A Sound of Thunder
by Ray Bradbury. Stream available until midnight Saturday.
A dramatization of Bradbury's seminal time travel story. It's a long time since I last read the story, but I think the adaptation hits all the salient points. I suspect that the American accents may be slightly off; I don't know if it's enough to bother American listeners. The introducing and closing narration is by that guy who sounds like Orson Welles, "Paul Fries", I think?
There's a brief outro by Bradbury's biographer Sam Weller.Understand
by Ted Chiang. Stream available until 00:30 Saturday.
A reading of a Ted Chiang story. Second part of four. The first part's not available now, and the second will evaporate when the third part appears. In the first part, Leon is given a drug to restore brain cells lost by oxygen starvation from drowning, and finds himself becoming more intelligent than before.
The parallel with Daniel Keyes' Flowers for Algernon
is clear, but the set-up is accelerated, and the story goes in a somewhat different direction in episode 2. I haven't read the story, so I don't know if it ends up in the similar place to FFA after the CIA shenanigans.At the Mountains of Madness
by HP Lovecraft. Stream available until 00:30 Monday.
A reading (abridged?) of the classic HP Lovecraft story of unearthly archaeology in five parts. Transmitting every night this week. I listened to this earlier in the year, and I have to say that to me, Lovecraft appears to be even harder to listen to than to read. Such amaranthine, violaceous, heliotropic, perse prose!Burning Chrome
by William Gibson. Stream available until 00:30 Monday.
"It was hot, the night we burned Chrome." A reading in two parts of Gibson's first cyberpunk story, in which the word cyberspace
was first coined. Bobby Quine and Automatic Jack hack a local gangsters' banker's system, for the sake of a girl. Bobby and Jack fall out, and there are consequences. Luminous, hallucinogenic early Gibson.