The ZBS Radio Hour

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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