Der Twist Beginnt

Apologies for being absent in recent weeks / months. It was a crazy stressful time at work, involving various business trips to faraway places. It’s time for some stress-reduction! And some whimsy! Ya, hören wir uns Chubby Checker, Der Twist Beginnt

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Solaris Soundtrack Artwork

The haunting soundtrack by Eduard Artemyev for the masterpiece SF film Solaris has been floating around the inter-tubes.   I didn’t really care for any of the existing DVD or CD cover artwork, so I cooked up my own custom cover from a still showing Kris Kelvin walking through the circular hall of the space station. […]

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Liz Zitzow Remembers her father, Harold P. Zitzow

A discussion of fandom and Harold P. Zitzow’s Science Fiction Collection, as related by his daughter, Liz Zitzow. Harold Zitzow learned telegraphy from a correspondence course, and never finished high school. But after serving in the armed forces, he took his G.E.D. exam and was accepted into MIT, where he completed his degree in electrical […]

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Chicken Little Protein: Space Merchants Radio Play

One of the great satirical classics of Science Fiction is surely “Space Merchants,” by Fred Pohl and Cyril M. Kornbluth, which skewers the American traditions of corporate greed, deceptive advertising, and the treatment of consumers as stooges, suckers, retarded fools, and miserable cattle. The story accomplishes this in a slick, almost effortless Science Fiction setting, […]

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Kropotkin is arrested and locked up in the fortress

DBR Podcast 2 – Memoirs of a Revolutionist. An excerpt from Memoirs of a Revolutionist, Peter Kropotkin’s Memoirs describing the ideals of young socialists in Russia during the late 19th Century, as well as the frenzy of secret police crackdowns on everyone who seemed suspicious. Recorded 20 Jan 2008, Salem, Mass. [time 26.57, size 25 […]

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Mayakovsky Meets David Berliuk

An excerpt from Wiktor Woroszylski’s Life of Mayakovsky (1970), in which Mayakovsky meets Berliuk for the first time and also composes his first poem. The setting is Moscow, 1911, at the School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, where they have both just been admitted as students. Mayakovsky Meets David Berliuk (3:33), Diamond Bay Radio, Jan […]

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