Main: The ZBS Radio Hour Goes Steampunk & Sci-Fi!

Join us today at 11am or 7pm Pacif­ic Time (19:00 or 03:00 in the UK) for a brand new series of ZBS adven­tures — includ­ing the first broad­cast of the lat­est Jack Flan­ders adven­ture — and it’s Steam­punk!

In Steam Dream­ers of Inver­ness at the top of the hour… Jack, Mojo and Clau­dine dis­cov­er a strange device in the old Vic­to­ri­an man­sion of Inver­ness: a holo­graph­ic pro­jec­tor that oper­ates on steam. The pro­jec­tor is loaded with glass slides, as they whirl around, a black & white pho­to­graph­ic image is pro­ject­ed into the cen­tre of the room. The pho­to is of a town set in Vic­to­ri­an times. As they watch, dif­fer­ent slides slip into the machine: they’re now see­ing peo­ple, hors­es, and car­riages; the men wear top hats, the women bus­tles. High above, hov­er­ing over the town, is a gigan­tic zep­pelin.

With just the slight­est inten­tion, or desire, they can be any­where with­in the town. They are so intrigued, so cap­ti­vat­ed, they begin to won­der, “Can this become addic­tive?” Why was this room sealed away and kept secret? Over time, they can no longer dis­cern whether the pho­to­graph­ic images are real, or mere­ly their own day­dreams and desires. With­in this strange room of swirling steam, shad­ows & light, they do not wish to wake up from this dream.

We will be broad­cast­ing all 16 episodes of Steam Dream­ers of Inver­ness, and every so often we’ll spice them up with a spe­cial taste of Steam­punk humour from ZBS in the form of the strange tale of Lady Win­der­mere’s Brass Fantab­u­lous.

Then on the half hour, it’s the first weird Sci-Fi tale from Stars And Stuff… and what strange tales they are. With titles like these: The Thing That Ate Aunt Sophie… The Tongue That Licked Tuc­son… Motor­cy­clists from Mars… Rock­et Pierre and The Peanut Peo­ple of Plu­to… just read­ing these titles will give you an idea of what’s wait­ing to pounce on you.

After Meat­ball Ful­ton had fin­ished writ­ing The Fourth Tow­er and Moon Over Moroc­co, he had a lot of ideas left over. Ideas he was­n’t able to fit into ‘Moon’ or ‘4th Tow­er’. Ideas that were still ping-pong­ing inside his head, so he decid­ed to let them bounce out into lots of short scifi/fantasy sto­ries. Some of these are such potent lit­tle gems, you may nev­er be able to get them out of your head. What a treat.


Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme in-world at the appoint­ed time at http://main.radioriel.org, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link:http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel/tune_in
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