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Beam Me Up #393 The Helpful Robots – Robert Shea + A Wonderous Gift pt2 – Doug Turnbull

Jan
05
Doug Turnbull

Doug Turnbull

 

 

 

 

 

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And it is Beam Me Up for another week.  This is episode 393 and I think you may just enjoy the mix.

First off, after my opening comments, I read Kallimus’ comments of  things that happened in 2013….he is really funny and costic in major servings this week.

Next, as a way to vent some of the pressure Kallimus built up, I play the opening theme song to Excel Saga…quite a catchy tune, if I must say.

The first story this week is a “Flash From The Past”  Robert Shea’s The Helpful Robots, and this story holds up really well in the test of time.  I think you might agree.

News from the blog this week….. it would seem that time travelers don’t really like Facebook….lol….next  a really interesting DIY from Hack A Day using ultra sound to elevate objects…it really is fascinating,  It would seem that Russia wants to launch a mission to land a craft on the surface of Jupiter’s moon Ganymede.  NASA’s LRO managed to snap a pic of China’s Chang’e lander and rover!  And NASA is “concerned” about the worsening space junk….and the Mars Express Orbiter managed to get and extremely close flyby of Phobos.

And Finally I play part 2 of Doug Turnbull’s a Wondrous Gift.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Beam Me Up #377 Dave – Deal Giles + Long Shot – Kevin Phyland

Sep
15
Kevin J. Phyland

Kevin J. Phyland

 

 

 

 

 

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Wow, Beam Me Up episode 377, that is what three in a row without self-destructing again!  Hey I am on a roll here!

Sooooooo couple of stories on tap this week as well as Star Trek trivia and news from the blog.

The first story for the afternoon is Kevin Phyland’s ‘Long Shot’  I follow that up directly with Star Trek Trivia.  This week, part one of  ‘Menagerie’

Finally getting caught up on the news articles, so from the blog:  First Kallamus does his weekly rundown with some really good news, life may have come from Mars to Earth…, I post a short video of a add for a tv screen, but how they show how good the screen’s resolution really is…..well you can’t help but laugh and I think only Japan could get away with this,  one of the largest shield volcanos in the solar system has been discovered and it is right here on Earth!

Finally for the afternoon…Part 1 of Dean Giles “Dave”

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Beam Me Up # 375 Star Bright – Tsana Dolichva

Sep
01
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Neil Armstrong

 

 

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Welcome to episode 375 of Beam Me Up.  That’s right, NEW Episode!

This week I start with Plain White T-s singing their Pet Cemetery which is the theme song for Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie.  I do have to break over and review Burton’s stop motion treatment of the Frankenstein’s monster theme.  To be honest, I enjoyed the film.  I like Burton’s stop motion offerings and he didn’t cheap out.

From the blog:

NASA scrubs an eva for a most unusual reason.  How to train Your Dragon number two is due to be released.  3D printing is really taking off in a great way….NASA is experimenting printing various parts in critical areas of space craft (at present engine parts)  that might make in flight repairs possible on more complicated systems.

Newly discovered moon around Neptune?  Transcript from Apollo 10 finally available.  Asteroids the movie?  Should the Apollo / Moon sites be protected like national parks….?

1 year on Mars for Curiosity!  Neil Arstrong’s birthday in August….  Along with Mr. Schrodinger….here kitty kitty…..

Computers that think like humans……not software but completely new hardware…  T anyone?  T1000 that is.

Is the universe truly expanding?

Why Russian astronauts dread preflight….

NASA wants to auction off the MLPs…..honest!

Our story is Star Bright by Tsana Dolichva…..a great piece of flash fiction from Antipodean online magazine.

Plenty of thought provoking news and a great story too boot!  Enjoy!

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Beam Me Up # 373 To Bere Arms – Wes Parish + In The Mourning p3 – Ed McKeown

Jul
08
Ed McKeown

Ed McKeown

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome all to episode 373 of Beam Me Up.  I hope you find it to your liking!

I start off this week with a ‘discussion’ of one of the most egregious decimation of antiquities that I have come across in some time and that is saying something….

Following a musical interlude (The Big Bang by the Barenaked ladies) I get out the Star Trek Trivia book for a little bit of hey did you remember this?

Then it’s off to the BMU blog for Kallamis’ Week In Review.  This week Kallamis talks about an asteroid hunting telescope Sentinel auction, An astronauts guide to life on Earth by Chris Hatfield, a spinoff of Once Upon a Time?, More about the TMNT – Kallimis is on another rant….

A mystery signal from deep space, NASA’s revolutionary 7kw ion engine finally is being shut down after five years of continuous operation, you will not believe how many life supporting planets might exists in the Milky Way.

The first story of the afternoon is Wes Parish’s To Bere Arms.

And finally part 3 of Edward McKeown’s In the Mourning.

That’s it!  Hope you enjoy it.

 

 

 

 

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Beam Me Up # 369 A World’s New Destiny – Kallamis + No Great Magic ch7 – Fritz Leiber

Jun
09

 

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Author Editor Kallamis

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It is time once again for Beam Me Up episode 369.  This week’s stories are a new one by a new author to BMU and continuing our multi-chapter sci-fi classic.

But first some music. This week “Dear, My Friends” the closing music for the anime series “A Certain Scientific Railgun”. Performed by Elisa.  I know it is sugar sweet, but it is one on my favorite anime songs.

Then I thought, what the heck, lets do some Star Trek trivia….

For the first story, I play chapter seven of Fritz Leiber’s No Great Magic.

Over to the Beam Me Up blog a wrfrbeameup.blogspot.com is Kallamis’ weekly rundown.  He finds an article about a huge proposed telescope called Colossus that would be so huge it could see cities on a planet 70 ly away! Plus an article that suggests that life was started by cometary impacts!  The Mars Society wants to study long term effect of space fligh and confinement by simulating a 1 year Mars Mission.  The facility they want to use is on Dvon Island in the upper latitudes of Canada.  The “astronauts” will be doing field studies as well as maintenance of the habitat.  What makes this unusual is they have to doi it in full space suits.  They estimate the cost of this “dry run” would be a million dollars. That and more.

The finale this week is “A World’s New Destiny” by Kallamis.

That’s the week.  Enjoy

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Beam Me Up #368 The Hunted – Robert Fraizer – No Great Magic #6 – Fritz Leiber

Jun
02
Robert Lee Frazier

Robert Lee Frazier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beam Me Up for another week! yaaaaaaaaa! Episode 368 is on the
bubble this week. This episode is taken up with two longish
story episodes and so there wasn’t much time for other material,
but I managed to squeeze in some good stuff. If you happened to
have listened to the radio broadcast, you might have noticed
that I cut the last story short to fit into the hour, it is
complete here in the podcast.

So, I start off with the closing song to an anime series Pet
Girl, which is proving to be a bit better than your average
teenage high school angst/harem anime series. The song: Prime
Number by Yume no Tsuzuki.

I then review the anime series Eden of the East which is mile
ahead of your average anime series.

Fritz Leiber’s No Great Magic chapter six is the first story.
This is being read by the Librivox readers which will give you a
change from my reading.

Hey Hey I manage to get in a couple of questions from Trek book
which is always fun.

I head back to the Beam Me Up blog to read about the Mars
Rodent.., Iron from meteoroid impacts, Live action Akira? Ain’t
happening!, Hunter Prey is reviewed by Kallamus which he really
liked as well.

And I wind up with Robert Lee Frazier’s s excellent story The
hunted. I am sure you will like it as much as I did.

That’s it for this week. Enjoy!

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Beam Me Up # 364 Trathh: Final Confrontation pt1 – Scholes + No Great Magic Ch2 – Fritz Leiber

May
05
David Sholes

David Sholes

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This week I start off with a new track from John Anealio called Zombinista which has a decidedly 50s or 60s zombie flick.

Next I read Kallamis’ weekly run down of weekly happenings.

First it’s Curiosity’s return to operation. Next it is alien planets tidally locked planets orbiting red dwarf stars. In Sci-fi news the st-tng’s bridge is being rebuilt. TMNT are NOT aliens it would seem! Fantastic Four reboot may be problematic?

I do a follow up on space trash. This week we learn that the Fermi space telescope was almost destroyed by space junk!

David Scholes sends in a new story in the Trathh arc. “Trathh: The Final confrontations” Due to the run time, I was only able to play the first part.

In Earth_Sky news, Cassini has returned some exciting news on Titan. Jovian Trojan asteroids are in the news this week and maybe the discovery of the worlds oldest Dinosaur records.

IBM researchers have created a film that sets the records for the smallest stop motion film.

I review the anime movie Redline which is an over the top racing movie.

Hey, have you heard about Google’s Glass? The head mounted computer that Google has great hopes for.

NASA has extended their contract with Russian space services for a mind numbing…weeeeeeeeell it is half of what a stealth bomber cost…so maybe not numbing, it is just money that could have served a better purpose….like doing it ourselves..hummm?

And finally – in our flash from the past – chapter 2 of Fritz Leibers No Great Magic!

And that folks is the podcast. Yes, I know it is a bit longer than the radio program, but I wanted to add in several features, that I didn’t have time for on the radio.

Enjoy, and thanks for listening.

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Beam Me Up # 362 The Hunted by Robert Lee Frazier

Apr
21
Robert Lee Frazier

Robert Lee Frazier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This week on Beam Me Up episode 362

Kallamus joins us once again for his entry in the blog for his weekly round up.

I review the anime dvd series Gantz. This 12 dvd set may not be for everyone but if you like large servings of slash and smash……

I found a small article that deals with a large subject Book Banning. In this case it is the top 10 banned and challenged SF book! I may have run on a bit here……

It seems everyone is excited about the possibilities of if not life at the very least all the needed parameters needed to support life on the newly discovered Kepler 62e and 62f are Earth like rocky worlds that contain liquid water possibly on their surface….. Very exciting indeed!

A dig in china has yielded some very exciting embryonic dinosaur fossils that may radically change our understanding of many of the up to now animals of little know about their early stages.

The story this week is “The Hunted” by Robert Lee Frazier concerning a bounty hunter and his “prey” who develop a most unusual relationship.

And that is it for this week. Enjoy

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Beam Me Up #361 In Plain Sight #19 – Kahn + Having Survived an Apocalypse – Khaw

Apr
14
Jason Kahn

Jason Kahn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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After a short intro, I spend about ten minutes in my opening with a discussion. This week, why I feel the force you call gravity does not exist in the classical sense. At least according to the first law of motion…and some of the second. You can write comments to me btw at beammeuppodcast@gmail.com or go to the blog at wrfrbeamEup.blogspot.com and make your thoughts known on the weekly show description.

From there….

Episode 19 of Jason Kahn’s series In Plain Sight. This week, psychic detective Jack Garrett has become interested in a mysterious back room, but to gain entrance he must face a man why himself also fairly crackles with psychic energy. Jack it would seem has his “work” cut out for him.

The Original Star Trek (tost) is next in line as I find interesting Star Trek trivia from my favorite Star Trek trivia book. Some interesting facts to be had, to be sure.

Next Earth_Sky reports on the Lyrid April 16-26 2013

Kallamus is back with his weekly rundown, starts with a returning DBZ. NASA has submitted its’ 2013 budget, one really exciting news about an asteroid capture, tow and then explore!

First ever discovery of a black hole chowing down on a rogue planet! Io has some wildly different volcanic activity! Kallamus finds a site that shows how the planets would appear if they were in the same place as our moon. It is a stunning effect! Kall found some really good info on the “Man of Steel” movie. And finally Kall has a run at conspiracy when they take aim at a clothing tester and that somehow has been twisted into terminators of all things!

Finally I read Having Survived an Apocalypse by Mini Khaw a story I read for the online flash fiction site Antipodean.

All in all, I think this week’s program was great fun. I hope you think so too!

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Beam Me Up # 356 Know How Can Do pt2 – Michael Blumlein – In Plain Sight #18 – Jason Kahn

Mar
10
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As per usual, I get my episode numbers mangled again. I keep calling this show 355 but it IS in fact 356. Sorry about that!

In show 356 of BMU I open with a song that describes what a “real” spiderman might be like…and yeah it is that funny.

Next I play episode 18 of the Dark Inspectre series by Jason Kahn.

Phil joins me for a discussion of one man’s effort to get a radio controlled flier to the edge of space. I have heard of many different kinds of items being flown, but I have to say this radio glider is a first I think. More can be found on YouTube on David Windestal at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jKcGoayMlI.

I read Kallamus’ weekly rundown of events from Martian rover temporary shutdown to first ever evidence of an extra solar planet in the early stages of formation.

I next play several articles from Earth Sky.

Star Trek Trivia is next with questions like, do you know how many screens there are on the bridge of the Enterprise? or how many years can the Enterprise go without being restocked?

I then review “Writers on the Wrong Side of the Track” a very
“Dangerous Visions” type of stories.

How about two rat brains linked electronically?! It’s happened.

Finally part 2 of Michael Blumlein’s “Know How Can Do”

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