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This week on Beam Me Up episode 259:
Two new authors this week! Mikal Trimm and T. Joseph Dunham. Mr. Trimm’s story is a powerful short story of a hunter and its prey. All natural until we discover that the prey is humans and the hunter is hungry. My first story this week, With Stealth and Grace by Mikal Trimm. Mr. Dunham, or Fox to his friends has sent in and wonderfully
thoughtful piece about an ancient generational ship and one young boy’s quest to find his place in a very complex society. I play part one of The Heretics Son.
This week, from the blog, Gabrielle Giffords has improved enough to get permission to watch the last lift off Endeavour this week, Monochrom’s ISS is a truly quirky webisode concerning the erstwhile efforts of an odd mix of crewpeople aboard the ISS and their efforts to appear normal in an otherwise wildly out of control mission. Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a platinum-free catalyst in the cathode of a hydrogen fuel cell that uses carbon, iron and cobalt. (there is a rumor that) the world’s largest atom smasher may have detected a long-sought subatomic particle called the Higgs boson – The Hugo Award nominees are in for 2011 and the selections could not be better! The I.C. Celebrates it’s 50th Birthday – SpaceX says: We Can Put A Man On Mars In 10 Years – Bill Nye is booed for saying the moon is reflecting sunlight…… sigh
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Another week goes by and its time once again for Beam Me Up. This week is episode 258 and I think you will agree that 56 minutes has never gone by so fast!
This week I have a couple of stories by new authors to Beam Me Up, music from John Anealio’s new ep and some interesting items from the BMU blog.
I open this week with John’s song We Don’t Need Another Trilogy” a biting comment on movie franchises. I close this week’s program with another cut from John’s ep, “George R.R. Martin is not Your Bitch.” should an author be required to finish a series? No! according to this biting commentary.
For stories this week, two new authors to visit Beam Me Up. Our first story is “Final Report” by B.A. Barnett a science fiction / horror story. “He told them, don’t open the crypt, it’s a prison! but they didn’t listen, it was loose now, it was not if you would survive, but how long…” This week’s second story was a nod to the Easter season. “When a science project ends, what do you do with the “test” subjects?” Harris Tobias spins a tale succeeding against expectations with
Bunnies of the Future.
From this week’s blog entries:
Mike Koehler’s wants to build a Star Wars AT-AT….could he? and how much would it cost? This week in April proved to be auspicious, April 19, 1971 the USSR launched Salyut 1 the world’s first space station. However if you are a science fiction fan then you know that in the time line from the Sarah Connors Chronicles, Sky Net became self aware 2011 on the 19th of April and shortly afterwards tried to bring about the end of humanity. Now Mortal Kombat fans may have something to get excited about, a new web series has started up, Live action Mortal Kombat is available on You Tube (the first two episodes at least) and in my mind it has potential!
ohn Anealio of Sci Fi Songs has a new E.P. available as a pay what you want album (even free!) on Bandcamp and Adventure Book is releasing 360 page Best Of monster – it contains 48 short stories by 44 authors - wow, I can’t wait! That and more on Episode 258
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Episode 257 of Beam Me Up! Well for us it was a cold and damp day, so what better story to open with this week? With a story about bargaining with death that is what! Hey yeah! I open with a wry tale from Terry Pratchett called Death and what comes Next, where a mathematician tries to wrangle out of dying using physics on Death!
Before I go to the conclusion of Ted Kosmatka’s story I spend a few moments in the Beam Me Up Blog: William Shatner narrates a tribute to the shuttle program for NASA. Then, have you seen who get a shuttle after the program comes to an end? Well a place that you would have thought was a shoe in isn’t even in the running and it will floor you! Brent Spiner as you never seen him before (funny) in the first two episodes of Fresh Hell! Wanna hears something that will make you all gooey inside? Watchmen screenwriter David Hayter has been hired to write the script based on one of my all time favorite series! Oh and you will not believe who your relatives are…I mean, you REALLY won’t! Astronomers have uncovered evidence that seems to point out that galaxies were formed much much earlier than ever expected! That and more from this week’s blog entries.
This week’s second story is the conclusion to Infall by Ted Kosmatka where we finally find out just exactly what faces our two combatants as the draw closer and closer to the event horizon of their destination, a monstrously huge and vastly ancient, black hole. The ending is one that is truly unexpected!
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This week in episode 256 of Beam Me Up I start with a fast paced piece of music from Yu Kobiachi called Fight or Flight. This is the closing theme music for the anime series Dragonauts which is not really all that bad of a series. The “Dragons” are alive, but they are almost like living fightercraft with pilots which bond with them. It gets complicated, but has it’s moments.
From the blog this week, a film that shows some very unusual activity around the April fifth launch of Soyuz. I am leaning well to the FAKE! side, but it could be something much more dangerous. If so, then many more launches may have trouble as well… A rather odd pair of white dwarf stars are doing a very unusual dance around each other and the outcome may be the most unusual of them all! Javier Bardem is Universal Pictures choice to play gunslinger Roland Deschain in The Dark Tower movie series directed by Ron Howard. NASA’s Mars Odyssey entered it’s 10th year of continuous operation this week, making it the oldest orbital spacecraft still exploring the red planet, this according to NASA’s website. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab has put together a short animation of the Curiosity Rover leaving Earth and landing on Mars and I have the video on the blog site. I also put up a video of Martin doing outside test on the jet pack. Branson along with Chris Welsh will helm the Virgin Oceanic vehicle on five separate dives to the deepest points in Earth’s oceans. Watch the animated video Virgin put together to demonstrate what they hope to acomplish. Craphound mentioned the Beam Me Up podcast recently. I played Cory’s story Ghosts in My Head on episode 255 and he did the favor of mentioning the fact. Hey if you haven’t heard the story yet, its the first story I played last week on episode 255. Virgin put on quite a media blitz for the opening of Virgin America’s new Terminal 2 at the San Francisco International airport. In a short film on the blog site, we see White Knight and Space Ship 2 flying in close formation with the media junket jet that Virgin provided. I have a short vid from SpaceX with animation showing testing of the New Heavy Lift System they have developed and this thing is STRONG! and last but not least, aviation pioneer Burt Rutan is retiring at 67.
The first story I play this week is episode 11 of the Dark InSpectre series by Jason Kahn and thing seem to be getting quite dicey for our favorite mind reading detective…., and I end this weeks program with part one of In Fall by Ted Kosmatka. A very mysterious tale of two men on a ship on the brink of an endless chasm, on young, the other old and both prisoners of their belief.
Its a fast and entertaining hour. enjoy!
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Episode 255 of Beam Me Up for April second 2011, one hour goes by blistering fast this week. I open this week with another piece from Star Trek Girl’s Meekakitty called Navi’s Song (Hey Listen) which is easy enough to listen to but if you are a gamer, you will find wildly funny!
Articles from the blog (wrfrbeameup.blogspot.com) this week: Leonard Nemoy turns 80 and I have some interesting facts about our favorite Vulcan. Also a first this week! Pictures from Messenger of Mercury. Plus Chandra discovers a black hole massive beyond belief! Oh and I didn’t get a chance to talk about it, but there is an interesting video on FTL that you will want to trundle over and take a look at.
Stories this week…First: From Boing Boing / Craphound’s Cory Doctorow an absolutely stunning short story that extrapolates the psychology of advertising. Next is a fine Libravox recording of C. H. Thames’ Prison of a Billion Years, which tell the tale of a most unusual prison break from a most unusual prison!
It goes by fast, but jam packed with, dare I say, great entertainment! Put on your tinfoil beanies, its time for Beam Me Up!
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