StarShipSofa No 249 Kim Stanley Robinson

August 1, 2012 by Tony C. Smith

Coming Up

Fact: Covering The Sofa by Skeet – Andreas Rocha 01:50

Main Fiction: The Timpanist of the Berlin Philharmonic, 1942 by Kim Stanley Robinson 05:20

Fact: Looking Back at Genre History by Amy H Sturgis 51:30


  1. Amy:
    So glad you chose “Usher II” for your Bradbury tribute. It was my introduction to Bradbury in an English class and some of my earliest exposure to scifi. It was presented to me as a standalone, so I was pleasantly surprised when I was reminded (on research for my own tribute) that it was part of Martian Chronicles. Really enjoyed your retrospective.

  2. An absolutely *magnificent* music appreciation lesson. I have often listened to Beethoven’s “Choral” with tumultuous feelings. This rendition of it opened new views in to the old work. Thanking the author most heartily. And Diana, oh! the narration was precisely like my favourite classical music editor of the local broadcasting company introducing the night’s programme.

    I need a couple more listens, though. There were a couple of elements in the story that I did not comprehend.

  3. Wow!


    That was an amazing episode. Every element is an inspirational piece of work, the art work, the amazing story around the performance of Beethoven’s 9th (I can’t decide if it’s science fiction, but I’m glad that you were able to share it) and the glimpse back at a Ray Bradbury short story that I’d previously missed.


    That was an incredible reading, you really bought Kim Stanley Robinson’s words to life. I’m going to have to listen to the 9th Symphony again, but I’m sure it’ll never sound the same again.


    The story The Veldt also left a lasting impression on me as a teenager. I now need to dig out the Martian Chronicles again as that story must have gone straight over my head back when I originally read it.

    Thanks all for a quality episode.