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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Chapter 22 : Scrambled Yeggs

Weird fruit part 3, then a jokey farce about a stranger-in-a-strange-land, a costume ball, quite a bit of lying and possible incestuous jewel thieving.  All set against the background of 1940s Paris, which – now that we think about – seems like a weird time to have a ball but… well, you’ll see what happens.  This week’s genre: Romantiheist.

“Scrambled Yeggs” is from the anthology “Night Life Tales” Vol. 1, No. 19, and it’s a bit risque on the face but not very titillating inside, but obviously we’ve added a bunch of sexiness just through our husky voices.  So grab an absinthe, and curl up on your favorite divan (that’s the correct order in which you would do it, ROB) and sit back while we read you this week’s tale.

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Chapter 21 – “My Irish Friend”

Dentistry and peeing your pants – true story?  Then we plunge ourselves into a frightening TRUE ACCOUNT of promises, ghosts, and the noises they make in the dark.   This week’s genre: Ghoooossst Stories!

Our tale “My Irish Friend” comes from the collection “Real Ghost Stories” by William T. Stead, a man with a somewhat controversial reputation and a writing style that can best be praised as “note-takingish.”  So grab a bottle of laudanum and curl up in your favorite bedchamber while we read you this week’s tale.

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