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December 22 2013


Born of Man and Woman, by Richard Matheson, read by Walter O'Hara

Born of Man and Woman is not a pleasant story, as it depicts a child born a hideous monster in our eyes, kept chained in the cellar by his parents, where he is beaten and abused regularly. It is, however, a memorable one, written by one of my favorite writers in the short story form, Richard Matheson, who is perhaps more famous for his television work on the Twilight Zone and other famous shows. This is a story I read as a younger teenager-- probably 13 or so, and I recall it being in one of those Science Fiction Hall of Fame anthologies edited by Robert Silverberg. It's one of those stories that sticks with you.. Matheson paints a vivid picture of the unnamed child's suffering by having him recount events in a broken journal form. At the end of the story, you have to ask yourself who the real monsters are. Third Point of Singularity: http://misternizz.wordpress.com Airy Persiflage: http://misternizz.podbean.com

December 16 2013


Lemmings, by Richard Matheson, read by Walter O'Hara

This is a very short story by Richard Matheson, a famous television writer and master of the short story form. Written as a parable about nuclear war (in 1953), it was not received well, and in some jurisdictions people actually wanted it banned. I rather like the darkly ironic tone and imagery of this short-short piece. I have always read it very differently from the author's intent, and took the allegory as representing the madness of popular culture. Go figure! Third Point of Singularity (blog): http://misternizz.wordpress.com/ Airy Persiflage: http://misternizz.podbean.com
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January 07 2012


The Crucifixion, Considered as an Uphill Bicycle Race, by Alfred Jarry, read by Walter O'Hara

Alfred Jarry's famous piece of surrealism. http://misternizz.wordpress.com http://misternizz.podbean.com

July 18 2011


Professor Panini by Matthew Grigg

http://misternizz.podbean.com/ http://misternizz.wordpress.com A cautionary tale of a duck, a toaster, and buttered bagels.

May 27 2011


How the Old World Died, by Harry Harrison, read by Walt O'Hara

May 05 2011


Hoofprint Advice, by Frank Key

In this seemingly random diatribe, the Regime tunes in to give us some excellent tips on how to deal with the embarrassment of hoof-prints on your ceiling. http://misternizz.wordpress.com http://misternizz.podbean.com/

April 23 2011


I'm a Modern Man, by George Carlin

George Carlin's rant on the Modern Age, as read by Walter O'Hara. Background track is "Coolage" by Anne Farnsworth (CCL). http://misternizz.wordpress.com http://misternizz.podbean.com/

March 27 2011


Ferdinand Feghoot a la Robinson

http://misternizz.podbean.com/ and http://misternizz.wordpress.com This storytelling model apparently originated in a long running series of short science fiction pieces that appeared under the collective title "Through Time and Space with Ferdinand Feghoot", published in various magazines over several decades, written by Reginald Bretnor under the anagrammatic pseudonym of Grendel Briarton. The usual formulae the stories followed were for the title character to solve a problem bedeviling some manner of being or extricate himself from a dangerous situation. The events could take place all over the galaxy and in various historical periods on Earth and elsewhere. In his adventures, Feghoot worked for the Society for the Aesthetic Re-Arrangement of History and traveled via a device that had no name but was typographically represented as the ")(". The pieces were usually vignettes only a few paragraphs long, and always ended with a deliberately terrible pun that was often based on a well-known title or catch-phrase. This story is written by Spider Robinson, a well known punster in his own right, as a homage to Reginald Brentnor
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