Posts Tagged ‘Robert Bloch’

Best SF Radio Drama — X MINUS 1

x minus 1What 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.

Upcoming Releases from Wonder Publishing

Poor Superman and Others by Fritz Leiber I thought it might be helpful and hopefully interesting to list some of the many titles that are in various stages of completion. Let’s start with the stuff over the near horizon first. I’ve got a lot of things in the pipeline for WPG (Wonder Publishing Group).

PRINTED BOOKS (and also eBooks):

Poor Superman and Others by Fritz Leiber­—this one is nearly completed. It will be a print book and eBook. Over 100,000 words anthology by this Science Fiction Grand Master. The cover design will be showing up on this blog just as soon as I get it completed. Contains many classics as well as forgotten gems.

A Bullet for Cinderella by John D. MacDonald—A title from WPGs Noir Masters series. This is also currently available as an eBook.

EBOOKS:

Wonder eBooks, being of division of WPG, also has a lot of titles in the pipeline. Some of these titles will eventually be printed as physical books as well. Some of them will be published together in omnibus editions.

Gunman’s Chance by Luke Short—WPG’s first Western title by a master of the genre. This should be available for the Kindle in about a week.

A Poul Anderson anthology—this one doesn’t have a title yet but will be similar in size and scope as the Fritz Leiber title mentioned above.

Hang By Your Neck by Henry Kane—Another Noir Masters title.

A Robert Bloch novel—Wonder eBook has already published This Crowded Earth as an eBook. I recently came across another SF novel by Robert Bloch. Hopefully we’ll be publishing both of them together as a print book.

Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore anthology—this one is a bit farther down the pipeline. Still working on what will be in it.

AUDIOBOOKS:

I’ve got some audiobooks in the pipeline as well:

The Men Return/Worlds of Origin by Jack Vance read by Tim Rowe

The Defenders by Philip K. Dick read by Mark Douglas Nelson

People of the Crater by Andre Norton read by Mark Douglas Nelson

And I recently did a list of possible forthcoming printed books and listed 35 titles.

Why the Hugo Awards Suck!

Once upon a time the Hugo awards were associated with Science Fiction. But lately it’s most covetous and prestigious category, best novel, has been going to fantasy books. This year it went to the YA Ghost story, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Now I’m not denying Neil Gaiman isn’t some kind of genius. I love American Gods and Neverwhere and the Sandman comics. But what happened to giving the award to Science Fiction books. They’re the Hugo Awards, after Hugo Gernsback the SF publisher, not the Farnsworth Awards (Weird Tales long time editor, Farnsworth Wright). Out of the last nine years, six best novel Hugos have gone to fantasy novels.

The First Hugo Award - 1953

The First Hugo Award - 1953

This is from Joe Haldeman’s blog:

“. . .As to the Hugos . . . congrats to the winners, and I’m sort of glad I wasn’t up for _Marsbound_. I would’ve hated to have lost to Neil for _The Graveyard Book_, which I’m sure is good, won the Newbery for children’s lit and all. But the Hugo used to be a science fiction award. _The Graveyard Book_ is a fine ghost story.

I can’t complain about the award being influenced by personality, since I’m sure I wouldn’t have won as many if I just sat here and wrote, rather than going out and exposing myself to the fans. But still. A YA ghost story?”

I totally understand his sentiment. After all there is the World Fantasy Award for fantasy. The other major SF award, the Nebula, is presented by the Science Fiction Fantasy Writers of America.  But why can’t there be a top Science Fiction award?

Someone pointed out to me that That Hell-Bound Train by Robert Bloch won the Hugo back in 1959. A fantasy story to be sure, but there was no World Fantasy Award back then (or Nebula) so it made sense.

My suggestion is for a Fantasy Hugo and a Science Fiction Hugo. And as soon as you think that might be a good idea, you realize there are novel that sit astride the two genres. And their nomination could be divided between those speculative branches and overlooked. And then I’d have to do another rant about the Science Fantasy novel that fell through the cracks.

So have I read The Graveyard Book? No, I haven’t. Am I going to not read it as a protest against Fantasy novels winning the Hugo? Of course I’m going to read it, it’s Gaiman! I’m not stupid :)

The Blog Art – Vintage Science Fiction

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.)

SFplusCover

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 Audible.com (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

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