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Comment on The SFFaudio Podcast #447 – READALONG: The Forever War by Joe Haldeman by MJM

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:26:06 +0000

Easy to lose sight of Bush I. Big shadow between personality constructs / cults like Reagan and Clinton. Wonder if Bush I, too zen / Popeye ‘i am what I am and that’s all that I am …’ making poor fodder for ideological / profit agenda reinventions.






Comment on The SFFaudio Podcast #447 – READALONG: The Forever War by Joe Haldeman by MJM

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:22:07 +0000

Bush Senior (teh 41st P) was a WW2 Navy Pilot. Is getting shot down and evading capture REAL enough war experience. Wonder if why he chose to end 1rst Iraq when it did.



Comment on The SFFaudio Podcast #445 – READALONG: Citadel Of Fear by Francis Stevens by Ben Gilbert

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 14:51:05 +0000

The HP Lovecraft Literary Podcast reviewed Steven's short story "Unseen-Unfeared" on their show, episode 323.



Comment on Uvula Audio: At The Mountains Of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft by Halloween! – The History of Greece

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 06:21:01 +0000

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Comment on Hypnobobs: The Flowering Of The Strange Orchid by H.G. Wells by Perilous Plants, Botanical Monsters, and (Reverse) Imperialism in Fin-de-Siècle Literature | The Victorianist: BAVS Postgraduates

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 13:36:32 +0000

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Comment on Reading, Short And Deep #090 – An Express Of The Future by Michel Verne by Jean-Louis trudel

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 15:14:25 +0000

As pointed out by Terence Blake, you need to look for the French original in the Figaro's Supplément Littéraire of September 1st, 1888, not the regular issue.



Comment on The SFFaudio Podcast #444 – AUDIOBOOK: Citadel Of Fear by Francis Stevens by Bradley Thunderbird Phoenix (Bradley Firebird)

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 21:35:40 +0000

To: Jesse Willis I'm still writing audio plays & skits of sci-fi, horror, and fantasy. Anyone can check out my work on my Sound Cloud web page: https://soundcloud.com/bradley-firebird I'm also available for phone / radio interviews. (719) 551-6481 (cell #)



Comment on The Adventures Of Apocalypse Al (comic + audio drama #1) by Philip

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:42:39 +0000

Wow. It is really too bad the studiojims website and these audio plays are already gone. I'm just getting into 10grand now. :/



Comment on Gregg Margarite of LibriVox, Iambik Audio, The Drama Pod, and SFFaudio has died by Jesse Willis

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:54:42 +0000

Thankfully we shall have his recordings for a good long time. :D



Comment on Gregg Margarite of LibriVox, Iambik Audio, The Drama Pod, and SFFaudio has died by ChrisH

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 06:31:44 +0000

I was wondering where he had gone. I really liked his readings and his appearances here.



Comment on Protecting Project Pulp: Prominent Author by Philip K. Dick by deimos

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 15:14:46 +0000

Thanks a lot! So "her" mean just only "her".






Comment on Protecting Project Pulp: Prominent Author by Philip K. Dick by deimos

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 23:32:16 +0000

Why is italicized the word "her" in the second paragraph? "Incredible," said Dorothy Lawrence, who had finished [i]her[/i] drink Is there a hidden implication?



Comment on Breakfast At Twilight by Philip K. Dick is PUBLIC DOMAIN by deimos

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 23:27:00 +0000

It is interesting in what edition the dating changed. In the November 1966 issue of Fantastic is still 1958.



Comment on The SFFaudio Podcast #439 – READALONG: The Fifth Head Of Cerberus by Gene Wolfe by James

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 02:59:51 +0000

After reading The Book of the Long Sun, I told the guy who recommended it to me, "Wolfe is a so-so writer, but an amazing creator of worlds." Then when I read Fifth Head, I suddenly "got" The Book of the New Sun and began telling people Wolfe is the best SF writer period. With apologies to Gaiman, I've come to believe that not all the answers are in the text. He's deliberately excluded information so that many answers can only be reached by a cognitive leap. Here are some notes as I listened. Accept them or not. Why are there 5 heads? “That number is either too high or far too low. Maybe he’s counting the simulation.” The five heads are: The Original The Simulation The 1st Clone (whom Maitre murdered) Maitre Number 5 What is Maitre doing? He’s trying to find out why he’s not progressing in mastery and power by constantly repeating his mistakes and examining them. (See the dream on the boat.) When reading Wolfe, there's a way that "expert" give information that is inevitably incorrect (as with #5's theory about the heads) and there is a way information is given that is usually more trustworthy (like the monkey or the dream). The "experts" - as a rule - give a plausible but incorrect explanation. Who is David? He’s the “control” in the experiment. Number 5 is the subject. “Aunt Jeannine” was a control for Maitre. (Her name is another clue that the clone’s names are “Gene” (also the double helix staircase on thei way to the father’s books). Why is the address 666 Saltimbanque? A saltimbanque is a "showman", an entertainer, a circus person. I presume this refers to the street's designation as a Times Square type area during the French colonial period of the planet. ("Assimulation" is a theme of these stories.) I'm inclined to think it must be an Anti-Christ reference somehow given the street number (666) and that they are located on a hand-shaped peninsula (number of the beast) but I can't precisely demonstrate that. There are other references to Revelation. Note: In the story, we learn that abo twins share dreams. In "A Story", the writer (who is probably false Dr Marsch) describes a dream that mirrors Number 5's dream. My own theories: 1) The original form of the Abos on Green were the luminous white worms that Marsch encounters in the 3rd story. 2) The Simulation is the one conducting the experiment. In the dream, he's the pilot of the ship. The reason Aunt Jeannine died shortly after Number 5 went to prison is that she was tearing up the house looking for hidden money. And there probably is no money as Number 5 postulates. What does a robot need with stashes of money? Veil's Theory: Aunt J's explanation for why the theory is incorrect is the reason why the clones cannot progress. They are locked down from progressing and they can't stop locking it down. It is also the reason why abo-Marsch in the 3rd story cannot escape prison even though he physically has that ability. Marsch couldn't do it so neither can he.



Comment on Breakfast At Twilight by Philip K. Dick is PUBLIC DOMAIN by Jesse Willis

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:45:19 +0000

Nice catch. Subsequent publications get "adjusted"



Comment on Breakfast At Twilight by Philip K. Dick is PUBLIC DOMAIN by deimos

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:17:28 +0000

What's the matter? In the July 1954 issue of Amazing Stories: "North America was attacked two years ago," Douglas said. "In 1958." Tim sagged. "1958. Then this is 1960." Later: "North America was attacked two years ago," Douglas said. "In 1978." Tim sagged. "1978. Then this is 1980."



Comment on Reading, Short And Deep #084 – The Thing In The Forest by Bernard Capes by Pal Benko

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 11:46:49 +0000

Being a Hungarian, I think, I have to add a little correction to the discussion. The story is written and happens in the 1800s, or in the first years of the 1900s but before 1919. You should have taken a look at a map of the 1800s. Upper-Hungary of the 1800s is the current Slovakia. It is a bit less close to Transylvania. Also, the name Elspet is more like the Slavic version of Elisabeth than the Hungarian.



Comment on The SFFaudio Podcast #438 – READALONG: Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett by Marc Fabian Erdl

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 04:20:31 +0000

...and of course Ross Thomas' "The fools in town are on our side", another Red Harvest variation.



Comment on The SFFaudio Podcast #050 – READALONG: The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James by Home Is Where the Tell-Tale Heart Is – Something Wicked This Way Types: A Student's Take on Horror

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 03:50:24 +0000

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Comment on The SFFaudio Podcast #178 – AUDIOBOOK/READALONG: The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman by Latest The Yellow Wall Paper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman Inspirations : Wall Paper Ideas

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 22:12:48 +0000

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Comment on The SFFaudio Podcast #438 – READALONG: Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett by Marc Fabian Erdl

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 08:33:55 +0000

And let's not forget John Maddox Roberts' "Conan the Rogue", one of his pastiches, in which Conan hunts something like the Maltese Falcon in an Red Harvest Environment. Sort of...Great fun, and maybe the best of all the Non-Howard-Conans (and better than some of these, also).






Comment on RadioArchive.cc is back online (after having been taken down by the BBC) by maldino

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 19:19:22 +0000

fantastic to have radio plays to listen to again



Comment on The SFFaudio Podcast #123 by Jenny

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:41:28 +0000

I came back to listen to my first ever podcast episode. And I love the new search on the site!



Comment on The SFFaudio Podcast #429 – READALONG: In The Mountains Of Madness by W. Scott Poole by Jesse Willis

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 07:39:31 +0000

I tried I AM PROVIDENCE by Nick Mamatas - horrible stuff. Only got a few minutes into it. Marissa is reading The Ballad Of Black Tom, waiting to hear her report on that - and I still need to read Lovecraft's own NIGHT OCEAN - but LeFarge's is on my radar :)



Comment on The SFFaudio Podcast #429 – READALONG: In The Mountains Of Madness by W. Scott Poole by Wally

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 06:33:24 +0000

You might want to have a look at Paul LeFarge's new novel "The Night Ocean"



Comment on Review of The Man In The High Castle by Philip K. Dick by Jesse Willis

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 01:55:37 +0000

Indeed, nice catch. I seem to have made a mistake when I wrote this review 14 years ago.



Comment on Review of The Man In The High Castle by Philip K. Dick by read it

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:53:34 +0000

Um... Ahem. Have you read the book? Frank is not the antique dealer. Thant's Robert Childan. Franks is fired from his job in the factory and starts making jewels hoping to sell them.



Comment on The SFFaudio Podcast #126 – AUDIOBOOK/READALONG: The Statement Of Randolph Carter by H.P. Lovecraft by Jesse Willis

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 05:30:06 +0000

Thanks J.L.! We're in it for the long haul - so you're not actually very late. :D



Comment on The SFFaudio Podcast #126 – AUDIOBOOK/READALONG: The Statement Of Randolph Carter by H.P. Lovecraft by J.L. Duncan

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 04:08:03 +0000

I'm so late to this Jesse, but many thanks for this site! I've given it a recommend on my humble RPG blog. Take care



Comment on Review of Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky by Schreiben – Ein Bestandsaufnahme: Rückblick | A Kraftwerk Orange

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 12:16:42 +0000

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Comment on Review of Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky by Carsten

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 11:30:17 +0000

Blimey, someone's a bit touchy here, ey? What I meant was, quite simply, that when I grew up most of the Science Fiction that was available was (US)-American mostly and some of it British. It was, therefore, very accessible and other SF was not (or not as much). As I tried to make clear in the sentence after that, it was probably me being a bit lazy to actually go out and find SF other than the stuff that was easily accessible (which doesn't say anything, good or bad, about that quality). I don't even know what you're trying to say with that Baseball metaphor, for neither do I really know nor care for this sport. Frankly, my impression is that if someone *wants* to find offense with the oh-so-evil-PC-brigade they will. You clearly have. If it soothes your hurt national pride, rest assured. I have read and enjoyed, and probably will read and enjoy, a great lot of Anglo-American SF. Long live its dominance!



Comment on The Three Hoarsemen #43 – The Courtyard, Neonomicon, and Providence, by Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows by Cantinho da BD #136 - Não Percas

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:28:06 +0000

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Comment on Aural Noir review of No Score by Lawrence Block by Jesse Willis

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:08:55 +0000

Thanks Jim! The 1999 date is only for the audiobook publication. :D



Comment on The SFFaudio Podcast #422 – READALONG: The Running Man by Stephen King and The Prize Of Peril by Robert Sheckley by Jesse Willis

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:05:57 +0000

Quite understandable - I don't know why people weren't angrier years and years earlier. And thanks very much. Go watch some Jimmy Dore, he's got the cure! :D https://www.youtube.com/user/TYTComedy



Comment on Aural Noir review of No Score by Lawrence Block by Jim Duchene

Wed, 24 May 2017 03:12:17 +0000

Even though it says it was published in 1999, I first read this book, and its sequel in 1972. That's why it has only the slimmest connection to the mystery genre, because it's not. It was written as a horny-teen coming of age comedy, and then turned into a mystery series in the third book of the series. As a horny teen myself in 1972, I loved this book and would have sworn it was a true story since Lawrence Block published it using the main character's name, Chip Harrison. I was very happy when it was republished, even as a mystery, and I could read it again.Decades later, the book still holds up. Good review.



Comment on The SFFaudio Podcast #422 – READALONG: The Running Man by Stephen King and The Prize Of Peril by Robert Sheckley by MJM

Wed, 24 May 2017 02:37:23 +0000

Oh no, what a dump I wrote. :( And months later, ... I still seem to be acting out, at least not in ALL CAP-S this day ... I need to go find SOMETHING to be happy about. Like your Podcasts! Did I mention I love your Podcasts? :lol ;) MJM






Comment on The SFFaudio Podcast #422 – READALONG: The Running Man by Stephen King and The Prize Of Peril by Robert Sheckley by MJM

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:39:39 +0000

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Comment on The SFFaudio Podcast #422 – READALONG: The Running Man by Stephen King and The Prize Of Peril by Robert Sheckley by MJM

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:49:01 +0000

RAGE in last American election? Yes Canadian Jessie. The National Democratic Party abandoned the traditional UNION VOTE in the mid-west, both the public sector and private. Afraid to take control of the narrative on globalism, the DNC told VOTING UNION's a Marie Antoinette twist on 'let them eat cake'. DNC only had LGBTQ answers , no coherent economic answer to TRUMP, sex, sex ID uber alles!! DNC said let them eat C--k!! RAGE? Deal with that Jessie. Dem Party chose to lose, since 2010. NO,NO answers to real questions, only stories of bullied tyrannies in north Carolina, Identity Politics Uber Alles ... Jessie, I am union, I vote. DNC would rather lose a supreme court pick than have a coherent economic plan for mid west America! AND ------ Potty parity 4 trannies!!! Union vote? I guess we find an orifice to diddle! :lol YES I RAGE, Knife in back via DNC, against the clueless losers in the DNC that can not campaign in EVERY STATE OF THE UNION. BUT neglect the ReaL voters ... Thanks 4 letting me share! MJM