Fantastic Transmissions E006 – Farmer Giles of Ham by J. R. R. Tolkien

Episode 6 of Fantastic Transmissions is about Farmer Giles of Ham by J. R. R. Tolkien. Ham is one of Tolkien’s forays into fable and comedy, a little-read work with big ideas. I discuss some of the linguistics jokes and historical references in the work, and then talk more broadly about Tolkien’s own opinions on language, nationality, and identity.

Podbean: https://bookshelfstudios.podbean.com/e/episode-006-farmer-giles-of-ham/

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The intro music is sampled from Clyde Borly and His Percussions, off the album “Music in Five Dimensions.” The rest of the music in the podcast was created by Blue Dot Sessions. Their work can be found on the Free Music Archive under a Non-Commercial Attribution License. You can also find all their tracks at http://www.sessions.blue.

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Fantastic Transmissions E005 – Walk Like a Mountain by Manly Wade Wellman

Episode 5 of Fantastic Transmissions is about Walk Like a Mountain by Manly Wade Wellman. Walk is a tale of Appalachain fantasy, of a giant who dwells on a cliff over the holler, and how our heroic balladeer John treats with this strange relic. In this episode, I talk about some history of giant folklore – in America and Britain – and also talk about Manly Wade Wellman and some of the myths surrounding white Appalachian identity.

Podbean: https://bookshelfstudios.podbean.com/e/episode-005-walk-like-a-mountain-by-manly-wade-wellman/

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-005-walk-like-a-mountain-by-manly-wade-wellman/id1341102133?i=1000407581320&mt=2

Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/m/Dfcqrw5tydb6mcr2kjpilx4llp4?t=Episode_005_-_Walk_Like_a_Mountain_by_Manly_Wade_Wellman-Fantastic_Transmissions

The intro music is sampled from Clyde Borly and His Percussions, off the album “Music in Five Dimensions.” The rest of the music in the podcast was created by Blue Dot Sessions. Their work can be found on the Free Music Archive under a Non-Commercial Attribution License. You can also find all their tracks at www.sessions.blue.

Links and references can be found at the bottom of the post!

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Fantastic Transmissions E004 – Aye, and Gomorrah… by Samuel R. Delany

Episode 4 of Fantastic Transmissions is about Aye, and Gomorrah… by Samuel R. Delany. Gomorrah, first published in the DANGEROUS VISIONS volume in 1967 is a very short story about “Spacers,” third-gender asexual astronauts, and “frelkers,” the fetishists who lust after the Spacers. In this episode, I talk about the way spacers and frelks connect through their mutual deviations from the norm, and then explore a little of the storied life of Samuel R. Delany, particularly the ways in which his life connects to the story of Gomorrah.

Podbean: https://bookshelfstudios.podbean.com/e/episode-004-aye-and-gomorrah-by-samuel-r-delany/

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-004-aye-and-gomorrah-by-samuel-r-delany/id1341102133?i=1000406205136&mt=2

Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/m/Diewkb4bp6tjop64svssaf7oeva?t=Episode_004_-_Aye_and_Gomorrah_by_Samuel_R_Delany-Fantastic_Transmissions

The intro music is sampled from Clyde Borly and His Percussions, off the album “Music in Five Dimensions.” The rest of the music in the podcast was created by Blue Dot Sessions. Their work can be found on the Free Music Archive under a Non-Commercial Attribution License. You can also find all their tracks at www.sessions.blue.

Links and references can be found at the bottom of the post.

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Fantastic Transmissions E003: Daughters of Khaton by Merril Mushroom

Episode 3 of Fantastic Transmissions is about Daughters of Khaton by Merril Mushroom. Daughters, a 1987 novella published by Lace Publications, is not your typrical SFF entry. Merril Mushroom, the author, is and was a lesbian and feminist activist in the South. Daughters comes from a tradition of radical lesbian and feminist thought. We explore the central theme of the story – fear and facing fear – and discuss Merril’s background as a lesbian woman growing up during the nightmarish reign of the Johns Committee.

Podbean: https://bookshelfstudios.podbean.com/e/episode-003-daughters-of-khaton-by-merril-mushroom/

iTunes: https://t.co/ZjJg0PDODo

Google Play: https://t.co/6Zp0sfwJ1i

The intro music is sampled from Clyde Borly and His Percussions, off the album “Music in Five Dimensions.” The rest of the music in the podcast was created by Blue Dot Sessions. Their work can be found on the Free Music Archive under a Non-Commercial Attribution License. You can also find all their tracks at www.sessions.blue.

Links and references can be found at the bottom of the post.

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Fantastic Transmissions E002: Quest of the Starstone by C. L. Moore

Episode 2 of Fantastic Transmissions is about Quest of the Starstone by C.L. Moore and Henry Kuttner. Quest is the first collaborative work between queen of sword-and-sorcery C.L. Moore and her eventual husband, Kuttner. We talk about the stylistic quirks of the early days of pulp fiction, examine the collaborative prowess of Moore and Kuttner, and lament for Moore’s slip into obscurity.

Podbean: https://bookshelfstudios.podbean.com/e/episode-002-quest-of-the-starstone/

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-002-quest-of-the-starstone/id1341102133?i=1000402176576&mt=2

Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/m/D3vohqxn3j37k5gbamma2w7pduy?t=Episode_002_-_Quest_Of_The_Starstone-Fantastic_Transmissions

The intro music is sampled from Clyde Borly and His Percussions, off the album “Music in Five Dimensions.” The rest of the musc in the podcast was created by Blue Dot Sessions. Their work can be found on the Free Music Archive under a Non-Commercial Attribution License. You can also find all their tracks at www.sessions.blue. The clip of Green Hills of Earth is from episode 10 of the radio program Dimension X, first broadcasted by NBC on June 10, 1950, and now available from the Smithsonian Institution’s Radio Spirits series.

Fantastic Transmissions is a non-commercial project.

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Fantastic Transmissions E001 – It’s A Good Life by Jerome Bixby

Episode 1 of Fantastic Transmissions is about Jerome Bixby’s 1953 short story, It’s A Good Life. It’s A Good Life is the story of a young boy with horrific psychic powers who holds an entire town under his sway. We examine how Bixby’s style complements his narrative, compare the story to its Twilight Zone adaptation, and talk about the themes of totalitarianism and narcissism.

Podbean: https://bookshelfstudios.podbean.com/e/episode-001-its-a-good-life-by-jerome-bixby/

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/fantastic-transmissions/id1341102133#

Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/m/Dwv7eiu7klgkfhdae5cnhjtbeai?t=Episode_001_-_Its_a_Good_Life_by_Jerome_Bixby-Fantastic_Transmissions

The intro music is sampled from Clyde Borly and His Percussions, off the album “Music in Five Dimensions.” The rest of the musc in the podcast was created by Blue Dot Sessions. Their work can be found on the Free Music Archive under a Non-Commercial Attribution License. You can also find all their tracks at http://www.sessions.blue. Audio from episode 73 of The Twilight Zone is the property of CBS.

Fantastic Transmissions is a non-commercial project.

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The Kids Are All Bight: Why TLJ’s Most-Maligned Subplot Was Good, Actually

The Canto Bight subplot is one of the most maligned aspects of the new Star Wars movie. The most common critique I’ve seen is that it’s a complete shaggy-dog story for Finn and Rose, that Finn might as well have been in a coma the whole movie anyway. I disagree, though; the Canto Bight subplot ties perfectly in with the broader themes of TLJ, and gives two minor characters some room to breathe and grow.

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