Talked about on today’s show:
recording for posterity, Evo is not his real name, Milford, Pennsylvania, Damon Knight, James Blish, Larry Niven, Harlan Ellison, I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream, Johnstown, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Johnstown Flood, podcasting, giant squid?, iRiver MP3 players, Dragon Page: Cover To Cover, “it’s a good pain”, Podiobooks.com, Audible.com, Libsyn, Slice Of Sci-Fi, Farpoint Media, Mech Muse, Escape Pod‘s Steve Eley has (had) a grudge against Mech Muse, what Mech Muse did wrong, Steve doesn’t (didn’t) like a lot of people’s attitudes, Podshow, Adam Curry, what is the advantage of serializing an audiobook (podiobook), Tee Morris, Morevi: The Chronicles Of Rafe And Askana, Scott Sigler, Feedburner, “the magazine model” – serialization, audiobooks vs. podiobooks, William Dufris, how to sound good after dinner: eat an apple, drink lemon juice, or gargle with the juice of hot peppers, LibriVox.org, Anne Of Green Gables, Hugh McGuire, Escape Pod was once the biggest despository of individual stories on audio on the internet.
Talked about on today’s show:
The virtues of short stories, metafiction, Fair Game by Philip K. Dick, If magazine, Anthony Boucher, The Garden Of Forking Paths, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, espionage, fantasy, alternate history, WWI, “start the scene as close to the action as possible”, labyrinth, recursion, the Wikipedia entry on The Garden Of Forking Paths, choose your own adventure, parallel worlds, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, the Necronomicon, H.P. Lovecraft, “The Garden of Forking Paths is an incomplete, but not false, image of the universe as Ts’ui Pên conceived it.”, why doesn’t Luke review short stories on SFBRP?, Eifelheim by Michael Flynn |READ OUR REVIEW|, The Merchant And The Alchemist’s Gate by Ted Chiang, Gene Wolfe, The Book Of The New Sun, Labyrinths: Selected Stories And Other Writings by Jorge Louis Borges, A Solar Labyrinth by Gene Wolfe, “dense as in wonderfully deep”, Penguin Audio, Collected Fictions by Jorge Louis Borges, how are Fair Game and The Garden Of Forking Paths connected?, “how you read a story matters to your understanding of a story”, Professor Anthony Douglas, “An immense eye gazed into the room, studying him.”, The Twilight Zone, “The damn thing was looking at me. It was me it was studying.” Douglas’s voice rose hysterically. “How do you think I feel — scrutinized by an eye as big as a piano! My God, if I weren’t so well integrated, I’d be out of my mind!”, Colorado, “we are the face in the sky staring down at this paper”, physics, the observer effect, the wave function collapses, Schrödinger’s cat,
“What is Doug? About the best nuclear physicist in the world. Working on top-secret projects in nuclear fission. Advanced research. The Government is underwriting everything Bryant College is doing because Douglas is here.”
“They want him because of his ability. Because he knows things. Because of their size-relationship to this universe, they can subject our lives to as careful a scrutiny as we maintain in the biology labs of — well, of a culture of Sarcina Pulmonum. But that doesn’t mean they’re culturally advanced over us.”
“Of course!” Pete Berg exclaimed. “They want Doug for his knowledge. They want to pirate him off and make use of his mind for their own cultures.”
“Parasites!” Jean gasped. “They must have always depended on us. Don’t you see? Men in the past who have disappeared, spirited off by these creatures.” She shivered. “They probably regard us as some sort of testing ground, where techniques and knowledge are painfully developed — for their benefit.”
big brother, 1984, “money and sex and food”, To Serve Man by Damon Knight, Fredric Brown, Space by James A. Michener, Apollo 18, payoff first – ironic twist next, Dick vs. Borges, is Dick cynical?, mountains and religion, the atmosphere is an ocean of air around the Earth, “Colorado is the shallows in the Earth.”, what does ample mean?, science fiction, “Ts’ui Pên was a brilliant novelist, but he was also a man of letters who doubtless did not consider himself a mere novelist.”, is Dick taking the piss?, high-minded Science Fiction, what is the significance of the title Fair Game?, this is not a podcast for people aren’t going to read the books, “I think Philip K. Dick bases all of his stories on his own life.”, Upon The Dull Earth by Philip K. Dick, Luke’s novels, is Luke as clever as PKD and Borges?
Mad! Impossible world! Sun-blasted by day, cold-wracked by night – and life condensed by radiation into eight days! Sim eyed the Ship – if he only dared reach it and escape! … but it was more than half an hour distant – perhaps the limit of life itself! From the author of Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man. Originally published in the Fall 1946 issue of Planet Stories. It was later reprinted under the title Frost and Fire.
Howard Perry has become a drunk – a skid row bum. It wasn’t always so, and he has hopes of returning to be a respected university student. But now he spends his days washing dishes to buy enough booze to hopefully blackout at night. His only friend is a prostitute name Billie the Kid. But Billie is just a working girl, and it would be stupid for him to care too much for her.
Of course Perry isn’t exactly making the smartest choices as he continues his downward spiral. And when he goes to borrow a drink from Billie’s neighbor, who soon turns up murdered, things are looking even worse for Perry.
A wonderfully bizarre tale by SF Grand Master, Damon Knight.
Rule Golden By Damon Knight; Read by William Coon
Publisher: Wonder Audio
As a newspaper publisher, Robert James Dahls found the news disconcerting; in fact, inexplicable. News items like two boxers simultaneously knocking each other out, prison guards sick and unable to guard the prisoners, policemen shooting fleeing culprits and collapsing themselves, battered wives with husbands suffering the same injuries that they inflicted.
Dahl catches wind of a large experimental facility that is being led by the U.S. Department of Defense. His suspicions coincide with the strange, beyond-coincidental behavior that he’s been observing. For what’s on the grounds of the facility is much more radical than anything that was claimed to be found in Roswell. Not just an alien but one that has a strange effect on the human race, where the Golden Rule works in reverse: Be done by as you do to others.
How can we get along without conflict? What will happen to the human race? Dahl soon finds himself a fugitive helping a bizarre alien save or destroy the Earth!
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The SFFaudio Podcast #031 – Jesse (that’s me) and Scott (my buddy) are again joined by Rick Jackson of Wonder Audio. We talk about audiobooks, new and newer, a little about radio drama, throw in some politics, some Canada bashing, and then add in two complete short stories. The first short story is read by me (it is only two sentences long) and the other runs about 40 minutes and is performed by a professional narrator. Enjoy it folks!
And last, but not least, a complete short story, courtesy of Wonder Audio, by Robert Bloch:
By Robert Bloch; Read by William Coon
Approx. 40 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Podcaster: The SFFaudio Podcast
Podcast: July 20th, 2009 A humorous time travel tale.
First published in Fantastic Universe July 1956.
Short Science Fiction Collection Vol. 014
By various; Read by various 10 Zipped MP3 Files or Podcast – Approx. 3 Hours 49 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Published: April 27, 2009 Science fiction (abbreviated SF or sci-fi with varying punctuation and case) is a broad genre of fiction that often involves sociological and technical speculations based on current or future science or technology. This is a reader-selected collection of short stories, first published between 1951 and 1962, that entered the US public domain when their copyright was not renewed.
By Robert J. Martin; Read by James Christopher
1 |MP3| – Approx. 5 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Published: April 27, 2009 The ideal way to deal with a pest—any menace—is, of course, to make it useful to you… From Analog September 1962.
Blessed Are the Meek
By G.C. Edmondson; Read by Alex Clarke
1 |MP3| – Approx. 13 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Published: April 27, 2009 Every strength is a weakness, and every weakness is a strength. And when the Strong start smashing each other’s strength … the Weak may turn out to be, instead, the Wise. This story was first published in the September 1955 issue of Astounding.
I Like Martian Music
By Charles E. Fritch; Read by Gregg Margarite
1 |MP3| – Approx. 15 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Published: April 27, 2009 There have been a number of interesting theories advanced about life on Mars, but few have equaled Charles Fritch’s intriguing picture of the world of Longtree and Channeljumper in its infinite variations, tonal and thematic. The Mars of these two is an old culture, old and finite. From Fantastic Universe September 1957.
It’s A Small Solar System
By Allan Howard; Read by Gregg Margarite
1 |MP3| – Approx. 7 Hours [UNABRIDGED]
Published: April 27, 2009 Frederik Pohl wrote recently about the time, when he was young, when he spent more time in Barsoom than in Brooklyn. Allan Howard, Director of the Eastern Science Fiction Association in Newark, takes us back to those nostalgic days in this vignette of man’s first hours on Mars. From Fantastic Universe September 1957.
By H. Beam Piper; Read by William Haseltine
1 |MP3| – Approx. 22 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Published: April 27, 2009 Bombs, guided missiles, bacteria: none is as deadly as a glib-tongued diplomat… From Amazing Stories, January, 1951.
By J.F. Bone; Read by Bellona Times
1 |MP3| – Approx. 52 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Published: April 27, 2009 Generally, human beings don’t do totally useless things consistently and widely. So—maybe there is something to it— From Analog Science Fact and Science Fiction February 1962.
The Professional Approach
By Charles Leonard Harness and Theodore Lockhard Thomas; Read by Joelle Peebles
1 |MP3| – Approx. 44 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Published: April 27, 2009 The trials of a patent lawyer are usually highly technical tribulations— and among the greatest is the fact that Inventors are only slightly less predictable than their Inventions! From Analog September 1962.
By Jack Douglas; Read by Alex Clarke
1 |MP3| – Approx. 8 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Published: April 27, 2009 It’s amazing how much you can learn about absolute strangers if you just stop to think about the kind of an animal they’ll put in a… Test Rocket! From the Amazing Science Fiction Stories magazine’s April 1959 issue.
By C.C. Beck; Read by Dan Gurzynski
1 |MP3| – Approx. 12 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Published: April 27, 2009 In perspective, theoretically the vanishing point is at infinity, and therefore unattainable. But reality is different; vanishment occurs a lot sooner than theory suggests … From Astounding Science Fiction July 1959.
By Damon Knight; Read by Gregg Margarite
1 |MP3| – Approx. 51 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Published: April 27, 2009 Destiny reached out a hand to Algernon Weaver—but he was a timid man, at first. But on the strange world of Terranova, there was much to be learned—of destiny, and other things… From Space Science Fiction March 1953.
Tony and Ciaran’s Starship Sofa podcast is chugging along, talking about Science Fiction in literate hour (or so) long chats. Below we’ve linked to the latest author and author/editor shows but you’ll also find email shows, shows on TV programmes and movies, a couple Christmas specials and even a theme show on religion in Science Fiction in their podcast feed. And if you surf over tho their website you’ll find the links to their older episodes too!
Recent shows author and author/editor shows:
Show #32: Classic Author: Jack Vance |MP3| Show #33: Classic Author: Clark Ashton Smith |MP3| Show #34: Classic Author: H.G. Wells |MP3| Show #35: Classic Author: Charles Beaumont |MP3| Show #37: Classic Author/Editor: John W. Campbell |MP3| Show #38: Classic Author: Harry Harrison |MP3| Show #39: Classic Author: Kurt Vonnegut Jr. |MP3| Show #40: Classic Author/Editor: Frederick Pohl |MP3| Show #41: Classic Author: Damon Knight |MP3|
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