2001 Audiobooks

The Fish Merchant and Other Stories

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

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by Tobias S. Buckell
1 hour, 18 minutes
Unabridged Science Fiction and Horror Stories
2000-2002

A Green Thumb

Four science fiction, fantasy, and horror short stories.

The Fish Merchant: (science fiction) Li Hao-Chang struggles to stay one step ahead of starvation or stabbing, selling fish on the brutal docks of Macau. He’s too busy to read the headlines in the newspapers that wrap his wares–rumors of non-random signals from deep space. When a gangster named Pepper is gunned down in front of Li’s stand, the fish seller finds a computer disk stolen from the Chinese government. Maybe, just maybe, the biggest news in history is enough to make Li’s dearest dream a reality: escape to safety in America. First published in Science Fiction Age, 2000. Read by Jonathon “Sullydog” Sullivan.

“The story is interesting for its non-western setting, and its realization that many people in the world would have no care for news about aliens…” — Locus

A Green Thumb: (fantasy/science fiction)

It’s a very different USA, where necessity has provoked a very profound change in technology. And yet many things are still the same. Being a teenager is always tough, and there are many choices ahead. One of which is “how and where do you grow your very first car?” First published in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, 2002. Read by Alex Wilson.

“Amusing and heart-warming at the same time, and read with feeling and emotion by Wilson.” –Locus

All Her Children Fought: (science fiction) When you fire something into space the cost of that launch is per pound. When you go to war with someone in space, you need to keep the cost down. So you use the smallest available pilot you can. A child. Originally published in Speculon, 2001. Read by Mary Robinette Kowal of the Willamette Radio Workshop.

Trinkets: (horror) New England, early 1800s: At the harbor near his jewelry shop, George Petros receives a package from the Haitian merchant ship Toussaint–a sinister link that follows him from a brief stay on the Caribbean island of dark magic. Originally published in The Book of All Flesh, 2001. A Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror Honorable Mention. Read by the author.

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NIMH: Eating Disorders

Tuesday, July 12th, 2005

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from the National Institute of Mental Health
15 minutes, 56 seconds
Unabridged NIMH Informational Brochure
2001

Eating Disorders

Facts about Eating Disorders and the Search for Solutions

A detailed booklet that describes symptoms, causes, and treatments, with information on getting help and coping.

Full text (including a printable and redistributable brochure) available at the
NIMH website.


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Most of My Friends Are Two-Thirds Water

Tuesday, July 5th, 2005
 

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by Kelly Link
27 minutes, 20 seconds
Unabridged Short SF Story
2001

Most of My Friends by Kelly Link

“Sexy blond aliens invade New York City?” A short story from Link’s short story collection Stranger Things Happen, a Salon Book of the Year and one of the Village Voice’s 25 Favorite Books of 2001.

Read by Alex Wilson.

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Primordial Chili and Other Impossible Treats

Tuesday, February 15th, 2005

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by Tom Gerencer
54 minutes, 33 seconds
Unabridged SF Story Collection
1999-2002

Primordial Chili

“Brilliant. ‘Primordial Chili’ is as delightful a debut story as I can recall.”

–Mike Resnick

“All four are delightfully bizarre, and are read nicely by Gerencer. His comic timing is spot-on, and his authorial voice is so distinct that when I later read a story by him in hardcopy, I could almost hear his voice in my head.”

–John Joseph Adams, Locus

Four short science fiction and fantasy stories, read by the author.

Primordial Chili
Have you ever had one of those days when everything just seems to go ? right? Even when it’s wrong? “Primordial Chili” is a laugh-out-loud thrill-ride of culinary perfection, taken to cosmic proportions. The planets align, the gods speak, and supper turns out pretty good, too. First published in Science Fiction Age Magazine.

A Taste of Damsel
Anyone can slay a dragon. Well, provided they are dragonslayers, which Colson isn’t. But even clerks from copy shops can have heroic qualities and even the very, very old can learn new tricks. First published in Realms of Fantasy Magazine.

Demo Mode
In the future, schools will be outdated and we’ll all have knowledge grafted straight into our heads. Just make sure they configure the innoculotron correctly, or you might wind up contracting Esperanto by mistake! First published in Science Fiction Age Magazine.

Trailer Trash Savior
So the millennia have passed, and the time of the reckoning is once more nigh … not to mention that you’ve got a busted velvet-Elvis and the oil heat isn’t working. Find out what happens when the owner of a mullet and a used AMC Gremlin becomes “the chosen one,” and has to battle demons, various and sundry. First published in Brutarian Magazine.


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Murder at Woodside Village

Wednesday, July 7th, 2004

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by Yuri Rasovsky, story by William H. Patton
1 hour, 6 minutes
Full Cast Mystery/Comedy Radio Drama
2001

Murder at Woodside Village

“Well, the decision has been made to go ahead with the killing. To tell you the truth, I’m kinda looking forward to it.”

Retired cops in a Florida community seek out “The Wizard” whenever they need a smart guy to get them out of a jam. Now they come to him for help murdering Big Wally, who’s cheated ‘em out of their share of lottery winnings. Wiz’s Plan A involves Woodside Village’s resident prostitute, Secondhand Rose. Plan B is a diabolocal softball game. And Plan C—?

Full cast mystery/comedy radio drama. J. Carrol Enterprises presents the Hollywood Theatre of the Ear production. Taped before a live studio audience at the Museum of Television and Radio.

Cast & Crew:

ANNOUNCER: Ralph Votrian
WIZARD: Terry Kiser
VINCENZO: Larry Brandenburg
MARILYN: Janet Carroll
HERMAN: Cliff Norton
TOM THE CRAZY GREEK: Michael Saad
SAM: George Eric Brown
RICCIO: J. J. Johnston
SECONDHAND ROSE: Melissa Greenspan
BIG WALLY: Jack Wallace
BAD LEROY: Tom Towles
SEX KITTEN: Lorna Raver
Original Music: Ken Stange
Sound Director: Warren Dewey
Foly Walkers: David L. Krebs, Tony Palermo
Executive Producers: Janet Carroll and Mike Patton

Produced, directed, and written for audio by Yuri Rasovsky, based on a story by William H. Patton.


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Stories from Asheville

Friday, February 27th, 2004

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by Justin Meckes
33 minutes, 27 seconds
Unabridged Nonfiction Stories
2001

These are nonfiction stories from the mountains of North Carolina. They are a unique look at the underbelly of an eccentric city. Twenty-four vignettes read by the author.

This audiobook collects all six 25-cent volumes of the “Stories from Asheville” series, the first modern storytelling/memoir to appear at Telltale Weekly.

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