There are so many cool things that took place, were written about, filmed, discussed and presented that we’ve decided to include the news from our missed week, THIS week, in addition to everything we can’t keep track of from this week. If you’re looking for a catch-up (as opposed to mustard) here it is!
FIRST: SOME ANNOUNCEMENTS
This coming Wednesday (12/17), we’ll be presenting a multi-lingual interview with author & translator Ken Liu (Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish).
We’re STILL selling posters. Visit the store. See our Gift Guide post today.
It’s the Holiday season. Take some advice from a couple of off-beat time travelers and “Be excellent to each other!”
Personal Notes: EITs ARE torture, no matter what you call it. I am ashamed of my country. There is no excuse. We are – or absolutely should be, better than this. It doesn’t matter whether it was “legal” or not; whether we got “actionable intelligence” or not, nor does it matter how scared and panicked we were. As a nation we proposed and implemented certain ideals that made certain promises to the world. We have let ourselves and the world down. It will be a long road back. The sooner we start dealing with the reality, the sooner we stop accepting excuses, the sooner we can repair the damage.
On Ferguson, Garner & the policing of minorities. I’ve seen people of color treated differently by police and prosecutors with my own eyes, heard it with my own ears. In some cases, the prejudice is so deeply ingrained that it has become thoughtless. Justice is needed, change is needed. It may very well take the gutting of virtually every police department and prosecutor’s office in the country. But one thing for sure: it’s no longer a question. It’s real, it’s here all around us and it must change.
Becoming Invisible in Your Own Art: Tananarive Due
Diversity Works Both Ways: SF is for EVERYONE
Furrys Attacked at Con (The ridicule frequently accompanying this story is unnecessary and unacceptable)
What Do Genre Readers Look Like? Here are some tables and charts
LGBT SF&F (part 1)
Wanderers: A short film with narration by Carl Sagan: been some controversy about this one (PZ Myers don’t like it) – but we do! Onward to the Stars!
PUMZI: African SF Film
Worlds Without Borders (via SF SIgnal)
How to Live on Other Planets: Kickstarter for Handbook
Mad Max Reboot Trailer (Yay! Now I don’t have to feel guilty about watching a film starring a Holocaust denier & blood libel embracer)
FREE COMICS! (Twilight Zone #1)
Gunn says Guardians will NOT Mix with Avengers. (Not this week anyways)
Resignations from Context: Handling Harassment Ain’t Always Easy
Museum of SF in DC: Doing Lots of Stuff!
Lee & Miller Speak (at Philcon)
Print Still Out Sells E (long may it remain so!)
Fandom: A “Modern” View (that’s very much from the commercial, “new fandom” side.
Treatise on Cordwainer Smith & James Tiptree Jr. (Lots of surprising similarities)
New Illuminating ‘Paper’ (They’re looking for applications….)
We STILL Don’t ‘Get’ Dark Matter (via Daily Galaxy)
PR & NEWSLETTERS:
Radio Archive News
Tough guys with hot gats meet cool dames with swell gams, as they traverse the dark side of life in this amazing collection of murderous gangsters, hard boiled detectives, dangerous gun molls, and wisecracking cops.
Listen to your favorite films on the Lux Radio Theatre as you’ve never heard them before. The sound quality is truly sensational, and the stories are even more so. Once again you’ll hear radio adaptations of Hollywood films sometimes starring actors recreating their original roles, and sometimes with different stars taking a crack at them. It’s a fascinating “what if” situation come to life.
You’ll hear Ray Milland playing pro-tennis player, Guy Haines and Frank Lovejoy as the murderous Bruno Anthony in Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train (in the roles originally played by Farley Granger and Robert Walker). You’ll also hear these original stars recreating their famous roles: John Garfield is back in Dust Be My Destiny. William Powell and Myrna Loy are the irrepressible Nick and Nora Charles in The Thin Man, and they also recreate their roles in Manhattan Melodrama, Don Ameche fills in for Clark Gable in that one. Edward G. Robinson is back, along with Humphrey Bogart in Bullets or Ballots. Dorothy Lamour and Edward Arnold are back in an adaptation of Johnny Apollo, and James Cagney and Pat O’Brien reprise their roles as Rocky Sullivan and Father Jerry in the wonderful Angels With Dirty Faces (with Frank Nelson in Bogart’s original role!). But the most interesting show for my money features Edward G. Robinson as detective Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon, co-starring Gail Patrick and the supremely talented Laird Cregar as Casper Gutman. Dan Dailey and Dorothy McGuire take on the roles created by Joseph Cotten and Jean Peters in A Blueprint for Murder. And fans of I Love Lucy will get a kick out of hearing Lucille Ball play it straight in her original role in the classic film noir, The Dark Corner, co-starring Mark Stevens, who was also in the original film. So be sure to call your mouthpiece so you can get sprung from the big house in time to hear this truly terrific collection. It’s Hollywood as you never heard it before.
Nick Santa Maria, a published film historian and author is the Project Producer for this series.
So begins “The Cinnamon Bear,” a delightful, one-of-a-kind children’s series produced in 1937 by TRANSCO, the Transcription Company of America. Intended to be heard between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the series features twenty-six fifteen-minute cliffhanger installments. The program immediately hooks children because suspenseful fun is always present as each episode concludes with yet another obstacle for Paddy and the twins to overcome. The dragon eventually joins up with the trio but remains unpredictable and mischievous. Named “Crazy Quilt,” he succumbs time and time again to his obsession with the shiny silver star.
“The Cinnamon Bear” is, arguably, the best holiday series ever developed for radio. Containing all of the elements of a classic children’s fantasy, combined with radio’s unique ability to create vivid mental images in the minds of its listeners, it continues to delight both young and old. And now, for the first time, you can hear and enjoy “The Complete Cinnamon Bear” — including all twenty-six original and unedited shows, the original 1937 promotional recording, and all of the songs from the series as transferred from an original set of 78 RPM recordings. Each of the programs has been digitally transferred directly from a set of original 16″ broadcast transcriptions and painstakingly restored for outstanding audio fidelity – truly the best-sounding version of the series that has ever been released. It’s yet another triumph for Paddy and his band of travelers as, after well over seventy years, they once again carry on their magical search for the silver star.
“I am the Whistler and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak!”
Haunting stories of fate, dramas of crime, deception, and manipulation building to a sudden and shocking denouement…and, through it all, the sardonic, mocking laughter of — The Whistler!
One of radio’s most memorable thriller anthologies, The Whistler was a west-coast favorite for over a decade but, despite two attempts to go nationwide, never was able to achieve the same success as a coast to coast feature. But for listeners across the western states served by the Signal Oil Company, the program’s eerie theme music opened a weekly window into the very darkest corners of the human soul. It was so popular, in fact, that Columbia Pictures produced eight second-feature films based on the concept, all but one of which starred Richard Dix.
The Whistler himself was an omniscient narrator — the voice of Fate itself, one might suggest, or perhaps of conscience. And his stories revolved around ordinary people, pushed by the pressures of daily life into taking drastic actions. Or perhaps a sudden circumstance, an unexpected twist of life’s path, suddenly placed these protagonists on a road leading inexorably to their own destruction. Greed, lust, and perfidy of every kind figure in the plots — and when Fate inevitably catches up with these unfortunate, driven souls, The Whistler is always ready, at the very end, to see that the knife is properly twisted.
Produced by George W. Allen, with hauntingly evocative musical scores by Wilbur Hatch, The Whistler was a prime outlet for the cream of Hollywood’s top radio performers – actors such as Wally Maher, Cathy and Elliott Lewis, Gerald Mohr, Lurene Tuttle, and Betty Lou Gerson, who emphasized skill over star power – as well as announcer Bill Forman in the title role, with Marvin Miller voicing the commercials.
Hear some of The Whistler’s strangest stories in this unforgettable Radio Archives collection – twenty original CBS network broadcasts sponsored by Signal Oil, just as originally aired in 1947.
This is the fifth issue in the Dusty Ayres series. When Dusty heard about America’s new invention, the X-Rayoscope, by which the human eye could penetrate night, fog and clouds for a distance of two hundred miles, he thought victory was at hand. With such a machine to spy on the enemy, the war would soon be over. But he didn’t know about the doom even then speeding through invisible skies, had not yet heard of the green thunderbolt! Captain Dusty Ayres, ace pilot for the U.S. Air Defense flies in the Silver Flash, an advanced craft of his own design. With his two pals Curly Brooks and Biff Bolton, they battle some of the most diabolical mad scientists and their weirdest inventions. These exciting stories took over the Battle Birds magazine from June 1934 through the July/August issue of 1935, changing the magazine name to Dusty Ayres and his Battle Birds. And now Dusty Ayres and his Battle Birds is back, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
Like the consuming flames of a prairie fire the dread news spread: “The Spider has gone mad! He will massacre us all!” But Richard Wentworth, never more sane, was even then gambling life itself in one desperate effort to save the city which cursed his name — from the awful ravages of man-spread plague! Another epic exploit of America’s best-loved pulp-fiction character of the 1930s and 1940s: The Spider — Master of Men! Richard Wentworth — the dread Spider, nemesis of the Underworld, lone wolf anti-crime crusader who always fights in that grim no-man’s land between Law and lawless — returns in vintage pulp tales of the Spider, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format.As a special Bonus, Will Murray has written an introduction: “Meet the Spider” especially for this series of eBooks. $1.49.
“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow demonstrates that “crime does not pay” in two macabre mysteries by Walter B. Gibson writing as “Maxwell Grant.” First, discovery of the theft of “Treasures of Death” brings fatal consequences, but The Shadow knows that this is only the prelude to a greater supercrime! Then, the greatest crooks in the world pass through “The Yellow Door,” until the Man in Black teams with G-Man Vic Marquette to uncover the deadly secrets of the sinister portal! This instant collector’s item showcases both classic color pulp covers by George Rozen and the original interior illustrations by Tom Lovell with original commentary by popular culture historian Will Murray. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
Hello — I am enjoying the daylights out of your presentation of Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street. Thank you for offering these programs as they should ideally be heard. I’ve suffered through versions that are muffled, overly filtered, or played at the wrong speed, and it’s a real pleasure to hear the Radio Archives rendition of this great hot-jazz series. Keep up the good work!
I just want to express my excitement at logging onto your site today to find a totally unexpected “new” volume in the Fibber McGee Lost Episodes series! As you may remember, I have asked you several times if there were any chance of you locating some of the earlier episodes. There aren’t many left that we need in your quality now! It has opened up an whole new ray of light in my dream of hearing the complete collection! Of course, I ordered it immediately and as soon as I am finished with all the other volumes (I have them all), I’ll start all over again with, as you jokingly suggested, VOLUME ZERO! Thanks so much – and who said Santa doesn’t exist?