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as1.jpgLollards is winding down — last show tonight! — but dry yr eyes and defuzz yr lesser thoracic palps bcz we have EXCITING NEWS for our LOYAL LISTENERS, viz 1 x new eight-week series on Resonance FM 104.4 starting next Tuesday, 1 April 10-11pm.


A Bite of Stars, a Slug of Time, and Thou will delve deep into the science fiction short stories of SF’s Golden and Silver Ages. The pulp and avant-garde writing of c.1935-65 has fallen out of public memory; hosts ELISHA SESSIONS and MARK SINKER and their astounding guests* will return to this forgotten motherlode, once bedrock of the entire field. Eli will read evocative extracts, then quiz Mark and guest on authors, styles, subtexts sexual and political, technique, value, impact and legacy, plus changing fashions and meanings in backdrop, tech and alien allure — and anything else that pops into their pulsating crystalline brain-lobes.

THERE WILL BE SPOILERS! hurrah so we will announce the story in advance, and you can read it if you like.

Episode one:
Extracts from John W. Campbell’s 1938 classic novella WHO GOES THERE?
Guest = “Starry” Sarah Clarke, Hegemon Ambassadrix of the Nebuline Dark-Matter Cluster J-Pop 9

Sluggards are go! You can hear Episode 1 now, or keep up to date with all the episodes on the Slug of Time page.

*viz Fellow Lollards and more: fans, experts, creators, backroom boffins, visitors and elder beings overground AND underground, squamous AND unnameable…


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    katie on 26 Mar 2008 #

    WOAH WOAH WOAH! The first line of the novella is “The place stank”!? Was that not also the first line of EASTENDERS?

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    katie on 26 Mar 2008 #

    Er OK the line was actually “Stinks in ‘ere”, as spoken by L Grantham AKA Dirty Den. Still! An auspicious beginning :)

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    haha i wz rereading james blish’s black easter or faust aleph-null* at the weekend and IT begins: “The room stank of demons.”

    *so recommended btw

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    Marcello Carlin on 27 Mar 2008 #

    EastEnders now surely getting to the point where Ian Beale wakes up to see Reg Cox coming out of the shower.

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    Erithian on 27 Mar 2008 #

    Re Enders, I haven’t heard anyone remarking on the Max-Tanya plot where she buried him alive in a shallow grave in last Friday’s episode. That’s right, they buried a character on Good Friday and he was out of the grave by Monday. The greatest story(line) ever told…

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    Alan on 27 Mar 2008 #

    ppl be pointing out the easterness of that plot alright. i was bothered by the running out of oxygen thing. it was a minimum of 4 hours in a coffin and he was quite woozy but def still alive. wikipedia will be of no help on this…

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    Alan on 27 Mar 2008 #

    ha ha, the enders story has already been added to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premature_burial

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    Marcello Carlin on 27 Mar 2008 #

    The trick the producers missed is that they should have hired celebrity guest actors to play the roles of Tanya and Max for Friday and Monday only.

    In honour of the late Anthony Minghella I nominate: Kristin Scott Thomas and Ralph Fiennes.

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    Matt DC on 27 Mar 2008 #

    Surely you’d survive four or five hours in a coffin, yr body would slow down a lot though wouldn’t it? How long was D4v1d Bl41ne* buried alive for?

    *Disclaimer, he may have been cheating.

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    tracerhand on 27 Mar 2008 #

    Blaine had oxygen pumped in as well as an IV drip, cause he was down there for a week. I walked over to the West Side Highway and saw him, on a rainy afternoon. There was six feet of water above the transparent lid of his coffin, and the rain made little plippy circles in it, so it was hard to see him down there with his blanket. But he waved at me, I’m sure he did.

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    […] Meanwhile over in the UK — “A Bite of Stars, a Slug of Time, and Thou” March 27, 2008 — Ned Raggett I’ve mentioned my love and admiration for the fine crew at Freaky Trigger for a while now, and Mark Sinker of that parish referred me to their newest radio project on Resonance FM, “A Bite of Stars, a Slug of Time, and Thou”: […]

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    what ho! space lollardry 2.0: all aboard for planet sluggasmox”

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