Spotlight – Gary S. Roen

Author and Critic Gary S. RoenOn the podcast this week we have the author, Gary S. Roen. I love it when we have authors on the show. When I originally started the podcast in 2011 it was my idea to have a different author every week. In fact, I may start a new podcast one day and do just that. Gary has written a collection of science fiction stories called Journey and will join us to tell us all about it.

Gary is an agent, author, syndicated book reviewer and has been doing it for 30 years. His reviews have appeared in hundreds of daily and weekly newspapers. He has also authored two books of poetry, “Look at Me World”, and “Made By Man.”  He has also created a recurring character in his stories named, Slotski Bear. Here is what Gary had to say about his bear’s origin.

“Slotski Bear began because I was working in the mall and found a hideous teddy bear that had the power to scare everyone in a trash can. He even scared me. Later at dinner, I started writing the beginning of a story on a Hooters takeout menu. I found I had to race home to write the rest of the story.” – Gary S. Roen

You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Sunday Night at 8:00 PM (PST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.

Journey By Gary S. RoenJourney – By Gary S. Roen
Legacy Book Publishing
Available on Amazon.com

Synopsis: A syndicated book critic now turns his attention on a new endeavor, the short story, by writing his own science fiction collection. Some are as short as 66 words, which is a true test of an author’s ability to tell in so few words. There are seven adventures of the scary stuffed bear named Slotski, who has rare abilities. This compilation contains other slices of life in the near future: technology gone amuck, a smartphone that is smarter than it should be, a radio broadcast that isn’t all it sounds, a cat that has a message for humanity, and a woman who doesn’t want to just make money in a research study, are among some of the intriguing stories you’ll find in Journey.

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Spotlight – Randall Garrett

If you have been listening to the podcast lately you know that we are reading a complete novel, chapter by chapter, each week. The book is called Anything You Can Do, and was written by Randall Garrett. I thought it would be a good idea to take a blog moment and throw the spotlight on this amazing writer.

RandallGarrettRandall Garrett (1927 – 1987) was an American science fiction and fantasy author. He contributed to the science fiction pulp magazines of the 1950s and 1960s. Garrett is best known for his work on the Lord Darcy series. Darcy is a detective in an alternate history, created by Garrett, where things are governed by the rules of magic rather than physics. These novels are rich with jokes, puns, and the main character is the stuff of Sherlock Holmes.

Garrett was a storyteller at heart and was highly sought after as a speaker or presenter for science fiction conventions. He was a complicated man. Although cherished by his friends, he horrified many women, to whom he routinely introduced himself with obscene propositions. Isaac Asimov once referred to Garrett offending Judith Merril enough that she emptied an ashtray over his and Garrett’s heads.

Garrett became ill in the summer of 1979 and spent the last eight years of his life in a coma. He was married to fellow author Vicki Ann Heydron who, while Garrett was comatose, largely wrote the Gandalara Cycle fantasy series. She credited the series to the both of them.

This Week’s Podcast:

On the podcast this week we probably the funniest listener story to date. It is a UFO story and should not be missed. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Sunday Night at 8:00 PM (PST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.

The Calendar:

July 19 – RAS #337 – Growing Up 2!
July 26 – RAS #338 – Terror At Alamo Lake
August 02 – RAS #339 – Backyard UFO
August 09 – RAS #340
August 16 – RAS #341
August 23 – RAS #342
August 30 – RAS #343

Spotlight – Mark Nelson

Mark Nelson - NarratorOn the blog this week we throw the spotlight on Mark Nelson who is an Audiobook Narrator. He is the guy that you listen to when you buy the audio version of your favorite novel. After getting his degree in Radio-TV and Theater, he spent the next 25 years languishing in human resources. After a layoff in 2007, when his job was shipped to Singapore, he decided to get back to his theater roots and began audiobook narrating. He has done some voice-over work, but book narrating is his first love. You can listen to some of his work at LibriVox.org for free. Mark will join us on this week’s podcast with a great story and we talk to him about all manner of subjects.

Want to know more about Mark? Head to his website.

Librivox – Free Public Domain Audiobooks

Our Charter – To make all books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the internet.

LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then LibriVox releases the audio files back onto the net for free. All their audio is in the public domain so you may use it for whatever purpose you wish. The readers are free to choose the books they wish to record. LibriVox sees itself as a library of audiobooks. Volunteering for LibriVox is easy and does not require any experience with recording or audio engineering or acting or public speaking. All you need is a computer, a microphone, some free recording software, and your own voice. We accept all volunteers in all languages, with all kinds of accents. We operate almost exclusively through Internet communications on our forum, where all your questions will be answered by our friendly community.

This Week’s Podcast:

On the show this week we do have guest Mark Nelson. We have a science fiction tale read by Mark and a ghost story from the famous Aldolpho Hotel in Dallas TX. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Sunday Night at 8:00 PM (PST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.

The Calendar:

June 21 – RAS #333 – Growing Up!
June 28 – RAS #334 – Mason Henry Blue
July 05 – RAS #335 – Guest Mark Nelson
July 12 – RAS #336 – Podcast Replay?
July 19 – RAS #337 – Throwback Thursday 2
July 26 – RAS #338 – Detective Week

Spotlight – Tom Goodwin

Author Tom GoodwinDespite being an incredibly respected science fiction writer, not much is known about the life of Tom Godwin. The author of three novels and around thirty short stories. He was forced to drop out of school in the third grade, yet he managed to write one of the most famous and controversial short stories in the science fiction genre. “The Cold Equations” was originally published in Astounding Magazine in 1954 and was Godwin’s fourth published story.

The Cold Equations,” tells the story of Marilyn whose only fault is that she has been raised in a world that has sheltered her to the point of ignorance. She does not realize the perils of space and she pays for it. She does not die because of aliens, blasters or even an explosion in space. She dies because she is uninformed, and idealizes the hazards of space. She failed to understand the basic premise that weight equals fuel usage. Too much weight equals a shorter flight time.

This story made many critics realize that science fiction was not all warp-speed and flashing lights. Godwin proved that the genre could be deep, dark, and scary. Did Marilyn have to die? Fuel in a space is a tricky thing. Take a look at our own history in space and you will see the point. Despite solutions drawn up by other writers (as well as by Godwin himself), the answer is yes. Not because she deserved it, but because life is, sometimes, more often than not, unfair. Though the story was written and published in the ’50s, the concept grips us still.

On the podcast this week we will feature another of Goodwin’s tales, with the same sort of impact. It is called, “The Nothing Equation,” and is a science fiction short story that explores the loneliness of space.

This Week’s Podcast:

Also on this podcast, we will have another edition of, Johnny Is It True, and more of your stories and submissions. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Sunday Night at 8:00 PM (PST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.

The Calendar:

April 26 – Throwback Thursday – RAS #325
May 03 – These Are Your Stories – RAS #326
May 10 – After The Movies – RAS #327
May 17 – The Answer – RAS #328
May 24 – The Nothing Equation – RAS #329
May 31 – Memorial Day Replay – RAS #330

Spotlight – Author J.D. Horn

J.D. Horn AuthorOn the podcast this week we have Author J.D. Horn. He will be talking about this new book, The King of Bones and Ashes. J.D. was raised in rural Tennessee and has since carried a bit of its red clay in him while traveling the world, from Hollywood to Paris, to Tokyo. He studied comparative literature as an undergrad, focusing on French and Russian in particular. He also holds an MBA in international business and worked as a financial analyst before becoming a novelist. He has race bibs from two full marathons and about thirty half marathons. J.D. has written the highly successful and Wall Street Journal best-selling series of books, The Witching Savannah series.

The King of Bone and AshesThe King of Bones and Ashes – Magic is seeping out of the world, leaving the witches who’ve relied on it for countless centuries increasingly hopeless. While some see an inevitable end of their era, others vainly try to retain the power they covet. Young Alice Marin is using magic’s waning days to delve into the mystery of numerous disappearances in the occult circles of New Orleans. Yet, discovering the cause of the vanishings could be the only way to escape her future and that of all witches.

This Week’s Podcast:

You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Sunday Night at 8:00 PM (PST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.

The Calendar:

March 01 – Words At War (Replay) – RAS #317
March 08 – UFO and Other Stories – RAS #318
March 15 – Hawk Larabee – RAS #319
March 22 – The Man Who Stole The Bible – RAS #320
March 29 – Special Guest J.D. Horn – RAS #321