Tuesday, March 29, 2011

100 Essential E-Books #39 The Odyssey by Homer

"The Odyssey" tells of the adventures of Odysseus/Ulysses and his ten year journey to return home to Ithaca following the fall of Troy.  Written in the 8th Century B.C. by Homer, this English translation is by Samuel Butler.


Here is "The Odyssey" in multiple formats from ManyBooks.net











The 100 Essential E-Books so far:

1. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
2. Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Caroll
3. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
4. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
5. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
6. The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe
7. Moby Dick or The Whale - Herman Melville
8. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
9. Ulysses - James Joyce
10. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
11. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
12. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
13. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
14. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
15. Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley
16. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
17. Dracula by Bram Stoker
18. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
19. Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
20. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
21. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
22. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
23. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
24. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
25. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
26. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
27. Emma by Jane Austen
28. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
29. Nostromo A Tale of the Seaboard by Joseph Conrad
30. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
31. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
32. Beowulf by Anonymous
33. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
34. Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock
35. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
36. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
37. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
38. The Iliad by Homer
39. The Odyssey by Homer

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Studio One Sundays: "Of Human Bondage" starring Charlton Heston

Tonight's Studio One is an adaptation of Somerset Maugham's "Of Human Bondage" starring Charlton Heston.  It was first broadcast on November 21st, 1949, and was adapted by Sumner Locke Elliot and directed by Paul Nickell.  Felicia Montealegre also stars.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Thrilling Friday Serials: Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe - Chapter 5: The Palace of Horror

Flash infiltrates Ming's palace to save Zarkov from certain death in the arena in "Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe" Chapter 5: The Palace of Horror!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Old Time Radio Thursdays: The Goon Show - "Lurgi Strikes Britain"

Here's a classic episode of the legendary Goon Show which starred Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, and Harry Secombe - "Lurgi Strikes Britain."


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

100 Essential E-Books #38 The Iliad by Homer

"The Iliad" is the tale of the decade-long Trojan War written in the 8th Century B.C. by epic poet, Homer.  This English translation is by Samuel Butler.

Here is "The Iliad" by Homer in multiple formats from ManyBooks.net.











The 100 Essential E-Books so far:

1. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
2. Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Caroll
3. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
4. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
5. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
6. The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe
7. Moby Dick or The Whale - Herman Melville
8. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
9. Ulysses - James Joyce
10. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
11. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
12. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
13. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
14. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
15. Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley
16. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
17. Dracula by Bram Stoker
18. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
19. Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
20. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
21. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
22. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
23. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
24. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
25. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
26. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
27. Emma by Jane Austen
28. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
29. Nostromo A Tale of the Seaboard by Joseph Conrad
30. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
31. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
32. Beowulf by Anonymous
33. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
34. Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock
35. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
36. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
37. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
38. The Iliad by Homer

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Studio One Sundays: "Two Sharp Knives" by Dashiell Hammett

An innocent man accused of murder, a chance meeting on a train, and a plot to steal half a million dollars -- these are some of the elements that come together in tonight's Studio One, "Two Sharp Knives."

Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and written by Carl Bixby.  From a story by Dashiell Hammett.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Thrilling Friday Serials: Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe - Chapter 4:The Destroying Ray

Ming sends an army of mechanical men laden with explosives after Flash who is exploring Frigia for the cure to the Purple Death in "Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe" Chapter 4: The Destroying Ray!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Old Time Radio Thursdays: Vic and Sade - Miz Appelrot Rearranges the Furniture.

Here's Paul Rhymer's writing and the cast's acting at its best.  Listen to Bernadine Flynn and Bill Idelson in Vic and Sade - "Miz Appelrot Rearranges the Furniture."

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Trailer Wednesdays: "Tron Uprising"

Here's the trailer for the upcoming animated series on Disney XD:

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

100 Essential E-Books #37 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Published in 1892 here is the first collection of twelve Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle.  It includes the classic "A Scandal in Bohemia."

Here in multiple formats is "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" by Arthur Conan Doyle from ManyBooks.net.











The 100 Essential E-Books so far:

1. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
2. Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Caroll
3. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
4. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
5. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
6. The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe
7. Moby Dick or The Whale - Herman Melville
8. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
9. Ulysses - James Joyce
10. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
11. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
12. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
13. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
14. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
15. Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley
16. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
17. Dracula by Bram Stoker
18. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
19. Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
20. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
21. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
22. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
23. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
24. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
25. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
26. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
27. Emma by Jane Austen
28. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
29. Nostromo A Tale of the Seaboard by Joseph Conrad
30. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
31. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
32. Beowulf by Anonymous
33. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
34. Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock
35. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
36. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
37. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Studio One Sundays: "Flowers from a Stranger" starring Yul Brynner

In "Flowers from a Stranger" a psychiatrist's wife's sanity crumbles when she receives a box of flowers from a stranger.   Tonight's classic Studio One episode was first broadcast on May 25, 1949.

Cast: John Conte, Felicia Montealegre, Yul Brynner, Robert Duke, Lois Nettleton, Bill Arthur, Joseph Boland, Brill Catherine, Virginia Dwyer, Katherine Meskill and Ethel Everett.

Written by Worthington Miner and Dorothee Caruso.  Directed by Paul Nickell.  With Westinghouse commercials provided by hostess Betty Furness.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Thrilling Friday Serials: Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe - Chapter 3: Walking Bombs!

Searching for Polarite in deadly Frigia, Flash, Dale, and Prince Barin flee a deadly avalanche triggered by Ming's ship in "Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe" - Chapter 3: Walking Bombs!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

100 Essential E-Books #36 The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

The Velveteen Rabbit Or, How Toys Become Real by Margery Williams is the story of a stuffed rabbit and its longing to become real.  First published in 1922 it is a beloved story and a classic of children's literature.  It's been adapted to film and produced as a play.  It's the most popular of Ms. Williams thirty children stories.

Here is "The Velveteen Rabbit" in multiple formats from ManyBooks.net.






The 100 Essential E-Books so far:

1. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
2. Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Caroll
3. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
4. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
5. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
6. The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe
7. Moby Dick or The Whale - Herman Melville
8. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
9. Ulysses - James Joyce
10. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
11. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
12. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
13. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
14. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
15. Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley
16. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
17. Dracula by Bram Stoker
18. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
19. Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
20. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
21. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
22. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
23. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
24. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
25. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
26. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
27. Emma by Jane Austen
28. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
29. Nostromo A Tale of the Seaboard by Joseph Conrad
30. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
31. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
32. Beowulf by Anonymous
33. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
34. Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock
35. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
36. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

Sunday, March 6, 2011

It's Will Eisner's 94th Birthday!

Good on you, Google:


Illustration by Scott McCloud.

Sunday Night at the Movies: The Passing of the Third Floor Back (1935)

In "The Passing of the Third Floor Back" Conrad Veidt plays a mysterious stranger who moves into an English boarding house and brings with him the promise of redemption.  It's a charming and almost forgotten fantasy that had a great effect on the public in its day.  It still holds up. Directed by Berthold Viertel.  Screenplay by Michael Hogan and Alma Reville.  From the story by Jerome K. Jerome.



Friday, March 4, 2011

Thrilling Friday Serials: Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe - Chapter 2: Freezing Torture

Battling Ming's soldiers in the evil ruler's laboratory, Flash is pushed into a fiery pit in "Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe - Chapter 2: Freezing Torture."

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Old Time Radio Thursday: Quiet Please - "The Thing on the Fourble Board"

Here's one of the creepiest stories ever told on radio.  From the series "Quiet Please" by radio giant Willis Cooper, comes the story of a drill rig roughneck who encounters a visitor from beneath the earth's surface.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Trailer Wednesdays: Green Lantern: Emerald Knights

The next DC Universe animated movie presents interlocking stories of the Green Lantern Corp in "Green Lantern: Emerald Knights.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The 2010 Nebula Awards

Voting opens today for SFWA members for the 2010 Nebula Awards.  Here are this year's nominees:


Short Story
  • ‘‘Arvies’’, Adam-Troy Castro (Lightspeed Magazine 8/10)
  • ‘‘How Interesting: A Tiny Man’’, Harlan Ellison® (Realms of Fantasy 2/10)
  • ‘‘Ponies’’, Kij Johnson (Tor.com 1/17/10)
  • ‘‘I’m Alive, I Love You, I’ll See You in Reno’’, Vylar Kaftan (Lightspeed Magazine 6/10)
  • ‘‘The Green Book’’, Amal El-Mohtar (Apex Magazine 11/1/10)
  • ‘‘Ghosts of New York’’, Jennifer Pelland (Dark Faith)
  • ‘‘Conditional Love’’, Felicity Shoulders (Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine 1/10)
Novelette
  • ‘‘Map of Seventeen’’, Christopher Barzak (The Beastly Bride)
  • ‘‘The Jaguar House, in Shadow’’, Aliette de Bodard Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine 7/10)
  • ‘‘The Fortuitous Meeting of Gerard van Oost and Oludara’’, Christopher Kastensmidt (Realms of Fantasy 4/10)
  • “Plus or Minus’’, James Patrick Kelly (Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine 12/10)
  • ‘‘Pishaach’’, Shweta Narayan (The Beastly Bride)
  • ‘‘That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made’’, Eric James Stone (Analog Science Fiction and Fact 9/10)
  • ‘‘Stone Wall Truth’’, Caroline M. Yoachim (Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine 2/10)
Novella
  • The Alchemist, Paolo Bacigalupi (Audible; Subterranean)
  • ‘‘Iron Shoes’’, J. Kathleen Cheney (Alembical 2)
  • The Lifecycle of Software Objects, Ted Chiang (Subterranean)
  • ‘‘The Sultan of the Clouds’’, Geoffrey A. Landis (Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine 9/10)
  • ‘‘Ghosts Doing the Orange Dance’’, Paul Park (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction 1-2/10)
  • ‘‘The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window’’, Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Magazine Summer ’10)
Novel
  • The Native Star, M.K. Hobson (Spectra)
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit UK; Orbit US)
  • Shades of Milk and Honey, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
  • Echo, Jack McDevitt (Ace)
  • Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor (DAW)
  • Blackout/All Clear, Connie Willis (Spectra)
The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation
  • Despicable Me, Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud (directors), Ken Daurio & Cinco Paul (screenplay), Sergio Pablos (story) (Illumination Entertainment)
  • Doctor Who: ‘‘Vincent and the Doctor’’, Richard Curtis (writer), Jonny Campbell (director)
  • How to Train Your Dragon, Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders (directors), William Davies, Dean DeBlois, & Chris Sanders (screenplay) (DreamWorks Animation)
  • Inception, Christopher Nolan (director), Christopher Nolan (screenplay) (Warner)
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Edgar Wright (director), Michael Bacall & Edgar Wright (screenplay) (Universal)
  • Toy Story 3, Lee Unkrich (director), Michael Arndt (screenplay), John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, & Lee Unkrich (story) (Pixar/Disney)
Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

  • Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown)
  • White Cat, Holly Black (McElderry)
  • Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press; Scholastic UK)
  • Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword, Barry Deutsch (Amulet)
  • The Boy from Ilysies, Pearl North (Tor Teen)
  • I Shall Wear Midnight, Terry Pratchett (Gollancz; Harper)
  • A Conspiracy of Kings, Megan Whalen Turner (Greenwillow)
  • Behemoth, Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse; Simon & Schuster UK)
Voting ends March 30th.    Awards will be announced on May 21, 2011,

100 Essential E-Books #35 The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

In this classic ghost story (or is it?) by Henry James, a young governess becomes convinced that the boy and girl in her care are being haunted by malevolent spirits.  Published originally in 1898, The Turn of the Screw continues to chill the blood and has spawned numerous adaptations and cutural allusions.

Here is "The Turn of the Screw" in multiple formats from ManyBooks.net









The 100 Essential E-Books so far:

1. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
2. Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Caroll
3. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
4. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
5. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
6. The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe
7. Moby Dick or The Whale - Herman Melville
8. Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
9. Ulysses - James Joyce
10. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
11. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
12. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
13. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
14. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
15. Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley
16. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
17. Dracula by Bram Stoker
18. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
19. Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
20. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
21. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
22. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
23. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
24. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
25. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
26. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
27. Emma by Jane Austen
28. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
29. Nostromo A Tale of the Seaboard by Joseph Conrad
30. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
31. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
32. Beowulf by Anonymous
33. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
34. Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock
35. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James