Hurra, eine neue Folge Schriftsonar

Ich muss ja gestehen, ich war wohl zu lange gafia um Schriftsonar bereits früher kennenzulernen, denn ich bin erst 2009 darauf gestossen. Seitdem bin ich aber ein Fan.
Die Herren Stoffel und Schneiberg plaudern intelligent, gekonnt und professionell über Science Fiction und artverwandte Literatur. Man muss nicht immer mit den beiden übereinstimmen, aber respektieren muss man sie. Erstens liegen sie für meinen Geschmack oft genug richtig mit ihren Einschätzungen und zweitens haben sie die Eier eine eigene Meinung zu vertreten. Ebenfalls hervorzuheben – es ist endlich mal ein phantastischer Podcast mit erträglicher Musikauswahl.

Ich habe über Schriftsonar schon einige gute Buchempfehlungen bekommen und freue mich auf mehr. Die neueste Folge gibt es entweder auf www.schriftsonar.de oder bei den üblichen verdächtigen wie iTunes &co.

Ehrlich gesagt würde ich mir wünschen, mehr Podcaster würde sich ein Beispiel an Schriftsonar nehmen und vielleicht seltener dafür aber besser und strukturierter auf Sendung gehen. Ich denke da etwa an die Rollenspielpodcasts wie Ausgespielt oder System Matters, für die ich durchaus Sympathien hege, die ich aber irgendwann nicht mehr weiterverfolgt habe, weil hin und wieder ein gepflegtes und ungeplantes Geplauder ganz nett ist aber auf die Dauer ist mir das dann doch etwas zu wenig. (Nix für ungut Leute!)

Some Lovecraft audio drama reviews on SFF Audio

One of the good things about writing about your hobbies is that occassionally you get some nice stuff for free – so that you can write about them.

Quite some time ago I got the awesome CD versions of the audio dramas that are produced by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society. You should totally check out the series (Dark Adventure Audio Drama). They are well produced, great adaptations and don’t lack a certain humour as well. There are MP3 downloads available.

But I won’t go into any details because you can find the first two reviews up on SFF Audio.

The first one is about The Dunwhich Horror, the second about The Shadow out of Time.

I know, I have said it many time before but if you are into science fiction, or fantasy (or crime and mystery) audio books and drama you should totally check out  SFFAudio.

Ego-inflationism

Self-adulation is not exactly a positive character trait, however, I have to say that I am rather chuffed by the fact that WORMWOOD (one of the best free mystery audiodrama podcasts around) have chosen to use some fan art by yours truly as the cover of episode 22 A farewell to (f)arms. Thanks, David!

A farewell to (f)arms

Cover of Wormwood episode 22: A farewell to (f)arms

How I made this picture? Well, that’s an entirely different story for another time. Suffice it to say that there is far less digital image tweaking in there than it seems.

Terry Pratchett on the stage

Last night I went to see”Wyrd Sisters – The Director’s Cut” a stage version of the well known Terry Pratchett novel. As I found out in late 2007 south Oxfordshire, or Abingdon more precisely is the place to be when you are into Terry Pratchett stage adaptations.

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Losing podcast virginity…

I’ve just spent a bit more than an hour talking to the folks from SFF Audio about audio books and audio dramas, computer games, books and TV series. If you wanna listen to me not knowing of what I am talking about for at least half the time, you can listen to it online or subscribe to SFF Audio podcast. The episode should be available some time tomorrow EDIT: Is available now. Of course I forgot half the stuff that I wanted to talk about and only remembered it after we finished recording. Maybe another time then…
Anyway, it was good fun, so thanks to Jesse and Scott for having me on the show.

HPLHS: At the Mountains of Madness

My few postings about audio dramas are – according to the WordPress stat tool – among the most popular of this blog, so maybe you guys will find this interesting. There is a review of the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society’s audio drama production of At the Mountains of Madness up at SFFAudio. Continue reading

New Audio Drama by H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society

The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society is known for producing high-quality props for Live Action Roleplaying Games in a Lovecraftian setting. They have also produced a movie and an audio drama – At the Mountains of Madness – in the tradition of Old Time Radio shows. (I will have to say something about the latter at another place soon).

The Dunwich Horror as audio drama

Yesterday saw the official release of The Dunwich Horror, another story by the grandmaster himself. It is available on CD (with a couple of props) or as MP3 download (Payments via Paypal accepted).

The Dunwich Horror as audio drama

Once I got a chance to listen to it, I will let you know more.

There is also a really old time radio version of this available, an episode of the famous CBS “Suspense” show from the 1940’s. You can download it (perfectly legal) from the Internet Archive.

Shambleau on BBC 7

Did I mention that I’m into radio drama and audio books? No? Now you know.

Among any audiodramaphile’s favorite stops on the internets is definitely BBC 7 with many re-runs or specially commissioned stories and dramatisations.

This week I was especially delighted to see that they are broadcasting “Shambleau” by C.L. Moore, a story I discovered many years ago in the excellent Penguin Book of Vampire Stories and it became one of my favorite stories therein. It’s an early science-fiction story, you know of the kind when Mars was a desert planet (well it actually is) but habitable and with the remnants of an ancient civilisation and Venus was covered with dense jungles crawling with alien monsters. C.L. Moore was one of the first (or the first?) women to make it into the almost exclusively male club of pulp SF writers. Among her creations is Northwest Smith, of whose adventures and exploits many of her stories tell. When I first read that story I thought that if George Lucas did not think of Northwest Smith when he came up with Han Solo then I don’t know what. Northwest is a smuggler and gunslinger his blaster raygun always at his side -ready to shoot first. His friend and partner in crime, Yarol, is a Venusian alien (having the great advantage of being able to speak without having to rely on guttural Wookie noises), and the Maiden, his ship, is old and quite unremarkable but the fastest one in the solar system. I bet it could beat the Falcon on the Kessel run anytime. 😉

However, Moore’s “Shambleau” has a twist, is much more, well, modern than you might expect of a story of that time and medium.

Anyway, if you’re into the sense of wonder kind of pulp-era science fiction you should absolutely give this one a try. Via the Listen Again feature you can listen to the show for 6 days after it was broadcast.

P.S. I just started to listen to the first part and although the narrator is a professional one I am not entirely sure whether choosing a female voice was such a good idea. I think the male perspective of Northwest Smith would have benefited from a male narrator emphasising the whole idea of the story.