Five Free Favourites #1

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Inspired by the idea that most visitors don’t dip into our 5 years worth of archives, here’s a new feature:
Five Free Favourites
…in which we’ll post about five different audio favourites. I’d be willing to bet any of these 5 will make your ears happy. In fact, I’m so confident you’ll like them I’ve already started thinking about another five more. And, I’ll be soliciting contributors to put together similar lists of their own. Here’s my first batch…

Hour 25Night On Mispec Moor
By Larry Niven; Read by Warren James
Intro |MP3| Part 1 |MP3|, Part 2 |MP3| – [UNABRIDGED]
Created: October 31, 2001
Larry Niven isn’t just the master of Hard SF, he’s also the master of Hard Fantasy and Horror! This story is a story which includes all three. It’s about an “outworld mercenary” who finds himself a lone survivor of his routed army. After fleeing into a moor, his pursuers suddenly stop, they dare not follow him into “Mispec” at night. This is a creepy, clever and very memorable short story. The sound quality isn’t ideal, but you’ll certainly enjoy the content.

Audiobook - Infidel by Roger GreggInfidel
By Roger Gregg; Performed by a Full Cast
Podcaster: The Sonic Society
Podcast: April 2007
Sonic Society #62 (Infidel part 1 of 4) |MP3|
Sonic Society #63 (Infidel part 2 of 4) |MP3|
Sonic Society #64 (Infidel part 3 of 4) |MP3|
Sonic Society #65 (Infidel part 4 of 4) |MP3|
Though it’s probably easier classified as “historical” I’d call it a Horror from History. Crazy Dog Audio Theatre’s Infidel fictionalizes the very real events of the 5th Crusade (1217-1221 ad) in this transformative audio dramatization. Sir Hugh of Beauvais and his brother Sir Philip are knights. They’ve enlisted themselves in the fifth campaign to free the holy lands. This is modern audio drama at its finest. It’s also available in a CD set which you can get HERE.

The Pyramid of Amirah
By James Patrick Kelly; Read By James Patrick Kelly
1 |MP3| – 18 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Jim Kelly’s Free Reads
Published: June 28th 2008
Surrounded by boxes of goody-goody bars, her only food, Amirah lives alone in what was once her parent’s house. Its her home now, and she’s honoured to become a pyramid girl. During the day she vacuums up the limestone dust that drifts down onto every flat surface, at night she leaves the lights on all the time, even when she sleeps. As the years pass the light bulbs start to burn out one-by-one and Amirah wonders if the meaning of her living entombment will ever come. This is a live recorded version, I’m highly moved by this enigmatic “Fantasy.” This is one is extremely powerful. I think about it often.

Star Ship SofaThe Merchant And The Alchemists Gate
By Ted Chiang; Read by James Campanella
Podcaster: StarShipSofa
Podcast: 2008
Time travel, Ted Chiang, and a terrific narrator. These three combine into an absolutely unmissable listen. A wonderful SF novelette it conjures a 1,001 Nights-like atmosphere with a By His Bootstraps story-logic.

By David D. Levine; Read by Paul Tevis
Podcaster: Escape Pod
Podcast: May 18th 2006
I’ve heard Episode 54 of Escape Pod maybe a half dozen times and I’m still very impressed with it. I’m convinced Levine’s tale will become an enduring SF classic. It takes a very Jack Vance like situation, some truly alien aliens, and throws a human everyman into their society – it demonstrates a couple of real world psychological phenomenons – and all the while it is highly entertaining. Can you really ask for more than that?

What Five Free Favourites would you recommend?

Posted by Jesse Willis

Radio Drama Revival: Audio Gothic – Brad’s Book Of Lies

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Radio Drama RevivalEpisode 70 of Radio Drama Revival features another tale from Crazy Dog Audio Theatre‘s Audio Gothic. This is a radio drama collection that aired on RTE (Radio Ireland) back in October 2007. I continue to be blown away by Roger Gregg’s work, and this story, Brad’s Book Of Lies, is no exception. RDR host, Fred Greenhalgh, calls it “amazingly clever and poignant” and I agree completely. Have a listen and add soon you’ll be adding your own accolades!

Audio GothicAudio Gothic: Brad’s Book Of Lies
By Roger Gregg; Performed by a full cast
1 |MP3| – Approx. 28 Minutes [RADIO DRAMA]
Podcaster: Radio Drama Revival
Podcast: May 2008
“Following a nervous breakdown, the world’s greatest marketing guru awakens to the fact that the only truth he’s ever known is how to best tell lies. He resolves to become a new person but soon discovers that the world around him will not let his old self die. Simon O’Gorman stars in this dark comedy.”

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Posted by Jesse Willis

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – Live! TODAY!

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the GalaxyToday at 7:30 pm, a 30th anniversary live performance of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy will be performed by the surviving members of the original cast. The original program first aired on BBC Radio 4 on March 8th 1978. The new performance takes place at the Royal Geographical Society, South Kensington, London. The performance will follow the “Sixth Douglas Adams Memorial Lecture” which is being given by Steven Pinker. His lecture is titled “The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature”.

Those in the audience for a new edition to the cast, Roger Gregg, from Crazy Dog Audio Theatre!

Royal Geographical Society
South Kensington, London.
Wednesday 12 March 2008
7:30 pm

[via Lit Between The Ears]

Posted by Jesse Willis

Radio Drama Revival: The Salmon Of Blackpool Spawning Greatness

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Radio Drama RevivalRadio Drama Revival, has now completed podcasting another Crazy Dog Audio Theatre program in its entirety. This program aired on RTE Radio back in August.

The absolutely flooring The Salmon Of Blackpool is a four episode tale of a Hollywood screenwriter and his self-destructive subject. It is a magical achievement – on par with Infidel. The artistry and artists that created Salmon worked together to conjure what can only be described as transformative audio. Absent are any trappings of the fantastic – but what the program reveals is an unfettered drama capped by an unrelenting moral horror. Salmon explores that noir interzone between life’s meaning and life itself. In a final irony Salmon turns its own harsh gaze upon itself, there are no laughs, no remittances, no washing away of the melancholy – simply, the tale, and its central figures, grab ahold of what little ethic they can in an uncaring sea of human selfishness. Salmon won’t make you happy, it will instead shatter illusions and drain you and with its honesty. The Salmon Of Blackpool is what makes radio drama truly a great art form.

The Salmon Of Blackpool
By Roger Gregg; Performed by a full cast
4 MP3s -Approx. 100 Minutes [RADIO DRAMA]
Part 1 |MP3| Part 2 |MP3| Part 3 |MP3| Part 4 |MP3|

And be sure to listen for next week’s show, which will include an interview with Roger Gregg.

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Posted by Jesse Willis

Radio Drama Revival talks WORMWOOD and podcasts Crazy Dog’s The Salmon Of Blackpool

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Radio Drama RevivalThe WMPG radio show (and podcast) Radio Drama Revival recently aired a thought provoking interview with some of the talents behind the podcast audio drama series Wormwood. Host Fred Greenhalgh sez of it:

“I got the guys from Wormwood ( on. Wormwood is a GREAT serialized mystery drama with broad appeal — conducted with a great sense of pacing, startling scenes and of course a storyline that keeps you begging for more. The two producers and a voice actor got on and just had a wonderful time talking about the show and what they’re trying to do.”

Its well worth a listen as the first season of this wickedly addictive show is set to conclude shortly. Listen in |MP3|.

Also on tap, though the SFF content is as yet unknown is the following:

Radio Drama Revival is airing Crazy Dog Audio Theatre’s The Salmon of Blackpool. As Greenhalgh sez:

“I needn’t harp on about the stellar caliber of Roger Gregg’s [the guy behind CRAZY DOG] work, but this is truly above and beyond even the high standards set by his previous work and is truly dazzling. If you want to talk about ‘audio movies,’ tune into this work — it is truly cinematic, and the gorgeous production, performances and sound design all combine to suck you into this tragic and gripping story.”

Crazy Dog’s work is spectacular, Roger Gregg is the Alfred Hitchcock of Radio Drama, so even if it turns out to be lacking any fantastic or horror elements this series will be worth hearing – have a listen |MP3| to part one.

Attend the weekly meetings of Radio Drama Revival by subscribing to the big tent, namely the podcast’s feed for the show:

Posted by Jesse Willis

KFAI’s Xmas Schedule: Paul Levinson, Jeff Green, Tom Lopez, Roger Gregg

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Online Audio - Radio Show - Sound Affects A Radio PlaygroundOn its next broadcast Sound Affects: A Radio Playground will be airing Paul Levinson’s The Chronology Protection Case. This is the live version as performed at the Museum of Radio and TV in New York. The show can be heard via live streaming on Sundays and is also broadcast on the radio in the Minneapolis/St. Paul. region – 90.3 FM Minneapolis, 106.7 FM St. Paul. Programs are archived on the KFAI website for two weeks after the broadcast.

Radio Drama - The Chronology Protection CaseThe Chronology Protection Case
By Paul Levinson; Performed by a full cast
Radio Broadcast – [RADIO DRAMA]
Broadcaster: KFAI / Sound Affects
Broadcast: December 16th 2007 @ 9:30-10:30 PM (Central Time)
The Chronology Protection Case radio play, a science fiction murder mystery, features Shanahan in the role of Dr. Phil D’Amato, the forensic detective who appears in Levinson’s acclaimed novels, “The Silk Code,” “The Consciousness Plague” and “The Pixel Eye.” When D’Amato is approached by the distraught wife of a missing scientist whose work is embroiled in secrecy, he is plunged into an adventure with a terrifying and powerful force of nature at the heart of a series of mysterious deaths.

The week after, Sunday the 23rd, Sound Affects will air Jeff Green’s Christmas Is Coming to the District of Drudge, one of the “Soundings” stories. Then in 2008 we’ll be hearing a few more of the “Soundings” pieces, interspersed with Roger Gregg’s Big Big Space stories, and a profile of Tom Lopez from ZBS-fame. Lopez is the creator of the extremely popular Ruby the Galactic Gumshoe series! Cool!

Posted by Jesse Willis