Geek Cred podcast interviews J. Marcus Xavier and J.C. Hutchins

February 25, 2007 by · 4 Comments
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Podcast - Geek CredGeek Cred is a podcast that is focused on geek topics like computers and technology, science, Science Fiction, video games, and more. The bi-weekly show features interviews, trivia, commentary. The host, Steve Riekeberg, is a 19-year-old who started his road to geek-acceptance via a handed down 286 processor at the age of 9.

According to the Urban Dictionary the definition of “Geek Cred” is: “Similar to street cred, but applicable to geeks. Geek cred is allocated by displaying knowledge of different aspects of geek culture such as Star Wars, anime, comic books, etc.” The show has so far interviewed two Science Fiction podcasters…

J. Marcus Xavier is the guest on the first podcast. JMX talked about the creation of his Silent Universe podcast drama series as well as the origins of his name, his favorite podcasts and his most loved books. The last of which got JMX to declare:

Starship Troopers could never hope to hold a candle up to Ender’s Game.”

Shocking! Someone should stand up for Heinlein’s seminal Science Fiction novel and take JMX down. Or at least challenge him to a game of Killer Bunnies or something.

Show #2 has host Steve talking to J.C. Hutchins, author of the podcast novel trilogy 7th Son. In the interview Hutchins explains how he wrote the trilogy that he’s currently halfway through podcasting. Apparently creating all those different clone voices for his series characters is a lot of fun.

You can subscribe to the Geek Cred podcast and get the whole series via this link:

http://www.geekcred.net/feed.xml

BBC 7 has 2 weeks of ALL NEW Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Stories

February 25, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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BBC 7's The 7th DimensionBBC7’s The Seventh Dimension has a specially commissioned anthology show starting on Monday. Blood Lines is a “dark and gripping collection of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror readings that showcases new and emerging short story writers.” To launch the series, a brand new story will lead off the series, written especially for BBC 7’s The 7th Dimension by award-winning author, Susanna Clarke! During this series’ two week run, you can listen for “intriguing conversations with mythical beasts; haunting tales of lost souls; dystopian visions of a future that’s just around the corner and demonic goings-on in internet chat rooms.” Blood Lines is being broadcast on BBC7 in the 7th Dimension slot between Monday 26th February – Friday 9th March, 2007 at 18:30 (repeated at 12:30am).
Programmes become available online from the first date of transmission. And should be available via the “Listen Again” service for 6 days following each broadcast. Here are the episode details:

WEEK ONE:

The Dweller In High Places
By Susanna Clarke; Read by Georgina Hagen
1 Broadcast – [UNABRIDGED]
Broadcaster: BBC7’s The Seventh Dimension
Broadcast: February 26th 2007 @ 18:30 and repeated at 12:30am (UK time)
Across the water, the Napoleonic Wars rage but a young girl discovers a danger much closer to home when she encounters a mysterious visitor from Ancient Greece who has taken up residence in the attic of her London boarding school.

Ghost In The Mechanic
By Sarah Dobbs; Read by Clare Lawrence
1 Broadcast – [UNABRIDGED]
Broadcaster: BBC7’s The Seventh Dimension
Broadcast: February 27th 2007 @ 18:30 and repeated at 12:30am (UK time)
A tragic accident atop Cherrybrook Hill leaves car-mechanic, Mickey-Joe, devastated. Unable to face up to his guilt he retreats into a world of rituals and habits as a way of keeping his emotions in check. When his dog dies during a dust storm, the memories come flooding back and Mickey-Joe finally goes to meet the ghost that calls out to him from the top of Cherrybrook Hill.

ID
By Phil Emery; Read by Sam Dale
1 Broadcast – [UNABRIDGED]
Broadcaster: BBC7’s The Seventh Dimension
Broadcast: February 28th 2007 @ 18:30 and repeated at 12:30am (UK time)
Terror grips a man as he regains consciousness and discovers he’s lost his identity card. He’s lying in a deserted alleyway in the middle of a city with no memory of who he is. His only clue is a name and address on a scrap of paper in his pocket. He sets out to find this person, all the time, consumed by a fear that unless he tracks down his card, his very life is in danger.

Conviction
By Kate Scott; Read by Anthony Glennon
1 Broadcast – [UNABRIDGED]
Broadcaster: BBC7’s The Seventh Dimension
Broadcast: March 1st 2007 @ 18:30 and repeated at 12:30am (UK time)
The UK in the near future. The population is divided into the privileged that live in a sanitised “perfect” environment and the workers who live in polluted shanty towns, performing the menial jobs that sustain the lifestyles of the privileged. A runner, uneasy about his so-called “perfect” existence, likes to escape from his world and each day run through these off-limit shanty towns. When, on his run, he encounters a young boy scarred from polluted water, he’s forced to confront what is wrong with his way of life.

Expecting
By Catherine Mant; Read by Emma Noakes
1 Broadcast – [UNABRIDGED]
Broadcaster: BBC7’s The Seventh Dimension
Broadcast: March 2nd 2007 @ 18:30 and repeated at 12:30am (UK time)
Pregnant and abandoned by her boyfriend, a young woman moves into a semi-derelict Georgian house in Whitechapel to housesit for friends. She starts hearing running feet and a baby crying and becomes obsessed with finding out whether in the past, a baby has died in the house. All she can think about is finding a way to stop the crying. Out of desperation, she triggers off a series of events that puts her own baby at risk.

WEEK TWO

Cthul-You
By Damien G. Walter; Read by Adam Sims
1 Broadcast – [UNABRIDGED]
Broadcaster: BBC7’s The Seventh Dimension
Broadcast: March 5th 2007 @ 18:30 and repeated at 12:30am (UK time)
An occultist signs up to the website “Cthul-You” in the hope of meeting like-minded people. This is a demonic version of “My Space” where instead of attracting fellow humans, the desired outcome is to attract demons. Just who exactly is “Mark” who answers this lonely occultist’s call and what plans does he have for his new devotee?

The Quick and The Dead
By Nick Moulton; Read by Christine Kavanagh
1 Broadcast – [UNABRIDGED]
Broadcaster: BBC7’s The Seventh Dimension
Broadcast: March 6th 2007 @ 18:30 and repeated at 12:30am (UK time)
The setting is Victorian London and a scientist has just discovered how to keep death at bay. The dead are brought to the Asylum of The Deceased where they are resurrected. An illicit romance begins to blossom between one of the new inmates and a young doctor. The plight of being brought back to life and forced to live in limbo is explored in all its complexity.

Elegy Underground
By Fiona McFarlane; Read by Bethan Walker
1 Broadcast – [UNABRIDGED]
Broadcaster: BBC7’s The Seventh Dimension
Broadcast: March 7th 2007 @ 18:30 and repeated at 12:30am (UK time)
Angels arrive on Earth with an important message to impart, only to find that no-one knows who they are and what they represent. The world is greatly changed and humankind’s collective memory is failing. Death is no longer officially recognised, forcing it to go underground – travelling cemeteries arrive in the middle of the night to take away the dead and a thriving market in illegal elegy smuggling has emerged. Lachrimae Bird, circus performer and chief elegy writer, is the only one to remember angels and she wonders why they have chosen to make their presence felt now.

A Lasting Impression
By Alexandra Bayliss; Read by Rachel Bavidge
1 Broadcast – [UNABRIDGED]
Broadcaster: BBC7’s The Seventh Dimension
Broadcast: March 8th 2007 @ 18:30 and repeated at 12:30am (UK time)
In a last ditched attempt to save their relationship a young woman persuades her boyfriend to come on holiday with her to Canada. Things get off to a bad start – they have a terrible row as soon as they book into the hotel. He storms off and she is left to contemplate her disastrous love life. Suddenly the ghostly apparition of a woman with half a face missing appears in the room. She has a chilling message for the young tourist.

Father’s Day
By Ian Dudley; Read by Jasmine Callan
1 Broadcast – [UNABRIDGED]
Broadcaster: BBC7’s The Seventh Dimension
Broadcast: March 9th 2007 @ 18:30 and repeated at 12:30am (UK time)
The UK in the near future. This is a forbidding place where individuality is frowned upon and in extreme cases punished. Following the death of her mother, a young woman becomes estranged from her father. He unquestioningly embraces the new world order, whereas she remains stubbornly defiant, only just living on the right side of the law. He even undergoes a medical procedure to cut her out of his life. The daughter comes home one night to be greeted by a sinister official calling himself “Truth”. It would seem any hope of reconciliation between father and daughter is fading fast.


Get The Devolutionist by Homer Eon Flint as a podcast novel

February 24, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Maria Lectrix is a prolific podcast by Maureen O’Brien. Maureen is always narrating multiple audiobooks at the same time, and recently she’s added another public domain Science Fiction novel to her already rich feed. The original publication date for this one was 1921, but most people who know it will remember it from the 1965 Ace double novel release.

The Devolutionist by Homer Eon Flint is the third in a series of four Dr. Kinney stories by Flint, but stands well on its own. The novel also gives you a brief précis of the first two Dr. Knney adventures, in case you’re still worried about starting in the middle of a series. The story uses a scientific telepathy device to carry it’s four protagonists to faraway places. Completion of the audiobook is a ways away yet but we’ve got companionable art to pique your interest…

Science Fiction Audiobook - The Devolutionist by Homer Eon

After Maureen completes the novel we’ll post a link to where you can find it all. But you don’t have to wait, if you’d like to follow along while the chapters release you can subscribe by plugging this feed into your podcatcher:

http://feeds.feedburner.com/MariaLectrixAudiobookClub/

eBay lot of 17 Vintage Science Fiction LPs

February 24, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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eBayeBay seller “jerryweist” has a very impressive auction of vintage Science Fiction vinyl LPs up as a lot. He’s estimated that the collection of seventeen mid-1970s to early-1980s SF records will sell for between $100 and $200, but right now it has only been bid up to $40.09. If you love vintage Science Fiction audio, you should definitely have a peek before the auction ends:

Heretics Of Dune – Chapters I and II
By Frank Herbert; Read by Frank Herbert
1984 (unopened)

The Truths Of Dune “Fear Is The Mind Killer”
By Frank Herbert; Read by Frank Herbert
1979 (unopened)

Dune: The Banquet Scene
By Frank Herbert; Read by Frank Herbert
1977

Sandworms Of Dune
By Frank Herbert; Read by Frank Herbert
1978

The Battles Of Dune
By Frank Herbert; Read by Frank Herbert
1979

The Dragonriders Of Pern: The White Dragon
By Anne McCaffery
1978 (unopened)

Robert E. Howard
1975

Burgess Meredith Reads Ray Bradbury

Robert Silverberg Reads To See The Invisible Man and Passengers
1979

The Mayors from Foundation
by ISAAC ASIMOV
1977 (unopened)

Isaac Asimov – Nightfall
1976 (unopened)

Yonder: Seven Tales of the Space Age
By Poul Anderson
1980 (unopened)

Survival Ship and The Shrine Of Temptation
By Judith Merril 1978 (unopened)

Mimsey Were The Borogoves
By Henry Kuttner; Read by William Shatner
1976

Gwilan’s Harp and Intercom
By Ursula K. Le Guin
1977

City
By Clifford D. Simak
1980

Dying Inside
By Robert Silverberg
1979

Check out these scans:

Sci-Phi Show talks Philosophy of Science with Bill DeSmedt

February 24, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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In what appears likely to be another series of interviews that will make another podiobook someday The Sci Phi Show podcast is following up from its “Philosophy of Science” show from last week by speaking to SFFaudio Essential winning author Bill DeSmedt. Host Jason Rennie talks with Bill about The Vurdalak Conjecture and how it plays a role in his novel, Singularity. Tied into this interview, Jason tells me, you can look for what should be a fascinating interview with physicist Lee Smolin in a couple of days. The two interviews will compliment each other as Smolin is probably going to be talking about The Trouble with Physics, his non-fiction book which is critical of string theory. I love it when a confluence of Science and Science Fiction meets in one podcast. You can download the Bill DeSmedt interview show |MP3| or subscribe to the podcast and get the whole series via this link:

http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheSciPhiShow

Jack McDevitt’s Henry James, This One’s For You on Beam Me Up

February 23, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Podcast - Beam Me UpBeam Me Up, the podcast / radio show based out of Rockland, ME will have a special treat tomorrow. Show #41 will have a reading of Jack McDevitt‘s Henry James, This One’s For You, a short story which made the short list for 2006 Nebula awards. As host Paul Cole sez “its a damn good story.”

Subscribe to the podcast via this feed:

http://beameup.podomatic.com/rss2.xml

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