Next week, the Quandary and Quintessential Phases of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy air on BBC Radio 4. You can listen to each show online for a week after it plays over the air.
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We’ve just got the official word from CBC Insider Joe Mahoney…
BETWEEN THE COVERS, CBC Radio One’s book-reading program will definitely be doing the Spring 2005 Speculative Fiction Series!
‘Starting May 16th 2005 and weekdays through to May 27th 2005 CBC Radio’s Between
the Covers will feature a special series of short speculative fiction, hosted and curated by Nalo Hopkinson. The series, entitled “Six Impossible Things,” will include fiction by Marcie Tentchoff, Penn Kemp, Nancy Kilpatrick, Pam MacLean, Wade Bell, Terence M. Green, Nalo Hopkinson, Phyllis Gotlieb, Rhea Rose-Fleming, Sandra Kasturi, Dora Knez, Edward Willett, Ashok Mathur, Dan Rubin, Larissa Lai, Wilma
Kenny, Yves Meynard, Nega Mezlekia, Candas Jane Dorsey, and Ven Begamudre.
You’ll have an opportunity to hear Six Impossible Things weekday afternoons in the second half hour of The Roundup (2:30pm) and weeknights on Between The Covers at 10:40 on CBC Radio One.’
Be sure to tune in via the internet around the world or via old fashioned RF radio in Canada.
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Independent and Distance Learning – ENGLISH 3020 Studies In Narrative: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Lectures by P.C. Hodgell and Michael Levy
20 MP3 Lectures
Approx 19 Hours [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: University Of Minnesota
Published: 2002 (But recorded over several years)
Themes: / Non-Fiction / Science Fiction / Fantasy / Horror / Time Travel / Gothic Horror / Utopias / Dystopias / Religion / Vampires / Urban Fantasy / High Fantasy / Sword and Sorcery / Cyberpunk / Messiah / Apocalypse / Future War / Supermen / Robots / Feminism / Computers / Robots / Androids / Cyborgs / Dungeons & Dragons / Aliens /
Pat Hodgell and Mike Levy discuss the details of SF&F’s history in under 20 hours – no mean feat. Though in amongst the broad academic strokes there are many nice discussions listeners should note. These are academic university lectures, and not an entertainment talk show so the evidentiary schema is the primary focus.
The lectures are vaguely sequential to the history of science fiction and fantasy. The first lectures by Levy discusses the origins of Science Fiction, tackling the progenitive triumverate of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, H.G.Wells, and Jules Verne. The second lecture explores the early and mid twentieth century figures in the field: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Hugo Gernsback, John W. Campbell, Robert A. Heinlein. For the third and fourth lectures Fantasy author Pat Hodgell and the course’s instructor presents the origins of modern Fantasy from its roots in gothic novels and romanticism and then the various 19th century fantastic writings.
Levy’s turn on the fifth lecture covers the early Utopian and Dystopian stories with particular attention to the novels We, 1984 and Brave New World. His insightful commentary continues into the sixth lecture and covers post World War II SF with Astounding Vs. Galaxy Science Fiction Magazines, and the novels Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth’s The Space Merchants, Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano and John Brunner’s Shockwave Rider. For lectures seven and eight Hodgell investigates English Fantasy authors Charles Williams, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Handing off to Levy again for lectures nine and ten covering the general theme of Religion and the specific themes of Messiah and Apocalypse with the novel examples of James Blish’s A Case Of Conscience, Walter M. Miller Jr.’s A Canticle For Leibowitz, Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End and Robert A. Heinlein’s Stranger In A Strange Land.
Lecture eleven covers the theme of evolutionary Supermen – homo superior in his early fictional incarnations and where the strange motivation to write about them comes from. Lecture twelve is similar to eleven except its focus is on the manufactured heirs to humanity in the form of Computers, Robots, Androids and Cyborgs. This is also the first lecture to include a guest, SF author William F. Wu! Lectures thirteen and fourteen cover the ever popular Time Travel theme, including Connie Willis’ Firewatch, Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur’s Court, Michael Moorcock’s Behold The Man and two of Heinlein’s excellent SF short stories All You Zombies and By His Bootstraps.
Lectures fifteen and sixteen investigate fantasy fiction after Tolkien’s influence covering the various themes of Horror, Vampires, Urban Fantasy, High Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery and the influence of the role playing game Dungeons & Dragons. Among the stories specifically discussed are Fritz Leiber’s Smoke Ghost, Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend, Ursula K. Le Guin’s “Earthsea” novels, Terry Pratchett’s “Discworld” novels and Robert E. Howard’s “Conan” stories. Lectures seventeen and eighteen examine women’s role in science fiction, with the themes of Utopias and Feminism, discussion of the novels Venus Plus X by Theodore Sturgeon and The Left Hand Of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin, as well as discussion of it’s authors, the likes of Joanna Russ, Ursula K. Le Guin, James Triptree Jr. and Octavia Butler.
Lecture nineteen breaks from the lecturing professor mold with Pat Hodgell doing an interview in the home of Minnesota SF author Gordon R. Dickson. He talks about how he writes, where he gets his ideas (from history dontcha know) and about the writing process – and this is a very valuable interview as Dickson is now deceased. Dickson novels discussed include among others Dorsai! and Soldier Ask Not. Pat Hodgell concludes the lecture series with a roundtable discussion with herself, Levy and SF author Elanor Arnason. Together they talk about Cyberpunk, William Gibson’s Neuromancer and the film Blade Runner, the use of Aliens in SF and some final thoughts about where they thing SF and F is going.
The sound quality of these lectures isn’t great. There are many background noises, people whispering, lecturers too close and too far from the mic, Gordon R. Dickson coughs a bit and various other aural annoyances are legion. But, it was recorded at a good level and I don’t think I missed one word that was above a whisper – these are lectures and they are free so don’t complain! The funny thing is after hearing these lectures I feel a very strange urge… to learn more about Minnesota. I’ve never had that urge before but Pat Hodgell and Mike Levy manage to include so many Minnesota references and connections into their lectures they sold me on the whole ‘10,000 Lakes to Explore’ deal! Hmmm, maybe these lectures are being given away for free because their underwritten by the Minnesota Tourism Bureau? In any case I heartily recommend you give one or some of these lectures a try they are good listening and good edjamacation.
Here’s a breakdown of the lectures::
Lecture 1 – 29 Minutes 6 Seconds – SF FOUNDATIONS
Lecture 2 – 27 Minutes 8 Seconds – SF FOUNDATIONS
Lecture 3 – 26 Minutes 46 Seconds – FANTASY
Lecture 4 – 27 Minutes 10 Seconds – FANTASY
Lecture 5 – 26 Minutes 7 Seconds – THE FUTURE
Lecture 6 – 26 Minutes 3 Seconds- THE FUTURE
Lecture 7 – 28 Minutes 2 Seconds- HOBBITS AND INKLINGS
Lecture 8 – 27 Minutes 9 Seconds- HOBBITS AND INKLINGS
Lecture 9 – 27 Minutes 18 Seconds- SCIENCE FICTION AND
Lecture 10 – 26 Minutes 57Seconds – SCIENCE FICTION
Lecture 11 – 27 Minutes 18 Seconds – SUPERMEN
Lecture 12 – 28 Minutes 11Seconds – ROBOTS, ANDROIDS
Lecture 13 – 26 Minutes 7 Seconds- TIME TRAVEL
Lecture 14 – 27 Minutes 11 Seconds – TIME TRAVEL
Lecture 15 – 28 Minutes 2 Seconds – MODERN FANTASY AND
Lecture 16 – 43 Minutes 47 Seconds – MODERN FANTASY
Lecture 17 – 27 Minutes 30 Seconds -WOMEN IN SCIENCE
Lecture 18 – 27 Minutes 57 Seconds -WOMEN IN SCIENCE
Lecture 19 – 44 Minutes 16 Seconds – AN INTERVIEW WITH
GORDON R. DICKSON
Lecture 20 – 43 Minutes 46 Seconds – CYBERPUNK AND
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NPR (National Public Radio) asked writer/director Kevin Smith to speak with with the creators of SIN CITY….nope this aint an April Fool’s joke it’s true! Smith interviews director Robert Rodriguez and comic book kingpin Frank Miller about their collaboration on the film version of Miller’s comic book classic. The 56 minute interview is an an extended version of the segment that aired April 1st 2005 can be found here:
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It’s hard to believe it has only been two years, so much has happened! We’re still just a toddler and half of what we say is still babble but but we’ve grown so much! Since our birth on March 31st 2003 new audiobook publishers have sprung up, older ones have started publishing science fiction and fantasy audiobooks like it was going out of fashion (but don’t worry it isn’t) and the downloadable audiobook revolution has continued in earnest. And thanks to our birthday present, a new time travel machine, we happen to know the future of science fiction and fantasy audiobooks looks only brighter and brighter in the coming year… though we were a bit ditressed to learn about the destruction of New Zealand by the rampaging alien ruminant creatures from Fomalhault.
All our best, and thanks for visiting!
This is slightly late (because the episode already aired), but cool nonetheless…
An interesting new spin on the phenomenon of Podcasting… The Sci-Fi Channel website is offering a podcast of a commentary track for the Season Finale of Stargate: Atlantis. It can be found here:
Ron Moore started the trend with his podcast commentary on Battlestar Galactica episodes.
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