Post by Raymond Daley Post by Raymond Daley Post by James Nicoll
Sci-Fi Radio seems to have been a series of radio plays based on written
SF NPR broadcast in 1989-90. Not sure who wrote this one. Also not sure
what it is about, aside from a woman concerned about a series of interrupted
phone calls. A combination of odd musical choices and muddled sound track
(added for rasfw post: due to my crap hearing, audio quality and intrusiveness
of the music is a big issue for me)
Header page for all of the pieces in various formats.
And list of contents, who wrote what
Sci-Fi Radio 00 - Voices Lost in Calling
Sci-Fi Radio 01 - I'm Scared by Jack Finney
Sci-Fi Radio 02&03 - Dark Benediction by Walter M. Miller
Sci-Fi Radio 04 - Light of Other Days by Bob Shaw
Sci-Fi Radio 05 - Ballard of Lost C'Mell by Cordwainer Smith
Sci-Fi Radio 06 - Sales Pitch by Philip K. Dick
Sci-Fi Radio 07 - Diary of a Rose by Ursula K. LeGuin
Sci-Fi Radio 08&09 - Frost and Fire by Ray Bradbury
Sci-Fi Radio 10 - The Cold Equations by Tom Godwin
Close Encounter With The Diety & Sundance - Part 1
Sci-Fi Radio 13 - Wall of Darkness by Arthur C. Clarke
Sci-Fi Radio 14&15 - Vintage Season by H Kuttner & C.L. Moore
Sci-Fi Radio 16 - Grantha Sighting by Avram Davidson
Sci-Fi Radio 17 - Call Me Joe by Poul Anderson
Sci-Fi Radio 18 - Imposter by Philip K. Dick
Sci-Fi Radio 19 - Field of Vision by Ursula K. LeGuin
Sci-Fi Radio 20&21 - Houston, Houston, Do You Read by James Tiptree (aka
Sci-Fi Radio 22 - Shape by Robert Sheckley
Sci-Fi Radio 23&24 - Home is the Hangman by Roger Zelazny
Sci-Fi Radio 25 - The Twonky by Lewis Padgett
Sci-Fi Radio 26 - Yanqui Doodle by James Tiptree (aka Alice Sheldon
Please be patient. Just in case your first reaction to my followup
happens to be, "FFS, a followup to a 2012 thread, WTF?"
My story begins earlier today when a fellow conspiracy theorist said
"Rudolph Fentz." We often talk conspiracy theory (CT) in real life, out
loud, in public, at the clinic where she works. It's hard to say exactly
what the other employees and patients think of our theory. :0)
Here's an executive summary of Rudolph Fentz theory:
The Time Traveler Who Was Run Down In Time Square, New York
In New York's bustling Times Square in 1950, a man named
Rudolph Fentz was run down and killed by a car after walking
into traffic. Not an altogether strange occurrence. Fentz,
however, was no ordinary pedestrian and was found to be
dressed in 1800's clothing and with oddly antiquated items
about his person. The result of which is that some suspect
that he was some time traveler. ...
OK. Some raswers already pegged this as a hoax. But just give me one
more minute of your time before you hit your followup button to flame me
for peddling a hoax as genuine CT.
Rudolf Fentz is a character that appears in "I'm Scared" (Finney). It's
the second Sci-Fi episode listed above. It also appears in the Sep 15,
1951 issue of _Collier's Weekly_, which is available for free online at
UNZ breaks that issue of _Collier's_ into PDF segments. "I'm Scared"
begins on page 1 of the first link. You have to hunt a little to find
the continuation of the story (just like you do in real life with a dead
tree magazine). The continuation starts on page 19 of the second link.
Deja vu kicked in *hard* for me at this part of the story.
On July 20, 1950, Mr Trachnor told me, he walked out on the
front porch of his house about six o'clock in the morning. Running
from the eaves of his house to the floor of the porch was a streak
of gray paint, still damp. "It was about the width of an eight-
inch brush," Mr Trachnor told me, "and it looked like hell,
because the house was white.
This story is known to me. This isn't my first read. So the _Collier's_
PDFs must be in my SciFi folder under Finney, Jack. Only there's nothing
there. There's not even a Finney, Jack folder.
No biggie. Just search isfdb for every occurrence of the story. The
pertinent anthology's got to be on my shelf somewhere.
Only there's no such anthology on my shelf. Now things get eerie. This
story is known to me, but how? Did the future me read it? No, that's
There's only one place left to look, my rasw archives. Imagine my relief
when this thread popped up. It turns out that the story wasn't read by
me, it was heard by me.
Don Kuenz KB7RPU