Beam Me Up episode 250! Two great stories in the works this week! I start the program with a new story from David Steffen called The Utility of Love. This is David’s clever retelling of the Wizard of Oz mythos. Gone are the movie trappings of a fantasy trip down the yellow brick road. No, David’s tale is gritty and dark. Some of the main characters are demonstrably self serving. Part one introduces us to Dorothy, Toto, the Tin Man, Munchkins and a decidedly dead witch.
I end this week’s program with the conclusion to Nancy Fulda’s Knowing Neither Kith Nor Kin. Nancy’s main character is on a journey of discovery on so many levels. Many are answered in the shocking conclusion to this well thought out and excellently written short story.
From the blog, More proof that Earth once had a Mars sized companion? Sotherby’s to auction off the Vostok 3ka-2, Why did we fail to return to the Moon after Apollo 17? This faux documentary Apollo 18 supplies some horrific possibilities. See the trailer on Beam Me Up’s blog, Every had one of those days when nature calls, once to often and you just can’t make the facilities in time? Our hero Captain Awesome is having one of those days.., did you know our favorite undersea, pineapple living sponge is in fact an unstoppable killing machine? Yep, Sponge Bob Terminator. From the twisted mind of Rack911 is this chilling lego creation…lol, Schizofedric is a short film by Andy Poyiadgi. Frederic is having a bad day, a bad life in fact. An online ad offers trans dimensional therapy…..and the weirdness commences. The Science Fiction Writers of America announce their 2010 nominees for the Nebula award! And Madhouse Animation will release an anime version of the X Men later this year!
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Beam Me Up episode 249! This week we continue with part two of Nancy Fulda’s “Knowing Neither Kith….” The tension begins to really build as a mysterious evil preys on kith and kin alike. It looks as though evil will once again be freed to destroy the people. The obligation to save everyone falls on a reluctant outcast with little interest in saving the very people who have rejected her in the past…. She has said that she would not go fight, to save anyone… sometimes though our most difficult choices are not ours to make.
From the Beam Me Up blog: I review the straight to DVD animated movie Green Lantern first flight, Firefly is back on the small screen, is the Star Trek tricorder a real possibility?, what will long term deep space travel look like?,
Plus the internet sensation Meekagirl and her new video Star Trek Girl
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Beam Me Up episode 248 here we go! Going to keep it short and sweet this week kiddies, Daddy is running out of steam. It goes without saying that we almost took off a week the way things were looking! Anyway, This week I start with Jason Kahn’s excellent serialized novel Dark InSpectre. Episode number nine on tap today and you won’t be disappointed. Our last story this week is part one of Nancy Fulda’s excellent self discovery tale Knowing Neither Kith nor Kin. It is truly excellent work from an excellent author.
From the blog
The Japanese space agency is going fishing…..oh yeah, will the shuttles still fly?, Its been 40 years since Apollo 14 landed and can neutron stars make some really exotic material? possibly…..
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Episode 247 I think you will agree goes by fast. I start of with a very funny parody song by Only Won called I want to be an engineer, which is a very clever send up of the rap song I want to be a billionaire.
I had some very interesting articles this week. Check out the blog for the ones I missed. But first off, I review Despicable Me a not so bad animated feature with an all star voice cast. Next from the blog, it seems red super-giant Betelgeuse is set to explode into a supernova some time within the next 100k years. Should be pretty spectacular event when it does happen. And you want to make a bunch of Beam Me Up fans see red? Tell em the Millennium Falcon is better than the Enterprise 1701. That is what happened when I found a top 10 list of the best star ships. Yep, we had fun with that one. The Kepler Space telescope has had some busy times of late. In this week’s news is a report on one of the most unusual planetary systems to date. Also Kepler has found the first rocky Earth sized planet in what is called the Goldilocks zone, the zone where a planet can contain liquid water. So there are a couple of great articles for a great science project!
This week’s story is Riya’s Foundling By ALGIS BUDRYS From Science Fiction Stories 1953. A most unusual boy and a very lonely boy at that, finds comfort from a most unusual mother figure under the most unusual circumstances and in a place far removed from his own.
I think you will find the 247 episode fast and entertaining. Enjoy!
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