Edward Elmer Smith, PhD
and Lee Hawkins Garby
There is a sense in which Skylark is the science fiction novel. Its influence on the whole genre cannot be overstated. It launched the writing career of “Doc” Smith, and pioneered any number of things which became cliche later. As a result, I’m really pleased to have read it for you — and not at all pleased by the technical problems which left the recording sounding as though I was at the bottom of a well the whole time!
- Chapters 1—3, HNtW 21, 2017–04–04
- Chapters 4—6, HNtW 22, 2017–04–07
- Chapters 7 & 8, HNtW 23, 2017–04–11 (9 was just that much longer it wouldn’t fit!)
- Chapters 9 & 10, HNtW 24, 2017–04–18 (no show Good Friday ― rerun 2020-05-01 as archived version was corrupt)
- Chapters 11 & 12, HNtW 25, 2017–04–21
- Chapters 13 & 14, HNtW 26, 2017–04–24
- Chapters 15 & 16, HNtW 27, 2017–04–28
- Chapters 17—19 (conclusion), HNtW 28, 2017-05-02
- Chapters 1 & 2 (re–read version), HNtW 090, 2021–07–06 — teaser for a bonus which will be available to Patreon supporters
Continue reading “The Skylark of Space”
In 1933—34, a “round robin” novel, with each successive chapter by a different author, was published in the fanzines Science Fiction Digest & Fantasy Magazine. I first encountered the chapters by A. Merritt and Doc Smith in anthologies of their respective works. It so happens that Doc’s chapter is a direct sequel to Merritt’s, which made it obvious to see what was going on, & led me to suspect the existence of more stories. Continue reading “Cosmos”
I have now recorded The Moon Pool, by Abraham Merritt. It was a gruelling effort, requiring more than 10 hours. But that means plenty of shows!
- 2017-02-17, HNtW 008, Foreword, Chapters 1—4 (no show on the 14th owing to my error)
- 2017-02-21, HNtW 009, Chapters 5—8
- 2017-02-24, HNtW 010, Chapters 9—11
- 2017-02-28, HNtW 011, Chapters 12—15
- 2017-03-03, HNtW 012, Chapters 16—18, plus introduction by Silverberg to U. of Nebraska Press edition
- 2017-03-07, HNtW 013, Chapters 19 & 20, plus New York Times book review
- 2017-03-10, HNtW 014, Chapters 21—23, plus beginning of Part 3 of Citadel of Lost Ships by Leigh Brackett
- 2017-03-14, HNtW 015, Chapters 24—26, and remainder of Citadel of Lost Ships Part 3.
- 2017-03-17, HNtW 016, Chapters 27—29, and a brief discussion of Auf Zwei Planeten by Kurd Lasswitz, courtesy of Willy Ley.
- 2017-03-21, HNtW 017, Chapters 30—33, and a brief discussion of the powers of two.
- 2017-03-24, HNtW 018, Chapters 34 & 35, concluding The Moon Pool, and Parts 4 & 5 of Citadel of Lost Ships, which thus also concludes.
- 2019-04-02, HNtW 058, Chapters 1—3 of the novelette The Moon Pool, as published in All–Story Weekly, 22 June 1918 (rebroadcast 2020-04-21 to correct order of segments)
- 2019-04-05, HNtW 059, Chapters 4—7, completing the novelette
Continue reading “The Moon Pool”
Edgar Rice Burroughs
(as Norman or Normal Bean)
It’s hard to say anything about Burroughs’ classic yarn, the foundation of the “planetary adventure” genre, that hasn’t been said before, elsewhere, and better. But think! It was the first story he ever sold, and if he had never written any more, would probably still be remembered as a landmark.
This was the first book I read & recorded for this project, and the original recording is quite rough. When I decided to read the two immediate sequels, The Gods of Mars and The Warlord of Mars (all three novels were bound together by the University of Nebraska Press in an attractive omnibus edition entitled Under the Moons of Mars, the title under which “Princess” was serialized in All-Story Magazine), I chose to read all three books in order, and make my re-recording of A Princess of Mars a Patreon exclusive.
- HNtW 001, 2017-01-20, Foreword, Chapters 1—4
- HNtW 002, 2017-01-24, Chapters 5—9, plus the beginning of Part 1 of Citadel of Lost Ships by Leigh Brackett
- HNtW 003, 2017-01-27, Chapters 10—13
- HNtW 004, 2017-01-31, Chapters 14—16 and the remainder of Part 1 of Citadel of Lost Ships
- HNtW 005, 2017-02-03, Chapters 17—20 and the beginning of Part 2 of Citadel of Lost Ships
- HNtW 006, 2017-02-07 (repeated 2017-07-07), Chapters 21—23 and the conclusion of Part 2 of Citadel of Lost Ships
- HNtW 007, 2017-02-10, Chapters 24—28 (complete) and the conclusion of Part 2 of Citadel of Lost Ships (repeated)
Continue reading “A Princess of Mars”
This is in the nature of an experiment, albeit a protracted one.
Having come up with the idea of “live–action audiobooks”, or live–streaming myself reading, I realized that the recordings I was making in the process could be edited & sent out later as audio transmissions. aNONradio seemed like an ideal venue for this, in no small part because of its archive feature.
This is, then, a long–form spoken-word program, consisting mostly of my reading of classic science–fiction novels. I hope you enjoy!
- aNONradio timeslot : 15h UTC, Tuesdays and Fridays
- Streaming on Toobnix LIVE! : often circa 22h UTC Sundays, with a call–in period during aNONradio OpenVoIP (but quite variable — listen for announcements)
- PayPal : encourage the storyteller by leaving a tip
- Patreon campaign : tip the storyteller on a recurring monthly basis, and receive rewards — at the lowest tier, $1/month, you can download the individual story chapters (some free samples are available here)
- Twitch streaming : discontinued now that Toobnix LIVE! is working
Major works read so far :
- A Princess of Mars, Edgar Rice Burroughs (shows 001—007)
- The Moon Pool, Abraham Merritt (shows 008—018) + novelette version (shows 058 & 059 )
- Cosmos, various authors, read as time permits rather than as a whole
- The Skylark of Space, Edward Elmer “Doc” Smith (shows 021—028, and a teaser for a re–read version available to Patreon supporters in show 90)
- Armageddon 2419 AD, Philip Francis Nowlan (shows 029—034)
- Auf Zwei Planeten / Two Planets, Kurd Lasswitz (shows 044—057)
- When the World Shook, Being an Account of the Great Adventure of Bastin, Bickley, and Arbuthnot, H Rider Haggard (shows 061—072)
- The Gods of Mars, ERB (shows 73—80)
- The Warlord of Mars, ERB (shows 81—86)
- By Air Express to Venus, or, Captives of a Strange People, Roy Rockwood (shows 73, 77, 79, 80, 84—86 as fillers, and 87—90 as the main program)
- Pickwickians Abroad, “Deir Treblig Nhoj”
- A Journey in Other Worlds, John Jacob Astor IV
- A Columbus of Space, Garrett P Serviss
- The Castle of Otranto, Horace Walpole
- Journey to Mars, Gustavus W Pope
- Triplanetary, “Doc” Smith
- Skylark Three,“Doc” Smith
Shorter works read so far (as fillers, et cetera) :
- Citadel of Lost Ships, Leigh Brackett (shows 002, 004, 005, 007, 014, 015, 018)
- Shambleau, C.L. Moore (shows 038, 039)
- Lorelei of the Red Mists, Leigh Brackett and Ray Bradbury (shows 040, 041, 042)
- The Blind Spot, Austin Hall and Homer Eon Flint ― this is actually a full novel, but I have read only the first 10 000 words so far (show 060)