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?

017- The Fire Mountain, by Gail Kimberly, 1974

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Episode 17
Title: The Fire Mountain
Author: Gail Kimberly
Year: 1974
Featuring: Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are vacationing on Platypus Island, Greece, and discussing the 1974 short story "The Fire Mountain" by Gail Kimberly. This story features four robot best friends who go on an adventure! Ruiz likes stories featuring four robot best friends because it reminds him of Earthbound. <3

Today's story was discovered via the 1977 collection, "Continuum 2" Edited by Roger Elwood. Ruiz is currently seeking out all four of the "Continuum" books, so if you have a copy and you donate it to our library, we'll donate a random book right back to you! (Note: the random book sent to you will probably be one of our many Jack Vance doubles.)

016- Part 3- Odyssey to Earthdeath, by Leo P. Kelley, 1968

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Episode 16
Title: Part 3- Odyssey to Earthdeath
Author: Leo P. Kelley
Year: 1968
Featuring: Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite

Ruiz Tremello and Marguerite are finishing up the tests on Alberto Einsteino; and presenting Part 3 of "Odyssey to Earthdeath", by Leo P. Kelley: "The Feat"! Phillip Villane, Ruth Cameron, Adam York, Grandsir, and Sister, continue their battle against Supreme Priestman Simon Pume, while the batle between Cityside and Landsend reaches critical mass!

Leo P. Kelley (1928-2002) was an advertising copywriter who also wrote Western Novels, YA SciFi, and several novels, including The Accidental Earth (1968), The Coins of Murph (1971), and Time: 110100 (1972), where in this episode Ruiz accidentally refers to it as being named "110100" rather than the proper "Time: 110100", because the (first) website he sourced for research on Leo P. Kelley was wrong. “Odyssey to Earthdeath” was the first novel by Leo P. Kelley that Ruiz has ever been lucky enough to read, and he very much desires to read more by this talented and delightful author.

Bibliography source: http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/kelley_leo_p

015- Part 2- Odyssey to Earthdeath, by Leo P. Kelley, 1968

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Episode 15
Title: Part 2- Odyssey to Earthdeath
Author: Leo P. Kelley
Year: 1968
Featuring: Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite remain in Rangoon, Italy, testing an AI with the unlikely (and possibly ironic) name of Alberto Einsteino. Meanwhile, they are continuing their discussions on Leo P. Kelley's 1968 masterpiece, "Odyssey to Earthdeath", with today's episode covering Part 2- "The Festival".

This might be the darkest episode yet, but at the same time, wow, what a story! Leo P. Kelley, we want to read all your books now! ...except for that YA stuff.

014- Part 1- Odyssey to Earthdeath, by Leo P. Kelley, 1968

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Episode 14
Title: Part 1- Odyssey to Earthdeath
Author: Leo P. Kelley
Year: 2018
Featuring: Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are in Rangoon, Italy, for the first part of their discussion on Leo P. Kelley's magnificent 1968 novel, "Odyssey to Earthdeath". And what a novel! Ruiz in particular was taken by this story: by its post-World-War-3 dystopia, by its vague, cultish religions, and most of all, by its varied cast of characters. This one's unique.

Leo P. Kelley is the author of two YA SF series, "Space Police" and "Galaxy 5", and over a dozen other novels, including several Westerns.

013- The Last World of Mr Goddard, by J.G. Ballard, 1967

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Episode 13
Title: The Last World of Mr. Goddard
Author: J.G. Ballard
Year: 1967
Featuring: Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are in Colboclonk, Belgium, and discussing J.G. Ballard's 1967 short story, "The Last World of Mr. Goddard". The story concerns a creepy old man who wants to know everyone's business at all times!

This story was found via J.G. Ballard's "The Day of Forever" short story collection, an eclectic series of tales that Ruiz found occasionally plodding, often  delightful, and ultimately enjoyable if a bit forgettable.

J.G. Ballard (1930-2009) was a British writer best known for the semi-autobiographical "Empire of the Sun", as well as his many Science Fiction & Post-Apocalyptic novels such as "The Drowned World" and "The Wind from Nowhere". Everett Book Club enjoys his works, and thinks that you should read them, and also everything else. Please always read, keep reading!

012- The Only Death in the City (Paris), by C.J. Cherryh, 1981

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Episode 12
Title: The Only Death in the City (Paris)
Author: C.J. Cherryh
Year: 1981
Featuring: Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are in Yamamoto Prefecture, Spain, and discussing the short story, "The Only Death in the City (Paris)" by C.J. Cherryh, from the 1981 short story collection, "Sunfall".

C.J. Cherryh is a best-selling author who has sold over 3 million books, and has an asteroid named after her (!). "Sunfall" was the first of her works that Ruiz has ever read, and he loved it, heartily recommends it, and plans to read more. Marguerite however, has read LOTS of C.J. Cherryh, with the notable exception of "Sunfall", which is now on her list.

011- Enoch Soames, by Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm, 1916

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Episode 11
Title: Enoch Soames
Author: Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm
Year: 1916
Featuring: Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are in Hufflepuff, Portugal, discussing the 1916 short story, "Enoch Soames" by Sir Henry Maximilian Beerbohm. The story concerns a narrator's relationship to a failed writer, and an exciting Faustian bargain!

This story was read from "The Time Traveller's Almanac", a massive collection of over 60 short stories, where it bears the alternate title of "Enoch Soames: A Memory of the 1890's".

The Author, Sir Henry Maximilian "Max" Beerbohm (August 24, 1872 – May 20, 1956), was an essayist, humorist, broadcaster, caricaturist, writer, and according to Wikipedia, A Dandy. You can learn more about his fantastic life, here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Beerbohm

010- The Machine Stops, by E.M. Forster, 1909

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Episode 10
Title: The Machine Stops
Author: E.M. Forster
Year: 1909
Featuring: Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite

Wherein a swaddled lump of flesh is addicted to social media.

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are in Paraguay, France, discussing the 1909 novella, "The Machine Stops", by E.M. Forster. This story concerns a far, far future evolution of humanity that neither of our hosts are interested in living in. If they could travel to the future, and they were stuck in this particular future, they would be far less happy than they are right now.

CORRECTIONS: In the audio, "The Machine Stops" is stated to have been written in 1928, but this is incorrect, as the actual year was 1909. That incorrect date was taken from the "Cities of Wonder" short story collection, edited by Damon Knight.

CORRECTION #2- Unfortunately, Ruiz did some research on Wikipedia, which inaccurately stated that E.M. Forster was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature 16 times. That is however, incorrect, as he was actually nominated 20 times.

009- Planet of the Condemned, by Robert Murphy, 1960

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Episode 9
Title: Planet of the Condemned
Author: Robert Murphy
Year: 1960
Featuring: Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite

Wherein two astronauts go on a secret mission to an invisible planet?

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are in New Northunderlandshiretonville County, England, discussing the 1960 short story, "Planet of the Condemned", by Robert Murphy. This short story was discovered via a 1985 collection called "Ten Top Stories", which contained ten stories of varying quality.

 

In terms of Science Fiction, Robert Murphy apparently only ever wrote 4 short stories and published one short story collection, though Goodreads only contains his numerous nature books. If anyone has any copies of Robert Murphy's 1966 collection, "The Phantom Setter, and Other Stories", we'd love to read it!

008- Part 2- Drunkard's Walk, by Frederik Pohl, 1960

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Episode 8
Title: Part 2- Drunkard's Walk
Author: Frederik Pohl
Year: 1960
Featuring: Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are in Lagonda, Turks & Cacos, and have gotten lost in the jungle! While waiting for a rescue helicopter, they discuss Part 2 of "Drunkard's Walk" by Frederik Pohl. Cornut is now happily married, and a myriad of unconnected, inexplicable plots are (thankfully) resolved by the end of the episode!

007- Part 1- Drunkard's Walk, by Frederik Pohl, 1960

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Episode 7
Title: Part 1- Drunkard's Walk
Author: Frederik Pohl
Year: 1960
Featuring: Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are in Botswana, Peru, for the first of two discussions on the 1960 novel, "Drunkard's Walk" by Frederik Pohl. This story concerns a math professor trying to avoid suicide, while his dept. head takes fuzzy images of molecules, while an undergrad hits on an uninterested fellow student, and also a tribe of uncontacted South Pacific Islanders makes contact with the rest of the world. There are a lot of subplots, and none of them get resolved because it's a two-parter. We'll be back next week (July 1st, 2018) for part 2, rather than sticking to our (standard) bi-weekly format.

006- The Underprivileged, by Brian Aldiss, 1964

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Episode 6
Title: The Underprivileged
Author: Brian Aldiss
Year: 1964
Featuring: Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are in New Polygon City, Columbia, and discussing Brian Aldiss' 1964 short story, "The Underprivileged". As usual, Marguerite didn't read the story, so Ruiz provides a helpful summary.

Twists and turns await, laughter and fear abounds, and the planet Dansson sounds like the kind of place that Ruiz wants to go for his next vacation.

Brian Aldiss is the author of over 80 books and 300 short stories, and the winner of two Hugo awards.

005- Babel II, by Damon Knight, 1953

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Episode 5
Title: Babel II
Author: Damon Knight
Year: 1953
Featuring: Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are in New Constantinople, Bolivia, and discussing "Babel II", by Damon Knight, from 1953. As usual, Marguerite had other things going on and she didn't read the story, so Ruiz provides a helpful summary. Along the way, an interdimensional alien goes on a shopping spree!

Show notes:

According to the internets Ruiz is correct in his pronunciation of Babel although often Americans will say it the way Marguerite suggested.

004- Lucky Starr & The Big Sun of Mercury, by Isaac Asimov, 1956

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Episode 4
Title: Lucky Starr & The Big Sun of Mercury
Author: Isaac Asimov
Year: 1956
Featuring: Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite

Wherein a plucky investigator and his violent Martian best friend face Death Worms, Robots, and Intrigue on the planet Mercury

 

Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite are in Snowcone Mountain, Brazil (real place, fake name) and discussing "Lucky Starr & The Big Sun of Mercury" by Isaac Asimov. Featuring a homicidal robot, political intrigue, and two "best friends", this novel was originally published under the name "Paul French", in part because Isaac Asimov didn't really want to sign his name to it (backstory contained within the episode).

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003- Time Locker, by Henry Kuttner, 1943

Best Time Travel Stories

Episode 3
Title: "Time Locker"
Author: Henry Kuttner
Year: 1943
Featuring: Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite

Wherein a shady Lawyer and a drunk Scientist warp spacetime for fun and profit.

Henry Kuttner often wrote in collaboration with his wife CL Moore and cited Lovecraft as one of his inspirations.

To read more about Kuttner, get a list of his works, and find out if he was secretly a large ardvark disguised as a human here is (sorry) the Wikipedia page.

002- The Weapons Shop, by A.E. van Vogt, 1942

Golden Age Science Fiction

Episode 2
Title: "The Weapons Shop"
Author: A.E. van Vogt
Year: 1942
Featuring: Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite

Wherein the most annoying man in town makes an enemy.

Throughout van Vogt's writing life he arranged to be awakened every 90 minutes during his sleep period so he could write down his dreams.

To learn more or check out his list of other works we're just going to leave this link here.

001 - Orion, by Ben Bova, 1976

Weird Heros Orion Ben Bova

Episode: 1
Title: Orion
Author: Ben Bova
Year: 1976
Featuring: Ruiz Tremello & Marguerite

Apologies for the poor sound quality, we've subsequently fixed that problem. The house squid kept fucking with the wires. Literally. He has now been contained.

Ben Bova is still alive!

To find out more about him, his works and his alleged (by me) love of exotic nordic cheeses click here.