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  1. "The island of Doctor Moreau"(1896) At last, a Wells book that jumps right into stuff happening, without half a dozen chapters of character building. I liked that aspect, but the actual meat of the story i didn't care so much for. Trying not to spoil things too much, Doctor Moreau is a vivisectionist. The bit of philosophy that is a bit interesting is in chapter 14, "Doctor Moreau explains his work", or some similar title. The Doctor says "I am a religious man, as any rational man should be", but (paraphrasing) he is exploring the mysteries of existence and life through his science.
  2. "The Sleeper Awakes" (1910) A kind of rip van winkle sci if story. Also possibly the source of a joke from an early season " red dwarf" episode.... The books starts with a preface that reads like an apology, wherein Wells says that this was an ambitious work that he didn't have adequate time to devote to. It was previously printed in 1899 and then he apparently improved upon it and had it reprinted in 1910. The story took about seven chapters to get to the point where the guy wakes from his long slumber, and until about chapter fourteen to get to some interesting visions of the future
  3. "In the Days of the Comet"(1906) Basically, as I understood it.... A guy of lower to middle class is in love with a girl, she eventually chooses to be with someone else, he is murderously jealous. Before he can enact his vengeance, a comet collides with the earth and a gaseous release of good vibes makes the whole world all peaceful and not so uptight. He focuses on the betterment of mankind ( as everyone does after the great gaseous release, of course) and forgets the girl. They eventually see each other again, after several years and he tells both her and her lover that basically " i
  4. "The First Men on the Moon" (1901) One of what Wells called a "Fantastic Story" (in which he included the Time Machine, War of the World, Invisible Man and a few others). I found this to be an enjoyable, Edgar Rice Burroughs type of adventure tale (though a bit slow to get to the action). Two guys go to the moon: one a scientist driven by intellectual curiousity, the other a more ordinary guy driven by a profit motive. It's a really enjoyable adventure tale that I would highly recommend, but I think the book should have ended 5 chapters early and the rest expanded upon and put in
  5. Kevin Bacon: Some thoughts on films he was in: footloose (pretty much the same premise as swing kids, so Pandy's thoughts should be interesting), Tremors, Apollo 13 (which I'm guessing you guys have both seen), and there must be other good ones.
  6. I Recently read thru Dan's very amusing review of Buck Rogers and thought to myself " was it really only two seasons?" So, how about Buck Rogers? It's been a while since you guys commented on a series that had alternately good and bad episodes, coupled with lots of late 70s cheese.
  7. Roj, One of the big things that sparked my concern over a move to streaming from DVDs is my current trip to China, where suddenly from my last trip two years ago there are almost no DVDs to be found. No roadside vendors, none of the non fancy shops that used to be found on every block with just tons of DVDs. Wonders like box sets of film noir collections, Humphrey bogart collections, random foreign film documentaries from decades past that you've never heard of.... All just gone. The Chinese are streaming stuff online and from what I see you can pretty much only find very current stuff....
  8. It seems to me that streaming has changed and will continue to change how we find and consume this media. A couple thoughts: 1. VHS tapes and then DVDs were collectible and exchangeable. With a netflix account I no longer need the box set of Star Trek TOS, it's all on netflix. 2. Once you subscribe to something like netflix, you are kind of stuck in their little world of what is available. You can find some choice episodes of classic doctor who for example, but nothing of Blakes 7. In order to find that, maybe you can get lucky with YouTube, or maybe you have to subscribe to some oth
  9. Chloroform... I agree.... Balok could be some kind of demented space-pervert.
  10. A quick thought I just had regarding the corbomite maneuver... Perhaps tranya is just tang + vodka.
  11. Here's the link on imdb for that TZ episode, in case anyone is interested. As the article describes: Japanese sword was handled by Takei, in 1964. If the link doesn't work, look to season five, " the encounter". Lots of important crossover in that episode with Takei's real life, he having spent time in an internment camp during the war.
  12. "The food of the gods and how it came to earth" (1904) Basically someone discovers a compound that makes plants and humans grow to gigantic proportions. This becomes a problem as giant thistles for example become a hazard to try to control. The fifty or so people who become giants before the spread of the compound is reigned in are forced to labor in quarries and so forth and are restricted in movement, treated like slaves and they don't like it. I didn't care for this one.
  13. The naked time: I think a major part of Takei wanting to not use an Asian sword might have had something to do with his appearance in an episode of the twilight zone, as a Japanese American kid who became part of the nightmares of a veteran of the pacific campaign. At the end of that episode he becomes a Japanese sword wielding "banzai" kind of stereotype.
  14. A clockwork orange: a film for prettymuch just one strong actor, but a whole lot of updating on the artistic side would be in order. Would the music be changed to contemporary stuff?
  15. A couple oldies I'd suggest: The Philadelphia Story Rope
  16. Modern Utopia (1905) The main character and his friend are touring switzerland. While they are travelling the main character envisions how things should be. The writing makes it seem that they are actually there, when they are apparently just using their imagination. It reminds me of the film "mindwalk", but with the difference of changing the world that the characters are in by using their imagination. It's an idea book, with a lot of philosophy being put into practice. I really enjoyed this book for all of the ideas in it. In some places Wells becomes maybe a bit too social darwin
  17. I have been on a kick of listening to some HG Wells audiobooks and thought others might be interested to hear about/discuss them. (note: many are in the public domain and can be gotten for free from sources like Librivox) "The War in the Air" (1908) A common cockney guy accidentally takes a balloon journey to a foreign country and becomes mixed up in an aerial attack on the USA. Interesting stuff: 1. the prediction that aerial vehicles would make battleships obsolete (they didn't exactly, but their ability to be sunk by dropped bombs and the importance of airpower took until 1921 for
  18. Some thoughts: I was kinda surprised that wells only wrote forward into time. Maybe he thought of the butterfly effect kind of conundrum ( where going backward u might cause yourself not to exist) and decided it was best to just go forward. You go forward, likely never come back and are not seen again. Wells writing style. I liked the comment in the podcast about how he would say " now I have proven this to you". Etc. it strikes me as being the way my parents and previous generations were taught to write essays. Basically they would write in the first sentence what should be obviou
  19. I found it funny that mention was made of the two fisted punch already. I wonder how many fistfights in TOS do not have a two handed punch?
  20. I have been doing a bit of a rewatch and relisten to the podcast. I had a couple thoughts on Bounty: When escaping from the locked room, Blake threw his exploding necklace at the Amargen and it exploded... but did it explode because he threw it, or because the Amargen was pointing the microwave transmitter at him, and pushing the button? If that was what he was doing then I would assume all the other exploding necklaces would have exploded too (and that would have been messy). Everyone but Blake seem to be pretty clueless in thinking Jenna had betrayed them. When she checks on the crew
  21. I tried to come up with actors who played a wide range of roles Gary Oldman.... Played Dracula, Beethoven, that cop in the professional Daniel Day Lewis.... An Irishman, a western oil tycoon, adopted son of a Mohawk chief Jeff Bridges.....the dude, frontier gun for hire, tron guy Ben Kingsley... Gandhi and the scariest a hole ever in "sexy beast" Charlize Theron.... Quoted as desiring to play unusual roles, but not sure of the range of things she has done.
  22. Sorry, meant to post in the suggestions column....but... I came across some British SF shows listed in a write up for the BBC4 production "the cult of"... Shows listed that went less than 3 seasons are: Star cops (seriously?) The changes The tripods Would any of those be good?
  23. Enjoyable pilot episode. As far as suggestions: I have one thing in mind to try to keep count of throughout the podcast: the number of times Kirk's shirt is torn in a fight.