Podcast 4: Bulwer-Lytton

May 11, 2010

Bulwer-Lytton's The Coming Race, first edition

The 4th episode of our Radium Age science fiction podcast, “Parallel Universe: Pazzo,” is dedicated to the theme of TELEPATHY. We recorded this episode on May 7, 2010. As always, the recording session was hosted by our friends at Pazzo Books, here in Boston.

LISTEN TO/DOWNLOAD Kristin Parker reading an excerpt from Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s The Coming Race (1871):

Kristin Parker reads Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s THE COMING RACE by HILOBROW

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Kristin Parker recording the TELEPATHY episode of HiLobrow's podcast.


TITLE: “Parallel Universe: Pazzo — 4/TELEPATHY”
HOST & PRODUCER: Joshua Glenn*
READERS: Tor Aarestad, Anindita Basu Sempere, Matthew Battles*, Ryan Mulcahy, Tom Nealon, Peggy Nelson, James Parker, Kristin Parker, Susan Roe (* HiLobrow.com’s editors)
THEREMIN: Peggy Nelson
SPONSOR: Pazzo Used, Rare & Out-of-Print Books (Tom and Brian Nealon, proprietors)
PUBLISHER: HiLobrow.com

“Parallel Universe: Pazzo — 4/TELEPATHY” includes excerpts from: Otis Adelbert Kline’s The Planet of Peril, Homer Eon Flint’s The Devolutionist, H. Rider Haggard’s When the World Shook, A. Merritt’s The Face in the Abyss, Edwin Lester Arnold’s Lieut. Gullivar Jones: His Vacation, Garrett P. Serviss’ A Columbus of Space, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ A Princess of Mars, and Olaf Stapledon’s Last Men in London. PLUS, one pre-Radium Age reading: Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s The Coming Race. HILOBROW’s Matthew Battles read an original, contest-winning microfiction by Rachel Ellis Adams. THESE LINKS WILL GO LIVE ONE BY ONE, OVER A FEW DAYS.



LISTEN to more episodes of “Parallel Universe: Pazzo.” (And find out more about what HILOBROW’s Joshua Glenn has named science fiction’s Radium Age.)


READ THE WINNING ENTRY in our “Telepathy” micro-fiction contest.

in our “Telepathy” micro-fiction contest.

What do you think?

  1. Thank you for this! While there’s still much to explore, the casual scorn Bulwer-Lyton receives from people who’ve never read him and who are FAILED workshop writers (SURPRISE!!!) themselves is absurd.

    Not to say all popular fiction should last but there’s definitely a lot more in Bulwer than the middlebrow lit frauds are telling; indeed, if you look advertisements from American booksellers of late 19th c. Bulwer is right there with Dickens and Trollope.

    The great Brit critic of detective fiction, Julian Symons, gives Bulwer genre props in “Mortal Consequence” and, of course, Richard Wagner’s just-pre-mature “Rienzi” is from Bulwer.

    Bulwer, baby!

  2. I’ve only read The Coming Race, and it’s very funny and interesting — true, some of the sentences are impossible, full of hairpin turns and endless subordinate clauses — but that’s part of the fun.

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