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Beam Me Up #342 Call Me Joe pt4 – Anderson + Make mine a Macchiato – Webb















Episode 342 is ready to go…in a manner of speaking! There were times when the computer seemed to have a mind of its own! Anyhooo I start with a breezy piece of music called The Flame which was the theme opening song for Requiem for the Darkness. Strange and evocative music to match the anime series! Well worth checking out!

The first story of the afternoon is another fine piece of flash, by Mark Webb, that he did for the flash fiction Antipodean podcast/magazine site. located in Australia, called, “Make mine a Macchiato” Oh and don’t forget to check out Mark’s book of flash fiction on Smashwords. Details after his story!

I manage again to squeeze in some Star Trek trivia! Once again this week, I do a couple questions from the animated series.

First thing in the science department is a story concerning the possible formation of Mars, on this week’s Earth Sky.

From the blog, the largest black hole EVER discovered. Did the LHC create new matter? What??? did the U.S. Really try to blow up the moon? People believe this?

And Finally our second story of the afternoon, part 4 of Poul Anderson’s “Call Me Joe”
That’s it! Enjoy!

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Beam Me Up #336 In Plain Sight #13 – Kahn + The Devil Wears… – Webb


Mark Webb

Well I was accused of going on at length with this week’s program, but there are always something that will set just about anyone off, and it just so happens that there were a few this week!  But all in all, I didn’t fall asleep this week, so I must have been interesting! I start off with a funny one liner that xnewsman sent in.  From there I have one of Family Guy’s segways that may not have much to do with science and fiction, but everything to do with supercilious public radio! If you can’t poke fun at yourself?  You know?  Mark Webb adds another story in his interstellar government functionary arc.  The Earth has been destroyed and the Humans that were lucky enough to be off planet are now only capable of the lowest form of menial labor…Mark Webb’s The Devil Wears Shapeless Ugly Garments, Covered in Dog Hair.   The Earth is far from quiet in space.  Not the spurious noises caused by man but the various other magnetic and electrical noises that are constantly emitted by the globe.  You will be amazed at what it sounds like! Earth/Sky again spins up with some fascinating facts about Pole Wander, which I had never heard about but it is fascinating.  From there I take us right into a new Star Trek trivia! This week’s review is the movie “Battleship” based on, of all things, the board game of the same name…oh yes. China has the idea that virtual supermarkets are the thing!  13 thousand square feet of empty racks filled with virtual goods!  I am serious!  And you won’t believe the company that has invested heavily in this idea….. Finally,  from the fertile imagination of Jason Kahn id the newest episode of In Plain Sight.  This week episode 13 “Home to Roost. These and other subject this week on Beam Me Up # 336

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Beam Me Up #334 The Dive con.- McKeown + In the Service of the Public – Webb


Edward McKeown

Episode 334 of Beam Me Up is at hand! This week, I tie up one story arc, start another small one and an anime fan joins me to talk about a movie we just watched.
First I open with the Bare-naked Ladies doing their theme song for the television show Big Bang Theory.
The first story of the afternoon is Mark Webb’s In the Service of the Public.  This story an Earth diplomat in service to an inter-galactic government. Webb has managed to make the subject entertaining and even develop a small story arc.  As odd a subject this would seem, from what I have read so far that no matter how things change and evolve there is always a functionary some where keeping the  “machinery” rolling.  Webb seems to have captured the essence of the true architects of empire.  We will see as the Interstellar Coalition Public Service and the Aazork public service evolves. My reading is a little rough however.  It was a last minute addition to this week’s line up.
Next is a couple of really excellent science article from Earth Sky dealing with the Van Allen radiation belts and the Tunguska event.
Then it is time once again for Star Trek Trivia.  Two new questions this week.
If you are an anime fan and have seen the Tri Gun series or even if you haven’t, you are going to want to take a listen to our review of the Tri gun movie Badlands Rumble which is an excellent to the TriGun universe or an excellent return to the Vash the Stampede universe.  Anime fan and listener to the program Jeremey joins me to talk about the movie and the TriGun series in general.  I know I had a great time,  and I hope you have just as much entertainment!
David Sholes has a new collection of short stories called Speculative Fiction: The Ultimate Collection.  Dave sent over a copy of the collection for me to take a look at.  Since it was a nice mix of stories we have seen on BMU and new I thought a review was in order.
Ron posts an article about the Curiosity rover and many other of our equipment still out there doing science.  As new and as cutting edge they are, the probes and rovers are held together by tech, thousands of years old!
Finally I play the conclusion of Edward McKeown’s excellent story “The Dive”.  Everything moves ultra fast in this week’s final.  I think you will agree that this has been one of the better written and narrated series the show is running.
That and some other foolishness this week on episode 334 of Beam Me Up!

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Beam Me Up #332 The Dive pt5 – McKeown & The Gloriously Cunning Plan – Webb


Ed McKeown



Here is episode 332 of Beam Me Up, for your enjoyment!


yaaaeeeeee are we excited yet?  Wow, tough crowd….


Well, anyway, I warm up with an oldie, Thomas Dolby’s She  blinded me with science.


Next is the first story of the afternoon, Mark Webb’s The Gloriously Cunning plan which demonstrates that even the best laid plans can often be unraveled when one does not take in crucial facts.


Up next is Star Trek Trivia with two new trivia questions!


Ok, now on to the BMU blog!


Have you heard about planet Nibiru? If no, then listen to the Earth Sky article I found!


I rented both of the animated Ultimate Avengers animated straight to disk movies.  The first movie in particular
really followed the Marvel Avenger history line.  Check out  my reviews of both movies on disk.  And on the ISS, NASA, with shades of Apollo 13, two EVA astronauts assure the continuation of some of the crittical systems with some unusual parts!


Is FTL possible? NASA steps back and rethinks it’s position as some high level mathamatics which, on paper,
seem to show that it might just be possible with far lower energy requirements than was previously calculated!


And finally, part 5 of Edward McKeown’s The Dive.  Enjoy!

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