Sunday, April 17, 2011

Thing From Another World, Terry Pratchet, Isaac Asimov, and More

Yay, it's Sunday, so annoying space captain has taken a day off and I Lt. Bob am in charge. First like always, we have a cool Mooooooviiiiiieeee! This time it's a classic from the 1950s, featuring an alien that fights humans. Go alien! It's your birthday! Also, unusual for a Sunday, lots of audio fiction (I notice some via SF Signals. Ha, lazy space captain). And a couple of comics. You QuasarDragon readers are OK (for humans) so have a nice day.

The Thing From Another World (1951)

"Scientist at an Arctic research station discover a spacecraft buried in the ice. Upon closer examination, they discover the frozen pilot. All hell breaks loose when they take him back to their station and he is accidentally thawed out."

Also don't miss the 1968 J.R.R. Tolkien Documentary at SF Signal.

@Beam Me Up: Episode #257 "Death and what comes Next" by Terry Pratchett, "where a mathematician tries to wrangle out of dying using physics on Death!" and "Infall" pt2 (the conclusion) "where we finally find out just exactly what faces our two combatants as the draw closer and closer to the event horizon of their destination, a monstrously huge and vastly ancient, black hole" by Ted Kosmatka. And a roundup of SF/Science tidbits.

@Pseudopod: Episode #225 "Top Of The Heap" by Nathan Robinson, read by Ben Phillips.
“I open my eyes and the dead smile back with bare teeth. In the fresh, sparse daylight I can see the bodies beneath me. I want to reach out and touch their faces, close their beseeching eyes. I recognize a few of them. Some I don’t, either through decomposition or the fact that I didn’t dump them here. The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov [via SF Signal via James Nicoll]
"an epic science fiction series written over a span of forty-four years by Isaac Asimov."

@LibriVox: Elves and Heroes by Donald Alexander Mackenzie (1873-1936, read by Matthew Reece. "This volume describes, in verse, the mythical creatures and people of ancient Scotland. It also includes explanatory notes about about the characters and folk tales that inspired the author's poetry."

@LibriVox: The Mahabharata by Vyasa: the epic of ancient India condensed into English verse by Romesh C Dutt. "The Mahabharata is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India. Traditionally, the authorship of the Mahabharata is attributed to Vyasa. ... Mahabharata tells the story of the epic Kurukshetra War and the fates of the cousin brothers Kauravas and the Pandavas." One of the world's great epics, on a par with The Iliad and Gilgamesh. I don't know this version, but it should at least capture some of the flavor.

@SFFaudio: "The Seventh Victim" by Robert Sheckly. Two dramatized versions of the classic SF story (I Just listened to the X-Minus One version a few weeks ago - quite good).

@SFFaudio: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, performed by a full cast (CBS Radio Workshop).

@The Warriors Comic Book Den: "The Lighthouse!" By Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson. Classic B&W horror from Eerie.

@Digital Comics Museum: Super-Mystery Comics v08 004. Horror/Mystery.

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