Edgar Rice Burroughs
This is the immediate sequel to A Princess of Mars, relating the further adventures of John Carter after his death on Earth.
Continue reading “The Gods of Mars”
Being an Account of the Great Adventure of Bastin, Bickley, and Arbuthnot
H. Rider Haggard
This work is pretty much contemporary in publication with The Moon Pool, and has some similarities, involving South Seas islands and lost races. It is, however, quite different in both tone and theme. The dedication to Lord Curzon is noteworthy (see below).
Continue reading “When the World Shook”
- 2019-07-23, show 061, dedication, chapter list, chapters 1―3
- 2019-11-19, show 062, chapters 4 & 5
- 2019-11-22, show 063, chapters 6 & 7
- 2019-12-03, show 064, chapters 8 & 9
- 2019-12-06, show 065, chapters 10 & 11
- 2019-12-10, show 066, chapters 12 & 13
- 2019-12-20, show 067, chapters 14―16
- 2020-01-10, show 068, chapters 17 & 18
- 2020-01-31, show 069, chapters 19 & 20
- 2020-05-19, show 070, chapters 21 & 22
- 2020-05-26, show 071, chapters 23 & 24
- 2020-05-29, show 072, chapters 25―28, concluding the story
First half read 2019-02-03 ; about half of what remained, 2019-02-17, and finished 2019-03-03. (Video livestream recordings are available for two weeks.) This is a long one, for all that it represents an abridged edition. No unabridged version exists in English.
Continue reading “Auf Zwei Planeten”
- 2019-02-05, HNtW 044, chapters 1―4
- 2019-02-08, HNtW 045, chapters 5―8
- 2019-02-12, HNtW 046, chapters 9―11
- 2019-02-15, HNtW 047, chapters 12―15 (rerun 2020-05-05 to restore ending of ch.15)
- 2019-02-19, HNtW 048, chapters 16―19
- 2019-02-22, HNtW 049, chapters 20―23
- 2019-02-26, HNtW 050, chapters 24―27 (rerun 2020-05-15 to restore ending of ch.27)
- 2019-03-01, HNtW 051, chapters 28―32
- 2019-03-05, HNtW 052, chapters 33―36
- 2019-03-08, HNtW 053, chapters 37―41
- 2019-03-12, HNtW 054, chapters 42―45
- 2019-03-15, HNtW 055, chapters 46―51
- 2019-03-22, HNtW 056, chapters 52―55 (show on 03-19 failed due to my error)
- 2019-03-26, HNtW 057, chapter 56 and supplementary matter
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”
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 : planned for 2200 UTC Sundays, ending with a call–in period during aNONradio OpenVoIP (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 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)
- Columbus Was a Dope by Robert A Heinlein ― perhaps his shortest story, and I did not seek the permission of his literary estate before reading it, but I don’t think they’re going to be too harsh to me. Live and unedited here.
- A Sherlock of the Skies (1912) by Rene Mansfield ― live and unedited (with illustrations and re–typed text) here.
- The Flying Scarab and the Seventh Heaven (1911) by the same Mansfield, here.
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