8.31.2011

Script Notes for Huck and Jim: Escape From New York

The river sang to itself. It sang its summer song, of fish below, reeds waving in the current, the dip of a bird’s bill as it flashed down and skimmed over the surface. The song kept time against the shore and against the raft as it floated down the Mississippi

- Must it be the Mississippi? Why not someplace more exotic—the Nile or Ganges, perhaps?

- Could run up the costs, but we’ll check it out.

Huck dangled his feet into the water. He lay on his back, watching the last lace filigree of cloud pull aside to reveal a night full of stars. Jim stood at the stern, pole in hand, watching the dark surface of the river rise and move in its slow dance.


“What do you think, Jim?” said Huck. “Were the stars born or just made?”

- Which one is black?

- Jim.

- Okay, is he more a Morgan, or a Denzel?

- The focus group suggested Will.

- Will! Yes. Very bankable. And Huck is a woman, right?

- Um… we didn’t test that possibility.
You get the idea ... it goes on from there and is simultaneously hilarious and sad (as we suspect this is a reflection of all too real Hollywood thinking). Read it at McSweeneys. Via Heather at CraftLit.

8.25.2011

Episode 166: The Green Girl, chapters 30-32


In which Mel makes a plan and all is brought to a satisfactory conclusion.
Episode 166, chapters 30-32
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Book Information
  • For The Fifth Annual SFFaudio Challenge
    Courtesy of the Wonder Ebooks edition.

    NOTES: “Early sense of wonder SF.” First published in the March and April 1930 issues of Amazing Stories. Later collected in 1950 as Avon Fantasy Novel #2. “Melvin Dane has been seeing a vision of a green girl since he was a child. Images of her came over the ether. Is she just fantasy? Or a reality that managed to cross time and space? And now, with the Earth under threat of extinction, will Melvin ever meet that girl of his dreams?”
  • Story rating: G (so far)
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    8.23.2011

    I Can't Recommend Smallworld Enough

    SmallworldSmallworld by Dominic Green

    My rating: 5 of 5 stars


    THIS ONE IS FREE FOR THE KINDLE. GO GET IT BEFORE THEY CHANGE THEIR MINDS.

    I honestly did not mean to begin another book before finishing Silas Marner. However, Silas Marner isn't the sort of book I can read in bed before going to sleep. I have to be wide awake to pay attention and pick up on the subtle humor and other excellences therein.

    So I turned to my Kindle, which I hadn't turned on in over a month as I recall. I was looking for short stories, figuring I could read one and put it down easily.

    Turns out I was wrong. This collection of short stories that all are actually pieces of one larger story is indescribably amazing. Funny in a way that sounds corn-pone if I try to describe it, these stories are also gripping and will keep me up reading until I finish each one so I can see if the problem is solved, the danger averted.

    Here's the description:
    A strangely captivating novel from Hugo-nominated author Dominic Green. Mount Ararat, a world the size of an asteroid yet having Earth-standard gravity, plays host to an eccentric farming community protected by the Devil, a mechanical killing machine, from such passers-by as Mr von Trapp (an escapee from a penal colony), the Made (manufactured humans being hunted by the State), and the super-rich clients of a gravitational health spa established at Mount Ararat's South Pole.
    The children's names are laugh-out-loud hilarious, but surprisingly you get so used to them that after a while you know exactly who is being spoken about.

    Not done yet but I already know that this is one that I'll be giving as a gift as well as getting for myself in real paper, ink, and glue for rereading. I like it that much.

    8.17.2011

    Episode 165: Genesis, chapters 34


    A disgraceful episode in which almost everyone behaves badly.

    Episode 165, chapters 34
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    I know, I say episode 166, but I lost track.
    Book Information
    • This book is in under copyright. Forgotten Classics has been granted the non-exclusive right to read Robert Alter's translation of Genesis and his commentary. This book is published by WW Norton. Please contact Mr. Alter or his agent for any permissions. Many thanks to Robert Alter and Georges Borchardt for their graciousness in allowing us to read this book.
    • If you are enjoying this reading, please buy Genesis. It comes to life even more when you are able to see and ponder the words.
    • Story rating: R for adult situations and commentary.
    • I will do my best to properly pronounce any Hebrew words but cannot promise accuracy. Biblical words may be pronounced using this guide.
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      8.04.2011

      Episode 164: The Green Girl, chapters 25-29

      In which disaster strikes and Mel faces the Lord of Flame.


      Episode 164, chapters 25-29
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      Book Information
      • For The Fifth Annual SFFaudio Challenge
        Courtesy of the Wonder Ebooks edition.

        NOTES: “Early sense of wonder SF.” First published in the March and April 1930 issues of Amazing Stories. Later collected in 1950 as Avon Fantasy Novel #2. “Melvin Dane has been seeing a vision of a green girl since he was a child. Images of her came over the ether. Is she just fantasy? Or a reality that managed to cross time and space? And now, with the Earth under threat of extinction, will Melvin ever meet that girl of his dreams?”
      • Story rating: G (so far)
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        8.01.2011

        The Green Girl and The Bridge of Birds update

        Turns out the last chapters of The Green Girl are super-long. Super action packed though, with much ingenuity AND finally we see Lord of Flame up close!

        So, there will be two more episodes of The Green Girl instead of just one, based on my arbitrary comfort level in length. One will be out this week ...

        Also, Jesse from SFFaudio sent me a story that I'm going to slip in there before we begin The Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart.

        What kind of story? Think Twilight Zone ...

        Don't worry, we won't put off The Bridge of Birds longer than that.