Special Guest-voice on Upcoming 7th Son Chapter

October 31, 2006 by · Leave a Comment
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7th Son Book TwoI just received word from author J.C. Hutchins that coming up on the November 14th chapter of 7th Son Book 2: Deceit, there will be a voice to make every Browncoat on the planet go weak in the knees (and that includes male Browncoats!). Actor Nathan Fillion! For the five or so people who may not know yet, Nathan Fillion is best known for his role as Captain Malcolm Reynolds in the short-lived Firefly television series, and Serenity movie.

“It’s an absolute honor to have Nathan on the podcast,” Hutchins said. “Folks best know him as a well-grounded hero in a science-fiction epic. 7th Son — a reality-driven sci-fi thriller — is a good fit for his cameo. The current listenership of 7th Son will love his ‘previously on’ reading … but this provides a terrific reason for new listeners to hop aboard.”

Well, you know that this Browncoat AND 7th Son fan will be all ears…

You can grab the feed for the 7th Son Novel with this link:


Singularity Podcast CONCLUDES Halloween!

October 30, 2006 by · Leave a Comment
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Podcast - The SingularityBill DeSmedt, author of the podiobook Singularity, has recorded the final episode of his podcast, a Question and Answer show, hosted by Paul Fisher. The episode will go live tommorow, Halloween! I’ve been listening to the novel and have been blown away by the awesomeness. The podiobooks.com ranking has this audiobook rated at 5 out of 5 stars with more than 60 votes! If you like science, Science Fiction, action, and surprises ’round every curve, click on over to Podiobooks.com, sign up and subscribe, you won’t be sorry.

The Willamette Radio Workshop haunts KBOO-FM 90.7

October 30, 2006 by · 3 Comments
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KBOO 90.7 FMThe Willamette Radio Workshop is working Halloween! Tuesday October 31st 2006 at 10:30am PST in Portland Oregon KBOO-FM 90.7 will feature two short offerings from WRW…

Through The Turnstile
By Carole Dane
“A post-apocalyptic tale of dark irony and reluctant human contact.”

The Outsider
By H.P. Lovecraft (adapted by Joe Medina)
Produced, performed and directed by Sam A. Mowry.

Go to http://www.kboo.fm/listen to stream the broadcast live.

Jesse Willis

Classic 1983 RADIO DRAMA on BBC7 Time Slip by Wally K. Daly

October 29, 2006 by · Leave a Comment
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BBC 7's The 7th DimensionOur attentive UK correspondent Roy sez: “You might not have spotted this as it is not in the ‘Seventh Dimension’ SF slot and as far as I can see does not get the usual BBC7 rebroadcast”

Time Slip
By Wally K. Daly; FULL CAST
1 Part – Approx. 1 Hour [RADIO DRAMA]
BROADCAST: Sunday October 29th 01:30-02:30 (UK Time)

Roy writes: “This was first broadcast on BBC R4 in May 1983 &, if memory serves correctly that far back, is an amusing comedy in which a man duplicates himself.”

The good news, you can still catch this play, though it aired in the early hours this morning, by clicking on over to the LISTEN AGAIN service.

Jesse Willis

7th Dimension has a J.G. Ballard short story and Shirley Jackson’s novel The Haunting Of Hill House

October 28, 2006 by · Leave a Comment
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BBC 7's The 7th DimensionBBC7’s the 7th Dimension will be airing two readings starting today…

The Recognition
By J.G. Ballard; Read by Michael Maloney
1 Part – [UNABRIDGED?]
BROADCAST: Saturday at 6pm and 12am (UK Time)
What kind of animals are being exhibited as part of the mysterious circus that rolls into town one Midsummer’s Eve? The narrator is drawn to a disturbingly familiar smell surrounding the cages.

The Haunting of Hill House
By Shirley Jackson; Read by Emma Fielding
8 Parts – [ABRIDGED]
BROADCAST: Weekdays from Monday at 6.45pm and 12.45am (UK Time)
A spine-chilling Gothic Horror tale… Eleanor Vance soon falls under the malevolent spell of Hill House. Will she be able to resist its influence or will the house claim her as yet another victim in its long history of terror and violence?

These will all be avilable via the Listen Again service shortly after they air.

Jesse Willis

Meme Therapy asks: "Has Science Fiction Had an Impact on your Worldview?"

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Meme Therapy has an interesting post about how Science Fiction impacts a worldview. Two Podiobook speculative fiction authors (and podcasters) answer…

Spherical Tomi by Jack ManganJack Mangan:

“1. Science Fiction has raised me from early childhood with an awareness of universal interconnectivity, a sensitivity to the complex hyper-connectedness of every action and life, even one as trivial as a prehistoric butterfly’s.

SF’s storylines and themes are usually possessed of titanic
tendencies, often featuring forces that may:

A) wipe out/enslave the entire human species
B) destroy the earth/galaxy/universe
C) permanently alter the fabric of time
D) permanently alter the fabric of reality
E) permanently alter the course of humanity’s physical and social evolution
F) you get the point. Something of great importance to our entire way of life is usually in jeopardy. (Yes, I know that you can cite tons of deeply personal, small-scale SF stories. Congratulations. I’ve written a few myself. Not the point. Let’s move on.)

This is where SF informs a globally/univerally conscious ‘Can’t we all get along?’ worldview. If an invasion fleet of giant bugs were to swarm the earth tomorrow, I can guarantee that people would focus a lot less on petty, divisive ideologies.

I strive to view situations and conflicts on a personal scale, try not to cause undue stress, strife, or hardship for those around me, to generally bear in mind that even without killer alien hordes, life is difficult enough. Amidst all of the world’s turmoil and unrest, I have encountered a small number of enlightened souls taking action or simply living to enable a sort of global community of acceptance, cooperation, co-existence, and ultimately, an evolution into something greater than ourselves. A civilization that would benefit from but not be ruled by logic. One that is wise and mature enough to handle the awesome responsibility of our singularity-bound technology (let’s not get hung up on the ‘S’ word). I try to always remain conscious of my place in such a community. If one actually did exist. I don’t know if the Science Fiction portions of my life’s media diet deserve all of the blame for this worldview, but given worlds enough, words enough, and time, I could draw countless direct connections.

Please do not dismiss my worldview as unrealistic Mr. Rogers-esque dogma. I endeavor to entertain no delusions — another characteristic at least partially learned from SF. Our inherited, jumbled human society is most certainly not a cooperative community, worthy of cheery Michael Stipe lyrics. The “street” has consistently found its own uses great and terrible for all techs great and small, including — sadly — jet airliners. This is why the classic, seminal works of Cyberpunk appeal so strongly to me. William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, John Shirley, Neal Stephenson, and their contemporaries presented us with the most unflinching, believable, tangible, frightening, impending future yet (sorry, but I find post-apocalyptic road mutants
almost as far-fetched as Wookies). Cyberpunk stories often involved commonfolk protagonists, often ‘high-tech lowlifes’, yet still placed them into scenarios to impact all of human civilzation. This is the stuff that forever changed my ideas of what the future, and also of what fiction — across all genres — at its best, bleakest, and most stylish could be.

2. Science Ficton writers think a lot about the past (history is a great, almost-unlimited resource of uncopyrighted plots, characters, and story arcs). And of course, we also think a lot about the future. When the past and future are studied with factual clarity and without the taint of personal agendas, like shoulder-perched angels, these guides will usually influence a ‘Can’t we all just get along?’ worldview.

3. Science Fiction has encouraged me to be reasonably skeptical of any and all ruling classes and establishments.”

Christiana Ellis:

“It’s hard to know how science fiction has changed my worldview, because I can’t remember a time when it wasn’t a part of my life. Science fiction didn’t change my worldview so much as it helped to form my worldview.

I think that a love of science fiction has made me more forward thinking, less attached to any given ‘now.’ This should not suggest that I have no time for smelling roses in my busy schedule, but rather that I am better able to accept that the rosebush is but a temporary fixture in an ever-changing landscape. When the inevitability of change is not only acknowledged, but embraced, it makes the ephemeral beauty of each moment all the more precious.

Science fiction can also show us our humanity in ways that are impossible for non-genre fiction. Advances in science and technology have been gradually freeing us from many of the more animal necessities, food, shelter, etc. As these things become ever cheaper and easier to obtain, we are able to devote more time to the things that make us more than mere animals. Art, philosophy, all that good stuff.

Science fiction takes that a step further, stripping away all limitations save those of our imaginations. What if free energy existed? What if we were able to change our bodies at will? What if we spread our wings to live among the stars? Will we still have teenage crushes? Sports? Pets? Freed of the limitations imposed by the world around us, we can examine humanity unbound.

Science fiction can present us with a breathtaking view of what our futures might hold. But just as interesting, I think, is what it can show us about who we are today.”

For more cool Jack and Christiana talk check out the recent Deadpan podcast where Jack talks to Christiana HERE.

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