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Beam Me Up # 254 Utility of Love con. David Steffen

Mar
26

 

Episode 254 of Beam Me Up is really all over the place this week.  First I play the newest selection from Symphony of Science called “Ode to the Brain”.  See if you can pick out all of the scientists that are used in this selection.

Stories this week are a piece of the new and a piece of the old.  First I play the conclusion to David  Steffen’s “The Utility of Love” and narrated by Wilson Fowlie.  The story comes to an end, but I am willing to bet that the twists and turns that author Steffen works in will having you spinning.  This week I close with a classic called Time Enough At Last by author Lynn Venable which should be familiar to science fiction fans.  This story was adapted by Rod Serling for his television series The Twilight Zone.  The show had Burgess Merideth playing a rather meek gent interested only in having enough time to read, only to break his glasses at the very last moment.  Truly classic sci-fi.

From the Beam Me Up blog at wrfrbeameup.blogspot.com I review Soft Apocalypse by Will McIntosh from Night Shade Books, a video of the NASA SRB recovery ships in action, a short animated selection  “The Incident at Tower 37” written by Chris Perry, From the Science Digest blog  a report  of the details concerning NASA’s DAWN space craft, from Lockheed Martin a rather optimistic look at the future of it Orion flight system in a short film “A New Era of Space Exploration”

There is still just “time enough” to settle in and listen to a great episode of Beam Me Up.

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Beam Me Up # 253 Stories by David Steffen & Jason Kahn

Mar
19

 

Episode 253 was a bit strange today.  But all in all, I think it came out as fun enough!  First, you have to hear this new song I found on youtube from Your Favorite Martian called Club Villain.  What a fun song, and it name drops about any villains you can recall!  Plus it will just keep your feet tappin.

Stories are good this week.  I remembered that it had been awhile since we had a Dark  InSpectre story from Jason Kahn so I corrected that error and played episode 10.  Inspector Garrett has to deal with more than just ghosts and corrupt politicians but we begin to see more of Jack’s past.  Something very wrong is buried deep but we are beginning to see that Jack’s interest in the “quad’s” is very very complicated….

Our second story is part four of David Steffen’s “the Utility of Love”  follows Dorothy and The Tin Man as they try to carry out the quest the Wizard set them to.  Author Steffen again uses deft control of his plot to bring us further along the convoluted path using many of the images we thought we knew in truly inventive and striking ways.  The end of the tale is drawing nearer, but that doesn’t mean that there are not many twists still to come.

From the blog  MDA of Canada may start a gas station in space?  No Ordinary family may come to a very ordinary end.  ABC isn’t talking but have they canceled our favorite superpower family?  Corning put together this video called “A Day Made Of Glass,” which is a very inventive short on all the devices that might one day be as common as the cell phone is now.  All these high tech devices have one thing in common, they use lots of glass.  NASA is reporting that Messenger, the first probe ever to orbit the planet Mercury, has made a successful orbital insertion and is now Mercury’s first ever artificial Sat.!   There is no question that last week’s earthquake in Japan did a great deal of damage, however some of effect are not that apparent but I can guarantee that they are every bit as mind bending!  And finally I take a break and watch some American animation.  I do a  review of the animated movie Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths.

All in all not a bad episode, even though the start was a bit rough.  Enjoy!

 

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Beam Me Up # 252 Utility of Love #3 David Steffen

Mar
12

 

 

Episode two hundred and fifty two runs quick and is full of entertainment.  The program starts with a rather unusual wake-up call from none other than the captain of the Enterprise himself!

Our first story this week is part three of Utility of Love by David Steffen.  This week  the Tin Man discovers his maker and Dorothy wants nothing more than to go home.  The story at the beginning of the second half hour is a classic called Waste Not Want… by Dave Dryfoos which deals with the evils of over production and over consumption where one can go to “prison” for not consuming his fair share.

From the Beam Me Up blog this week, the shuttle Discovery lands for the last time, a most unusual “light saber” fight, a 30 year old science exploration platform that hasn’t been moved since 1990 (that’s before the web took off people!) has been instructed to go through some basic maneuvers, which it performs flawlessly, from 16 light hours distance!  The Cape has been folded and put away, plus just enough inanity to make you wonder ….why!

Assume your entertainment positions….aaaaaaaaaaaand begin!

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Beam Me Up #251 Utility of Love p2 – David Steffen

Mar
05

 

Beam Me Up episode 251 is non stop this week.  First I offer a new some from one of my favorite science fiction themed song writers, John Anealio.  John has released a new song called Angry Robot on his site  Sci Fi songs (scifisongs.blogspot.com/)

The first story of the week comes in the form of classic fiction from Waldo Boyd Titled “The Salesman”   I close this week with part two of David Steffen’s retelling of the Wizard of Oz theme called “The Utility of Love”.  In Part two we meet more of the cast of characters but there are some pretty major differences that leads the main characters in substantially different directions.  Articles from the blog (wrfrbeameup.blogspot.com) this week:  A new Bladerunner movie is in negotiations, one of the most whacked cyborg I have ever seen documented,  some astounding discoveries concerning red dwarf stars, the Indian Space Research Organization has discovered a “giant underground chamber” near the Moon’s equator, in the Oceanus Procellarum area,  Syfy will start airing The Sarah Connor Chronicles on April 7; after the two-hour premiere, they’ll air four episodes a week on Thursdays starting at 7 p.m – SyFy will play all of the series 31,  a group of students and educators hoisted a camera on a weather balloon 100 thousand feet in hopes of capturing one of the last shuttle launches.  They were spectacularly successful!

All in all episode 251 is a quick and entertaining episode!

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