RAS #373 – High Point Trail

On Ron’s Amazing Stories this time we have another high-rise story from Herman, Sharon K. is back with a head-scratcher, and we hear a cryptid tale from North Carolina. Our featured story is part two of Second Variety written by Philip K. Dick.  Also, just for fun, we visit more OTR commercials from our past.  

Featured Story – Second Variety Part Two – In part one of our story a Russian soldier is sent on a suicide mission to deliver a message to the Americans. He was killed by allied owned robots before he could deliver it. An American soldier was dispatched to check the body and to recover the note. It was a warning and a request for a high-level meeting. Major Hendricks was the closest official at hand and was sent out on his own to meet with his Russian counterpart.

The story is called Second Variety and was suggested to me by listener Mark Lopez a few months ago. It was first published in Space Science Fiction in the May of 1953 issue.

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Planning A Podcast

We Want You StoriesI get asked how I go about planning a podcast. People have said that there are so many elements to my show that it must take quite a bit of time to plan, organize and produce each week. The truth is I love doing it, but there is a trick. I do the show in segments.  

A lot of what you hear is pre-recorded and stored so that all I have to do each week is to script the new material, record it, and overlay that with the saved stuff. After you have done this a few times it becomes almost like muscle memory. One of my favorite things to do is to create new segments. Finding the right music bed, sound effects and sound levels is “Geek Out Heaven” for me.

Another job I love to do is weekly art. That might be the most challenging part of the show. Selecting the art to use and doing the layouts so that they look good is something I look forward to each week. You might not know this, but I post a high-res version of the show art on the Facebook page each week for your enjoyment.

Thank You for Asking,

-Ron

This Week’s Podcast:

On the podcast this week we continue with Second Variety by Philip K. Dick. Also, we have another story from Herman Weaver about his time in the 1950’s high rise construction business. 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.

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RAS #372 – The Monster of Multnomah Falls

On Ron’s Amazing Stories this week we have a cryptid story that takes place in my backyard at the famous Multnomah Falls in Oregon. Also, we have a Philip K. Dick tale called Second Variety, and Tom Williams is back with a special Growing-Up story from his friend Fred.

Featured Story – Second Variety

The claws were bad enough in the first place—nasty, crawling little death-robots. But when they began to imitate their creators, it was time for the human race to make peace—if it could! – Philip K. Dick

When future war becomes so horrific that humans turn to machines and computers to design ways to kill each other strange things begin to happen.  Second Variety is a four-part story that begins today. It was first published in Space Science Fiction in May of 1953 and is read for quite expertly by Phil Chenevert.

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Spotlight – Philip K. Dick

Philip K. DickOne of my favorite authors from the pulp fiction era is Philip K. Dick. He has influenced the way I write and edit. He was not only a talented writer but a creative one as well. While most called his works dark and told of a foreboding future he was amazingly accurate with his predictions.

Philip was an American writer known for his contributions in science fiction. His work explored philosophical, social, and political themes, with stories dominated by evil corporations, dictatorships, and altered states of consciousness. His writing also reflected his interest in metaphysics, theology, and often drew upon his own life experiences.

Dick was born in Illinois, but eventually moved to California and began publishing science fiction stories in the 1950s. He initially had little commercial success. However, in 1962 he wrote the novel The Man in the High Castle which earned him a Hugo Award for Best Novel. He followed that with Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. This story went on to become the classic movie Blade Runner starring Harrison Ford in 1982. Dick produced 44 novels and approximately 121 short stories, most of which appeared in science fiction magazines during his lifetime. He was responsible for a variety of popular films including Blade Runner (1982), Total Recall (1990 and 2012), Minority Report (2002), The Adjustment Bureau (2011), and Blade Runner 2049 (2017). The Man in the High Castle, was made into a multi-season television series.

Philip K. Dick became the first science fiction writer to be included in The Library of America series. On March 2, 1982, Dick died in the hospital at the age of 53. After his death, his father took his ashes to Riverside Cemetery in Fort Morgan, Colorado where he was buried next to his twin sister Jane. He died three months before the release of the original Blade Runner film.

This Week’s Podcast: On the program this week we have an incredible story from Portland, Oregon called, The Creature Of Multnomah Falls. Also, on the show we have a story from the master of Sci-Fi Philip K. Dick in a story he wrote called Second Variety. 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.

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RAS #371 – Cowboy’s of the Skies

On Ron’s Amazing Stories we have ghost tales with some high rise goodness thrown in. Sylvia Shults is back with another segment of Ghost Stories With Sylvia. Also, we have two more listener tales, Cowboy’s of the skies and The Night That Ruined My Sleep For Forever. Add in a classic radio story from Challenge of the Yukon to round out the program.

Featured Story – No Escape For A Murderer – Challenge of the Yukon was a long-running radio series that began on Detroit’s WXYZ. It was an adventure series about Sergeant William Preston of the Northwest Mounted Police. It followed his adventures as they fought evildoers in the Northern wilderness during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. In our adventure King goes above and beyond to save his partner and the day in a story called No Escape for a Murderer. It first aired on January 1, 1944.

Program Note: Sylvia Shults is a Librarian, Author, and Ghost Hunter. She has spent a lifetime in the pursuit of the weird and the strange. Her non-fiction works include Ghost of the Illinois River, Fractured Spirits, 44 Years in Darkness, Hunting Demons and The Spirits of Christmas. All of her books are available on Amazon and you can find out more on her WordPress Home Page.

To view the shadow video that Sylvia spoke of at Pollak Hospital, click here. It starts at about 29 minutes into the program.

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