Episode 94: Catastrophe Baker And A Canticle For Leibowitz by Mike Resnick

Mike Resnick, king of tearjerkers, brings us a different kind of story…
Catastrophe Baker. The toughest, meanest, proudest, strongest, fastest, smoothest man in any room. No one in the galaxy is better with a swinging fist. Or a swinging woman. In this week’s adventure, Catastrophe is in a race against time to retrieve a priceless canticle…whatever that is.

Also, Big and Rish talk about the Parsec Awards, Voluptua Von Climax, and matching wits against gurus.

Special thanks Julie Hoverson and R.E. Chambliss for lending their voices to today’s episode.

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Related Links:
Mike Resnick’s Site
Julie Hoverson’s 19 Nocturne Boulevard
R.E. Chambliss’s Site
Scary Tunnel
Some sound effects were provided by freesound.org.
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9 Responses to “Episode 94: Catastrophe Baker And A Canticle For Leibowitz by Mike Resnick”

  1. That was a fun story. Great job putting it together. Thanks, Mike for sharing your stories in this format. They’ve been fun.

    When I was an undergraduate physicist, my mentor gave me “A Canticle for Leibowitz” as reading material. It was a fun read, and I don’t think I’d have come across it otherwise. People should give it a look.

  2. Now this was fun. I’ve gotten downright depressed about Mike Resnick lately, what with every podcast posting these total blatant tearjerker pieces. (My favorite books of his were “Santiago” and “Stalking the Unicorn,” respectively rip-roaring and funny, and I’ve never liked having my emotions so openly toyed with. This story was both! I’m pretending that Catastrophe Baker exists in the Santiago universe as a kind of counterpoint to Black Orpheus, making up complete gimcrack self-aggrandizing nonsense.)

  3. Marshal Latham Says:

    I enjoyed this story, and thought the fun tone of the story was matched by the fun tone of the production. I loved the banjo, and the quick cut off between music and story. It was nice to see the lighter side of Resnick. I really need to read A Canticle for Leibowitz. It’s been on my to do list for years, but I’ve never taken the time. Several people have recommended it to me.

    I like the play on the sf classics. It’s fun.

    Rish, stop being so down on yourself. I thought you did great against the Gurus. There is no way to defeat that Game Guru guy, but I would like to see somebody do it.

    That’s all for now.

  4. Marshal Latham Says:

    I knew that was something else I wanted to say. I totally cracked up at Big’s “Giant-sized Man-Thing” comment. For one thing, it was just funny, and for another, I knew where it came from because I just so happen to have been reading through a compilation of Marvel’s Man-Thing comic lately.

  5. Great story matched with excellent voice acting and production. Definitely one of my Dunesteef favorites.

    ** That twangy voice would be perfect for a serial about a country boy attending college or working in some high class environment.

  6. This was one of those that I just had to sit back and enjoy. The pacing and delivery of the story was so smooth that I felt like Catastrophe was telling my about my own youth as an adventuring hero. I mean, who hasn’t had a vixen like Voluptua Von Climax nibble on your neck before.
    It wasn’t just Catastrophe’s voice either. I’m a big fan of 19 Nocturne Blvd as well so hearing Julie’s voice was great too.
    About names, this is something which always comes to mind… Name the awesome sitcom.
    “I believe a man’s name says a lot about them, my name is Richard Steele… what’s your name?” “Less, Less Nessman.”

    Yeah, the last part gives it away, but it was always one of my favorite scenes from the show.

  7. Clay Dugger Says:

    It’s nice to se the funny side of Mike. Got a little tired of having my heart ripped out of my ears. Great production on this one, too!

  8. According to my bibliographer, I have sold more than 120 funny science fiction stories and a dozen funny sf novels. It’s not my fault that podcasts (other than this one) keep picking up the tearjerkers, or that they’re the ones that keep making the ballots. I have actually sold more humor than Robert Sheckley. Honest.

    — Innocent Mike Resnick

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