaksauce by comparison, but both shows are good for short mid-century SF.
posted by Sunburnt at 8:00 AM on September 30, 2013 [1 favorite]

Kaleidoscope also heavily inspired the final act of John Carpenter's and Dan O'Bannon's film Dark Star, which despite the comedy, also had notes of horror. Maybe that's what you remember?
posted by radwolf76 at 3:34 PM on September 30, 2013

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