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Monday, January 3, 2011

Overnightscape Central – Favorite Author – (1/3/11)

47:18 – Manny the Mailman, Wayne from Sparetime Radio, Frank Nora, Brian Jude, and Bob Lement of Static Radio contribute their opinions and thoughts!  PQ Ribber hosts the festivities with breathless pleasure!

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Released January 2011 on The Overnightscape Underground (, an Internet talk radio channel focusing on a freeform monologue style, with diverse and fascinating hosts presenting amazingly unique programs that are safe and effective.

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  1. Yet another great show! I stay up waiting to download the episode every Monday night.

    Comment by Wayne — January 4, 2011 @ 4:04 am

  2. I agree with Enjoyed everyone segments today and great hosting PQ. Thinking about Lost in Space all day. Dear Boy!!!!!!!!! Warning Warning Warning!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by mannythemailman — January 4, 2011 @ 5:35 pm

  3. Thanks for yet another great Overnightscape Central episode! I had a solid plan to make a listener contribution, but was way too busy to prep the recording or get into the flow where I could consider recording a segment. It’s interesting to see how PKD cropped up in almost everyone’s segment. I did think about PKD a lot. Up to a certain point, I read everything from him that was available through the public library but I still would consider him to be my favourite author today. Then I tried to think in terms of books that I’ve (voluntarily) read through more than once, and there is only one such book: “The Unknown Soldier” by Väinö Linna. I think I’ve read it at least seven times. I haven’t felt the urge to read anything else from him so that hardly counts as my favourite author either. Also, that novel is probably hard to get and might not open up much to non-Finnish readers, but if you find it somewhere, give it a go and tell me what you thought of it.

    I finally settled for Alastair Reynolds – I haven’t had the chance to read a whole lot from him, but I have loved every book I’ve read and take out his books from the library whenever there’s a chance (they’re kinda hard to get if you don’t want to make a reservation). He is a British (Welsh to be precise) author and writes what is best described as space opera or hard science fiction. I especially love how Reynolds handles time in his books. There are usually several subplots in different timelines which manage to converge at some point – partly due the fact that Reynolds’ universe has pretty realistic space travel in general, there’s no faster-than-light travel so space trips might take several decades in cryosleep. If I would suggest a single novel by him, that would be “Century Rain” – it’s a bit different from his main “Revelation Space universe” canon, you can’t really assign it to a single genre. Century Rain is basically a mystery novel with a sci-fi twist to it. It seems to involve travelling back in time to an alternate history Earth, but Reynolds manages to pull it off without using an actual time machine with all the issues like multiple timelines and all that jazz (though there is some manipulation of time involved). And if you are like me and ever thought about the Fermi paradox, I suggest you read the Revelation Space trilogy from him. Just see for yourselves. That’s pretty much what I would have said in my segment, plus those excerpts I didn’t have time to dig up either.

    As for the next topic, I never saw neither Lost is Space nor any version of Doctor Who, though I remember reading one Doctor book when I was a kid because someone recommended it to me. I only remember it involved intelligent dinosaurs or something along those lines… I guess I could watch an episode of either series and that would instantly become my favourite episode. I don’t know whether that would be silly or just an interesting twist on the topic.

    Comment by Teemu — January 4, 2011 @ 11:31 pm

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