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Beam Me Up #263 Simulacrum pt2 – Ken Liu + Better Than Jelly Beans – Doug Hilton

May
28

 

 

Welcome to Beam Me Up.  This week’s episode is show 263.  I am very happy with how the show progressed this week, I think you find it equally entertaining.

I open this week with My Favorite Martian doing the song “All These Villains” This will get the blood pumping and the toes taping for sure.

This week’s fiction is a couple of short stories from Doug Hilton and Ken Liu.

Doug’s offering this week is a twisted tale in the vein of Damon Knights “To Serve Man”.  Doug’s story is titled “Better than Jelly Beans”  and it is every bit as twisted as you can imagine.  As the title suggest Humans are treated like rather unhealthy junk food.  Oh my!

Ken Liu’s Simulacrum is of much more serious stuff.  This week I play the conclusion of Ken’s story.  We are carried deeper into the dynamics and implications of the Simulacrum device and how it has impacted the inventor’s life and those around him to a most disturbing conclusion and totally unsuspected ending.  I hope you are as floored as I was by the last half of this wonderful story.

In between the stories I check out the Beam Me Up blog.  Kaydara is  a fan made movie based in the Matrix universe and is visually stunning, you will not believe this is a non professional movie.

Scientists have announced that sub-surface Moon rock may contain as much water as we have on Earth. Levels in fact 100 times higher than previous estimates.

I review the Green Hornet.  My whole review can be pared down to one word…Terrible.

NASA has placed the Spirit Rover  on the inactive list.  This after a year of no response to queries from NASA. NASA will cease trying to signal the rover.

During the height of the hysteria, a very enterprising person designed a DIY Rapture kit!

The 2010 Nebula Awards have been announced!

 

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Beam Me Up #262 Simulacrum pt1 – Liu + Command Decision – Stewart

May
21

 

 

 

Greetings! It’s that time of the week once again when i slip the ties and hide out in the WRFR studios.  This week is no exception.  I start off with a funny tune from Brental floss called Ode to Classic video game.  Wildly funny send up of the dedication many had towards the old games.  Caution, it is a bit politically incorrect!

From the Beam Me Up blog this week:  The eccentric spy series Chuck manages to get one more season however NBC gives Wonder Woman a pass.    V, No Ordinary Family and The Event have had no such luck with 11th hour reprieves either.    How about a list of seven technologies that we have now or will have in the near future that will transform humanity into something very Borg like……  Exactly why is it that Area 51 isn’t acknowledged by the government,  Have French scientists  found a planet that is most likely habitable?

And now the fun stuff, this week’s audio fiction!  The first story is from a new author to the Beam Me Up program, Patricia Stewart.  Mz Stewart is a regular submitter to the flash fiction online site 365tomorrows.   I read her flash fiction story “Command Decisions” – a tale of how people rise to the occasion under difficult circumstances.  The last story for this week’s program is another first timer – Ken Liu.   This week I play part one of “Simularcum” that explores the dimensions of obsession with a fleeting moment in time and a less than perfect representation of an original.

The hour goes by fast but I think you will find it entertaining.  Enjoy!

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Beam Me Up #261 Health Tips For Travelers – Goldman + Dark InSpectre _12 – Jason Kahn

May
14

 

 

This Beam Me Up episode is the first in year six – and we start off year six with episode 261, solidly in the weird column!  My pet peeve this week is a theme I have gone to before, and once again I am at that well.  Space Trash.  Would you believe that by 2030 the amount of trash being tracked will triple?!  That by the was is the least of the problems.  Is there a possibility of a new animated Star Trek?  Wonder woman tv series is a no go it seems.  Ron Howard’s Dark Tower project  is crumbling as we speak.   Superman / Batman public enemies was up for reviews this week.   And does anyone remember William  Campbell?  He played the q like creature on the original Star Trek.  Well mr Campbell has beamed out for the last time.

This week’s stories and music?  Well, my opening song is She Dont like Firefly.  Lol she is perfect in every other way, but doesnt like Firefly, so she is gone!   This week is episode 12 for the Dark InSpectre.  I want to thank Cyberwizard productions for their continued excellence in production values.   Our strangest story to date is Health Tip for Traveler.  A does and don’ts  travel brochure of the most unusual type!

 

Photo is David Goldman

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Beam Me Up #260 Heretics Son con – Fox Dunham + OddCube!

May
07

 

Welcome to this week’s episode of Beam Me Up.  This week is episode 260.  I start off with music from the Sacramento State Jazz Singers as they do an  a-capella version of the Bear McCreary’s Battlestar Galactica “All Along the Watch tower”  It is an impressive version of this complex song.  To lighten things up, Odd cube once again joins the fray and reviews Mister Destiny as only Odd Cube can.

This week from the blog, SETI has lost it’s 2.5 million budget and I put it into perspective with the cost of some of the countries and the DOD’s pet projects,  You too can take a trip around the moon in a Soyuz  capsule, all it takes is 150 million dollars,  Antipodean has a new issue, Richard Branson is not the only game in town when it comes to diving to the deepest place in Earth’s oceans, The NASA Messenger probe is sending back great pictures, but one of them has something strange on it.

And this week’s story is part two of Fox Dunham’s The Heretic’s  Son, the ship is an ancient generation ship and it is  wearing out.   The prophet   needs to come soon to guide the people to nu ome.  Cody is sick and near death and nothing seems to make sense.  Join us for the conclusion of one of the most engaging stories we have had in a while.

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