Jack London (1943) – a biographical feature film about Jack London

May 31, 2012 by · 7 Comments
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Jack London is a 1943 biographical feature film about Jack London!

It’s also available for download via Archive.org: |AVI|MP4|OGV|

This movie got me thinking. Is it the only biopic of an Science Fiction author?

So I looked around and found a list of biographical films on Wikipedia. And while I had remembered there had been movies featuring Mary Shelley, like Gothic – that isn’t a biopics per se.

Based on the Wikipedia list, it appears that Edgar Allan Poe has been a character in some quasi-biographical films, notably the recent John Cusak movie, The Raven (which has its roots in earlier dramatized biographical snippets like The Raven (1915)). The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944) is a true biographical film, but it’d be hard to argue that twain wrote Science Fiction (though the case for Fantasy is pretty easy). Robert E. Howard got a biopic, in a solid little movie called The Whole Wide World (1996) but it’s just a snippet of Howard’s life.

I don’t think there have been any other Science Fiction writers who’ve had an actual biographical film made about him or her. Maybe writer’s lives are too sedentary for good drama?

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Escape Pod: Hawksbill Station by Robert Silverberg

May 30, 2012 by · 1 Comment
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Am I excited?

You bet.

Jim Warren’s cover illustration for Tor Double #26 excites me:

TOR Double #26 - Hawksbill Station by Robert Silverberg

The original illustrations, by Virgil Finlay, from the publication in Galaxy excite me:

Galaxy August 1967 page 8 (Hawksbill Station by Robert Silverberg)

Galaxy August 1967 page 11 - illustration by Virgil Finlay

Galaxy August 1967 page 31 - illustration by Virgil Finlay

Galaxy August 1967 page 41 - illustration by Virgil Finlay

Galaxy August 1967 page 51 - illustration by Virgil Finlay

And this episode of Escape Pod, a novella by Robert Silverberg (!) REALLY, REALLY excites me!

Escape PodEscape Pod #346: Hawksbill Station
By Robert Silverberg; Read by Paul Tevis
1 |MP3| – Approx. 1 Hour 46 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Podcaster: Escape Pod
Podcast: May 24, 2012
First published in Galaxy, August 1967.

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Recent Arrivals: Welcome To Bordertown edited by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner

May 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Just crossed the border, literally (it came in the back of a Subaru), here’s a Brilliance Audio audiobook collection that does almost everything right! First, check out the awesome cover art for Welcome To Bordertown:


BRILLIANCE AUDIO - Welcome To Bordertown edited by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner

Next, note the detailed track listings on the back:

BRILLIANCE AUDIO - Welcome To Bordertown edited by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner

So that’s a look at the outside, inside the discs themselves don’t detail their contents, which is bad, but not fatal (considering you’ve got the back of the audiobook to go by). As to the audio content itself, well I’m looking forward to picking up stories here and there as I research the authors more – that’s usually how I listen to collections these days.

This is the official description:

Bordertown: a city on the Border between the human world and the elfin realm. A place where neither magic nor technology can be counted on, where elf and human kids run away to find themselves. The Way from our world to the Border has been blocked for thirteen long years. . . . Now the Way is open once again — and Bordertown welcomes a new set of seekers and dreamers, misfits and makers, to taste life on the Border.

Here are thirteen interconnected stories, one graphic story, and eight poems — all new work by some of today’s best urban fantasy, fantasy, and slipstream writers

Now I’ve already checked out Neil Gaiman’s entry, which is a poem entitled The Song Of The Song. And I listened to Holly Black reading her own introductory essay. In it she credits the original Bordertown books as ‘creating the urban fantasy subgenre’. Ellen Kushner, Black’s co-editor, reads Terri Windling’s introductory essay, which details the background for the Bordertown series itself. It’s is described as a “Thieves’ World for teens.” Windling also talks about the phenomenon of shared worlds. Also, and this is pretty cool, there’s an additional editorial introduction written, and read, by Ellen Kushner (one that’s not found in the paperbook edition at all).

The only thing missing from this great audiobook edition is the story named Fair Trade by Sara Ryan and Dylan Meconis. But that’s probably because it’s actually a comic and so it would have been very hard to translate into audio (there are two panels of it HERE). And finally, here’s a promo video for the book:

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Recent Arrivals: Warriors (Volume 2) edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois

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Brilliance Audio sent us this audiobook: Warriors 2 (aka Warriors Volume 2) edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois – 9 CDs, 10 Hours 45 Minutes, UNABRIDGED.

This audiobook is titled Warriors 2 on the box, and titled Warriors: Volume 2 in the narration. Either way it’s a collection of seven novelettes, novellas and short stories. The readers are Patrick Lawlor and Christina Traister.

Brilliance Audio - Warriors 2 edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois

It’d be hard to tell which stories are included in the collection from a quick look at the packaging, but they are there, buried in the miniature copyright text at the bottom left of the back:

Brilliance Audio - Warriors 2 (BACK) edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois

And, as is all too typical with audiobook releases of collections, once yopu’ve opened it up the discs themselves don’t help either – none of them say anything about which story can be found on which disc. Which is where your friendly neighbourhood SFFaudio comes in…

Disc 1:
Track 2: Introduction: Stories From The Spinner Rack by George R.R. Martin – Read by Patrick Lawlor
Track 4: Seven Years From Home by Naomi Novik – Read by Christina Traister

Disc 2:
Track 7: Dirae by Peter S. Beagle – Read by Christina Traister

Disc 3:
Track 5: Ancient Ways by S.M. Stirling – Read by Patrick Lawlor

Disc 4:
Track 7: The Scroll by David Ball – Read by Patrick Lawlor

Disc 5:
Track 8: Recidivist by Gardner Dozois – Read by Patrick Lawlor

Disc 6:
Track 3: Ninieslando by Howard Waldrop – Read by Patrick Lawlor
Track 12: Out Of The Dark by David Weber – Read by Patrick Lawlor

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CBC: Spark #178 (the proto-internet show)

May 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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CBC Radio - SparkBack in April CBC’s Spark #178 did a show all about the proto-internet.

There’s talk about lots of cool pre-web, pre-internet precursors, but the most interesting among them, for me, was the segment on Pump Up The Volume, a 1990 comedy drama starring Christian Slater. I hadn’t seen the film, but became intrigued by it’s description as being very “internety.” Now, having tracked down a copy and having seen it, I agree, many elements of it will remind you of both blogs and podcasts.

|MP3|

Podcast feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/cbcradiosparkblog

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Recent Arrivals: Bill Maher: The New New Rules

May 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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I was surprised we received it, but I’m glad they sent it.

Penguin Audio sent us this 5 CD, 5 Hour, UNABRIDGED audiobook version of Bill Maher: The New New Rules – as I opened up the box I was thinking that the jokes might not work as well without the live audience reaction – but now, sitting here listening to the first disc, I’m laughing at the jokes – it works.

Penguin Audio - Bill Maher: The New New Rules

The subtitle: “A Funny Look At How Everybody but Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass

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