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Well I went and did it. Started a new podcast. It’s called the Space Dog Podcast and it uses recordings from the archives of the Science Fiction Oral History Association. The first episode has Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Frederik Pohl, Gordon R. Dickson and Lester del Rey. Heck maybe for the second episode I’ll find a recording of a famous SF author. 😉
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Sometimes there’s an author you really like, but perhaps he is well known. At least not anymore. Wyman Guin is one of those authors to me. He didn’t write a lot of stories, but those stories have been anthologized often. He’s best known for Beyond Bedlam, and the first story I read by Mr. Guin. It’s a wonderful tale of a believable world where schizophrenia is the norm.
Beyond Bedlam and Other Stories
by Wyman Guin
Wyman Guin burst upon the Science Fiction field with the classic Beyond Bedlam in the 1950s. His story of how society has made living with schizophrenia the norm rather than the exception. The story reads like a mash-up of 1984 with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The other stories in this collection are in a lighter vein and shows that Guin was one of the best humorist writing SF in the decade of the 50s. Stories about witches, genetic engineered creatures, and mathematical magic. Also contains the stories: MY DARLING HECATE, THE ROOT AND THE RING, VOLPLA
by Peggy Gaddis writing as Sylvia Erskine
A Vintage Romance from Peggy Gaddis, the queen of the Nurse novel. A young girl in doctor’s office soon learns the naked truth men, women ? and passion! “We can’t go on like this … wanting each other so damnably…” His arms enfolded her as she burst into tears. His face was gray and haggard. “Christie, listen to me. Don’t you see we can’t go on like this, being together, wanting each other so damnably, without taking each other? There’s not much future in that. ” “It’s the only future I want, Ross,” she told him huskily when she had controlled her tears. “I want to belong to you, Ross. I want to be yours completely any time and all the time. If we can’t be married for a while it doesn’t matter … Ross, I love you. I’ll never love anyone else … Never! Never!” Recklessly, Christie offered her gorgeous, fresh young beauty to the man she loved, knowing it was all she had. A young nurse in the employ of a cynical, world-weary doctor, she knew from experience that only passion could hold a man who lived as this doctor did, pampered by women! Christie’s life was about to be turned upside down when murder comes to pay an office visit! First published in 1952 by Peggy Gaddis writing as Sylvia Erskine.
My brother, Doug, has been taking some great wildlife photos for a several years now. He’s got a impressive portfolio of hundreds of birds and other wildlife. Besides skills with the camera, I’m impressed with the patience he must have to get these shots. He lives and photographs in the Saginaw Bay area of Michigan. For lots more photos visit his site at www.webwildlife.org.
Two great things that go great together. Brains and Science Fiction. With a blog called Brain Plucker what could be better than showcasing some that art? This will be a series of postings as I gather more and more SF Brain art. If you have some great SF Brain art. Send me a file or link to timeshowhost [at] gmail.com.
Heard an interesting interview with Orson Scott Card today on NPR’s Talk of the Nation. He talks about the Ender Series. I have to admit I was all onboard with the initial series but lost interest after the parallel Ender’s Shadow series. I liked the original series because each book was unique. Ender’s Shadow wasn’t a bad book by any means. OSC also talks about the comic book adaptation which sounds very interesting. I’m going to take a look at it. But then again after reading the books, my time is probable better spent on something unique to me. He also talks about the Hollywood adaptation of Ender’s Game.
Project Gutenberg has been putting tons of Public Domain books on the web for years now. Well maybe not tons. How much do electrons weigh for over 30,000 books. Anyways, you know what I mean. One thing that is fairly new is the complete issues of Astounding Stories of Super-Science from 1930. There are six complete issues available online. Astounding could arguable be called the greatest SF Magazine ever. Eventually the magazine evolved into Analog, that is still being published today.
But it’s most famous period is from the 1940s when the magazine almost single-handedly created the Golden Age of Science Fiction. John W. Campbell was the long running editor and discovered and/or developed some of the all time great writers of the period, including Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, A.E. Van Vogt, and many, many more.
But I digress… In it’s earliest days, the early 1930s, the SF is Astounding was very pulpy and sometimes very bad, and sometime pretty fun. Harry Bates was Astounding’s first editor and the magazine was going in a different direction than the other SF magazines started by Hugo Gernsback (Amazing Stories, Wonder Stories). Those mags were interested in preaching the gospel of Science to its readers. Astounding started as a “Blood-n-Thunder” pulp with an emphasis on action, and damn the science. There are some very good authors contained in these pages like Edmond Hamilton, Murray Leinster, Hugh B. Cave, Arthur J. Burks, and Miles J. Breuer. Project Gutenberg also included the original interior art, which is a way cool thing to do! So now you can read and enjoy these issues without the pulp smell which sometimes screws up my sinuses.
Click on the images to go to the HTML page of each issue or go here for other formats.