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Beam Me Up # 482 stories by Anderson + Tobias


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Welcome to Beam Me Up episode 482. This week I start by playing a song selection, after which I read Harris Tobias’ the Word Maker. From there I head over to the Beam Me Up blog to read some of the most recent articles.

 Finally, in my “flash from the past” segment, I play part 3 of Poul Anderson’s story Inside Earth.

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Beam Me Up #295 Transmutation – Tobias + Lightning Gun – Rydyr


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This week on episode 295 of Beam Me Up I start with Alexander Perls song Data Base just to get the blood pumping.  Then just to start a slow boil I rant a moment about an old Apollo 13 note book containing some of the calculations Jim Lovell used to bring his battered craft home.   Next a short from Earth Sky asking do meteors make noise when they enter the atmosphere, even Xnewsman says that yes they do and he has experienced it!  Fascinating!

Our first story is a strange tale of time travel and murder called the Lightning Gun by Antoinette Rydyr.

From here we progress to the Beam Me Up Blog for a review of the blu-ray / dvd  of Captain America the First Avenger,  certainly not a terrible movie.  Next I see that ST:TNG is going to get an HD remastering that is truly stunning!  Look for the upgraded video later in 2012.    Did you hear that scientists have succeeded in hiding an object in both space AND time?  Could moons of gas giant planets that are in the habitable zone possibly harbor life?  There are several really big problems on sending people to the stars, I speak on what I think are the top 3 most important and difficult to overcome problems.  Finally what kind of gift do you get the Star Wars Fan just about Everything?  I think I may have found, if not the best choice, the most ….well….I will let you be the judge!

And finally for the last story of the night Transmutation from Harris Tobias


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Beam Me Up #273 Elko – Harris Tobias + Time Enough – Steve Carter






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Beam Me Up 273 saw new additions and just plain good stuff. I start with an excellent quote from Isaac Asimov that Courtney posted on the Beam Me Up Facebook site.  Next, I play two stories this week.  First  from a story in the newest edition of Antipodean.  From Steve Carter comes a different twist on an old sci-fi time travel theme “Time Enough”  The second story has to be one of the strangest alien encounter stories I have ever read.  I play Harris Tobias’ Elko.

I have discovered a new anime series in my travels around youtube and found that it was playing on SyFy.    Durahrara is a spin on the myth of the grim reaper and a mixture of the European headless horseman and their ilk.  However the spin and the handle make the series much more entertaining and modern.  I found the opening track on one of the short films and play it for the program today.  Very nice and catchy.  Overall its a very good series for those that don’t go into the giant robots that litter the main outlets.  Give this one a shot.

From this week’s blog @  Researchers at the University of Toronto have used a combination of synthesized DNA and semiconductors to create a nano-scale antenna that harnesses light.   arth at one point in its early history had more than one moon. The second moon was most likely very small and may have collided with its larger Luna companion.  Have you heard the  story of the two NASA logos?  No?  You won’t believe it!  The  Juno mission to Jupiter  launched  Friday August 5.  A film of the launch can be viewed on NASA.  The primary goal of the mission is to understand the origin and evolution of the massive gas planet.    Oh you will just HAVE to check out The Mercury Men.   A  new Web series made for under $10,000 in Pittsburgh with ray guns, evil aliens and even a brain in a jar. It’s a modern homage to the black-and-white serials of the early 1900s.  Space X has petitioned NASA to combine two upcoming missions of their Dragon launch vehicle, one to rendezvous with the ISS and next to dock with it.  And there is much more on the blog as well as the podcast.

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