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.