037- Fondly Fahrenheit, by Alfred Bester, 1954

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037- Fondly Fahrenheit, by Alfred Bester, 1954

Wherein a smart Android and a dumb Man team up, for crime!

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are in Bilbo, Morocco, where they've been imprisoned for various reasons, and are discussing Alfred Bester's 1954 short story, "Fondly Fahrenheit". Marguerite thinks that this is one of the darkest stories we've done so far on the podcast, but Ruiz isn't sure; all he knows is that Alfred Bester has spun a tale so shocking that it has inspired (or informed) countless tropes that we all each of us encounter (no doubt) on a daily basis.

Also, what an interesting economy he's come up with: someone should write some kind of paper.

036- The New Accelerator, by H.G. Wells, 1901

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036- The New Accelerator, by H.G. Wells, 1901

Wherein two foppish gentlemen lark about the Leas

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are in New Bombay, Iceland, to enjoy a few days at a local spa! Also, they're discussing H.G. Wells' 1901 short story, "The New Accelerator". What a preposterous tale, honestly HG, we're disappointed in you. For one of the so-called "progenitors" of science fiction, this particular tale of yours is about the laziest, most inconsequential, simplistic story that We Of This Book Club have had the misfortune of reading.

Seriously HG, we've covered some poor tales in the past on this podcast, but "The New Accelerator" is a let-down- this podcast isn't a let down, but the source material? Jeez. HG Wells, we expected better.

035- Soap Opera, by Alan Nelson, 1953

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035- Soap Opera, by Alan Nelson, 1953

"Wherein a man causes mayhem across San Francisco, just because"

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are in Neo Tokyo, Siberia, discussing Alan Nelson's 1953 short story, "Soap Opera". Marguerite LOVED this one, in a certain way, kind of.

Alan Nelson is the author of only 8 short stories in his entire career, and after enjoying this one, we want to read the other 7. We haven't been able to find out much about him, other than the fact that he was born in New Mexico in 1911, lived in Oakland during the 40's and worked for the "state employment agency" as an "interviewer".

If you know anything more about him, or would like to send us books containing his stories, we are the proud owners of an email address, and we can't email you first because we don't know who you are.

034- Alien Night, by Thomas N. Scortia, 1957

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034- Alien Night, by Thomas N. Scortia, 1957

Wherein every single trope rears its head in the space of about 12 hours...

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are lost somewhere on the Mongolian Steppe, near Buckinghamshire, and discussing Thomas N. Scortia's 1957 novella, "Alien Night".

This one is a personal fave of Ruiz, who considers it probably the most inconsistent (or surprising?) narrative he's read in years, though it's also a lot of fun.

Ruiz & Marguerite have been absent for over a month, due to circumstances. They apologize for the delay in getting new episodes out, but are also secure in the knowledge that their fans will be patient, unless they're not.

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033- Volpla's, by Wyman Guin, 1952

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033- Volpla's, by Wyman Guin, 1952

Wherein a mad scientist tries to pull a prank.

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are in [REDACTED], Bhutan, a lovely place they can say nothing about; and discussing the madcap 1952 short story, "Volpla's", by Wyman Guin.

This story is a bizarre mix of the tangible with the vague, featuring a cast of characters who remain mostly nameless, and a cast of mutants who seek a happy ending for their story in a way that can only be happy in the optimism of the early 1950's.

This is Everett Book Club's first meeting with the works of Wyman Guin, and we hope to meet his stories again someday.

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032- Part 2- The Unteleported Man, by Philip K. Dick, 1964

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032- Part 2- The Unteleported Man, by Philip K. Dick, 1964

Wherein we finally learn The Truth of Whale's Mouth! Or do we...? No, we do.

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are visiting Belarus, Nepal, and completing their discussion about the 1964 Philip K. Dick novel, "The Unteleported Man"!

Will Rachmael Ben Applebaum complete his 18 year voyage to Whale's Mouth without going mad? Will Al Dosker continue being Lies Inc.'s greatest pilot? Will Matson Glazer-Holliday succeed in his coup d'tat? And will Freya Holm take over Lies Inc.?

"The Unteleported Man" is the novel that eventually became "Lies Inc.", which we'll probably have to do in Season 3, since I just read the Wiki page about it and it sounds insane.

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031- Part 1- The Unteleported Man, by Philip K. Dick, 1964

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031- Part 1- The Unteleported Man, by Philip K. Dick, 1964

Wherein the heir to a bankrupt spaceship company decides to go on an interstellar voyage!

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are in Indiana, India, where they're discussing the 1964 novella, "The Unteleported Man" by Philip K. Dick. This story is pulled from an Ace Double-Book, and is the originally-published version of what would eventually be called "Lies Inc.", which has a few extra chapters.

Philip K. Dick is one of science fiction's most illustrious authors, and Ruiz Tremello's favourite story by him is "The Penultimate Truth", though "Radio Free Albemuth" was also delightful. Honestly though, just keep reading his books; and other people's books, and lots of all the books!

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030- Lonely Road, by Richard Wilson, 1956

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030- Lonely Road, by Richard Wilson, 1956

Wherein literature's most boring protagonist becomes a metaphorical snail.

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are back from a brief summer hiatus, and they're visiting India's French Coast to discuss the 1956 Richard Wilson short story, "Lonely Road", from his short story collection, "Those Idiots from Earth".

Richard Wilson (1920-1987) was the author of three novels and a surprising number of short story collections, and "Those Idiots from Earth" was Ruiz's first introduction to this fellow's writing, which is better than Theodore Sturgeon's, and also less offensive.

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029- The Golden Egg, by Theodore Sturgeon, 1941

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029- The Golden Egg, by Theodore Sturgeon, 1941

Wherein a Cosmic Egg decides to become a human, and immediately falls in love.

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are in Los Angeles, Thailand, and discussing the 1941 short story, "The Golden Egg" by Theodore Sturgeon.

This episode contains more casual and blatant sexism than any episode we've done yet (thanks, 1941) so be aware.

Theodore Sturgeon (1918-1985) was the author of over 200 stories, including Ruiz Tremello's fave (of his) "Killdozer!" He is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.

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028- The Jester, by William Tenn, 1951

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028- The Jester, by William Tenn, 1951

Wherein a robot is given a "sense of humor".

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are discussing "The Jester" by William Tenn, from 1951. William Tenn is known as a comedic science fiction writer, and this story features a comedian, so I guess that counts. This story does not, however, contain too many Good Ideas in terms of how robots should be built; and as Turing Test Administrators, should Ruiz and Marguerite ever chance to meet a robot as unruly as "Rupert" from "The Jester", they would immediately (necessarily) burn it with fire.

027- The City of Force, by Daniel F. Galouye, 1960

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027- The City of Force, by Daniel F. Galouye, 1960

Wherein it's Man Vs. Pac-Man in an alien city on a future, invaded Earth!

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are in Strontium, Japan, hunting down an AI named Gary, and discussing the 1960 novella, "The City of Force" by Daniel F. Galouye.

The story concerns a human exploring an alien city in a future, invaded Earth; and Ruiz Tremello absolutely loved this story. It had action, intrigue, romance, and some other stuff; and it's most certainly his most boringest podcast episode yet!

Seriously though, this episode doesn’t have as much comedy as most of our other episodes because the story is just too damn good. This was the first Daniel F. Galouye story Ruiz has ever encountered, and he very much wants to read more.

026- Angel Fix, by Raccoona Sheldon, 1974

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026- Angel Fix, by Raccoona Sheldon, 1974

"Wherein good guys get all the unclean matter."

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are on the island of Treppenwitz, Japan, and discussing the 1974 short story, "Angel Fix" by Raccoona Sheldon (aka, James Tiptree Jr., aka, Alice Hastings Sheldon).

"Angel Fix" features an alien who's casually passing by Earth, when he notices that we're having some troubles and he stops by to offer some help. "How benevolent of him," you may be thinking, and you are definitely correct; because as usually, nothing can possibly go wrong or be amiss.

Alice Hastings Bradly wrote under several pseudonyms including most famously, "James Tiptree Jr". This is the first of her works that Ruiz Tremello has ever read and he wants to read more, and encourages you to do the same.

025- Growing Season, by F.L. Wallace, 1961

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Episode: 25
Title: Growing Season
Author: F.L. Wallace
Year: 1959
Featuring: Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite

025- Growing Season, by F.L. Wallace, 1959

Wherein a boy genius hallucinates and conspiratorializes!

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are in the Casserole Islands, sailing across the Pacific and headed for Japan, discussing the 1961 novella, "Growing Season" by F.L. Wallace.

This story concerns a boy genius plant mechanic/psychologist who spends a fair amount of time being paranoid. Ruiz in particular enjoyed this story, as it reminds him of his time among the French Foreign Legion.

F.L. Wallace (1915-2004) was a mechanical engineer who published numerous short stories and novellas apparently all between 1951 and 1960. If anyone wants to help fill in the missing years of his biography, his Wikipedia entry is insufferably short, and his entry on the SF Encyclopedia is missing several of his works, including this one, "Growing Season".

Quick apology: Ruiz accidentally credits the year on "Growing Season" as 1961. This is an error, as it was actually 1959. Our apologies to all who are negatively affected by this unfortunate incident.

Pictured: the inside cover of “The Frozen Planet”. To view the cover, please consult episode 018, “The Frozen Planet” - and to see the back of the tome, check episode 019!

024- The Cage, by Bertram Chandler, 1957

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Episode: 024
Title: The Cage
Author: Bertram Chandler
Year: 1957
Featuring: Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite

While visiting New Eagleville, USA, Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite stop to discuss "The Cage", by Bertram Chandler, from 1957.

This story is especially fun; following the misadventures of a group of survivors from a crashed spaceship! It's basically "Naked & Afraid" sixty years before that show was even a show.

This was the first Bertram Chandler story Ruiz has ever read, and he wants to read more, and MORE!

023- Killashandra- Crystal Singer, by Anne McCaffrey, 1976

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023- Killashandra- Crystal Singer, by Anne McCaffrey, 1976

Wherein a woman goes on a tropical summer vacation!

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are back for their Season 2 premiere, featuring "Killashandra- Crystal Singer", a short story by Anne McCaffrey, from 1976!

In today's story, the iconic Killashandra goes on vacation. ...That's pretty much the whole plot, and it's glorious because Anne McCaffrey is an AMAZING author. Clearly rusty from their seasonal break, Ruiz & Marguerite completely fail to properly convey how fantastic an author Anne McCaffrey is and properly give her props for her "Dragonriders of Pern" series, and the fact that she was the first female author to win both the Hugo and Nebula Awards! Seriously, read her books. And other books besides hers. Mostly, just keep reading.

022- Part 2- The Man From Zodiac, by Jack Vance, 1967

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Episode: 22
Title: Part 2- The Man From Zodiac
Author: Jack Vance
Year: 1967
Featuring: Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are back in their home in Everett for Part 2 of the Season Finale! Jack Vance's magnificent novella, "The Man From Zodiac" comes to a stunning conclusion, as Milton Hack attempts to bring infrastructure and peace to the war-like Phrones!

As this is our Season Finale, Everett Book Club is on winter break, but we’ll be back with a very special episode just in time for Valentine's Day!

021- Part 1- The Man From Zodiac, by Jack Vance, 1967

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Episode: 21
Title: Part 1- The Man From Zodiac
Author: Jack Vance
Year: 1967
Featuring: Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite

For Part 1 of the Season 1 Finale, Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are back home in Everett, and discussing "The Man from Zodiac", by Jack Vance, from 1967.

Jack Vance is both Ruiz & Marguerite's favorite author, which is why this episode is (part 1 of) the Season Finale- Ruiz has been waiting for this one for a while.

Jack Vance (1916-2013) was a prolific Hugo & Nebula Award-winning author of over 50 books, including some fantastic series' like "Tales of the Dying Earth", "Lyonesse", "The Demon Prices", "Araminta Station", and "The Durdane Series"; as well as lots of other books R&M recommend.

020- The Clock That Went Backward, by Edward Page Mitchell, 1881

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Episode 20
Title: The Clock That Went Backward
Author: Edward Page Mitchell
Year: 1881
Featuring: Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are in New Giraffe City, Latvia, discussing the 1881 short story, "The Clock That Went Backward" by Edward Page Mitchell!

Taken from "The Time Traveller's Almanac" short story collection, the aforementioned volume claims that "The Clock That Went Backward" is the first time travel story ever published; but it's not. It IS the first story ever published that features a Time Machine, however; a fact that is pretty cool; or would be if it weren't for "philosophy".

A quick correction: Ruiz inaccurately states that "The Time Traveller's Almanac" is over a thousand pages, but that is incorrect, because it's actually 948 pages. He apologizes for any inconvenience.

019- Gleaners, by Clifford D. Simak, 1960

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Episode 19
Title: Gleaners
Author: Clifford D. Simak
Year: 1960
Featuring: Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are in Neo Rio DeJanero, Norway! The legendary Earthcore Elevator connecting Norway to Brazil is here, and Ruiz insists upon calling it The Earthshaft. Also, our heroes are discussing "Gleaners" by Clifford D. Simak, wherein a Time Travel Manager has a bad day at the office.

Clifford D. Simak is a very prolific writer of science fiction, whose titles include "Time is the Simplest Thing", and "Way Station". He won the Hugo Award 3 times, and this short novella was the first of his works that Ruiz has read. As you'll hear, Ruiz and Marguerite were both enamored by this story, and will definitely read more by this talented author.

018- The Frozen Planet, by Keith Laumer, 1961

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Episode 18
Title: The Frozen Planet
Author: Keith Laumer
Year: 1961
Featuring: Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are in Hammerfest, Finland, discussing "The Frozen Planet" by Keith Laumer, a novella featuring Retief, the universe's least subtle spy. There are at least 14 different Retief books / collections, and "The Frozen Planet & four other science-fiction novellas" (MacFadden Books, 1966) contains this story, one of Retief's first published appearances. And what an appearance! He's basically 007 minus any trace of grace or elegance or Britishness.

Keith Laumer (1925-1993) is the author of five different series', including the Retief novels, The Imperium Sequence, and the Bolo Books. We of the EBC endorse the works of Keith Laumer, in the sense that we think that you should read books, and these happen to be books, so why not read them?