Beam Me Up 311 and again it felt like I was all over the place, but in spite of myself, I managed to get a reasonably good show together.
I open the program with a great piece of music. followed by Fox Dunham’s Reality TV a biting satire on entertainment mediums and asks the question, what would it be like if All the World were a stage an all humanity just actors on that stage.
Before I play our final story, I took a trip over to the Beam Me Up Blog. First off, Discovery’s last flight over Washington was such a melancholy event, that I had to speak on it. Then, believe it or not, a middle school teacher of 14 year olds in South Carolina was placed on administrative leave for reading excerpts of Ender’s Game! Andrew Ryan, A researcher at Arizona State University, may have proved that valleys were formed by by lava not water….On February 23, 1987 in the Large Magellanic Cloud a star exploded with enough energy to be seen all the way across the universe. Along with NASA’s Hubble, the ESA photographed recently by the European Space Agency’s Faint Object Camera.
I close this week’s program with A New York Minuted by Edward McKeown. This strange piece of fiction in truth well couched fantasy. The premise is a tall tale told in a pub in down town New York about the strange court held in Central Park. Ron Huber reads this fast paced tale and I know you will love the read.
That’s about it for show 311, I think you will be well entertained.
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Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
Here is Beam Me Up, episode 310 ready to go! Not long now before the program will be starting it’s seventh year next month.
As you have or will soon find out, I was not too terribly motivated today to use decorum during the program. Some weekends I am not all that interested in towing any kind of line and so any chance I got to just be foolish. Not many instances presented however there were a few. Case in point I found an opening number from the band Music Fog, which is comprised of Eric Brace and Peter Cooper entertain us with with the antics of an elderly lady who in a moment of indiscretion in her youth opted to get a tattoo. Music Fog’s ditty is titled “Grandma’s Batman Tattoo”
The first story this week is very anticipated continuation of Erin Bassett’s Clock-Work series. This week we are treated to episode 5. The classroom continues to spiral into utter chaos. In this week’s episode something malevolent has manifested itself and is violently attacking whoever it can, but just what it is belies all defination.
Next, from the blog, As of Now – Astronomers Have No Idea What Causes Cosmic Rays or for that matter even where they come from. Next – Is Freeman Dyson’s vision possible with the tech we have today? Some scientists believe that we do, and should start as soon as possible.
There is plenty more on the blog, like an excellent short SF film and Discoveries last flight, check them out as well.
Last story of the afternoon, the conclusion to Maya Bohnhoff’s If it ain’t broke…….
Very full hour indeed!
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Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
It seemed short and sweet, but it was complete! Beam Me Up episode 309 for April 14 2012! This week I open with a new song The Empire State by John Anealio who is at it again! Here we are treated to a song commissioned by by Mur Lafferty and Angry Robot Books for the WorldBuilder project. Think of this song as a short story that takes place in the same universe as Adam Christopher’s EMPIRE STATE novel.
Next it’s part 7 of Jason Kahn’s Dark Inspectre series “in Plain Sight”
The next music selection is from Dave James “System Overload” a very nice acoustical piece for sure.
Next we spend a few moments at the show’s blog. The Ender’s Game movie has been pushed back to November 1, 2013! From Yahoo News via blog reader Kallamis is this article on some weapons that were all but lifted from the pages of Science Fiction. Weirdness and fun! Did you know that According to The Goddard Group via Boing Boing, Down town Las Vegas almost had a FULL SIZED Star Trek Enterprise?! The nominees for the 2012 Hugo Awards has been announced!
And we close this week with part two of Maya Kaathryn Bonhnhoff’s “If it ain’t broke..”
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Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
I think you will find episode 308 to your liking. I start right off with a story from the pages of this month’s Antipodean magazine. The very graphic tale of an alien ummmm “visit”. “Phobic” by Kevin J. Phyland. Fair warning, the story contains strong images that some people might find unsettling.
From there I travel over to the blog. I review the blu-ray “Hanna” which I found moderately entertaining, next is a catchy tune called the bio-tech blues, you may not be able to follow all the lyrics, but you still find your toes tapping. Explorers think they have found the booster engines of the Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket in 14,000 feet of water! The opening story came from this month’s Antipodean online flash fiction magazine. I take a moment going down through the rest of the stories available. There is more evidence every day supporting dark energy as the power source driving the galaxies apart. Once again a short piece of music. This time the “Zelda Girl” this time we are treated to 1 voice and one instrument blended through 120 tracks. Peter Hollens does the vocals and Lindsey Sterling does the violin that and 120 tracks becomes Skyrim, it is truly an amazing piece of work. I have seen trailers on Youtube for a remake of Total Recall without Arnold S. and it looks BETTER! Not so cartoony and fake plastic sets and much better lightening…Might just be watchable!
And finally part one of Maya Kaathryn Bonhnhoff’s If it ain’t broke…. where one scientist has found a way not to be a total clutz all the time… But the solution is not always optimal…
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This week on Beam Me Up episode 307 I try to keep everything moving along as easily as possible with enough of a mix to keep everyone happy. I think you will find I hit the mark fairly well.
I start with Mr. Spaceman from the Byrds which is live, so you can make up your own mind about that. Next it is two from Earth-Sky that talks about the new m95 super-nova that was first see earlier this month. Also an innovative way that we may be able to spot alien cities in the future – look for their bright lights at night. Now I know we don’t have anywhere near enough power to do that now, but in the future it is very likely. Next Ron sends me the url to a couple of rather strange websites, one will teach you the ins and outs of construction and wearing the AFDB or the aluminum foil deflector beenie! The next is software that purports to counter electronic mind control! I didn’t realize that the “electronic” book reader has roots back to 1935! It is true and the plans are pretty damn inventive! On March 26th film director and James Cameron became the third person to bottom of the deep, in the submarine Deepsea Challenger . Cameron’s attempt is even more unusual in that he did the dive solo and there-for the first and only person to do so. New research from scientists at the University of Chicago, suggests that the impact hypothesis on how the Earth’s Moon was created, might be wrong! Here is a new one paleoclimatologists. The study of ancient even prehistoric weather. And it seems they are interested in raindrops from close to the beginning of the Earth.
And I close with a tale of Aliens on the lamb….on Earth. “Trath” Sometimes, very sadly preconceived notions are altogether wrong. When two aliens prisoners crashland on Earth, Human xenophobia kicks in full blast. Now the situation is likely beyond repair. David Scholes Trath tells the tale of companions of war lost and dying on an alien shore.
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