AMAZING NEWS: 4-12-15

0
554

SPECIAL VETERINARY ANNOUNCEMENT:

Until recently, the only cure for rabies was death.  We are pleased to announce the release of TRUFANAZINE(TM), the cure for rabies.  TRUFANAZINE works by targeting the rabies virus (also known as “mis-information”) at the neuron level.  It then eliminates the virus and replaces it with the genetically tailored virus ACTUALFACTS(TM).  Results are almost immediate; mouth-frothing and indiscriminate attacks disappear within a few hours.  Booster shots are required on a regular basis; fortunately, in most cases, there is no need to charge for boosters of ACTUALFACTS(TM).

This announcement brought to you by Veterinarians for No Award and Slanshack Research LTD.

PRESS RELEASES & NEWSLETTERS (See below for full text)

Tiptree Award Winners; Scott Robinson Theremin performance; Geeks Out; Harper Collins; Radio Archives News

SOCIAL

Girl Takes on the Gaming Industry

ENTERTAINMENT

Ursula at 85

Starship Sofa:  5 Worst SF Books Evah!

Christopher Nuttal’s Latest Release

Science Fiction Romance Quarterly

KJA Humble Bundle

INDUSTRY

Puppy Stuff: AV Club; Mountain Was Here; Brad Ideas; The Federalist; Throw Another Bear in the Canoe; Mad Genius Club; Guardian; Jim C Hines; Obsidian Wings; Teleread; GRRM (Multiple posts); (and/or just go to File 770  for multiple daily updates)

James Tiptree Jr. Awards Announced (see newsletters for full text)

BSFA Award Winners

Fantasy Writing Contest Honors Sir Terry Pratchett

Chinese SF & the Cultural Revolution

App Help

Publishers Try New Distribution Methods (via Rabid Fan Boy)

SCIENCE

Drones Approved

APOD

VASIMR Offers Fast Track To Mars

Bill Nye, the Mars Science Guy

Alien Life, Ten Year Countdown

Unerased History

Building Blocks In Spaaaaace!!!

PRESS RELEASES & NEWSLETTERS

Tiptree Winners

WINNERS OF THE 2014 JAMES Tiptree, Jr. AWARD ANNOUNCED

The James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award Council (www.tiptree.org) is pleased to announce that the 2014 Tiptree Award has two winners: Monica Byrne for her novel The Girl in the Road (Crown 2014) and Jo Walton for her novel My Real Children (Tor 2014).

The James Tiptree, Jr. Award is presented annually to works of science fiction or fantasy that explore and expand gender roles. The award seeks out work that is thought-provoking, imaginative, and perhaps even infuriating. It is intended to reward those writers who are bold enough to contemplate shifts and changes in gender roles, a fundamental aspect of any society.

Monica Byrne’s The Girl in the Road is a painful, challenging, glorious novel about murder, quests, self-delusion, and a stunning science-fictional big idea: What would it be like to walk the length of a few-meter-wide wave generator stretching across the open sea from India to Africa, with only what you can carry on your back? With profound compassion and insight, the novel tackles relationships between gender and culture and between gender and violence. It provides a nuanced portrait of violence against women, in a variety of forms, and violence perpetrated by women. Through the eyes of two narrators linked by a single act of violence, the reader is brought to confront shifting ideas of gender, class, and human agency and dignity.

Jo Walton’s My Real Children is a richly textured examination of two lives lived by the same woman. This moving, thought-provoking novel deals with how differing global and personal circumstances change our view of sexuality and gender. The person herself changes, along with her society. Those changes influence and are influenced by her opportunities in life and how she is treated by intimate partners, family members, and society at large. The alternate universe trope allows Walton to demonstrate that changes in perceptions regarding gender and sexuality aren’t inevitable or determined by a gradual enlightenment of the species, but must be struggled for. My Real Children is important for the way it demonstrates how things could have been otherwise — and might still be.

Honor List

In addition to selecting the winner, the jury chooses a Tiptree Award Honor List. The Honor List is a strong part of the award’s identity and is used by many readers as a recommended reading list. This year’s Honor List (listed in alphabetical order by the author’s last name) is:

Jennifer Marie Brissett. Elysium (Aqueduct Press 2014) — A masterfully layered tale of star-crossed lovers, ambiguously situated before, during, and after a devastating alien invasion. Adrian/Adrianne and Antoine/Antoinette move through a liminal, re-creative space that tells spooling variations of an original story we might never see, but can reconstruct. Variously lovers, siblings, and parent and child, these relationships change in subtle and overt ways that are tied to the gender of the characters in each looping iteration.

Seth Chambers, “In Her Eyes” (Fantasy & Science Fiction, January/February 2014) — This excellently written and evocative story is about a woman who is a polymorph, capable of drastically altering her body. It’s told from the point of view of the man who loves her. Each week she becomes a different woman for him, until she changes her gender, then her very self.

Kim Curran, “A Woman Out of Time” (Irregularity, edited by Jared Shurin, Jurassic London 2014)
— A fictionalized version of Joanna Russ’s classic How to Suppress Women’s Writing, based on a true history (with very mild adjustments). Time travel paradoxes, complexity theory, and alien intervention are beautifully interwoven in this lyrical exploration of the gendering of scientific discovery. The story’s epigraph will tempt readers to explore what is known of the life and work of Emile Du Chatelet, a contemporary of Voltaire and the translator and commentator of Newton’s work, and to undo the disservice she has been done by history.

Emmi Itäranta, Memory of Water (Harper Voyager 2014) (published in Finnish as Teemestarin kirja, Teos 2012) — This beautifully crafted novel, written simultaneously in English and Finnish, uses a delicately-told coming-of-age tale to examine a future replete with water crises, a totalitarian police state, and suffocating gender roles.

Jacqueline Koyanagi, Ascension (Masque Books 2013) — A fun, fast-paced space opera with surprising heft. Its beautifully diverse cast of characters explores intersections of gender and race, class, disability, and polyamory, all while racing to save the universe from certain destruction.

Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios, editors, Kaleidoscope (Twelfth Planet Press 2014) — An anthology of young-adult stories about diversity, many featuring queer or trans characters or gender issues. This is a book that should be in every middle and high-school library!

Pat MacEwen, “The Lightness of the Movement” (Fantasy & Science Fiction, April/May 2014) — A solid, well-told alien-contact story about a xeno-anthropologist studying an alien species. The alien’s gender roles are well described and very alien. Though the story never enters the aliens’ minds, MacEwen does a fabulous job of making it clear how the aliens think.

Nnedi Okorafor, Lagoon (Hodder & Stoughton, 2014) — This gloriously chaotic look at the day after aliens land in the lagoon off of Lagos, Nigeria’s coast approaches gender with a diversity that intersects with many aspects of modern Nigerian life: age, religion, social class and politics, among others. The character Ayodele, an alien who takes the form of a human woman to make first contact, is particularly noteworthy in how her chosen gender exposes fault lines across the panoply of characters that drive the narrative.

Nghi Vo, “Neither Witch nor Fairy” (Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, edited by Rose Fox and Daniel José Older, Crossed Genres, 2014) — Two orphaned brothers try to get by in 1895 Belfast. The story focuses on the younger brother, who thinks he’s a changeling. He asks the fairies to tell him what he truly is. (Saying anything more would be telling.)

Aliya Whiteley, The Beauty (Unsung Stories 2014) — A piece of disturbing, thought-provoking horror that explores what happens to a small community of men when sentient mushrooms spring from the graves of women who died years before from a deadly fungus infection. These mushrooms, called “Beauties” by the storytelling narrator, gradually and inexorably shift their roles over the course of the narrative, starting as supposedly mindless providers of comfort and ending with roles more traditionally masculine: inseminating, caring for the male mothers, and engaging in violent battles to protect their progeny. Allegorically explores a variety of aspects of the human experience, including gender and sexuality.

It was a particularly good year for gender-exploration in science fiction and fantasy. In addition to the honor list, this year’s jury also compiled the following long list of other works they found worthy of attention:

Corinne Duyvis, Otherbound (Amulet 2014)Meg Elison, The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (Sybaritic Press 2014)L.S. Johnson, “Marigolds” (Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, edited by Rose Fox and Daniel José Older, Crossed Genres 2014)Laura Lam, Shadowplay (Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry 2014)Ken Liu, “Knotting Grass, Holding Ring” (Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, edited by Rose Fox and Daniel José Older, Crossed Genres 2014)Sarah Pinsker, “No Lonely Seafarer” (Lightspeed Magazine, September 2014)Michael J. Sullivan, Hollow World (Tachyon 2014)Deborah Wheeler,Collaborators (Dragon Moon Press 2013)Cat Winters, The Cure for Dreaming (Amulet 2014)

The Tiptree Award winners, along with authors and works on the Honor List and the long list will be celebrated during Memorial Day weekend at WisCon (www.wiscon.info) in Madison, Wisconsin. Monica Bryne will attend the ceremony at WisCon, May 23-26, 2015 (www.wiscon.info); Jo Walton is unable to attend WisCon, but will be feted at an alternate celebration in San Francisco in August. (The Tiptree Award Motherboard firmly believes that you cannot have too many celebrations.) Each winner will receive $1000 in prize money, a specially commissioned piece of original artwork, and (as always) chocolate.

Each year, a panel of five jurors selects the Tiptree Award winner. The 2014 jurors were Darrah Chavey (chair), Elizabeth Bear, Joan Haran, Alaya Dawn Johnson, and Amy Thomson.

Reading for 2015 will soon begin. The jury panel consists of Heather Whipple (chair), Jacqueline Gross, Alessa Hinlo, Keffy Kehrli, and N.A. Sulway.

The Tiptree Award invites everyone to recommend works for the award. Please submit recommendations via the Tiptree Award website at www.tiptree.org, where you can also read more about the award, about works it has honored, and about past winners.

More background on the Tiptree Award
The James Tiptree, Jr. Award was created in 1991 to honor Alice Sheldon, who wrote under the pseudonym James Tiptree, Jr. By her choice of a masculine pen name, Sheldon helped break down the imaginary barrier between “women’s writing” and “men’s writing.” Her insightful short stories were notable for their thoughtful examination of the roles of men and women in our society.

Since its inception, the Tiptree Award has been an award with an attitude. As a political statement, as a means of involving people at the grassroots level, as an excuse to eat cookies, and as an attempt to strike the proper ironic note, the award has been financed through bake sales held at science fiction conventions across the United States, as well as in England and Australia. Fundraising efforts have included auctions conducted by stand-up comic and award-winning writer Ellen Klages, the sale of t-shirts and aprons created by collage artist and silk screener Freddie Baer, and the publication of four anthologies of award winners and honor-listed stories. Three of the anthologies are in print and available from Tachyon Publications and one is in print and available fromwww.lulu.com and directly from the Tiptree Award website. The award has also published two cookbooks featuring recipes and anecdotes by science fiction writers and fans, available through www.tiptree.org.

In addition to presenting the Tiptree Award annually, the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award Council occasionally presents the Fairy Godmother Award, a special award in honor of Angela Carter. Described as a “mini, mini, mini, mini MacArthur award,” the Fairy Godmother Award strikes without warning, providing a financial boost to a deserving writer in need of assistance to continue creating material that matches the goals of the Tiptree Award.

For more information on the Tiptree Award or this press release, contact Pat Murphy at or write to the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award Council at 680 66th St., Oakland, CA 94609.

###

I will be appearing in the next New York Theremin Society show along with
theremin greats Rob Schwimmer and Dorit Chrysler this Friday, April 17, at
Joe’s Pub. Hope you can make it out! Here is the official info:

The NY
Theremin Society presents:
“Thereminage à trois”
Performances on
Theremin by:
Dorit Chrysler
Scott Robinson
Rob Schwimmer

Friday
April 17th – 9pm
Joe’s Pub
at the Public Theater
425 Lafayette
St.
NYC, NY 10003-7021
212-539-8770

Tickets & Info:
http://joespub.publictheater.org/en/tickets/calendar/playdetailscollection/joes-pub/2015/n/ny-theremin-society/?SiteTheme=JoesPub

Price:
$15
Tele-Charge: 212 239 6200 or www.telecharge.com
Dinner
reservations:212-539-8778

“The Theremin is cool and now”
The NY
Theremin Society in The Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324669104578203943527912734.html

An evening of three accomplished Thereminists is rare enough, but to
hear a rendition of Bernard Herrmann’s “The Day the Earth Stood Still”
performed by a trio of thereminists does not happen every day. Dorit
Chrysler, Rob Schwimmer and Scott Robinson attempt the impossible and
present their latest solo works (including a number of premieres) and
collaborations on Theremin – The NY Theremin Society presents this evening
and continues its famed series of showcasing the sonic spectrum of the
most underestimated instrument of the 21st century…

###

 

Geeks OUT
Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser.

New York: Host a Queer Cartoonist in May!

Dear Geeks OUT,

Our friends at CLAGS, the Center for LGBTQ Studies at CUNY (The City University of New York), are organizing Queers & Comics, an LGBTQ Cartoonsts and Comics Conference being held this May–and they want your help! While this event is not organized by Geeks OUT, and is separate from our own FLAME CON in June, we think it’s going to be a terrific conference (just check out the current list of speakers below!), and wanted to share it with our readersMore details and contact information for Queers & Comics are included below.

Dear Friends,
As you may know, I’m organizing the first-of-its-kind Queer Cartoonist Conference, and over 100 LGBTQ cartoonists will be in NYC May 6-11. (More info below re Registration and Volunteers.)Would you like to host a cartoonist?If you’re a NYC Local who can host a cartoonist, email  with “Housing Offered” in the subject  line, how many nights you can host, (between May 6-11) and gender preference (if any). Please ask your friends if they’re interested in housing a cartoonist. (Free comics!)

Queers & Comics
LGBTQ Cartoonists and Comics Conference

Presented by CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies
The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave, NYC
May 7-8, 2015
Keynote Speakers:
Alison Bechdel (Dykes to Watch Out For, Fun Home)
Howard Cruse (Stuck Rubber Baby, Gay Comix)

Queers & Comics brings together over 100 international LGBTQ cartoonists and scholars to discuss their craft, and to document the history and significance of queer comics. Join us for two days of panels, workshops, slideshow presentations, and an exhibition of Queer Cartoon Art.  

Presenters include: Gengoroh Tagame, Ariel Schrag, Samuel Delany, Justin Hall, Hillary Chute, Phil Jimenez, Nicole Georges, Ivan Velez, Jr., Karen Green, Roberta Gregory, Robert Kirby, Cristy C. Road, Diane DiMassa, Trina Robbins, Ed Luce, Annie Murphy, Jennifer Camper, Jon Macy, Soizick Jaffre, Dylan Edwards, Eric Orner, Ellen Forney, and many more.

Registration and info:  www.clags.org/queers-comics
Follow @QueersComics on Twitter and Queers & Comics on Facebook

Volunteers will attend free.
To Volunteer, please email  and put “Volunteer” in the subject.

thanks,

Jennifer Camper

Copyright © 2015 Geeks OUT, All rights reserved.
you signed up through geeksout.org
Our mailing address is:

Geeks OUT

446 St Johns Pl
3C

Brooklyn, New York 11201

###

Get 50% off Astronomy titles, plus a free Amelia Freer ebook. Trouble viewing this email? Click here
Harper Collins Publishers

 

WIN THE BOOKS THAT INSPIRED THE TV SERIESIMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE GAME OF THRONES BOOKS AND DISCOVER THE UNTOLD HISTORY OF WESTEROS AND THE LANDS BEYOND

ENTER NOW
A REUNION OF GHOSTS‘Darkly and brilliantly funny … tragic, touching and against all odds strangely uplifting’ Stylist

ONLY £14.99

BUY NOW
Judith Claire Mitchell, A Reunion of Ghosts
FERN BRITTONBring Summer Home with Fern.
Fresh, Fabulous Fern is back with another Top 10 Sunday Times bestseller
ONLY £7.99

BUY NOW
Fern Britton, A Seaside Affair
50% OFF ASTRONOMY BOOKSGet 50% off many astronomy books including Brian Cox’s great Wondersseries

BUY NOW
50% off Bestselling Astronomy Books with Collins
FREE EBOOK TODAY ONLYGet Amelia Freer’s Spring: Eat. Nourish. Glow for freeRejuvenate yourself this Spring with this free eshort by bestselling healthy eating expert to the stars, Amelia Freer.

DOWNLOAD NOW
Amelia Freer, Spring: Eat. Nourish. Glow

###

APRIL 10, 2015
Brand new in the Detective category
Known for breaking new ground in radio and entertainment, Dragnet was truly a pioneering program in many ways. This was most evident in the actual stories told in each episode, some sentimental, some brutal, all as realistic as show star and creator Jack Webb could make them. Strong stories and great characterizations make up every show featured inDragnet, Volume 10.
The story featured in each episode is, as noted in the famous opening narration, “…true.” Although many shows focused on lesser crimes, Dragnet did not shy away from violence or topics thought forbidden. This program was in every sense a true police procedural and dealt with crimes of all sorts. Dragnet was one of the first radio shows to deal with crimes involving sexual motivations, true psychological issues, drug use among juveniles, and even the murder of children. Never gratuitous in its portrayal, Dragnet dealt with all crimes the same way that Jack Webb delivered Joe Friday’s lines – honestly and starkly.
Dragnet portrayed each procedure followed by policemen accurately, but took this accuracy even further. If a policeman read a description from a report, then listeners heard a page flip as descriptions were beyond the first page in an actual report. Steps from one office to the other or up the front steps of the police station numbered exactly the same as they did in real life.
The realistic interplay of characters on Dragnet captures a listener’s attention, giving fans that almost fly on the wall feeling as they listen to Friday and his partner investigate and interrogate. Enjoy episodes featuring honest, realistic stories and great performances on Dragnet, Volume 10.
6 hours – $8.99 Download / $17.98 Audio CDs
Special 50% discount Offer
featuring a set from the Detectives category

“Half a dozen bullets smashed through the window. I just held my breath and said a few appropriate words to any archangels who might be listening. I felt something bite into my neck. I thought, ‘So long, Mike…it’s been fun…'”
From the beginning, director William P. Rousseau envisioned Michael Shayne as a tough, two-fisted he-man, willing to take on any assignment so long as it paid him reasonably well. Previous Shayne adventures had placed him in numerous locales – in the books he was in Miami, while on-screen, he was based in New York – but Rousseau chose to place the character in New Orleans, presumably to take advantage of its unique and often mystical culture. To play the part, Rousseau and Sharpe hired Jeff Chandler, an up-and-coming radio actor who had distinguished himself by being equally adept at comedy as well as drama. Chandler, born Ira Grossel and raised in New York City, was in no way Irish and made no attempt to emulate that aspect of the character – but then this Michael Shayne had next to nothing to do with any earlier Michael Shaynes anyway. Clearly the idea was to make Shayne the New Orleans equivalent of Los Angeles’ Philip Marlowe – an underpaid, overworked gumshoe with a regular need for cash and an unfortunate tendency to attract bullets and beatings.
If all of this sounds a little over the top, with bullets and fists flying left and right, well…it is, but delightfully so. Walking a fine line between serious drama and send-up, The New Adventures of Michael Shayne works as well as it does primarily due to Chandler’s always believable performance, the support of radio regulars like William Conrad, Paul Frees, Frank Lovejoy, and Jack Webb, scripts by experienced radio scribes like Robert Ryf and Larry Marcus, and evocative music composed and conducted by John Duffy. Though it was produced for syndication, the series is so well produced and the performances so strong that it is virtually indistinguishable from similar network detective series of the time. Basically, if you enjoy Gerald Mohr in the classic Adventures of Philip Marlowe, you’ll happily findThe New Adventures of Michael Shayne to be more of the same – hard-hitting, action-packed, often downbeat, but always engrossing.
The fourteen sequential broadcasts heard in this collection have been transferred directly from a series of 16” transcriptions released by the Broadcasters Guild, originally intended for syndication to Canadian radio stations. All have been fully restored for outstanding audio fidelity – truly the finest and best sounding versions of these programs ever made available.
Specially priced until April 23. 7 hours – $5.24 Download / $10.49 Audio CDs
Special 50% discount Offer
featuring a set from the Western category

The late forties and early fifties saw an increasing demand for syndicated radio drama. With the Federal Communications Commission having imposed a freeze on the issuance of new television licenses, radio remained the major source of entertainment across small-town America well into the early 1950s, and local stations displayed an insatiable appetite for programming to make up for revenues lost by cuts in network compensation to affiliates. Producers of recorded programming therefore found it difficult to keep up with the demand for new series.Hollywood was quick to take note of this thriving market, and an increasing number of name stars realized that there was fast, easy money to be made in syndicated radio. This led to a barrage of new series built around marketable celebrities – series such as that spotlighted in this ten hour collection, Frontier Town.Recorded in Hollywood in 1952-53 and distributed by Broadcast Producers Syndicate, Frontier Town features up-and-coming action star Jeff Chandler in a role far removed from his best-known radio role as Mr. Boynton, the goofy biology teacher boyfriend of Eve Arden on Our Miss Brooks. Credited as “Tex” rather than “Jeff,” Chandler is heard here as Chad Remington, a tough-but-dedicated lawyer in the rough and tumble frontier town of Dos Rios. Chandler filled the lead role for twenty-three episodes before being replaced for the remainder of the series by veteran movie tough guy Reed Hadley. Remington fights for justice with the aid of his windbag snake-oil selling sidekick Cherokee O’Bannon, portrayed in a voice redolent of W. C. Fields by character comedian Wade Crosby. The series was written and directed by Paul Franklin, taking a break from his usual role as a top radio comedy writer, and features original organ music by Ivan Ditmars and Bob Mitchell, with Bill Forman announcing.
Specially priced until April 23. 10 hours – $7.49 Download / $14.99 Audio CDs

16″ Transcription Discs
190.htm.pngRadio Archives has a large selection of transcription discs for sale. Browse through hundreds of unique and interesting 16″ transcription discs that are not part of the auctions. Add them to the shopping cart and they will be mailed today. Sold by Radio Archives.
The unsold discs from the February 15th Broadway Records Auction have been added. These discs will be sold on a first come basis for the minimum bid. Browse through hundreds of UNSOLD transcription discs from recent Broadway Records disc auctions. Sold by Broadway Records.
We are happy to announce that we have decided to standardize the pricing of all our Spider audiobooks at $9.99 for the Downloads and $19.98 for the Audio CDs. This is a savings of $2 to $4 for the downloads and $4 to $8 for the Audio CDs effective immediately for all the previously released Spider audiobooks. With a new Spider audiobook being released every month, this is the perfect time to collect all the audiobooks you may have missed.
Will Murray’s Pulp Classics #77
by Norvell W. Page writing as Grant Stockbridge
Read by Nick Santa Maria. Liner Notes by Will Murray
Never before or since has there been a hero like theSpider. Driven, hunted, and violently committed to exterminating criminals of all calibers. A self-appointed savior of humanity, tortured manic-depressive, and undiagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, The Spider was known as the Master of Men.
Garbed in a black silk cloak, slouch hat and wearing an assortment of masks and strange disguises to make him look as fierce as his namesake, the Spider ran roughshod over a vicious legion of thugs and hoodlums, leaving behind him a trail of cold corpses branded by his calling card, a scarlet spider burned into their foreheads.
Now, from the pages of The Spider magazine comes his most insane challenge yet, The Mad Horde!
Above the panicked cries of terrified humans there rose the eerie howling of dogs gone mad. Scores of them! A hydrophobic army of destruction loosed cold-bloodedly to rend and tear and spread their shrieking madness through town and countryside…And once more the crisis finds the Spider battling single-handed, fighting alone to save a people who have, in their blindness, put a price upon his head.
A sinister mastermind has unleashed roving packs of wild canines upon the unprotected cities––a death’s head branded on their furry foreheads, every one injected with virulent, fast-acting hydrophobia! Thousands of wild dogs, feral cats, wolves, rats and even bats are injected with the plague and set free to infect innocent Americans. As the unchecked horror sweeps the midwest, casualties mount and the nation reels.
Can the Master of Men unlock this rabid riddle and save himself and those he loves in the bargain? Or will the Horde Master rule over all?
Nick Santa Maria reads The Mad Horde with indescribable emotion. Originally published in The Spider magazine, May, 1934.
5 hours – $9.99 Download / $19.98 Audio CDs
Will Murray’s Pulp Classics #78
Read by Milton Bagby. Liner Notes by Doug Ellis

The pulp magazine, Adventure, first appeared in 1910 and soon became renowned for its fiction from the top authors of the day, later being dubbed by Timemagazine, the “No. 1 Pulp.” With The Best of Adventureseries from Radio Archives, listeners are able to listen to these classic stories for the first time.
We kicked things off with “The Curved Sword” by Harold Lamb, one of Adventure’s most popular authors. Our second offering is “A Secret Society.” Talbot Mundy was the one Adventure author whose popularity exceeded even that of Lamb, and his character James Schuyler Grim — better known as Jimgrim – is one of his most enduring heroes. An American who initially is a British Secret Service Agent, Jimgrim and his band of fellow adventurers fought their way across the Middle East, India, Tibet and other foreign climes in 19 thrilling tales published in Adventure between 1921 and 1931.
Talbot Mundy spent half of 1920 in the Middle East, based in Jerusalem but travelling to Damascus and other areas as well. It was there that he obtained the background information that he would use in Jimgrim’s early adventures — which he stated were based on facts – starting with “The Adventure of El-Karak” which appeared in Adventure late in 1921. Indeed, Mundy claimed that Jimgrim was based on a man he knew in the Middle East, who had followed Lawrence of Arabia. “A Secret Society” finds Jimgrim leaving the British Secret Service to pursue a new, even more dangerous line of work. With his usual companions — Jeff Ramsden, Jeremy Ross and the Rajput, Narayan Singh – Jimgrim teams up with millionaire Meldrum Strange to form an organization to take on international criminals. Their adventures kick off here, as they fight a sinister Egyptian secret society whose web of blackmail and murder spans the globe! Read by voice actor Milton Bagby.
4 hours – $7.99 Download / $15.98 Audio CDs
Hi, my name is Bob Weinberg. I’m good friends with Doug Ellis and the two of us are both known as obsessive pulp magazine collectors. When I use the word “obsessive,” I mean exactly that. Doug and I have been collecting pulps most of our lives and we have tremendous collections of them. Recently, our buddy Tom Brown has allowed us to share our love of pulp fiction with his huge audience of Audiobook Lovers. I’ve been editing a line of pulp novels,The Best of Argosy, while Doug has been responsible for The Best of Adventure. But the pulp magazines are not our greatest collecting mania. Doug and I both collect original paintings used to illustrate science fiction, fantasy, and pulp magazines and books. Unfortunately, these originals are one-of-a-kind and are unavailable to the average collector except for those willing to pay astronomical prices.
I began buying and selling original artwork used for the covers of science fiction and fantasy paperbacks back in the 1970’s. At the time, collecting original SF Art was considered an interesting offshoot of actual collecting. Artwork sold for a few hundred dollars a painting, if that. But, as times changed, so did the cost of art. Prices skyrocketed. A piece I originally sold for $100, recently brought $15,000 at auction. Making it impossible to collect many of the finest paintings that were sold in the past fifty years. Until now!
Working together, Tom Brown, Doug Ellis and I are now selling stunning prints of some of the finest paintings in our collections. These are printed full color and will be reproduced directly from the actual art used to first publish these unique covers. They will offer the ultimate decoration for any collector interested in SF or pulp art.
Bob & Doug & Tom
The first three prints from Weinberg – Ellis Art Prints are ready to ship.
The best of timeless Pulp now available as cutting edge eBooks! Will Murray’s Pulp Classics brings the greatest heroes, awesome action, and two fisted thrills to your eReader! Presenting Pulp Icons such as the Spider, G-8 and His Battle Aces, Operator #5 as well as wonderfully obscure characters like the Octopus and Captain Satan. Will Murray’s Pulp Classics brings you the best of yesterday’s Pulp today!
G-8 and His Battle Aces #036 September 1936 Wings of Invisible Doom
Death! — companion of the skyways and champion of the War — has descended upon the Master Spy with all the grim fury of a monster’s hate! What are three men against the forces of hell itself! What price will brave men pay for their honor? The action is fierce, fast and frightening as we hearken to the Wings of Invisible Doom! G-8 and his Battle Aces rode the nostalgia boom ten years after World War I ended. These high-flying exploits were tall tales of a World War that might have been, featuring monster bats, German zombies, wolf-men, harpies, Martians, and even tentacled floating monsters. Most of these monstrosities were the work of Germany’s seemingly endless supply of mad scientists, chief of whom was G-8’s recurring Nemesis, Herr Doktor Krueger. G-8 battled Germany’s Halloween shock troops for over a decade, not ceasing until the magazine folded in the middle of World War II. G-8 and his Battle Aces return in vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
Dare-Devil Aces #62 May 1937 Trouble On Wings
Headline Hartley had a job to do before he filled a traitor’s grave, a job that meant a flight through Hell on the wailing wings of Fury! Dare-Devil Aces was another of the many pulps that rode the wave of popularity of World War I aviation tales in the decade after the conflict. It made its debut in February 1932 and lasted for an astounding 135 issues. It finally closed after World War II ended, with the November 1946 issue. During its run, it presented a wide assortment of high-flying aerial series, including The Red Falcon, The Vanished Legion, The Three Mosquitoes, Molloy and McNamara, The Black Sheep of Belogue, The Mongol Ace, Chinese Brady, Captain Babyface, Smoke Wade and others. Strap on your flying helmet, toss that scarf about your neck and get ready for some soaring action in the skies over France and Germany during the Great War. Dare-Devil Aces return in vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
All eBooks produced by Radio Archives are available in ePub, Mobi, and PDF formats for the ultimate in compatibility. When you upgrade to a new eReader, you can transfer your eBooks to your new device without the need to purchase anything new.
For the next two weeks The Shadow, Volume 12 can be added to any order for only 99 cents. No minimum order.
The Dark Avenger explores the worlds of magic and mystery in two of Walter Gibson’s most intriguing thrillers. The Shadow is buried alive when he battles Hindu thuggees of an ancient cult as he searches for the strange secrets of “The Serpents of Siva”. Then, Lamont Cranston visits a magic convention to investigate “The Magigals Mystery” — and encounters a distinctive raconteur in author Walter Gibson’s only pulp cameo. This classic collection also features George Rozen’s original covers, all the original interior art by illustrators Edd Cartier and Paul Orban, and historical articles on Walter Gibson’s magical world by Will Murray and Anthony Tollin. Double Novel Reprint – Specially priced until April 23 – $0.99

by Will Murray and Lester Dent, writing as Kenneth Robeson, cover illustration by Joe DeVito
When William Harper Littlejohn unearths a shadowy figure transfixed in ice, the renowned archeologist understands that he has made the most momentous discovery of his brilliant career. For inscribed over the frozen form is this chilling warning:
“IF I STILL LIVED, MANKIND WOULD TREMBLE!”
Who is this monster? Why does his name strike terror into the hearts of brave men? Can even Doc Savage control him once he breaks free of his icy tomb?
From the Gobi Desert to war-torn Free China, the Man of Bronze and his fighting crew battle a threat so terrifying that it could change the course of human history…. Softcover $24.95

The Knight of Darkness hunts hidden crimelords in two thrilling mysteries by Walter B. Gibson writing as “Maxwell Grant.” First, the only clue to the deadly crime wave engulfing Manhattan is a single wireless message typed out in Morse Code: “Q.”Then, a brilliant mathematician invents a system to chart future crimes. Can The Shadow use the “Formula for Crime” to solve the mysterious “X” and unmask a criminal mastermind? BONUS: an ultra-rare classic from the Golden Age of Comics! This instant collector’s item features both classic color pulp covers by George Rozen and Graves Gladney and the original interior illustrations by Earl Mayan and Paul Orban, with original commentary by popular culture historians Will Murray and Anthony Tollin. Double Novel Reprint $14.95

The greatest superhero of the pulp era returns in two-fisted thrillers by Lawrence Donovan and Lester Dent writing as “Kenneth Robeson.” First, Doc Savage is framed by a bronze lookalike as nightmarish reptilian creatures fill the air and Earth is threatened with environmental disaster in “Mad Eyes.” Then, Patricia Savage blunders into a death trap after she intercepts a message for Doc, and the only clue to her disappearance suggests “Death is a Round Black Spot.” This deluxe pulp reprint leads off with the classic color pulp cover by Robert G. Harris, and also features the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban and historical commentary by Will Murray, author of fifteen Doc Savage novels. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
Doc Savage, Volume 80, James Bama cover
The greatest superhero of the pulp era returns in two-fisted thrillers by Lawrence Donovan and Lester Dent writing as “Kenneth Robeson.” First, Doc Savage is framed by a bronze lookalike as nightmarish reptilian creatures fill the air and Earth is threatened with environmental disaster in “Mad Eyes.” Then, Patricia Savage blunders into a death trap after she intercepts a message for Doc, and the only clue to her disappearance suggests “Death is a Round Black Spot.”This deluxe pulp reprint leads off with a knockout cover painting by legendary illustrator James Bama and also features both color pulp covers, original interior illustrations by Paul Orban and historical commentary by Will Murray, author of fifteen Doc Savage novels. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
Sanctum Books completes its reprinting of the original 1936-37 pulp series by DOC SAVAGE’s Lawrence Donovan writing as “Clifford Goodrich” that inspired BATMAN’s first supporting character! First, an ingeniously concealed map holds the answer Police Commissioner James Gordon needs to stop flower-festooned serial slayings in “The Death Roses.” Then, The Whisperer invades China Hill to smash the weird“Murder Brotherhood.” Finally, it’s up to The Whisperer to discover why a philosophical Asian was “Afraid to Die” in a novelette by Alan Hathway from the back pages of THE SHADOW MAGAZINE! BONUS: Norgil the Magician takes the stage in a magical mystery by The Shadow’s Maxwell Grant, plus a classic Whisperer graphic story from the Golden Age of Comics! This instant collector’s item showcases the original color pulp covers by John Newton Howitt and Tom Lovell, the classic interior illustrations by Paul Orban and historical commentary by Will Murray and Anthony Tollin. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
Doc Savage Double Novel ReprintsBooks by Will MurrayLost Radio Scripts bookDoc Savage Audiobooks
The Shadow
The Shadow Double Novel Reprints
The Spider
The Spider Double Novel ReprintsThe Spider Double Novel ReprintsThe Spider Double Novel ReprintsThe Spider AudiobooksThe Spider eBooks
Magazines
50 more OTR LPs have just been added and 80 OTR LPs have been lowered in price today.

Comments From Our Customers!
Lee J. Rademaker writes:
I wanted to take a moment and THANK YOU for your HONESTY! That is a very rare commodity in today’s marketplace. Knowing of your integrity is a strong foundation stone in promoting customer loyalty! Anyway, I deeply appreciate your honest business ethics in a corrupt world! I told a friend of mine in Michigan about your honesty to me, and he is now going to check out your website! They say that word of mouth is the best advertisement!
John Weiser writes:
Aloha from relatively peaceful and somewhat innocent Honolulu. Having spent most of my life in the islands, I was attracted to your CD which had a San Francisco setting, the area of my college education. Moreover, your selection of Michael Gwynne as the sole narrator in particular peaked my interest as I had thoroughly enjoyed his work on your Captain Zero release. The Dr. Sin story presents an enormous challenge to the narrator. Not only are there continuous settings which require timing and emotion, but the sheer volume of characterizations, many of which are presented in violent conflict come to vibrant life when read by Mr. Gwynne. How he is able to play multiple voices and dialects with such ease is most impressive. Singing Mummies is a must listen for anyone who can relate to the colorful setting of San Francisco of 1930-1940. I heartily recommend it.
If you’d like to share a comment with us or if you have a question or a suggestion send an email to . We’d love to hear from you!

3 ways to order.
1. Website RadioArchives.com
2. Phone 800-886-0551
3. Email Reply to this email with what you want to order. Payment information will be sent to you.
Whichever method you prefer, order by 7:30pm EDT and your order is mailed today!

The products you’ve read about in this newsletter are just a small fraction of what you’ll find waiting for you at RadioArchives.com. Whether it’s the sparkling audio fidelity of our classic radio collections, the excitement of our audiobooks and eBooks, or the timeless novels of the pulp heroes, you’ll find hundreds of intriguing items at RadioArchives.com.

###

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.