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Beam Me Up # 228 Lucky-A.C.Ellis + Banned Books!


Beam Me Up episode 228 deals this week with Banned Book Week, which goes from September 25th to October 3.  It really is amazing the breadth of the books that  for one reason or another are on the list.   Titles like Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451,  Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography!   Steinbech’s Of  Mice and Men?  Unbelievable!  I speak about it at length because many of the works we consider classic science fiction are very prevalent on the list.  And its not just  religious organizations but political as well.  A friend once told me that if I wanted  to read a good book I had to look no further than the banned book list  to find  excellence.  I believe that more now than ever before.

Our stories this week should please just about any palette!   Author Sayell finishes up his Commander Bradley Brackett Arena of the Blood Moon arc with episode twelve.

Perfect ending for Saturday afternoon campy science fiction.  I honestly hope to hear  more from Commander Brackett in the coming months!

Our second story is part one of a short story from the very talented pen of A.C.Ellis called Lucky.   Without giving too much away, interment camps may be the future for  society’s undesirables as much as they were in the past.

I did start the program with my opinion of a non science fiction movie but every bit as entertaining “The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo”  in the science fiction anime venue,  the alternative universe or far flung future, The Sky Crawlers telling the tale of a seemingly never ending war and for all intents, pilots who would appear to be the same.  Plus an article on the possibility of something very near to a Wolverine type of skeleton.

I know from just sitting and talking, the hour went by very very fast.  I think It will prove to be something to entertain and to generate lots of interest.  Episode 228 of Beam Me Up.  Surely worth taking a listen to!  See you there.

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Beam Me Up # 227 Dark Inspectre – Kahn + Kifli – Lemberg


This week on episode 227 of The Beam Me Up show:  I open this week with the song by Kokia   from the second season of the anime series Gunslinger Girl called  “Tatta Hitotsu no Omoi”.   You have to really watch the series to see how this song is a perfect fit for Gunslinger Girl.

Our first story this week is episode four of the Dark Inspectre series by Jason Kahn.  There is no question that Jason has painted a dark milieu for his characters to live in and this week is no exception.  Things continue to go from bad to worse for  telepathic inspecter Jack Garrett.

My pet peve for the week was another whole slew of wrasllin on tap with the sy – fy channel.  I thought we were going to get a reprieve when the present series ended, but no….the newest adds were for Ultimate Smack down on Sy Fy.  Yeah, I lost my composure a bit when I heard that.  I am willing to bet that the Ys in Sy Fy is for YEAH!  I will leave the S and F to your imagination, but I can bet they don’t stand for Science and Fiction anymore.

From the blog:

Rumor has it that Gemma Arterton, of Prince of Persia fame, might be Ridley Scott’s choice for the heroine in his latest project in the Alien franchise.

Alexander Semenov has created what he titled Transformers test film one.  This is a self made “Transformer” short that is damn funny and clever.  Though a bit rough around the edges, it has that touch of reality that might just come from two guys with too much free time and access to some very convincing technology.

Amanda, of Books of Amanda Land blog, sends us a link for her review of Neal Stephenson’s “Diamond Age, or a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer.”

According to a recent  article I read in Boing Boing, NASA has somewhat of a dirty secret when it come to astronauts in fact and fingernails in particular.

In other news, AK Sykora has a new story out and has offered it to us in a three part series.  I can’t give away to much yet, but in reading the story, it is quite possibly one of the best we have run by her.   Other stories by Mz. Sykora were Irrasistable, Coming of the Abaries, Don’t mess with my SSTO and others.  I certainly am looking forward to her newest!

Out last story this week is a strange tale called Kifli by Rose Lenberg, and read by CrystalWizard of Cyberstudios Audio online.  It is an EXCELLENT read and I think you will love the interaction between the mother and daughter and a most unusual delivery service!

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Beam Me Up # 226 Shirley Jackson One Ordinary Day /w Peanuts


Welcome back to Beam Me Up once more. This is episode 226 for Se3ptember 11 2010. Our fiction this week is from the golden age of science fiction, though I suspect that if written today it would be placed well within the realm of speculative fiction. That being said, from the pages of Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine, January 1955, I read a classic by the great Shirley Jackson, One Ordinary Day with Peanuts. Most of you might be more familiar with Jackson’s other claim to fame with her story The Lottery.

But first, from the Beam Me Up blog I review the rather schizophrenic movie on Blu-ray, Kick Ass. The movie had some very interesting effects, but grew a pair much to late for my liking. I also review the speculative fiction story collection Escape Clause. Researchers in Australia have managed to fashion a laser tractor beam that works and much better than any earlier efforts! Abandoned Tower magazine is now in it’s 6th printing and has now gone on sale, Books of Amanda Land blog sent us a link to their newest book review, Neal Stephenson’s Diamond Age. Very good reviews, worth checking out. Wow you have got to check out this short film from Filmmaker Christian Swegal that I found on IO9 called Stasis. Its an independent and I hear they borrowed their special effects and most of the people working on the film were volunteers including one of the stars! But it really is worth checking out.

I didn’t have time for an excerpt I found that speculates what would happen if a planet buster sized asteroid impacted the Earth. In this case, 300 miles across. This was “produced by NHK Japan and the National Film Board of Canada… and the 10 minute excerpt is from a longer piece but it is certainly enough to give a good impression of what it would look like, and that is stunning!

That’s this week’s program. Next week we will have the newest installment of the Dark Inspectre series which has really started to heat up.

So, join me for this week’s program and take a jaunt over to the blog afterwords!

Download Episode 226 here

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Beam Me Up # 225 con Peter Watts Island


This week on Beam Me Up episode 225, At the bottom of the hour, Peter Watts continues reading his story and the conclusion to The Island.  There are still some serious twist and turns that will entertain. You will be glad you stuck with the complete read. A with earlier episodes there are a few words peppered through-out the read that you should be aware of. However, first, Oddcube sends over his Do It Yourself instruction of how to build a cool costume jetpac out of stuff you just have laying around t he house. What really makes it fun however is Oddcube’s inimical sense of the ridiculous. All in all great fun.

Courtney did call in this week to remind me to mention Hawkings newest book “The Grand Design” which in very simplistic terms says that because there is an observable effect called gravity proves the universe was constructed, but because there is gravity, the universe has to create itself…. I know, wildly oversimplified, it certainly is worth checking out though.

Then I review David J. Williams book Burning Skies. A fast paced intriguing / political / military novel . Based on and around the asteroid habitat the Europa Platform. As I stated in the review, if you don’t get excited by a review that contains rolling gun battles or non stop action then you probably ought to consider another genre….

Colin P. Davies of Pest World fame writes to let us know that there is a new Pestworld series already in the hands of CrystalWizard at Cyber – Studios online. Where they will be recorded and mixed for broadcast in the not to distant future. I know I am excited.

The final article I could get in this week was to let everyone know that AntipodeanSF, Australia’s premiere online flash fiction site in online and updated to issue 147. And an excellent selection of short fiction it is!

Other items you might want to also check out on Beam Me Up’s blog at Ten science fiction themes that seem to recur over and over again. Good, bad or indifferent – there are themes in science fiction that one kindly might observe are recurring. From the IO9 blog is the 10 most common science fiction plot devices.

Do you like slow motion photography? Have you ever wondered what it would look like to have someone dip their hand in liquid nitrogen without any ill effects?!!! Check out the short film and description of the Leidenfrost Effect.

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