Highway To Mars: Odile Thomas and Jim Moon discuss Children Of The Stones

December 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Highway To MarsA recent Highway To Mars podcast features Odile Thomas (of the Sending A Wave podcast) and Mr Jim Moon (of the Hypnobobs podcast) discussing the 1976 TV serial Children Of The Stones.

The brief official description asks this question:

Is it an updated version of The Prisoner or an early version of Lost or in a class of it’s own?

You could also describe Children Of The Stones as kid’s version of The Wicker Man (except with the whole village doing goofballs) or as a very good episode of Jon Pertwee era Doctor Who (except starring Rog Blake) – but really, however you describe it, Children Of The Stones is a great combination of intelligent storytelling and intelligent characters in a very cool mysterious plot involving all the sort of stuff smart people are into. And thus its a great show for smart kids and smart adults alike.

|MP3|

Children Of The Stones

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LibriVox: Polaris by H.P. Lovecraft

December 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Polaris by H.P. Lovecraft

Polaris offers many of the features you’ll find in other H.P. Lovecraft short stories. There’s the repeated language – something that turns up at the beginning of the story will echo at the end, like in The Statement Of Randolph Carter. There’s the atavism, and atavistic guilt you see in stories like The Rats In The Walls. There’s the background of racism, as in The Temple or Cool Air. But what sets this story apart is Lovecraft’s love of astronomy. Many stellar bodies get distinctive shout outs in Polaris. And the fact that the main character spends all his free time staring out at the night sky is reflective, or perhaps refractive, of Lovecraft’s own desire to become an astronomer.

And also like many of his other stories, Polaris had its origins in a dream. Here’s a snippet from the Wikipedia entry for Polaris, quoting a Lovecraft letter:

“Several nights ago I had a strange dream of a strange city–a city of many palaces and gilded domes, lying in a hollow betwixt ranges of grey, horrible hills…. I was, as I said, aware of this city visually. I was in it and around it. But certainly I had no corporeal existence.”

LibriVoxPolaris
By H.P. Lovecraft; Read by jpontoli
1 |MP3| – Approx. 10 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: LibriVox.org
Published: October 19, 2008
First published in The Philosopher, December 1920.

LibriVoxPolaris
By H.P. Lovecraft; Read by Clay Beauchamp
1 |MP3| – Approx. 10.5 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: LibriVox.org
Published: May 6, 2012
First published in The Philosopher, December 1920.

And here’s a |PDF| made from the publication in Weird Tales.

Posted by Jesse Willis

The SFFaudio Podcast #164 – READALONG: The House On The Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

June 11, 2012 by · 1 Comment
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The SFFaudio PodcastThe SFFaudio Podcast #164 – Jesse, Wayne June and Mirko Stauch talk about The House On the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson.

Talked about on today’s show:
Wayne undersold the novel, it’s shockingly interesting, you can really see the influence on Lovecraft, Supernatural Horror In Literature by H.P. Lovecraft, blasphemous hybrid anomalies, “a classic of the first water”, the framing sequence, The Willows by Algernon Blackwood, description of sense experience, the best you can expect from the universe is indifference, cosmic horror, Olaf Stapledon, Star Maker, Last And First Men, reading in translation, Chad Pfifer, the readalong concept, getting into the book, Under The Knife by H.G. Wells, the swine beasts, the sister – “she knows he’s fucking nuts”, there’s a lot of going to bed in this book, a very relatable character, Arthur C. Clarke, one of the finest works of Science Fiction ever written, marking the transition from Gothic horror to cosmic horror, 2001: A Space Odyssey, the cover art, the Corben comic book cover, the town (or street) that can’t be found, it’s a kind of haunted house story, compression of time, Einsteinian relativity, Pepper is dead and dust, Brian Stableford, Camille Flammarion, The Night Lands by William Hope Hodgson, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Percival Lowell, S.T. Joshi, parallel development, authors write cosmic horror in cosmic horror time, astronomy,

“In the future, when the end of things will arrive on this earth, the event will then pass completely unperceived in the universe. The stars will continue to shine after the extinction of our sun, as they already shone before our existence.”

Enlightenment thinking and the decline of religion – tying your own shoes for eternity, The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe, you can’t love anything in this universe, the jade house in the arena, mythological creatures, Kalpas (is Sanskrit for aeons), it’s meta, before this book we’re living in a world run by God and after this book were living in a post God world, deep time, the recluse, are the swine people are the villagers, what book is the recluse reading?, two incommensurable realities, Messrs Tonnison and Berreggnog, haunting, Clarke’s third law, Poltergeist, the door inward, the start as poets but they don’t end that way, the unnamed lover (let’s call her Lenore), The Crawling Chaos (SFFaudio Podcast #138), The Conqueror Worm by Edgar Allan Poe, The House Of Usher, Roger Caillois: “The fantastic is always a break in the acknowledged order, an irruption of the inadmissible within the changeless everyday legality” (from Au Coeur Du Fantastique), reading old literature, C.S. Lewis, a passion for commas, a gripping book (while the character’s mind wanders), a pregnant book.

Ed Emshwiller painting for The House On The Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Vertigo Richard Corben -The House On The Borderland

William Hope Hodgson's The House On The Borderland

The House On The Borderland by William Hope Hodgson - illustration by Ian Miller

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The House On The Borderland by William Hope Hodgson - dustjacket

The House On The Borderland - illustration by Peter Manesis

PANTHER - The House On The Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

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The Transit Of Earth by Arthur C. Clarke

June 5, 2012 by · 2 Comments
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Here’s a rather timely re-post, one based on a post prompted back in 2006 by an astronomer at the University of Hawaii. Professor Esther M. Hu, pointed me towards this reading of an Arthur C. Clarke classic, one read by Clarke himself!

Listening to it again today, and thinking about the significance of science and history of such an event, and the related event happening today, I found Clarke’s reading of The Transit Of Earth to be an incredibly moving experience.

CAEDMON - The Transit Of Earth by Arthur C. Clarke

Since then I’ve noticed that there was an introduction written for it too, which appeared in the May 1984 issue of Omni. It’s rather timely, considering that Clarke mentions today’s transit of Venus (which will be the last until 2117):

The Transit Of Earth - illustration by Ludek Pesek

Here is that issue of Omni in the |CBR| format.

And here are the scans: |Page 70|Pages 71 and 72|Page 108|Page 110|Page 112|Page 113|Page 116|

CAEDMON - The Transit Of Earth by Arthur C. ClarkeSFFaudio EssentialThe Transit Of Earth
By Arthur C. Clarke; Read by Arthur C. Clarke
1 |MP3| – Approx. 30 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Caedmon
Published: 1975
Product #: TC-1566

[via the still awesome Record Brother blog and hugely resourceful Typnet.net]

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BBC ONE (TV): The Sky At Night – Bases On The Moon – a 1963 interview with Arthur C. Clarke

December 24, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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The Sky At NightThe Sky At Night is a monthly documentary television programme on astronomy produced by the BBC. The show has had the same presenter, Sir Patrick Moore, from its first airing on 24 April 1957. This is the longest-running programme, with the same host, in television history. I discovered it only recently, via torrent, and have become utterly smitten with its sciencey goodness. Here’s the latest broadcast, actually a repeat from 1963 with Arthur C. Clarke!

Here’s the official description:

Many of the early Sky at Night programmes were destroyed or lost from the BBC library. Recently this early and very rare programme from 1963 with Arthur C Clarke, was discovered in an African TV station. Patrick and Arthur were both members of the British Interplanetary Society and here they discuss bases on the Moon and Mars. Arthur C Clarke made very few interviews, so this really is a broadcasting gem- once lost, but now found.

The programme is also available via |TORRENT|.

[Thanks African TV station!]

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LibriVox: Pioneers Of Science by Sir Oliver Lodge

September 1, 2010 by · 2 Comments
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LibriVoxMe? I like my Science Fiction hard and I like my SCIENCE easy. If you do too, take it easy, have a listen to some of these handy lectures about the hardest of the sciences (circa 1890), we’re talking old school pre-Einsteinian astronomy and physics!

And, to make it even easier be sure to check out the Project Gutenberg etext |HTML| edition too. It has plenty of associated charts, photographs and illustrations!

LIBRIVOX - Pioneers Of Science by Sir Oliver LodgePioneers Of Science
By Sir Oliver Lodge; Read by various
19 Zipped MP3 Files or Podcast – Approx. 11 Hours 14 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: LibriVox.org
Publisher: August 31, 2010
This book takes its origin in a course of lectures on the history and progress of Astronomy arranged for Sir Oliver Lodge in the year 1887. The first part of this book is devoted to the biographies and discoveries of well known astronomers like Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler, Galileo and Newton. In the second part, the biographies take a back seat, while scientific discoveries are discussed more extensively, like the discovery of Asteroids and Neptune, a treatise on the tides and others.

Podcast feed: http://librivox.org/rss/3766

iTunes 1-Click |SUBSCRIBE|

Preface
By Sir Oliver Lodge; Read by Availle
1 |MP3| – Approx. 2 Minutes [LECTURE]
Publisher: LibriVox.org
Publisher: August 31, 2010

Lecture I: Copernicus And The Motion Of The Earth
By Sir Oliver Lodge; Read by Kathleen Nelson
1 |MP3| – Approx. 42 Minutes [LECTURE]
Publisher: LibriVox.org
Publisher: August 31, 2010

Lecture II: Tycho Brahe And The Earliest Observatory
By Sir Oliver Lodge; Read by James Christopher
1 |MP3| – Approx. 32 Minutes [LECTURE]
Publisher: LibriVox.org
Publisher: August 31, 2010

Lecture III: Kepler And The Laws Of Planetary Motion
By Sir Oliver Lodge; Read by Utek
1 |MP3| – Approx. 51 Minutes [LECTURE]
Publisher: LibriVox.org
Publisher: August 31, 2010

Lecture IV: Galileo And The Invention Of The Telescope
By Sir Oliver Lodge; Read by Megan Argo
1 |MP3| – Approx. 40 Minutes [LECTURE]
Publisher: LibriVox.org
Publisher: August 31, 2010

Lecture V: Galileo And The Inquisition
By Sir Oliver Lodge; Read by Megan Argo
1 |MP3| – Approx. 42 Minutes [LECTURE]
Publisher: LibriVox.org
Publisher: August 31, 2010

Lecture VI: Descartes and his Theory of Vortices
By Sir Oliver Lodge; Read by Availle
1 |MP3| – Approx. 47 Minutes [LECTURE]
Publisher: LibriVox.org
Publisher: August 31, 2010

Lecture VII: Sir Isaac Newton
By Sir Oliver Lodge; Read by Amy Gramour
1 |MP3| – Approx. 38 Minutes [LECTURE]
Publisher: LibriVox.org
Publisher: August 31, 2010

Lecture VIII: Newton And The Law Of Gravitation
By Sir Oliver Lodge; Read by Edward W. LaBonte
1 |MP3| – Approx. 37 Minutes [LECTURE]
Publisher: LibriVox.org
Publisher: August 31, 2010

Lecture IX: Newton’s “Principia”
By Sir Oliver Lodge; Read by John Kooz
1 |MP3| – Approx. 55 Minutes [LECTURE]
Publisher: LibriVox.org
Publisher: August 31, 2010

Lecture X: Roemer & Bradley And The Velocity Of Light
By Sir Oliver Lodge; Read by Mark F. Smith
1 |MP3| – Approx. 39 Minutes [LECTURE]
Publisher: LibriVox.org
Publisher: August 31, 2010

Lecture XI: Lagrange And Laplace – The Stability Of The Solar System, And The Nebular Hypothesis
By Sir Oliver Lodge; Read by Michael Lipschultz
1 |MP3| – Approx. 33 Minutes [LECTURE]
Publisher: LibriVox.org
Publisher: August 31, 2010

Lecture XII: Herschel And The Motion Of The Fixed Stars
By Sir Oliver Lodge; Read by Kathleen Nelson
1 |MP3| – Approx. 32 Minutes [LECTURE]
Publisher: LibriVox.org
Publisher: August 31, 2010

Lecture XIII: The Discovery Of The Asteroids
By Sir Oliver Lodge; Read by Ali Kazerani
1 |MP3| – Approx. 16 Minutes [LECTURE]
Publisher: LibriVox.org
Publisher: August 31, 2010

Lecture XIV: Bessel – The Distance Of The Stars, And The Discovery Of Stellar Planets
By Sir Oliver Lodge; Read by Availle
1 |MP3| – Approx. 29 Minutes [LECTURE]
Publisher: LibriVox.org
Publisher: August 31, 2010

Lecture XV: The Discovery Of Neptune
By Sir Oliver Lodge; Read by Ali Kazerani
1 |MP3| – Approx. 23 Minutes [LECTURE]
Publisher: LibriVox.org
Publisher: August 31, 2010

Lecture XVI: Comets And Meteors
By Sir Oliver Lodge; Read by John Kooz
1 |MP3| – Approx. 34 Minutes [LECTURE]
Publisher: LibriVox.org
Publisher: August 31, 2010

Lecture XVII: The Tides
By Sir Oliver Lodge; Read by J. M. Smallheer
1 |MP3| – Approx. 38 Minutes [LECTURE]
Publisher: LibriVox.org
Publisher: August 31, 2010

Lecture XVIII: The Tides, And Planetary Evolution
By Sir Oliver Lodge; Read by Simon Dexter
1 |MP3| – Approx. 42 Minutes [LECTURE]
Publisher: LibriVox.org
Publisher: August 31, 2010

[Thanks also to Availle, mim@can, J. M. Smallheer]

Posted by Jesse Willis

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