Caedmon: Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke

February 15, 2014 by · 2 Comments
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This collection of “excerpts” from Childhood’s End (TC164) was published on LP in 1979. It was recorded in Sri Lanka by Arthur C. Clarke himself.

CAEDMON Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke

CAEDMON Childhood's End with an essay by Isaac Asimov

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The Crawlers by Philip K. Dick is PUBLIC DOMAIN

February 14, 2014 by · 2 Comments
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The Crawlers by Philip K. Dick

The Crawlers by Philip K. Dick is PUBLIC DOMAIN.

RE190631 Page 2 (back) Prominent Author, Progeny, Exhibit Piece, Shell Game, A World Of Talent, James P. Crow, Small Town, Survey Team, Sales Pitch, Time Pawn, Breakfast At Twilight, The Crawlers, Of Withered Apples, Adjustment Team, Meddler

As you can see in a scan of the renewal form RE0000190631, pictured above, the renewer has stated that the story was published in the July 1955 issue of Imagination. This is completely false. A listing of the table of contents for Imagination, July 1955 is HERE. And there is indeed a Philip K. Dick short story in that issue. That story is entitled The Chromium Fence, but it is a completely different story. Ironically, it was renewed on the same document containing the deliberate fraud (see the scan below):

RE190631 Page 1 (back)

Because it was not renewed in its 28th year.The Crawlers by Philip K. Dick is PUBLIC DOMAIN.

Here is a |PDF| of it.

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Sales Pitch by Philip K. Dick is PUBLIC DOMAIN

February 14, 2014 by · 1 Comment
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Sales Pitch by Philip K. Dick

Sales Pitch, a short story by Philip K. Dick, is PUBLIC DOMAIN.

This was not previously known due to a fraudulent attempt to renew the copyright after it had expired.

Sales Pitch was first published in Future Science Fiction, June 1954.

Here is the table of contents for that magazine. It shows its presence in that issue:

Future Science Fiction, June 1954 - table of contents (includes Sales Pitch by Philip K. Dick)

The false claim of renewal, as evidenced by THIS renewal form is revealing. I’ve highlighted the relevant data here:

Future Magazine, Vol 17 No 6, June 1955

No magazine named “Future Magazine, Vol 17, No 6, June ’55” actually exists. Future Science Fiction produced only one issue in 1955, issue #28. The table of contents for it is HERE. You will note it does not contain any stories by Philip K. Dick.

In order for Sales Pitch to be still under copyright it would have had to have been properly renewed within it’s 28th year after publication. It was not.

Sales Pitch by Philip K. Dick is therefore PUBLIC DOMAIN.

Here’s a |PDF| made from a scan of Future Science Fiction, June 1954.

Here is an |ETEXT| version.

Posted by Jesse Willis

Review of Flesh Circus by Lilith Saintcrow

February 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Flesh Circus by Lilith SaintcrowFlesh Circus (Jill Kismet #4)
By Lilith Saintcrow; Performed by Joyce Bean
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
[UNABRIDGED] – 7 discs; 9 hours

Themes: / circus / urban fantasy / voodoo / zombies / magic /

Publisher summary:

When circus performers start dying grotesquely, Jill Kismet has to find out why, or the entire city will become a carnival of horror. She also has to play the resident hellbreed power against the Cirque to keep them in line, and find out why ordinary people are needing exorcisms. And then there’s the murdered voodoo practitioners, and the zombies. Jill Kismet is about to find out that some games are played for keeps.

The descriptions in Flesh Circus were memorable and fun, and touched on all the senses. Characterizations really told a lot about each individual and gave information about both them and the narrator. She was really snarky, selling toughness without overdoing it. There was some repetition in the action scenes, with guns and bones popping frequently. The author employs a liberal use of adverbs, and the plot relies heavily on elements that must have been established in earlier books. I could still follow along, though. The magical details were the best part.

Joyce Bean as narrator was great. She had a husky, slightly rough voice with an understated delivery that let the words really shine. Her characterization of side characters was great, making it easy to keep track of who was speaking.

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The Reading Envy Podcast

February 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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ReadingEnvyIntroducing The Reading Envy Podcast!

Jenny Colvin and I (Scott Danielson) were talking about books one day, and decided there was room for another podcast. We decided that the podcast would come out once a month, and that we’d talk about what whatever we read the month prior. To limit the length of the podcast, we decided that picking three books each would be reasonable.

We also decided that the podcast needed to include guests, and that we’d go for a light conversation like you’d have in a cafe or a pub with friends. All books are fair game.

The latest episode (#2) is posted, and our guest is Bryan Alexander. Give it a listen! We hope you enjoy it.


Bryan brought three books along for discussion:

Scott talked about:

And Jenny focused on:

Download or listen via this link: Reading Envy 002: Return of the Euthanized Book

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LibriVox: The House Of The Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

February 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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The famous and exquisitely wrought novel, The House of the Seven Gables, in which the relentless working out of an ancestral curse is developed with astonishing power against the sinister background of a very ancient Salem house … from this setting came the immortal tale — New England’s greatest contribution to weird literature — and we can feel in an instant the authenticity of the atmosphere presented to us. Stealthy horror and disease lurk within the weather-blackened, moss-crusted, and elm-shadowed walls of the archaic dwelling so vividly displayed, and we grasp the brooding malignity of the place when we read that its builder — old Colonel Pyncheon — snatched the land with peculiar ruthlessness from its original settler, Matthew Maule, whom he condemned to the gallows as a wizard in the year of the panic. Maule died cursing old Pyncheon — “God will give him blood to drink” — and the waters of the old well on the seized land turned bitter. Maule’s carpenter son consented to build the great gabled house for his father’s triumphant enemy, but the old Colonel died strangely on the day of its dedication. Then followed generations of odd vicissitudes, with queer whispers about the dark powers of the Maules, and sometimes terrible ends befalling the Pyncheons.

-H.P. Lovecraft, Supernatural Horror In Literature

The House Of The Seven Gables

For an upcoming SFFaudio Podcast READALONG of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House Of The Seven Gables I point you towards this unabridged 12 hour 20 minute solo narration by Mark F. Smith:

With novels on LibriVox my preferred file type is M4B (DRM-FREE of course) because they’re natively bookmarkable – but a Zipped MP3 version, and a vanilla podcast feed are also available.

Part 1 |M4B|
Part 2 |M4B|
Part 3 |M4B|

Podcast feed:

The House Of The Seven Gables - an 1875 illustration of Clifford Pyncheon by John Dalziel

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