E032: Jupiter Napoleon

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First off we’d like to thank everyone who listened to our Live show on May 19th as part of Livestream for the Cure. We raised over $300 for cancer research and had loads of fun! We’ll be putting out a recording of the show as a future special episode, special thanks to the Epic Film Guys podcast for having us and raising over $5,000!

This week’s tale is from the December, 1950 issue of Out of This World Adventures magazine and, boy howdy, is it pulpy sci-fi fun! Jupiter Napoleon has rayguns (with an even dumber name), a femme fatale, evil alien warlords, just about everything you could ever want (unless you’re looking for story about Victorian-era coal miners, I guess it doesn’t have that). It’s a quick listen and if you like Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, or basically life we think you’ll get a kick out of it. Plus you’ll get a free name for any commenting system for life! Jupiter Napoleon: Human of Action!

So join us in the Great Jovian War for some space opera laughs! Oh, and the cover. Please check out the cover on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, it’s worth following us just for the cover!

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E031: High Explosives

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We start with a quick reminder of our upcoming LIVE episode as part of the Livestream for the Cure online telethon on May 18-20. We will be doing a live interrupted tale reading with all kinds of games and your donations for cancer research during our time will actually dictate how we read our story! So join us at 4:30 EDT on Saturday, May 19th for our LIVE SHOW!

We then read a tale from a 1921 issue of Adventure magazine about two great things that go great together: Prohibiition and nitroglycerin. High Explosives will transport you to Colorado’s oil country and introduce you to the great character find of 1921, the Shooter! A superhero who fends of bootleggers with his- wait, I’m getting an update. Oh, okay: The Shooter is just the nickname for the guy who throws nitro down a rundown oil well in the hopes that a big explosion will result in more big oil. Still, he’s got a Batmobile of sorts (an old, beat-up wagon) and a sidekick (a mangy dog), and a costume (well, a lot of dust). But he does run into some bootleggers and joins up with coppers to fight crime! 

Come join us east bound and down for some old adventure with a car chase, shooting, and explosions! Plus hooch. Sweet, sweet hooch.

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E030: The Piper from Bhutan

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This week, Alan and Rob take a moment to thank the Brit Pod Scene show for having us guest on the second episode of their podcast. Special shout-out to the Theme Park Film and Rough Giraffe podcasts for making it happen and for both being our favo(u)rite Brits!

We also discuss our upcoming LIVE episode as part of the Livestream for the Cure online telethon on May 18-20. We will be doing a live interrupted tale reading with all kinds of games and your donations for cancer research during our time will actually dictate how we read our story! So join us at 4:30 EDT on Saturday, May 19th for our LIVE SHOW!

Now onto “The Piper from Bhutan”, a tale of murder, mystic pipes (the kind you play, not the fun kind), and really bad science! Straight from Weird Tales magazine, it dares to answer the question “what if you could kind of vaguely, sorta, maybe, barely cause the dead to come to life and how would this affect your university enrollment?” If you’re a fan of crime or supernatural stories this one has you covered and if you’re not you can just sit back and marvel at Alan’s Ghost Whisperer references and uncovering of the deadly secrets of Toastmasters International

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E029: The Man Who Could Work Miracles

Welcome to a special Super-Sized Sci-Fi Spectacular episode with a Tale from HG Wells!

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In this episode, Rob embarrasses himself at the airport (as usual) and we read a tale from a titan of science fiction, the inventor of the idea of time travel as we know it, the man who predicted Martians could be killed by the common cold (it’s actually HPV, but who wants to give them that?), the one and only HG Wells! The Man Who Could Work Miracles one is a story straight from the Twilight Zone, and we can only assume Wells actually invented a time machine, traveled forward 60-odd years, and came back so he could claim it as his own idea. Let’s see Jules Verne do that!

Anyhoo, to honor Mr. Wells, this episode is a bit longer than most, but you’ll not only receive a delightful parable of a man given the powers of a god, you’ll also get to hear us potentially alienate our British listenership (wih love!) and continue our random beef with places in Florida in the hopes of starting something (we’re willing to trade if anyone lives in Tucson, Detroit, or Binghamton, however). Plus the usual nonsense, jokes about walking sticks, and BIBO! Don’t know about Bibo? One doesn’t really know Bibo, one only experiences Bibo. Bring Bibo into your life, today. To gaze at Bibo is to gaze into the infinite.

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Chapter 28: Love in a Cottage

In this episode, we introduce you to the new IT Book Club (not a division of Reynholm Industries)! How do you become a member of the IT Book Club? It’s easy, just leave a 5-star review on iTunes, Right over here! Membership has its perks; not only will we induct you as a member on the air, we will read your review, too. So please leave your thoughts, poems about turtles, and guacamole recipes on Apple Podcasts/iTunes today and join the exclusive IT Book Club!

Then come right back here and listen to this week’s Tale, a doozy of a short story called “Love in a Cottage” by Francis A. Durivage all the way back from 1853! A story about a poor rich man who seeks to impress the lady of his dreams by becoming a rich (in spirit) poor man, it’s classic Shakespearian romance in the sense that it’s entirely built on lies but it’s all okay because… love? Anyway, the story is a breezy hoot and Alan and Rob get to work out their… tasteful Irish accents (love you, Ireland!). So grab a glass of cheap beer and pull up a dusty, worn chair while we read you this week’s tale.

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Chapter 27: The Clean Man and the Dirty Angels

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In this week’s chugging adventure: Rob and Alan discuss their brackets for Mundane Madness (always bet on binder clip!) and we read a story of a godly railroad man and the fallen women he believes are beyond saving. If you’re looking for puritanical thinking and old-timey deep voices saying “t’ain’t right” a lot, well, you’re looking for some strangely specific things, but we have got you covered!

This Tale is from Stories of the Railroad published in 1899 by John A. Hill (1899’s Slogan: “19-hundred-zero-zero, party over, wait, plenty of time”). John A. Hill was not only a railroad engineer, he became the “Hill” in McGraw-Hill publishing and a titan of our time! Just think of all the SAT prep books we owe to his writings in Locomotive Engineer magazine.

Get ready to ride the rails in this story of adventure and learn a lot about the economics of late 19th century dance halls! So grab your favorite bottle of hooch and curl up in your parlor car while we read you this week’s tale.

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Chapter 26: The Chameleon Man

This thrilling episode: Rob reveals the true heights of his manliness (spoiler alert: ankle deep at best) and we read a science fiction story about a man who can turn invisible and his attempt to help the war effort by starring on the Great White Way!

From the January 1943 issue of Amazing Stories, “The Chameleon Man” by William P. Mcgivern (writer of the film The Big Heat and at least 3 episodes of Kojak) features a man so forgettable that he actually becomes invisible and just wants to join the Army to help the war effort. So our protagonist, a shady talent agent (shocking!), decides the best way to aid him is by taking him straight to Broadway to make a few bucks. Forget sneaking into a bunker to get Hitler, this guy could be stage crew without even wearing black! That’s the perfect use of his abilities, genius! 

This story also includes a long paranthetical about the reality of invisible people from the editors so if you don’t listen to this for the humor, tune in because you might just learn something. It’s like how we watch Spinal Tap as a cautionary tale about the dangers of spontaneous combustion. So grab your favorite clear beverage and curl up in your favorite flesh-toned chair while we read you this week’s tale.

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Chapter 25 : The Shock

This episode Alan drops some science about thermocouplers and how important they are in today’s modern homes (hint: you cannot reverse the polarity of a thermocoupler and swing your house around the sun to travel back in time). The we read a seemingly lighthearted story about a baseball player that suddenly takes a swerve into Thrilltown! BTW, if you’ve passed the 7-11 on Chiller Road, you’ve gone too far.

From Wide-Awake Magazine in 1916, “The Shock” by Grant Trask Reeves (about whom little is known except he wrote baseball stories and either had an awesome name or great taste in pseudonyms) is about a drunk major leaguer (who is also a major league drunk) who gets in a bit of a bind with his manager and may have to pay the ultimate price. Is it jail? Being traded to Miami? Only time and this week’s tale will tell! So curl up in your favorite dugout and grab some Big League Chew while we read you this week’s tale.

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Chapter 24 : Don’t Get Technatal

Rob shares a bittersweet family story involving animated balls of dough and naive immigrants followed by a short sci-fi tale from the utopian future of 1975! Will man still be alive? Will women survive? Will robots know how to shake their booty? All of these questions, and, well, not many more, but at least all of these questions will be answered!

“Don’t Get Technatal” was written by science fiction luminary Ray Bradbury under a pseudonym way before he got famous as an author and was the lowly editor of a low-budget, but ultimately influential, fanzine called Futuria Fantasia. It was 1939 and Bradbury decided to riff on the little known and by then pretty much done political movement of Technocracy. Yes, a nerd writing about a future where the nerds have taken over. Who says science fiction is all about wish fulfillment? Bet they feel silly now! So have your robot butler grab your favorite drink and curl up on your knitted couch as we read you this week’s tale.

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Chapter 23 : The Necklace of Pearls

The Saga of Stairs, Part 2: The Submission of the Truth.  Then, a fanciful fable from the island of the Azores with more crying than Solomon Burke’s Cry to Me, which is, NOT COINCIDENTALLY, part of the Dirty Dancing soundtrack.  This week’s genre: Fairy Tales.  Or Nymph Tales.  But not Pony Tales, and not Cotton Tales.

“The Necklace of Pearls” as retold by Elsie Spicer Eells is from 1922’s “The Islands of Magic: Legends, Folk and Fairy Tales from the Azores.”  So grab a philtre of tears, and curl up in your favorite embroidered saddle as we read you this week’s tale.

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