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Russell Nash
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« on: September 24, 2008, 08:11:19 AM »

EP073: Barnaby in Exile

By Mike Resnick.
Read by Paul Fischer (of The Balticon Podcast).

“Very good, Barnaby,” she says. “And what is this?”

“Kitten,” I say.

We go through the whole book.

“Where is Barnaby?” I ask.

“Barnaby is an ape,” she says. “There is no picture of an ape in the book.”

I wonder if there are any other Barnabys in the world, and if they are lonely too.


Rated G. Contains nothing age-inappropriate. However, some listeners may find it excessively sad.


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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2008, 10:57:13 AM »

Saddest Escape Pod Ever.
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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2008, 11:13:44 AM »

Damn that Resnick. This one definitely got to me, even though I knew what he was doing the whole time.
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« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2008, 02:17:07 PM »

Couldn't believe there was an old Mike Resnick story on here I'd somehow overlooked..

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww Sad Sad

Very 'Flowers for Algernon.' sort of.
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« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2008, 02:20:29 PM »

Couldn't believe there was an old Mike Resnick story on here I'd somehow overlooked..

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww Sad Sad

Very 'Flowers for Algernon.' sort of.

Flowers for Algernon if Algernon lost an environment he was smart/learning rather than losing the ability. Which honestly reminds me more of Rand's Anthem if it was reversed.


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« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2008, 02:21:40 PM »

After listening to this and the other Resnick stories that made me cry, I don't think I want to listen to any more.

That was really depressing. Especially the reminder of all the animals that are tortured by human hands in research.

Edit: And I'm not saying it wasn't good. Of course it was. Mike Resnick knows how to make us cry. That is an amazing skill. But once he has gotten control of our emotions I wish he would use that opportunity to give us a bit of hope, slip in a way to change the world for the better. Maybe it would be fake and a sellout but I wanted an afterword about how new laws gave bonobos legal rights or how they were uplifted or how, at least, Barnaby found a better life.

I wrote a blog once about happy endings (Happy Endings: A Theory of), about how we like our lessons in stories but without a happy ending a story is only a warning, not a lesson.  I'm okay with Mike Resnick making me cry, but I want it followed by the happy ending or a lesson about how to get there.
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« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2008, 02:24:18 PM »

>> I'm okay with Mike Resnick making me cry, but I want it followed by the happy ending or a lesson about how to get there. <<

On the author's behalf, he has probably published more humor than any other science fiction
writer: over 70 humorous sf stories stories and 9 humorous sf novels (and counting.)

When he writes funny, or happy, or adventurous, he writes funny, or happy, or adventurous.
And when he writes bittersweet, he writes bittersweet. He does none to the exclusion of
the others.

-- Mike Resnick, who is on reasonably good terms with the author
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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2008, 03:05:36 AM »

-- Mike Resnick, who is on reasonably good terms with the author

Really??  What's he like?
 
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« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2008, 12:01:05 PM »

>> Really??  What's he like? <<


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« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2008, 12:25:41 PM »

Huh. I had to read that three times before I saw the second E in "sexiest"...
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« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2008, 03:23:08 PM »

i missed the e in 'like'
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« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2010, 12:55:59 PM »

This has to be one of my favorite EP episodes ever!  The non-human point of view, and the child-like intellect made me really want to meet Barnaby.  The questions about God and whether he lives further away than the zoo were especially compelling.  I didn't cry, but I rarely do for written fiction--that doesn't mean the emotions weren't there.

And there are all kinds of deeper analogies here if you look for them.  The Flower for Algernon comparison is one.  Another is feeling out of place in your own family--He coexists and breeds with them, but they don't understand him at all. 

Incidentally, does anyone happen to know what patch of jungle he got dropped off at?  I would SO adopt him.
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« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2010, 10:10:29 AM »

I just heard this story on NPR, which totally reminded me of Barnaby in Exile (and just as heart-breaking):

http://blogs.wnyc.org/radiolab/2010/02/19/lucy/

"Chimps. Bonobos. Humans. We’re all great apes. This hour we take a look at what happens when we all try to live together. Our main story is about a chimp named Lucy. When Lucy was only two days old she was adopted by a psychologist and his wife who wondered: if given the right environment, how human could Lucy become? This story and other tales of radical sharing between humans and the creatures on earth most like us. Be sure to watch the slide show through to the end to see the image of the hug between Janis and Lucy."
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« Reply #13 on: December 16, 2012, 07:58:34 AM »

i actually like monkeys more now for some strange reason
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