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Two early science fiction stories by the wonderful craftsman, Philip K. Dick. In the Crystal Crypt, taken from the 1954 Planet Stories, the war between Mars and Terra is about to erupt and earth has only merchants and salesmen to fight; can they carry out their mission? Beyond the Door is a story that asks and answers the question: what lives beyond the door? And is it dangerous? (Summary by Phil Chenevert)
 
Two stories in the inimitable Philip Dick style. What is a Wub? A 400 pound slovenly, fat, ungainly, drooling animal that looks like a cross between a walrus and an enormous hog? Well, yes that is pretty much what he looks like and for 50 cents, a good bargain no matter how he tastes. The hungry spaceship crew expect to find out. Of course the Wub may not entirely agree but it doesn't have much to say about it. The second story, The Skull, is a skilful mesh of time travel, unscrupulous gover ...
 
Early victories by the USSR in a global nuclear war cause the United Nations government to retreat to the moon leaving behind troops and fierce autonomous robots called “Claws”, which reproduce and redesign themselves in unmanned subterranean factories. After six bloody years of conflict the Soviets call for an urgent conference and UN Major Joseph Hendricks sets out to meet them. Along the way he will discover what the Claws have been up to, and it isn’t good… - Second Variety was first pub ...
 
X Minus One is widely considered among the finest science fiction dramas ever produced for radio. The first 15 episodes were new versions of Dimension X episodes, but the remainder were adaptations of newly published science fiction stories by leading writers in the field, including Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Robert A. Heinlein, Frederik Pohl and Theodore Sturgeon, along with a few original scripts. For baby boomer's that liked The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone and for ...
 
Aliens have invaded the earth! Horrible one celled creatures disguised as normal human beings ! Well, at least that is what it seems to the author. Yes, The Eyes Have It is a whimsical story, making gentle fun of certain writing styles, but only a topflight science-fictionist like Philip Dick , we thought, could have written this story, in just this way. Tony and the Beetles takes place far in the future when Earth's enormous colonial empire is well established but the question is, how long ...
 
The terrible destruction of total nuclear war between the Western and Eastern Blocks has succeeded in sterilizing the surface of the earth. No living creature can now exist there and all humans on both sides, have fled to the hives built miles below the surface where they constantly work to produce the war materials necessary to carry on the battle. For 8 years now, the actual fighting between these super powers has been conducted by robots known as Ledeys since only they can sustain the ter ...
 
Tales of speculative fiction have been told since before recorded history, but in the past century it has grown into an art form all its own. From Asimov to Wells, from adventures in space opera to cyberpunk dystopias, from Amazing Stories to your e-reader and beyond, join us as we discuss some of the most important and acclaimed science fiction novels of all time. Warning: Here be spoilers.
 
Join your hosts, Wayne Henderson and Steve Salyer, for in-depth theories, discussion, fun, and your thoughts about the TV series Electric Dreams. From the genius of the Philip K. Dick, comes a series of short stories adapted for the small screen by a creative team including Ronald D. Moore and Bryan Cranston! The Electric Dreams Podcast is an unofficial, fan podcast, on the Golden Spiral Media podcast network. Wayne also hosts the Doctor Who podcast, Don’t Blink, as well as the Packers Fan P ...
 
Dark Softly Tales is a weekly podcast of horror, suspense and dark fantasy stories written, produced and narrated by Mav Skye. The podcast will host dark fiction by guest authors and occasional interviews. Eventually, we will add additional weekly episode of true tales of the supernatural and fantastic.
 
New to DUST? Start with Season Three: CHRYSALIS, starring Corey Hawkins, Toni Collette, and more! DUST is the premier destination for immersive science fiction audio stories. Previous Seasons: Season Three, CHRYSALIS: When an AI awakens after the genocide of the human race by an unknown alien species, it sets off on a path of vengeance across the known universe...and beyond. Season Two, FLIGHT 008: Eleven of the biggest writers in science fiction, through eleven unique stories, follow one si ...
 
Tank Riot is a never dull audio podcast that digs deep into the minds of Viktor, Sputnik, and Tor. Each podcast starts you on a winding audio journey with destinations such as Fritz Haber, Edward Bernays, William Henry Harrison, Woodrow Wilson, Hogan's Heroes, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Stranger Things, CFAA, Spectre, The Martian, Pope Francis's Global Warming Encyclical, Vincent van Gogh, John Carpenter, Nick Drake, Ada Lovelace, Deep State, Blaxploitation Films, Spaghetti Westerns, John Way ...
 
**Due to references to marijuana and strong language, this podcast is intended for audiences over 21.** Addie is off to save the multiverse. Just as soon as she finishes this joint. "Everyone's trying to be Philip K. Dick." That's how Tristan greets clueless stoner bartender Addie McCallister that first day, which probably should have tipped her off that nothing about this job interview—or the speculative fiction publishing house she's ended up in—would unfold as planned. But it doesn't, and ...
 
Classic lit with a modern tone, every other week. From the creators of Myths and Legends, comes an altogether same-but-different podcast set in the world of classic lit. These are the stories of Dracula, The Time Machine, The Three Musketeers. They're stories written by Jane Austen, Shakespeare, and H.P. Lovecraft, but with a casual, modern tone. Listen as Jason and Carissa Weiser breathe new life into the classics and tell the stories of some of the greatest books ever written.
 
Like a pink laser beam of nonsense beaming straight into your brain hole longtime Dickheads, authors David Agranoff and Anthony Trevino, break down each of Philip K. Dick's novels in order of publication with very little help from their engineer Langhorne J Tweed. Plus: Interviews. Story Vs. Film episodes. And other bits of PKD history.
 
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Larry Thomas gives his wife a gift hoping for a little respect— respect he doesn’t dare give but demands to receive. He learns the hard way from a little cuckoo clock that has been wound one too many times. Today’s story is Beyond the Door by Philip K Dick. Music: Broken Glass by Eneide (Epidemic Music) www.darksoftlytales.com www.darksoftlytalespo…
 
In this episode, Riz talks with documentary filmmaker Rodney Ascher, whose recent film is A Glitch in the Matrix. This was the first of several simulation related movies to be released this year. They discuss the process of making the film, why it's different from other works on simulation, simulation theory and religion, the dark side of simulatio…
 
In A Secular Age, the Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor tries to come to grips with the seismic development that transformed the world after the Renaissance, namely the secularization of the society and soul of Western humanity. What does it mean to live in an age where religion, once the very matrix of social existence, is relegated to the realm…
 
For our last story honoring #BlackHistoryMonth we bring you “The Brothers” by Louisa May Alcott. I learned another term this week. Contraband. Well, I know this word, but I didn’t know it was used in this way: Contraband was a term commonly used in the United States military during the American Civil War to describe a new status for certain escaped…
 
This week we bring you two more stories in honor of #BlackHistoryMonth Kate Chopin is not African American. But I feel this particular story is appropriate here, because this week we reflect on “mixed-race”, as is Chesnutt. Charles W. Chesnutt was born of parents who were free persons-of-color and his grandfather was a slave owner. He was considere…
 
In this episode, Riz talks with Joe Artuso, Director of Marketing at OpenBCI, about the state of the industry when it comes to interfacing computers with your brain. Riz asks Joe about OpenBCI's initiatives to get an open source low cost headset out to the market, and talks about how far away we are from sci fi BCIs, exploring scenarios ranging fro…
 
With his latest film, a meditation on what it means to believe we live in a computer simulation, Rodney Ascher has once again placed himself among the most innovative and visionary filmmakers working in the documentary form today. While the "Simulation Hypothesis" has been a hot topic ever since The Matrix came out in 1997, it is Ascher's ability t…
 
This week we continue our tribute to Black History Month. Paul Dunbar was the husband of last week’s author Alice Dunbar Nelson until he died is 1906 of TB. Born to former slaves in Dayton, Ohio, where he was boyhood friends with the Wright Brothers, Paul Laurence Dunbar is best remembered for lines from Sympathy that became the title of Maya Angel…
 
Hello. This time we are joined by fellow dickhead Stephen Graham Jones author of the highly praised horror novel The Only Good Indians, to discuss PKD's twenty-fourth published novel, the ubiquitous Ubik. The story starts in classic PKD form, and just when you think you know where it's going, it takes a right turn into blow your mind territory. Plu…
 
Leonard Sale determines to stay awake for six days—when the rescue ship arrives. But, six days is a long time, especially when there are hungry beings waiting to take his body over. Join us in Part Two of Asleep in Armageddon by Ray Bradbury. Asleep in Armageddon was originally published in Planet Stories in 1948. Music: Echoes of Time V2 by Music …
 
It’s February, and all month long, we bring you African American authors in honor of Black History month. Our first author is Alice Dunbar Nelson, born Alice Ruth Moore. Moore was the daughter of an African American seamstress and former slave, and a white seaman. Her parents were middle-class people of color and part of the traditional multiracial…
 
Fresh off a walk to clear his head after hearing about the neighbor's kids lighting a lady on fire, we rejoin our hero Winston back at his job. // How does this girl at work thing continue play out? // Is O'Brien actually cool or naw? // Is the relationship with that sad Antique Store owner too weird to ever shop there again?!? All these questions …
 
In this episode, Phil and JF explore the vast palatial halls of Susanna Clarke's novel Piranesi. Set in an otherworld consisting of endless galleries filled with enigmatic statues, Piranesi is the story of a man who lives alone -- or nearly alone -- in a dream labyrinth. As usual, our discussion leads to unexpected places every bit as strange as Cl…
 
"Avoid Planetoid 787. Lush and sunny, with fine air and no dangerous beasts, it'll tempt you to curve in for some nice solid-ground sleep. DON'T!" —Planet Stories, 1948 This week we bring you part one of Asleep on Armageddon by Ray Bradbury. If you keep hearing voices in your head during the story...don't worry! It's just the story. However, if you…
 
Norris was a native of San Francisco. I enjoy reading her stories; She always references places I am very familiar with, living in the Bay Area myself. Norris started her writing career in the newspaper industry and eventually, became the highest paid women writer of her time. Enjoy!By Jen
 
A Texas Hold'em cram session If I ever would have gotten into Chip's game, this is what I would have liked to have recorded and then played for myself on the drive over immediately before the game to try and remember how to play cards. I would then deny making and listening to a home made strategy guide to prepare for that game. All poker informati…
 
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