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?

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!