June 15, 2012 at 7:54 am #22857
Tony C. SmithMember
Welcome to the Nook 0:00:00
Ray Bradbury Remembered 0:00:12
Main Fiction: The Day I Didn’t Meet Christopher Walken by Martin Mundt 0:27:15
Good NightJune 21, 2012 at 9:37 pm #22873
Christopher Walken lives up the road from me. Should I bump into him, which doesn’t happen very often, I’ll make sure to tell him about Martin Mundt’s great story that Walken isn’t actually in.June 22, 2012 at 3:42 am #22876
So, Gota, I meant what I said. If he’s interested and would be willing to do just his lines of dialogue from the story, I’ll re-edit it and air it again.June 22, 2012 at 4:49 pm #22877
A wiser head than mine once said – and not in these exact words I’m sure – that one way he knew the Golden Age of sf had ended was when it was no longer possible to “know” all the writers and their works in the genre. I’ve always felt a connection with my own formative years, when with the natural, naive arrogance of the pre-teen I throught I understood the breadth of the genre in terms of a handful of Big Name tent-poles: “Doc” Smith, Arthur C Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Andre Norton, and of course Ray Bradbury.
I grew older and both the sf/fantasy genre and my experience of it have grown wider, but I still look back fondly on that time when I felt I fully grasped the entire field. Now all those Big Names have finally become prefaced by the phrase “the late …”, which is a strangely provocative and nook-appropriate portent of mortality.
Mr Bradbury is the Golden Age master I’ve read the least. His style didn’t lend itself to my taste. “The Fog Horn” was a set English text at school, and nothing beats the joy out of a story faster than teaching it. So the sad news wasn’t as dramatic a blow as others have obviously felt.
What did knock the wind out of me a day or two ago was the news that stalwart genre actor Richard Lynch had died – and that it was several days before friends were concerned enough to investigate. I’m sure I can’t be the only person to have relished his work in TV and film, but I thought I’d grab an opportunity to extend some kind of eulogy. I didn’t know Mr Lynch, but I always enjoyed every man-sized bite he seemed to relish taking from every scene. I’ll single out his turn as Cromwell in “The Sword and the Sorcerer” as a personal favourite.
I also hope the sad news at the opening hasn’t overshadowed this month’s story. For me, it’s one of those stories you sometimes find in a collection that’s not smack on the nose of the genre and not the reason you paid for admission, but afterwards you’ll sit back and smile to yourself and say “oh yeah … THAT one …”
As ever, Larry, a big thumbs-up to the lean structure of an all-story podcast.
And for anyone who shares Larry’s low spirits at the scarcity of radio drama in the US, or has had their interest piqued by this podcast but would like to listen to something more contemporary, let me also take the opportunity to sing the praises of Merrie Olde England’s BBC. There’s all sorts of spoken word material on the BBC channels Radio 4 and Radio 4xtra (formely BBC7), all available free thoughout the world on the BBC website via its “iPlayer”. Genre fans in particular should check out the sf/fantasy/supernatural strand on 4xtra that runs “live” from 6pm to 7pm UK time, and includes drama and abridged novel readings.June 22, 2012 at 9:21 pm #22880
I haven’t seen him in a while but next time I do I will certainly ask. He and his wife are lovely people. You never know what someone will say until you ask them.June 22, 2012 at 11:23 pm #22881
Yep. I tried to ask but couldn’t breach the “people” barrier. Odd since I used to do casting for the ABC daytime’s and celebrity casting for the Organic Theater here in Chicago. Ah well.
LarryDecember 21, 2012 at 7:20 pm #24097
for those who have any interest in old radio shows, there is a great little podcast called Relic Radio that is once a week with 2 shows in eaach airing. The have some greats like Suspense, The Whistler, The Key, and many more. The audio quality can range from good to less than good, nothing like the suberb quality that is found here.
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