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Episode Comments / Re: PseudoPod 690: The Aetherised Chamber
« Last post by Scuba Man on February 23, 2020, 05:04:48 PM »
Holy hell! That was a dandy, dandy episode.
Last summer, my spouse and I visited the UK and I was able to (a) discover niiiiiiice Scotch whiskey (I'm looking at you, Tammavullin) and (b) visit the Science Museum at Cambridge University. All that electrostatics gear! Wow. And the intricate astrolabes. And copper-microscopes. Ooof. I was also jazzed to stand in the spot where THE lab was that had Boyles Law discovered by... well... Boyle!

Initial musings...
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All hail engineers!

Oh, and ...

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My final verdict (from the peanut gallery) = Level 4 success. Grade A.  8) 8) 8) 8)
Episode Comments / Re: EP719: A Hench Helps Her Villain, No Matter What
« Last post by Jack Molesworth on February 23, 2020, 04:30:49 PM »
This story didn't tread any new ground that hasn't already been done much, much better by "The Venture Brothers" animated adult series.
Episode Comments / Re: Pseudopod 433: 20 Simple Steps To Ventriloquism
« Last post by JDuckworth on February 23, 2020, 03:24:13 PM »
This one made for very creepy listening while driving in the dark of Texas.

Wonderful work, incredible pacing, terrifying even in the quiet parts, suffused with an ever-mounting sense of dread.
Episode Comments / Re: PseudoPod 685: The Loved Dead
« Last post by JDuckworth on February 23, 2020, 03:21:58 PM »
This was as good a reminder as any that--despite what some of his fans will tell you--Lovecraft was actually not a very good prose stylist.

When horror has you laughing at a seven-adjective sequence instead of shivering, it's missed its mark.
Episode Comments / Re: PseudoPod 583: After the Party
« Last post by JDuckworth on February 23, 2020, 03:19:57 PM »
Wanted to like this one, I think the setup is really interesting--racist cop pulls over a guy and is also secretly a vampire thrall. The moment of the reveal though was so cliched (how many times has a vampire/vampire thrall said "The Master will be X" in stories, films, and shows? It's the vampire equivalent of aliens saying "Take us to your leader!"). I did like the ending however, leaving the protag's fate unclear and leaving open that he might escape.
Episode Comments / Re: PseudoPod 685: The Loved Dead
« Last post by Fenrix on February 23, 2020, 01:30:05 PM »

The first time I listened to it, I thought our little pervert was a necrophiliac. Nah. Pity. That would have been awesome and gloriously screwed-up. As it is, he was caught cadaver-cuddling and that the next best thing, eh.

Oh, it's there. Just not explicitly on the page. Much like Machen's "The Great God Pan" is an utterly filthy story, once you glance off the edge of the page.

There are certain things you can't publish in 1924, and what was written here did still get them in trouble. While there's some debate as to whether the issue was actually yanked off the shelves or not, the hate mail received did strain the relationship between the authors and the editor Farnsworth Wright.
Episode Comments / PseudoPod 690: The Aetherised Chamber
« Last post by Bdoomed on February 23, 2020, 04:57:15 AM »
PseudoPod 690: The Aetherised Chamber

Author: Stewart Moore
Narrator: Alasdair Stuart
Host: Graeme Dunlop
Audio Producer: Marty Perrett

PseudoPod 690: The Aetherised Chamber is a PseudoPod original.

Show Notes
In its inspiration this is sort of a science fiction story: I was reading about 17th century scientists and wondered, “What if they were right?”

17 October 1687:

 The God-machine failed, and I destroyed it.  With the wood-axe I smashed the glass vacuum pump, the encircling copper spring, the clockwork armature, and even the desk on which it stood.  With a hammer I crushed the crystal at its heart as I would pith a frog’s skull.  No one must know the extent of my humiliation.

Yet it was a worthy idea.  The new science has shown that the universe is like an immense clock.  By detecting its subtlest vibrations, may we not know the mind of its Creator?  My method too was sound:  I rarefied a jar of air to create a vacuum.  Since of course a true vacuum is impossible, the pump can only have drawn in that finer substance, dissolved throughout the cosmos, supporting the planets in their courses:  the aether.  And what is the aether but the very essence of God?

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Episode Comments / Re: PseudoPod 687: The Yellow Cat
« Last post by Scuba Man on February 22, 2020, 11:57:16 PM »
It was well narrated. The plot didn't grab me. Ah well. I skimmed and scanned the episode, appreciated it for what it was, and moved on.  ::)
Episode Comments / Re: PseudoPod 688: The Tunnel Ahead
« Last post by Scuba Man on February 22, 2020, 11:52:15 PM »
Wheeeeee! Let's go to the beach.  :o
I had weird mental images of The Jetsons (which, according to Wikipedia was running until 1987?!).

Odd odd episode. It reminded me of a Drabblecast episode.  8)