SF Poetry Audiobooks

Darkness

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

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by Lord Byron
5 minutes, 19 seconds
Unabridged Narrative Poem
1816

Lord Byron

In which our hero, the most Romantic of all the Romantic poets, takes on the end of the world.

Written in Geneva, Switzerland in the summer of 1816, when Byron, Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, and John Polidori spent their evenings telling each other ghost stories. The resulting tales included Shelley’s Frankenstein, Polidori’s creation of the vampire/vampyre genre (based on a novel fragment of Byron’s), and this gloomy, speculative verse.

Read by Alex Wilson.



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The Raven

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

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by Edgar Allan Poe
8 minutes, 29 seconds
Unabridged Formal Poetry
1845

Poe

The archetype of dark poetry by the master of macabre.
Read by Alex Wilson.


Once upon a midnight dreary,
while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious
volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping,
suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping,
rapping at my chamber door.
“‘Tis some visitor,” I muttered,
“tapping at my chamber door–
Only this, and nothing more…”

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Casey at the Booth

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

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by Alex Wilson

3 minutes, 16 seconds
Unabridged SF poem/parody
2008

Casey at the Booth

A Filk of the Republic Sung in the Year 2088.

A political parody based on Ernest L Thayer’s Casey at the Bat. First appeared in Inconsequential Art #4. Text online here. Cover art by Constantine Markopoulos.

Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)

Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical)
Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.




 

Kubla Khan & The Pains of Sleep

Monday, October 10th, 2005

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by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
6 minutes, 58 seconds
Unabridged Formal Poetry
1816

Two poems by one of the founders of the Romantic Movement.

Coleridge claimed that “Kubla Khan,” one of his most famous works, came to him in an opium-inspired dream. Coleridge’s symbolic pleasure-dome of Xanadu in this poem is referenced and even built in Orson Well’s classic film, Citizen Kane. The full title of the poem is “Kubla Khan Or, a Vision in a Dream. A Fragment.”

“The Pains of Sleep” by contrast is a more conversational and emotional piece, dealing with nightmares instead of utopian fantasies, but it is very likely that this poem, too, was inspired by Coleridge’s continued opium use.

Though both poems were first published at the same time in 1816, Coleridge wrote “Kubla Khan” a good 6 years before 1803’s “The Pains of Sleep,” revealing very different mental reactions to his continued drug use. 1816 was also the year when Coleridge finally sought help for his addiction.

Read by Alex Wilson.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) was an English poet and philosopher who began the Romantic Movement of poetry with William Wordsworth. He is best known for his longform poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.


Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in
Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)

Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical)
Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.



Other Voices, Other Worlds

Friday, April 9th, 2004

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by Bruce Boston
33 minutes, 59 seconds
Unabridged Speculative Poetry
1990

Other Voices

An 18-poem audio chapbook by the Grand Master of Science Fiction Poetry. Read by the author and set to music by Jack Poley. Features the 1985 Rhysling Award Winner “For Spacers Snarled in the Hair of Comets” and Rhysling Award Nominees “The FTL Addict Fixes” (1984), and “The Evolution of the Death Murals” (1986).

The poems in this collection first appeared in Asimov’s SF, Amazing Stories, Aboriginal SF, Berkely Poets Cooperative, Lost Roads, The Magazine of Speculative Poetry, StarLine, Velocities, and Weird Tales. Full list…

The Alchemist Is Born in a Sudden Changing of Seasons
The Alchemist in Transit
The Alchemist Discovers a Universal Solvent
A Thousand Faces
The Alchemist Among Us
And Soon a Wolf For Every Door
Mean Time 2000
Beyond Procreation
The Beserker Enters a Plea
The Evolution of the Death Murals
The Eyes of the Pilot
The Star Drifter Grounded
The FTL Addict Fixes
For Spacers Snarled in the Hair of Comets
From the Double Ruins of Helix
Against the Ebon Rush of Night
The Knowledge at Londrai
Luminaries

SF Poetry (sometimes called “Speculative Poetry,” sometimes called “Science Fiction Poetry”) explores similiar themes and poses similiar “What if?” questions usually associated with science fiction and fantasy prose.

Wired Magazine has commended Boston for having “uncommon grace and clarity of vision. Boston writes with the voice of a poet, the heart of a bodhisattva, and the unblinking eye of an investigative reporter.”

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