BBC7 Twilight Zone, Doctor Who, Kelly Link, John Wyndham +MORE

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BBC Radio 7 - BBC7 There’s actually a lot to listen to (or eventually download via over on BBC Radio 7 this weekend and next week.

Airing under the “7th Dimension” banner for the coming week on BBC7 are…

The Twilight Zone – Free Dirt
Based on the story by Charles Beaumont; Performed by a full cast
Broadcaster: BBC Radio 7
Broadcast: Saturday at 6pm and Midnight
Penny-pinching Luther acquires soil from a cemetery to grow his vegetables. But there’s a grim price he must pay. Starring Eric Bogosian, with Stacy Keach as the Narrator it was written by Charles Beaumont and adapted for radio by Dennis Etchinson.

Dalek I Love You Too
By Colin Sharpe; Performed by a full cast
Broadcaster: BBC Radio 7
Broadcast: Sunday at 6pm and Midnight
A sequel to Dalek I Love You, we revisit enigmatic hero Nigel English in his quest to find a part in the new Doctor Who series, with the hope of meeting his father, who Nigel believes to be the Doctor himself. First broadcast in March 2008.

Catch My Breath
By Marty Ross; Performed by a full cast
Broadcaster: BBC Radio 7
Broadcast: Monday to Friday at 6pm and Midnight
A contemporary horror story set in a remote Scottish country house. Another Radio 7 commission. First broadcast in March 2007.

Fantastic Journeys – The Faery Handbag
By Kelly Link; Read by Maggie Blake
Broadcaster: BBC Radio 7
Broadcast: Monday at 6.30pm and 12.30am
A distraught young woman reveals how a magical handbag has caused her to lose both her boyfriend and grandmother. New to Radio 7.

Trouble With Lichen
By John Wyndham; Read by Joanne Tope
Broadcaster: BBC Radio 7
Broadcast: Weekdays at 6.30pm and 12.30am
Recorded especially for Radio 7A biochemist stumbles upon a discovery which could change the course of humanity by isolating a strain of lichen that actually slows down the aging process.

And airing under the “Crime and Thrillers” moniker is…

Above Suspicion
Based on the novel by Helen MacInnes; Read by Emma Currie
Broadcaster: BBC Radio 7
Broadcast: Monday to Friday at 9.30am, 8.30pm and 1.30am
As Europe teeters on the brink of World War II, a naïve young British couple are swept into the unfamiliar world of espionage. This series was made-for-Radio-7 and first broadcast in 2007 to mark the centenary of the birth of Helen MacInnes, the Scottish-American thriller writer who was hugely influential in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. It was produced by Eilidh McCreadie.

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3 FREE The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas in MP3

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The Twilight Zone - Radio DramasRich Carlson, he of Radio Tales Of The Strange & Fantastic, has written in to remind us of The Twilight Zone radio dramas over on the Twilight Zone Radio website. Rich sez:

“3 free episodes!”

And indeed there are three full length professional Twilight Zone stories each running about 40 minutes long. Nice find!

“Five Characters In Search Of An Exit” |MP3|
“Ring-A-Ding Girl” |MP3|
“Long Distance Call” |MP3|

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Blackstone Audiobooks for Spring & Summer 2007

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Audiobooks - Blacksone Audio Blackstone Audiobooks has a solid line-up of Science Fiction and Fantasy for the spring and summer 2007. Among the many titles is Variable Star, the “collaboration” between Robert A. Heinlein and Spider Robinson which of course will be read by Spider Robinson. Also, interesting, but not listed below, Blackstone will be selling the The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas. Already underway is the Orson Scott Card’s Alvin Maker series, the first of which came out this month – these are re-issued and re-recorded with multiple narrators, likely by master audiobook producer Stefan Rudnicki (the series was previously recorded in abridged versions for Dove Audio, with readings by Nana Visitor).

Here’s the all-new line up:

Science Fiction AudiobookMemory
By Lois McMaster Bujold; Read by Grover Gardner
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Published: March 2007

Science Fiction AudiobookRed Prophet (#2 In The Alvin Maker Series)
By Orson Scott Card; Read by various readers
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Published: March 2007

Science Fiction AudiobookWhere’s My Jetpack?
By Daniel H. Wilson; Read by Stefan Rudnicki
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Published: April 2007

Science Fiction Audiobook - Variable Star by Robert A Heinlein and Spider RobinsonVariable Star
By Robert A. Heinlein and Spider Robinson; Read by Spider Robinson
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Published: May 2007

Science Fiction AudiobookThe Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
By Jack Finney; Read by Kristoffer Tabori
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Published: May 2007

The Time Traveler Show Podcast # 4 : With Professional Narrator William Dufris

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Podcast - The Time Traveler ShowThe Time Traveler Show podcast #4 up an ready for consumption! Onboard for this adventure he’s got a professional audiobook narrator performing a story voted by the Science Fiction Writers of America as one of the 20 finest science fiction stories ever written!

Narrator William Dufris has been honored with an amazing 14 Golden Earphones Awards (from Audiofile magazine), and has been an Audie Award finalist on no fewer than four occasions! The Time Traveler has him reading the first half of…

It’s A Good Life
By Jerome Bixby

This tale was previously adapted for the original Twilight Zone television series. Also on deck for show #4 is an exclusive interview with Dufris! You’ll be able to hear Part 2 of both the interview and It’s A Good Life in Show #5. To read the complete show notes for podcast #4 click HERE or download the show directly by clicking HERE.

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BMW Audiobooks Releases A Twilight Zone-ish Product Placement Podcast

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Put on your seat-belt and prepare for highs, lows and plenty of twists and turns. BMW, in conjunction with Random House, brings you BMW Audio Books, a unique series of specially-commissioned short stories showcasing the work of some of the finest contemporary writing talent. Each gripping audio book is yours to download for free. Listen to them on your MP3 player, your laptop or ideally, in the car. So sit back, hit play and enjoy the ride.

BMW does Audiobooks! That’s right, Bavarian Motor Works, the German guys who make cars, have released a batch of excellent podcast short stories (in English). This is a promotion like their BMW Films promotion from a few years back. Solid name authors have been hired to create short stories with a specific model of BMW automobile at the center of the action. I’ve listened to all four of the released stories and I’ve liked each, only one is speculative fiction related, it’s a story in the tradition of The Twilight Zone – well written and well read. The BMW product placement is blatant and oddly pornographic, it makes you feel dirty, but kind of in a good way.

The only Speculative Fiction story runs about an hour and was written exclusively for BMW Audiobooks. It can only be found in audio format, and hasn’t been released as a hard copy anywhere else. This is download only folks. Here’s the complete skinny…

Master Of The Storm
By James Flint; Read by Forbes Masson
1 MP3 File – Approx. 60 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Podcaster: BMW Audiobooks
Podcast: 02/28/2006
“You”? are the central character in James Flint’s Master Of The Storm, a gripping tale of new business success followed by familiar encounters – all too familiar. And just when you think you are out of the storm, you find yourself pulled deeper and deeper into the mystery which seemingly has no exit.”

If you find yourself enthralled by this tale, there are three others, I classify as “crime fiction” – details for which can be found on SFFaudio’s sister site, by the way, does for Mystery, Crime and Noir Audio what SFFaudio does for Science Fiction and Fantasy Audio.

Now how to get it, you can download Master Of The Storm directly from the BMW-Audiobooks website (but a free registration is required) or you can just do a search on iTunes using the search term “BMW.”

Spec Fic Podcast Heads-up: Variant Frequencies

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Variant Frequencies PodcastVariant Frequencies is a podcast that bounds the entire spectrum of genre fiction, but they give special emphasis to the fantastic. With a dozen shows under its variably sized belt we can say that Variant Frequencies is well worth checking out. You’ll find elements of Gothic horror, space adventure, dark fantasy and the “reality-bending vibes of The Twilight Zone” all available free of charge. You can subscribe to the show by pasting either the MP3 or the M4a feeds into your podcatcher…

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