BBC7’s 7th Dimension This Week

July 31, 2006 by · Leave a Comment
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BBC 7's The 7th DimensionBBC7’s the 7th Dimension has two interesting offerings…

Only You Can Save Mankind
By Terry Pratchett; Performed by a Full Cast
3 Parts – [AUDIO DRAMA]
Twelve year old Johnny takes a trip from reality and meets the Screewee Captain and Wobbler Johnson.

This begans Saturday July 29thbut is still avilable via the Listen Again service.

Atomic Tales
6 Parts – [AUDIO DRAMA]
Following a successful pilot broadcast earlier this year, BBC7 commissioned this new six part series. The “Chromium World Theatre” presents a classic American 1950’s style sci-fi serial.

This one began airing daily today. 6.30pm and 12.30am UK Time.

Listeners who live outside the UK can use the BBC7 Listen Again service to catch each programme for 6 days following each broadcast.

Jesse

Explore The Future Of Science On The PopSci Podcast With Host Jonathon Coulton

July 29, 2006 by · Leave a Comment
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Popular Science Magazine's PopSci PodcastJonathan Coulton, of “Skullcrusher Mountain” fame has scored a neat gig hosting Popular Science Magazine‘s official podcast. Unfortunately he’s had to relocate to the moon for the job! He’s nearly a dozen episodes in already. Each week JC explores one article from the latest issue of Popular Science.

You can subscribe to the feed with this:

http://popsci.libsyn.com/rss

Jesse Willis

News: Reviewers Wanted

July 28, 2006 by · Leave a Comment
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Meta SFFaudioInterested in reviewing for SFFaudio? We’re looking for two more reviewers! Contact Scott or Jesse for more details.

The Coode Street Podcast

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Australian SF publisher and editor Jonathan Strahan has a podcast that is currently 2 shows in. The first contains a story by Deborah Biancotti entitled “Stealing Free”. Deborah has “published her first story in 2000 and has won the Aurealis Award for Best Horror Story, the Ditmar Award for Best New Talent, and the Ditmar for Best Short Story.” The second show contains “The Third-Quarter King” by Nebula nominee and Campbell finalist Tim Pratt.

Click here for The Coode Street Podcast site.

[via John Scalzi]

Recent Arrivals from Brilliance Audio

July 28, 2006 by · Leave a Comment
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Check out what’s arrived at SFFaudio from Brilliance Audio in the past few weeks!

Science Fiction Audiobook - Bad Circuits by Johnny Ray Barnes, Jr.Bad Circuits (Strange Matter)
By Johnny Ray Barnes, Jr.; Read by a full cast
2 CD’s – 2 hours – [Audio Drama]
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published: 2006
ISBN: 1423308263
A full cast, multivoice production intended for Ages 7+

Science Fiction Audiobook - Dragon's Fire by Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffreyDragon’s Fire: A New Novel of Pern
By Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey; Read by Dick Hill
10 CD’s – 12 hours – [Unabridged]
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published: 2006
ISBN: 1423314565
Click here for audio sample.
The latest Pern novel!

Fantasy Audiobook - Dragons of the Dwarven Depths by Margaret Weis and Tracy HickmanDragons of the Dwarven Depths
By Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman; Read by Sandra Burr
13 CD’s – 15 hours – [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published: 2006
ISBN: 142331610X
Click here for audio sample.
The first novel in a new fantasy trilogy by Weis and Hickman.

Science Fiction Audiobook - Driven to Death by Marty M. EngleDriven to Death (Strange Matter)
By Marty M. Engle; Read by a full cast
2 CD’s – 2 hours – [Audio Drama]
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published: 2006
ISBN: 1423308824
A full cast, multivoice production intended for Ages 7+

Horror Audiobook - In the Dark of the Night by John SaulIn the Dark of the Night
By John Saul; Read by Mel Foster
9 CD’s – 11 hours – [Unabridged]
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published: 2006
ISBN: 1423304357
Click here for audio sample.
A new novel from master of horror John Saul.

Science Fiction Audiobook - Of Fire and Night by Kevin J. AndersonOf Fire and Night: Saga of the Seven Suns, Book 5
By Kevin J. Anderson; Read by David Colacci
16 CD’s – 19 hours – [Unabridged]
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published: 2006
ISBN: 159737217X
Click here for audio sample.
Book 5 of Anderson’s epic science fiction series!

Fantasy Audiobook - Phantom by Terry GoodkindPhantom
By Terry Goodkind; Read by Sam Tsoutsouvas
20 CD’s – 23 hours – [Unabridged]
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published: 2006
ISBN: 1590863151
Click here for audio sample.
A fat fantasy from Terry Goodkind.

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Review of Orbit by John J. Nance

July 27, 2006 by · 1 Comment
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Science Fiction Audiobook - Orbit by John J. NanceOrbit
By John J. Nance, read by the author
1 MP3-CD, Approx. 9 hours [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published: 2005
ISBN: 1593356919
Themes: / Science Fiction / Near Future / Space Flight

Poor Kip Dawson, not only is he saddled with a shrewish wife who doesn’t support his aspirations, an estranged son who doesn’t understand him, and a humdrum job he doesn’t enjoy, but when he finally realizes his one true dream of flying into space on a private space-tourism ship as the winner of an international contest, he finds himself stranded there with a dead pilot and no way to start the engines or contact the earth. Even worse, he seems completely unaware that he is nothing but a static clip-art character dragged and dropped into a dull exercise in word processing.

The story has the potential to accomplish so much: Thrilling adventures as those on the ground seek to help our man in space by shooting down a large piece of space debris headed his way and scrambling not one but four spacecraft to reach him before his air scrubbers give out; gripping human drama as he spins out his entire sexual history, his shallow self-reflections, and his talk-show psychologist advice to the world in a blog he doesn’t know is being sent live to the ground; and even a hint of heart-warming romance with the head of PR for the private space tourism company. Alas, John Nance’s handling of this potential reads like a To Do list scrawled in the margins of an outline. The tale is boosted by a few interesting complications and the feeling that it could technically all happen tomorrow, but it is brought crashing back to the launch pad by an infantile understanding of the politics of the space program, an even more infantile understanding of men and their desires and fears, and a supremely infantile understanding of women and love.

I’ll give the audio version this: At least it’s brief. This is due to Nance’s remarkable ability to produce syllables rapidly. But there is a distracting microphone lisp throughout, and a remarkable sameness to the delivery of the dialog, the exposition, the inner thoughts of the characters, and the chapter numbers. Nance shows he’s a good sport with his hilarious rendition of father and son Australian accents, but other than that, there isn’t much you hear that you won’t soon gladly forget.

This book aims high, and for that I can forgive a lot. But it is betrayed by haste and inattention. The moments that should be the most involving and emotionally satisfying instead read like the author would rather be somewhere else, doing something else. And that’s how you’ll feel too, should you be unfortunate enough to listen. Take my advice: Don’t.

Posted by Kurt Dietz

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