The ZBS Radio Hour

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by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 22 September, 2012

At 11am and 7pm Pacific Time / 19:00 and 03:00 GMT, join us for the latest episodes of our two adventures in the ZBS Radio Hour.

We begin the final 4‐part segment of our Steampunk Jack Flanders serial, Steam Dreamers of Inverness: The Clockwork Kingdom

Back on the zeppelin, The Illuminato, our adventurers discover a clockwork kingdom inhabited by mechanical creatures. These windup automata are covered with dust, they haven’t creaked their joints in decades.

Each of the automata represents a different archetype: the Magician, the Wizard, the Witch, the Gypsy, the High Priestess, the Devil, the Trickster, and the Grim Reaper!

Then one night, the automata begin to move, they even speak, repeating quaint sayings, “Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday,” or, “Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.” As they walk about, they wind each other up.

Beneath the city is “The Great Clock,” it too has been silent for decades. The mechanical robots follow one another, spiralling down into the dark heart of the Clock. As they begin to wind the Clock, Jack begins to wonder, “Can this be Doomsday?” 2 hours

And then at the bottom of the hour, there’s the second part of our Roger Gregg serial The Last Harbinger

The story begins as a strange Harbinger is sent on a mission to a place called Moloch. Moloch is an absurd world where the vanity of the élite compels them to spend more cosmetic surgery than on medicines for the poor, a world wherein a twisted religious ideology applauds the materially well‐off while condemning those who have no homes, a world rapidly devouring its own environment. In short: Moloch is a civilization swallowing itself — sound familiar? The Harbinger has the truth. But can truth alone save such an absurd world?

The Last Harbinger” is a satiric parable for our times. Also featuring Phil Proctor of Firesign Theatre.

Tune in!

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. You can listen to the programme at, 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:


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