BBC Radio 4 Documentary on Arthur C. Clarke

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BBC Radio 4 ScienceIn October 2005 BBC Radio 4 visited Arthur C. Clarke in Sri Lanka to celebrate the 60th anniversary of an article’s publication in a magazine called Wireless World. “Extra-Terrestrial Relays: Can Rocket Stations Give World Wide Radio Coverage?” was the first place artifical geostationary satellites were described. The entire documentary, featuring such Clarke knowledgeables as Stephen Baxter, Isaac Asimov and even Clarke’s younger brother, is thankfully still archived on the BBC Radio 4 website and is available for listening in the RealAudio format! I thought this was a very refreshing take documenting his “futurology” vs. his Science Fiction. This documentary doesn’t dwell on Clarke’s futurology as much as most documentaries on the man do.

Sir Arthur in his library, with Heather Couper and friend.Arthur C. Clarke: The Science And The Fiction
Heather Couper meets the man behind the ideas
1 Broadcast |REALAUDIO| – 28 Minutes 59 Seconds [DOCUMENTARY]
Broadcaster: BBC Radio 4
Broadcast: Wendesday 5 October 2005 11.00-11.30am
In this programme, Heather Couper hears Sir Arthur’s own story and meets with family, fans and fiction writers he has influenced. His younger brother Fred remembers their childhood on a Somerset farm: Arthur was building telescopes and launching home-made rockets. Did the other children join in their brother’s activities? “No!”, recalls Fred with a shudder. “We kept away from the dangerous blighter”.

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Three MP3s of panels from The 59th World Science Fiction Convention

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The Millennium Philcon (the 2001 World Science Fiction Convention)The Millennium PhilCon (the 2001 World Science Fiction Convention) ran from August 30, 2001 – September 3, 2001 in Philadelphia, PA. The Millennium PhilCon was “an interesting, fun, five days of panels, dialogues, game shows, readings and a few surprises along the way.” If you missed it you can still attend a few panels via these MP3 archives:

The Science We Don’t Understand
Panelists: Catherine Asaro, John Ashmead, John G. Cramer (M), Howard Davidson, Dave Kratz
|MP3| – 50 minutes [CONVENTION PANEL]
CONVENTION: WorldCon #59
HELD: Saturday September 1st 2001 – 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Science usually focuses on new discoveries and new understanding. But what have we left out? Where are the holes in our knowledge? What are the things we DON’T understand in physics, astronomy, biology, and mathematics?

So What Happened to Clavius Base? Why 2001 Is Nothing Like 2001
Panelists: Stephen Baxter, Michael F. Flynn, Daniel Hatch, Tim Kyger (M), Geoffrey A. Landis
|MP3| – 60 minutes [CONVENTION PANEL]
CONVENTION: WorldCon #59
HELD: Saturday September 1st 2001 – 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Panel discussion of the lack of 2001: A Space Odyssey in the actual year 2001.

The Phlogiston Belt: Changing Science And The Hard SF Writer
Panelists: Stephen Baxter, Jack McDevitt (M), Derryl Murphy, Larry Niven, Stanley Schmidt
|MP3| – 50 minutes [CONVENTION PANEL]
CONVENTION: WorldCon #59
HELD: Sunday September 2nd 2001 – 2:00pm -3:00pm
Hard SF writers discuss the troubles and challenges of seeing real science invalidate their stories. Of particular focus are stories about the Solar System and atomic physics.

Infinivox New Release – A Dry, Quiet War by Tony Daniel

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Science Fiction Audiobook - A Dry Quiet War by Tony DanielIt’s been a while since we mentioned Infinivox. Since they produce one of my favorite lines of audiobooks, I’ll take this new release as a chance to talk about them. Infinivox publishes excellent unabridged short science fiction on CD. The story selection and quality of the productions leaves me eager for their next release every time.

This new release is a story called “A Dry, Quiet War” by Tony Daniel. In addition to that, check out Infinivox’s author line-up: Charles Stross, Connie Willis, Stephen Baxter, Greg Egan, George Alec Effinger, Nancy Kress – and that’s just naming a few! Infinivox has great stories, they are very well produced, and are priced just right. You simply can’t go wrong here. Check them out!