Hugo Award – BRAIN PLUCKER THE WONDER PUBLISHING GROUP BLOG Wed, 01 Aug 2012 11:00:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Free Audio – Neil Gaiman’s Hugo Award winning short story Sun, 23 Aug 2009 15:59:09 +0000 The 2004 Hugo Award short story is available free from Harper Audio. A Study in Emerald is a Sherlock Holmes pastiche pulverized with the Cthulhu Mythos universe of horror writer H. P. Lovecraft. The title is in reference to the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s story A Study in Scarlet. I listened to this story earlier this year and I’m still thinking about it. I have to admit to feeling dumb because I didn’t get the full implication to the ending until I read the wikipedia page on A Study in Emerald. But don’t read the page until you listen to the story. So maybe you can miss the ending implication and feel dumb like me :)


Harper Audio - Fragile Things by Neil GaimanA Study In Emerald (from Fragile Things)
By Neil Gaiman; Read by Neil Gaiman
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Publisher: Harper Audio
Published: September 2006

And if you’re interested in a free audiobook of the original Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet, you can get it at LibriVox.

A Study in Scarlet

Or how about watching the movie! (Gee… this internet thingy is great.)
(via: Internet Archive)

The Blog Art – Vintage Science Fiction Sat, 08 Aug 2009 00:49:18 +0000 I know what you’re thinking. Where did you get the cool art for this blog? That’s not what you’re thinking–well, it should be. So focus people, here’s the mag I got it from.  Hugo Gernsback last hurrah as a Science Fiction publisher. (His first SF Mag was Amazing Stories in 1926, which is the first SF Magazine, period. And hence why the Hugo Award is named after him.)


Science Fiction +

Science Fiction Plus only lasted 7 issues. SF Historian, Sam Moskowitz was the editor. The magazine had a retro feel even in 1953. The art from this blog’s banner comes from a story by Robert Bloch called “The Proxy Head”.  I saw the art and instantly thought “blog banner”. I wanted to call the blog “Out of My Head”, but all the domain names based around that name seemed taken. So it became Brain Plucker. And yes I can flip my lid on occasion.

SF+ had some great interior art that I’ll be using in upcoming blogs. The stand-out story for this issue is “Death of Sensitive” by Harry Bates, who’s best known for “Farewell to the Master” which was the basis for the movie “The Day the Earth Stood Still”. Both “Death of a Sensitive” and “Farewell to the Master” as well as two other classic short science fiction by Harry Bates is available as an audiobook from Wonder Audiobooks and at (yes, I would be the publisher–plug, plug away).  More about SF+ and Harry Bates in a forthcoming post.

The Day the Earth Stood Still: Selected Stories of Harry Bates

The Day the Earth Stood Still: Selected Stories of Harry Bates

The Proxy Head by Robert Bloch

The Proxy Head by Robert Bloch

Posted by Rick Jackson

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