Archive for the ‘Audio’ Category
I just posted the newest episode of the Space Dog Podcast that about the Art of Novel Creation. Here’s the details:
The newest Space Dog Podcast has a panel called The Art of Novel Creation with Peter V. Brett, Suzanne Church, Jim C. Hines, and Jim Frenkel. It’s freely available at the SFOHA’s Space Dog Podcast site.
Also from ConFusion 2011 are these two recordings:
The Great Propeller Beanie War:
What are the issues of yesteryear in Science Fiction that seemed important at the time but now seem passe?
(Joel Zakem, Mike Resnick, Rick Jackson, Michael ‘FREON’ Andaluz, and Larry Tucker)
Will the future spin out of control? Will we reach a point of such rapid technological progress that our limited biological brains cannot comprehend it? Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweill defined this concept, and we’re going to to talk about the subject.
(Richard Herrell, Aubrey de Grey, and Ben Best)
Listen to them here and/or visit the sites.
They can both be listened to at the Science Fiction Oral History Association site.
And the Space Dog Podcast is at SpaceDogPodcast.com
Just did a guest spot on the SFFaudio Podcast #84. Check it out. Host, Jesse Willis talks recent arrivals and new releases with Paul W. Campbell, Luke Burrage, Gregg Margarite and myself. I get to plug the Space Dog Podcast and a forthcoming Robert Silverberg multi-volume collection of award winning fiction that I’ll be publishing. Let’s of stuff in this one.
Here’s a reposting I did from the Science Fiction Oral History Association (SFOHA.org) website:
One of Science Fiction’s master short story writers, Phil Klass, passed away Sunday, February 7, 2010 at age 89. Phil Klass, who may be better known by the pseudonym William Tenn, wrote more than 60 SF stories. Connie Willis in her introduction to the book Immodest Proposals: The Complete Science Fiction of William Tenn, Volume 1
Tenn’s stories are witty, clever, thought-provoking, ironic, intensely intelligent, touching, and hilarious. And too few and far between. Most of the stories in this collection were written in the fifties and sixties, and, until now, have been hard to find. I’m overjoyed that they will all be in print again and all in one place (though it’s also delightful to come across one in an anthology when you least expect it, and have him seduce or surprise or swindle you all over again), But I wish there were more of them.
He was named Author Emeritus by SFWA in 1999. Some of his more famous short stories (and this list is by no means complete) are:
- Brooklyn Project (1948)
- Venus and the Seven Sexes (1949)
- Down Among the Dead Men (1954)
- The Liberation of Earth (1953)
- Time in Advance (1956)
There is an excellent interview (well really it’s a monologue) with Phil Glass AKA William Tenn at Pulpnet.com. It was recorded at PulpCon 35 in 2006. Phil talks about working with John W. Campbell, Horace Gold and Fred Pohl among many others. He certainly had the gift of gab. If you feel saddened at his passing as I do, this recording will bring smile to your face.
If you have any recordings of William Tenn, we’d love to post them here. Please contact us.
What classic SF audio drama actually adapted contemporary stories from great science fiction authors like:
Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Robert Sheckley, Robert Bloch, Fredric Brown, Ray Bradbury, Frederik Pohl, Fritz Leiber, and Philip K. Dick to name several? Well, that would be X Minus 1. The show started as Dimension X in 1950-51 for NBC Radio with stories adapted from Astounding Stories. But continued as X Minus 1 in 1955 and adapted their stories from Galaxy Science Fiction. There were also original scripts by George Lefferts & Ernest Kinoy which hold their own against the SF greats. There’s a total of 126 episodes.
The Flash Player below doesn’t show the playlist. There’s a better a one at Internet Archive. Plus, if you wish, you can download the shows there.
I’ve been digitizing some of the old cassettes in the SFOHA (Science Fiction Oral History Association) archive. I digitized an interview with Isaac Asimov from 1983. On the cassette case, scratchily written was “interviewed conducted by Bruce Coville“. I knew of a Bruce Coville who is a popular YA author and founder of Full Cast Audio. Could it be the same person? I sent an email to Bruce, and sure enough it is he. And he kindly granted SFOHA permission to post it online. The recording was to be transcribed to print, and it was recorded on a little recorder. The sound is okay considering all that. Isaac is little hard to hear sometimes, but overall quite understandable. So here it is:
This was an interview for a magazine that was conducted in Isaac Asimov’s New York apartment. Interestingly it was conducted by popular YA author, Bruce Coville in 1983 when he was … well, not as well known. Also taking part in the interview is photographer Bettina Cirone.
I just posted a recording on the SFOHA site, though I’d share it hear. A couple of my heroes.
Here’s an interesting panel discussion with two Science Fiction Grand Masters, Frederik Pohl and Jack Williamson. They wrote some great books in collaboration with each other including the Starchild Trilogy and the under appreciated Saga of Cuckoo series. Fred Pohl collaborated with C.M. Kornbluth on the classic novel The Space Merchants as well as other novels and short stories. His most recent novel is a collaboration with the late Arthur C. Clarke called The Last Theorem. Jack Williamson passed away in 2006.
“The Art, Science, and Combat of Collaboration.” ConFusion 14, Ann Arbor Inn, Ann Arbor, MI,
Introduction by Jim Martin. Q&A.
Pohl and Williamson are veterans of collaboration with other authors–including a series of novels done with each other. They offer rare insights into an activity that seems more common in Science Fiction than with other types of literature. They also discuss problems in writing and in getting published.
Yesterday I posted a pretty cool recording at the SFOHA website. A true meeting of the minds.
What does the future look like from the past? This exciting program with three people that could not better represent the intelligentsia of futurism circa 1970. This recording is from a radio program called “Sound on Film”, a series on films and the people who make them. This episode is entitled “2001–Science Fiction or Man’s Future?” Recorded May 7th, 1970. Joseph Gelman is the moderator.
At the time of this recording Arthur C. Clarke had recently collaborated on the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey with Stanley Kubrick. Alvin Toffler’s mega-influential book, Future Shock, is about to be published. And Margaret Mead is the world’s foremost cultural anthropologist.
An intriguing conversation that still has relevance today.
2001–Science Fiction or Man’s Future?
Well it was an excellent seminar. They covered so much great material in the brief time they had. When it comes to Voice-Over Acting, they got it goin’ on! And now they have a new book coming out next month. I just found out that if you order it now, you can get for 15% off. Check out their book’s site and pre-order today. You can even get a signed copy. I can’t wait to get my copy.
Not only is Spider Robinson an excellent writer, he’s also an excellent reader. He’s done professional audiobooks for Blackstone Audio. I’ve listened to a number of them, and he’s really good (Stardance is excellent!). He’s also reads some awesome stories for his podcast, Spider on the Web.
On his lastest podcast he reads a classic story by Theodore Sturgeon, A Saucer Of Loneliness, as well as a Sturgeon title I’m not familiar with called Suicide.
Theodore Sturgeon is best know for his excellent novel More Than Human. Stylistically, he is arguable the best SF writer of the Golden Age. In fact, I’d readily accept that argument.
The great old time radio show X Minus 1 also did a dramatization of A Saucer of Loneliness. [
Spider Robinson also reads Sturgeon’s Slow Sculpture in a previous podcast episode. [
Spider also plays a lot of music on the podcast. His tastes have some overlap with my own, and I like most of it. Plus, he’s budds with David Crosby which is way, way cool!