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For descriptions of each episode, check out my Show Notes at the top of the page. This is a work of fiction. Any similarity to real people or events is purely coincidental.

WARNING: Some of the language may be offensive, but no worse than you would expect in an R rated movie.

Special thanks to NASA for the image of the galaxy.

Podcast of the novel BETWEEN EARTH AND ARCTURUS

Monday, June 27, 2016

See you in the tunnels


Take a chance and visit Our Fair City. I did.
The only description I found of this show is on www.audiodramadirectory.com and it didn’t really answer the question “will I like this?”
The show’s website, www.ourfaircity.com, does not provide any description. It does, however, have an interesting comic book version of the story.
In all fairness, the Our Fair City isn’t easy to describe. A mix of comedy, parody, science fiction, and serious drama, the show highlights some very recognizable flaws in our society.
The plot follows intertwined paths of colorful characters in a future world who are each coping with family, career, love, and morality, all within a self-contained city consisting of ‘The Tower’ where the elite live, The Tunnels where most others live, and the Lightning Rigs which float above the city to gather electricity from storms.
Set in what was once Hartford, Connecticut, the world has become a bleak wasteland with the city/corporation of HartLife (not to be confused with the real Hart Life Corporation) as the only world the characters have ever known. The Corporation controls, manipulates, and dictates every aspect of their lives. However, people being basically self-serving, complete control is never really possible.
There are larger than life heroes and villains; families with family issues; and the mole people, human/mole hybrids who are uniquely likable workers for the Corporation. The characters are endearing, and the acting is superb. The writing quality is stellar, and meticulous care went into the audio editing.
The tone is set by the purple prose of a narrator (Ansel Burch) who frequently slips into alliteration and gradually exposes himself to be an unreliable witness of history with his over-the-top allegiance to the Corporation.
Over the course of the first six seasons (season 7 is just starting), we learn the fascinating culture of Hart Life, and the challenges faced by its citizens which are recognizable analogies of things we all take for granted in our own world. An intricate backstory gradually appears, providing logical explanations for how things got this way. In fact, the longer I listen to the show, the less farfetched it seems. 
Our Fair City is a remarkable achievement for the Chicago based team. The cast and crew is huge, with vast experience in theater, and performing arts. There is so much to say about them, I will simply refer you to their website, www.ourfaircity.com and the facebook page, www.facebook.com/ourfaircityradio, where you can find bios, comics, photos and lots more.

This is one of the best and most entertaining audio dramas. So, please, take a chance and visit Our Fair City.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Recommended podcast...Harry Strange: Radio Drama



An excellent show about supernatural detective work is Harry Strange: Radio Drama

A private detective specializes in supernatural cases, and he is uniquely equipped for the job with an arsenal of weapons tailored for his unnatural adversaries, and near-immortal immunity to death bestowed upon him by a higher power.
This is like a mix of hardboiled cynical gumshoe Sam Spade and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Harry’s fascinating  backstory is gradually revealed through the course of many episodes. The resemblance to film noir is complete with inner dialogue laced with colorful metaphors, the femme-fatale, and occasional shots of whiskey.
I have never heard of a show quite like this one. Once I started listening, I had to keep coming back for the next one. The writing, acting, and production quality are all outstanding. Most episodes were recorded in a conference room at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, and written by Tony Sarrecchia.
Awards include: 1st Place CBI Regularly Scheduled Program 2012; 2nd Place CBI Regularly Scheduled Program 2011; 3rd Place CBI Best of Show 2011; and the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts awarded the Best of Festival Award to Tony Sarrecchia and Breanne Ahearn.
Breanne was a producer and soundscape engineer for the show, and is now an associate producer at WAGA-TV in Atlanta.
Other notables include:
Kellen Stennett: (Harry) Owns a string of pilate gyms in Atlanta
Parisa Johnston: (Lilith) Also plays Regina, the Head of Surveillance at the Bureau, in Allegiant (p3 of the Divergent Series)
Jason Tyler: (Finny) also directs most of the episodes.
Sketch MacQuinor: (Morningstar, second half of season 3): Lead animator on Squidbillies
Joe Roesch: (Mr. K) graduated from Law School in 2015 and is waiting for the results of his Bar Exam.
Molly Silverman, soundscape engineer, is a Communications Major at Kennesaw State University and is graduating this year. She is the host of her own talk show on KSU Radio
Tony Sarrecchia's first teleplay, Sunday Mourning, will air as the second episode of PRIMROSE TALES, a Twilight-Zone-esque television program debuting later this year.
Harry Strange Live will be performing at Dragon*Con in Atlanta this year as part of the Atlanta Radio Theater Company.
My thanks to Tony for providing information, and to all of the talented folks who brought this show to us.
The show’s website is www.harrystrange.com, which has a link to the Harry Strange Facebook page (lots of good pictures there). You can also find the episodes on www.theaudiodramadirectory.com/sciencefiction/ and at www.projectiradio.com/show/harry-strange-radio-drama/ as well as on iTunes.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Changing direction for the better


     The primary trait of narcissism is self aggrandizement; a personality disorder which destroys relationships, families, and even civilizations. Chances are, you have seen it in people who bully, kiss-ass, and manipulate their way into positions of power regardless of the effect on coworkers or the group.
     A self-aggrandizer will tend to derail people’s efforts, and sometimes their careers, when the glory of success might go to someone else. This behavior can devastate an organization, yet the cause is rarely brought to light and dealt with because the self-aggrandizer is focused on his or her own success rather than the success of the organization. That focus invariably includes schmoozing with higher authorities and assigning blame to others. Sadly, this often means coworkers and subordinates are privately described to the boss as incompetent, lazy, and even as liars so that their input is not sought after.
     Narcissism makes for believable villains in novels, but is all too common in real life. I began recognizing the signs at the national laboratory where I worked.
I’ve seen it before in industry when small companies gets bought out by a corporate giant, and then ruined by new executives who need the prestige of running a great company, but can’t connect the downward spiral following their takeover with the fact that they took over.
     Visiting scientists, who are essentially the customers of the lab, are quietly dismayed by the pervasive unhappiness that oozes through the ranks of employees. And science is not served; the fabulous technology is still there, but the people who best understand and operate it have been driven away, replaced by people who crave greatness and choose to take it from others rather than earn it themselves.
     I now work at a great company with really nice people who make electronics for medical devices, and I am much, much happier.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I miss my writer group

     It's been about five months since I last met with the writers group that I belong to. For years we met monthly and corresponded via email between meetings. They have become some of my dearest friends and I miss them terribly.
     This week I hope to see them all again. 
     We are each very different, and our diverse backgrounds, interests, and passions help to keep us from falling into the trap of niche perspective.
     The world today offers too much freedom to choose what news you get, whose opinion you listen to, and what entertainment you indulge in. 
     In the past, we didn't have hundreds of news sources, so we couldn't seek out the ones which agreed with our own opinions. We didn't have a myriad of movies and television programs at our finger tips, so we all had a more-or-less common experience, and could at least understand each other.
     Being with people who not just like us keeps us connected to reality, and reminds us that our perspective is not the absolute standard for normal.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Took some time to work on a science project

Yeah, that's me. This chamber is supposed to be able to simulate extreme conditions, such as the pressure and temperature at the center of Jupiter. Matter does strange things in extreme environments.
Science can be a lot of work, but it is also very rewarding when you get to see it happen and then chat about it with the best minds in the field. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Highly recommended




     For the exceptional script, acting, and production quality, We’re Alive is the gold standard of modern audio drama.  I started listening a couple of weeks ago, and if I had the time I would spend hours each day until reaching the end. As it is, I’ve gotten through 12 episodes and love every second of it.
The premise of the show is survival of a small group in Los Angeles during a zombie apocalypse. Characters come and go through the course of the show and you don’t know who might die without warning.
     Presented in a staggering 139 episodes starting in May of 2009, the final episode came on 29 July 2014. The show is professionally done in a real sound studio with a full cast of actors. Strangely, though it’s an audio drama, the show is listed on www.imdb.com as a TV show. There, you can find the full cast listed, many of whom you may recognize from film, television, and theater.
     If you don’t like zombie movies, let me assure you that this is not a gore-fest. I don’t even consider it horror. This is drama. This is suspense. This is story-telling at its finest.
     You can download the episodes from: www.werealive.com/episodes/