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Beam Me Up # 280 C.J. Wolf & Devin Miller




C.J. Wolf

This week on episode 280 of Beam Me Up I start off with a funny track from Star Wars Fan Girl  called the Star Wars Blu-Ray rap!  Once again fans are up in arms with George’s ‘tweaks’ to the Star Wars Universe.

The first story this week is a tale for all the world in the same universe as Firefly.  But even if not, Good business with guns is a fun telling of the Empires outer fringe worldsand how everything old is new again and in boarder towns, as is often the case, a person’s reputation is maintained at the business end on a gun.  Our reader for this story is Ron Huber who always adds his own spin to everything he reads.

Our second story was written and read by C.J. Wolf titled After Hours at the Black hole.  Often when you throw something away, you would rather it not reappear and certainly not at the worst of times. C.J. Wolf puts a whole new spin on “the trash man”  with devistating effect!

From the blog

The Blu-ray movie disk is on tap this week as a review is the film “Source Code” directed by Duncan Jones and starring  Jake Gyllenhaal Michelle Monaghan Scott Bakula.  Kind of a retelling of the classic science fiction theme.   Around the World in 63 Seconds From the ISS A time-lapse taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night.  Stunning pics of Vesta from Dawn  and musing as to what exactly happened when the UARS burned in.

That’s this week’s program, last in September.  Next week starts my favorite month.  See you then.



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Beam Me Up #279 Arvies (con) Adam-Troy Castro




Adam-Troy Castro


Fast moving and plenty of stuff this week on Beam Me Up episode 279.

I start things off with one of the fast pieces of music for the animated series Naruto Shippuden   Syoujo by Scandal.

In this week’s blog, it seems everyone is talking about the star system discovered by the Kepler Space Telescope.  One planet but two sun which brings to mind almost immediately  the Star Wars World Tatooine!  Everything from a ghost planet to a frozen -100 degree world was bandied about.

The Russian resupply crash was caused by a clogged fuel line in the third stage engine of the Soyuz rocket. This particular fuel line was driving a turbo pump that pumps fuel into the main combustion chamber, so when the pump failed, the third stage shut down.  However knowing the cause and getting back on track for a crew change in early November a tall order at best.

Hey, did you ever see James Cameron’s “The Abyss”? It still rates right up there as one of my all time favorite science fiction movies and not for the end, because the end was a cop out and a sell out and didn’t come within a row of assholes of making sense, but up to that point wow, it’s Alien only underwater where EVERYTHING kills you! The reason there was never a remake or part two? No one would go back for a remake.  Well I found this series of “the making of” on the movie “The Abyss” and if you never saw the movie you don’t know what you missed and if you did, then check out the “making of” because it is fascinating!

NASA has a newheavy-lift launch vehicle that they say will provide an entirely new national capability for human exploration beyond Earth’s orbit. The Space Launch System will give the nation a safe, affordable and sustainable ….hummm I heard that somewhere before…

Up for discussion is five possible ways time travel may work….  the functional word here is MAY  because I seriously doubt WILL.

And for our story this week.  Part 2 and the conclusion to Adam-Troy Castro’s   wonderful and controversial  “ Arvies”

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Beam Me Up # 278 Arvies pt1 – Adam Troy-Castro






This week on Beam Me Up, episode 278 I play part one of Adam Troy-Castro’s amazing short story “Arvies”.  Adam’s tale flips our assumptions of what is true or false or what is alive or dead.  What is a person and what is not.

From the Beam Me Up blog

I play the new Symphony of Science  music, which features the voices of Morgan Freeman,, Richard Feynman, Stephen Hawking among others.

Next I review the Disney CGI animation Tangled which all in all the best thing that can be said about the movie is that it may not take any chances, but is endearing in its own right. Plus the added benefit of high quality animation only adds to the enjoyment.

Next,  From the NYT via Boing Boing comes evidence of the earliest tool manufacture. From the science journal Nature, tools from Kenya that were dated to about 1.7 million years ago. This is the earliest found so far.

Astronomers are studying the nearest and brightest supernova of of a type that has not been observed for 40 years.

A recent study suggests that super-massive black holes can trigger the formation of stars, thus ‘building’ their own host galaxies. This could also explain why galaxies hosting larger black holes have more stars.

NASA’s 6.5-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite will be re-entering Earth’s atmosphere in what NASA has described as “an uncontrolled fall” sometime in late September or early October.

Was there ever an Apollo 18?  Well technically…yes.  In July 1975 there was indeed an Apollo mission. It was the last Apollo mission and the last manned US space mission until the first Space Shuttle flight in April 1981.  This last mission was called the ASTP and it was the first joint U.S./Soviet space flight.

Antipodean’s September 2011 issue, #159 is now online.

and finally Photos taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter of Apollo 12, 14 and 17 have proved to be some of the sharpest ever taken of the landing sites.  Even experiment packages can clearly be seen!

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Beam Me Up #277 Dark InSpectre #16-J. Kahn + The Stars Fell con – Keith Latch


Keith Latch




In Beam Me Up episode 277 we take on Labor Day weekend by doing as little as possible!
This week’s program came out fine though.  I start of with y John Anealio  doing Summer Glau.

Then for our first story which this week is episode 16 of the ongoing saga of the Dark InSpectre series by Jason Kahn.  This week find inspector Garrett following clues and a psychic scream to locations that offer little advantage to our inspector.   We find him in the worst of places, knowing even worse things.  Things that others would kill to prevent from ever seeing the light of day.

The final story is part four and the conclusion to Keith Latch’s ‘The Stars Fell’.  Sophie’s life now  smothering unhappiness.   With the loss of her entire family has taken away her reason for living or any reason TO live.  It had been three weeks since the accident and she had hardly left her bed, but now, something strange had happened, she had been drawn outside by the most unusual occurrence…..  The Stars were Falling……

In blog and other articles….from Earth / Sky a short article on the status of Cern antimatter containment, Dan drops in this month’s sky based occurrences, I read off the things to look for from the third to the tenth of September.

In the blog, Located about an eighth of the way toward the center of the Milky Way from the Earth is the strangest planet….one made of diamonds!  ISS Crews NASA and Russian mission control are all holding their collective breathes as technicians try to uncover the cause of the Progress supply ship malfunction.  If it can not be uncovered then the ISS will have to be abandoned as there is now no other system ready to lift crew to the station.   In what has to be a WTF moment…. Chinese scientists are studying ways to capture an asteroid and bring it into Earth orbit!  Why?  There’s money in them thar asteroids!  Especially metallic based asteroids.
Xnewsman sends in a link to a you-tube video concerning computer banking as predicted in 1969 and you know, they got a lot right!  Chat-bots are often used as Web chat support agents to help you solve basic problems. When they are interacting with a person, they seem very strange as they converse in an almost lifelike fashion – but you have got to see what happens when two of these things are hooked up to talk to one another!  I play the audio and it is plain rib cracking funny!  And finally – Rover Opportunity, in the seventh year of it’s 90 day mission has arrived at the Martian crater Endeavour to help researchers understand ‘compositional differences’ of the rocks surrounding the crater.   Crater Endeavour is much larger than the last one visited by Opportunity, which was the Victoria crater.

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