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Science Fiction in the Age of Revolution (Robert Silverberg)

This is a speech given by Silverberg in at Worldcon in 1970, when he was in his middle period. This placed him somewhere between the reactionary conservatives of the Analog gang and the placard waving revolutionaries of Ellison's set, out in the crossfire. I really wish this was in text form because an awful lot of it needs footnoting.

I never realized how much like Tom Lehrer Robert Silverberg sounded.

And that's it for the Time Traveler Show. Not sure where I go from here.
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Sodom and Gomorrah, Texas (R.A. Lafferty) & interview with William Coon

In the Lafferty, read by Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodard, a determined census worker puts his unusual degree of knowledge about his assigned territory to use in the effort to document everyone. This does not end well.

This is followed by a relatively long interview with voice actor William Coon.
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"A Most Unusual Greyhound" & " "Distant Replay" (Mike Resnick)

The first is a Damon Runyon pastiche in which the narrator bookie tries to help a werewolf find some way to make enough money to pay the bookie the money the bookie feels the werewolf owes him. The ending is kind of abrupt; I got the feeling the author got bored.

The second, a Hugo nominee, is a sentimental tale of an old man who notices a younger woman who looks a lot like his dead wife back when she was young and also not dead. The similarities go farther, which puts the old guy in an interesting spot that does not include him mashing on the woman in question.

Speaking of Hugo nominated, this ends with Resnick talking to his audience. His campaigning for the Hugo is pretty amazingly shameless.
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Missing Link (Frank Herbert)

A hapless junior officer is put on the job of working out if a newly discovered group of aliens can be reasoned with or if the human ship in orbit will have to kill them all. The key to friendly relations turns out to lie in Insane Troll Logic combined with some extremely dubious North American anthropology.

The performance is fine; my snarking is directed at the story. Why was Herbert a Big Name Author, again? How low was the bar set in his hey day?
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Interview with Jim C. Hines

Exactly what it says on the tin. Hines also reads from Goblin War, which at the time of the interview had not been released.
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The Velvet Glove (Harry Harrison)

In a world where humanoid robots have to buy their freedom, such as it is, and are subject to summary execution by angry mob, one robot wins a small degree of respect as all oppressed peoples in the past have, by risking his life for the convenience of the majority. Also, it's not so much respect as he trades the criminal gang who will kill him if he says no for the cops, who will also kill him if he says no. Baby steps!

This was not as subtle as it could have been. But it was the fifties and probably a lot of readers would have missed the point if it was subtle.
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"Prone" by Mack Reynolds; "An Incident on Route 12" by James H. Schmitz; "Will You Wait?" by Alfred Bester

"Prone" by Mack Reynolds

The military struggles to deal with an accident-prone soldier too well-connected to simply eject from the armed forces. Happily, there is a service for which he is peculiarly well suited.

(I think I read this in The Best of Mack Reynolds)


"An Incident on Route 12" by James H. Schmitz

A ruthless hijacker runs into a colleague.

(I have no idea where this first ran. Also, apparently there's more than one way to pronounce Karres)


"Will You Wait?" by Alfred Bester

A man tries to sell his soul to the devil. The manner in which this process has been depicted in fiction turns out to have simplified in the interests of narrative brevity.

(This has been collected in a number of places but I somehow managed to miss them all)
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Stross, Scalzi and Buckell on International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day

I am just going to cut and paste the description:


A special episode of the Time Traveler Show. Recorded on International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day Eve at Penguicon in Michigan (4-22-07). This panel discussion about Creative Commons and Internet Marketing broached the subject of giving your stuff away with three SF author "web scabs". Charles Stross, John Scalzi, and Tobias Buckell explain why they give away so much of their work. They even play devil's advocate explaining some arguments against putting your works out there for free.

Charlie Stross even wore his Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Wretch shirt!


Two comments: it would have been better had they found a lucid pro-DRMer or two to take part and for the most part the comments from the audience are inaudible. Otherwise, interesting walk down memory lane for an era now lost to fading memory.
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Pseudo Meta Beta Cast 1.0

This is an interview with Anne Murphy of the Science Fiction Oral History Association but the sound quality was too low for me to make any of the words out.
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Slow Djinn (Mack Reynolds)

Read by Jeremiah Costello, this details the comic misadventures of a man who foolishly agrees to accept ownership of an extremely stupid djinn.

There's really so much to appreciate here: the moron jokes, the fat jokes, the casual acceptance of slavery and abduction for sexual purposes. I cannot see why this was not reprinted.
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Interview w/ Tobias Buckell

What it says on the tin: the Time Traveler interviews Buckell at Penguincon. The interview covers what you would expect in an interview with a new author. Buckell also reads from his novel Ragamuffin despite some annoying technical issues.

Biracial himself, Buckell admits to the existence of POC in his fiction; he even uses them as protagonists. Not surprisingly, he gets hate mail because of this.
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The Art of Collaboration (Fred Pohl & Jack Williamson

This is exactly what it says on the tin: a 1977 lecture by Williamson and Pohl on collaboration.

Their political differences get mentioned a few times. I have to admit I never particularly thought of Williamson having politics.

This got delayed because one of my earbud thingies died and the combination of Williamson's accent and soft spoken ways meant I needed both to have any hope of understanding him.
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The New Accelerator (H.G. Wells)

Read by Tim Rowe. Two Edwardian (just) gentlemen experiment with a substance that can accelerate human metabolism many-fold, which is to say they walk through a crowd of their fellow British subjects at speeds of several miles a second. Happily a horrific carnage does not result.

The narrator is quite keen on all the extra time this will give people but it seems to me the wonderful unimpeded time only is available if a few have the Accelerator.
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2BR02B (Kurt Vonnegut)

As read by William Coelius, this is a story about a man in a world with strict population limits looking for an innovative way to find room for his three newborns.

Of course, this all falls apart if birth control is available and reliable because then you can schedule births once deaths have freed up slots; even if it's not 100% reliable - and it won't be - it should make it possible to avoid situations like this guy is in. Often I'd give stories like this a pass for predating the Pill but this is from Worlds of If, January 1962 and the Pill was approved for use in 1960.
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Doom From Planet 4 (Jack Williamson)

The story, read by Bill Coon, is a relatively early Williamson, from Astounding Stories of July 1931. In it a young man and a brilliant scientist's beautiful daughter try to undo her father's work, or at least the part about accidentally facilitating the invasion of Earth by malevolent machines FROM MARS!

The lead gets over the death of his crew PDQ. And he falls for the scientist's beautiful daughter pretty fast too but he has to because this is a short story without room for a lengthy courtship (plus he may have been mooning over her picture in the paper for some time).
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The Night He Cried (Fritz Leiber) & panel discussion at ConFusion 2007

The story, read by Clarissa der Nederlanden of the Red Panda Show, is one that has come up before, a send up of the violently misogynist Micky Spillane stories.


The panelists were "Elizabeth Moon, Howard Waldrop, John Scalzi, Tobias Buckell, Karl Schroeder and more"; it felt to me like a sampling of the conversation and ranged in topic from ebooks to Moon's experiences raising an autistic child.
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Spawning Ground (Lester Del Rey) & Interview with Paul S Jenkins

This swaps the usual order around; first Jenkins reads the del Rey and then the host interviews him.

The story involves explorers under the gun to find suitable worlds for colonization before the sun goes nova. The general problem is none of the worlds so far are really all that Earthlike. The specific problem is that two expeditions have vanished while exploring a new world; the third team is understandably nervous. Although not nervous enough, as it turns out.

Jenkins is the author of The Plitone Revisionist (a science-fiction podcast novel) and a reviewer. His site can be found here.
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Time Traveler Show 10 - Asimov Speaks!

Dick's first published story as read by Mac Kelly. A human space man buys a Martian creature, a Wub, planning to eat it. The Wub objects but the captain seems resolute in his purpose.

This is a short episode (although it also includes some excerpts of other works)

I've run into this before, haven't I? From time to time the voice of the Wub reminded me of Richard Nixon, which was a bit odd.
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Time Traveler Show 10 - Asimov Speaks!

This is an hour-lecture by Asimov from 1974. It ends with a Q&A.

This includes material ranging from fannish pandering bingo to some interesting stuff. Interesting to revisit the Fusion by 2000 or Dooooom stuff from the 1970s; did people just not know about all the coal under the ground or what?

I feel for the guy who mangles "Andromeda". I certainly have words I will only use in written form, although not that one; I guess his school didn't touch on the Greek myths.

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