BRASS Stacks 8: The Lady Automaton, Part Two

In the conclusion to E. E. Kellett’s short story, things get increasingly dark as the beautiful creation of an genius inventor conquers not only London society, but the hearts of two suitors. Podcast (brass-stacks): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

BRASS: A Moral Empire?

To some contemporary historians, the phrase “Moral Empire” is as oxymoronic as “Military Intelligence,” or in the present era “Presidential Gravitas.” After all, one only has to look at the history of the 19th century to see that time and time again, the European Empires treated the peoples that they subjugated in ways that ranged from merely exploitative to genocidal. … Read More

Forgotten Futurists: E. E. Kellett

This fine-looking gentleman, E.E. Kellett, was a poet, academic, writer and tutor. The nearest I could find to a biographical sketch of him was via an exhaustive online biographical resource of the writer Malcolm Lowry, which mentions that Kellett was Lowry’s crammer when he was trying to get into Cambridge in 1928, and that Kellett remembered by his contemporary J.H. … Read More

BRASS Stacks 7: The Lady Automaton, Part One

In this obscure but brilliant short story by E. E. Kellett, an inventor is challenged by his friend to create an “anti-phonograph” that can engage a speaker in a conversation. But he does much, much more than that…. Podcast (brass-stacks): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

Steampunk Primer: Alternate Histories

We all wonder what would have happened if a certain course of events in our lives turned out differently—a different first love, a move we contemplated but didn’t make, a job opportunity missed. If our personal lives and agendas might have been so different following such a change, what would have resulted if major historical events had gone another way? … Read More

BRASS Stacks 6: The Disintegrator Machine

Professor Challenger meets an inventor whose creation may prove so catastrophic as to imperil the entire British Empire, in this classic short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Podcast (brass-stacks): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

Will the Real Professor Challenger….

No character created by an author is fully autobiographical. So it is no surprise to learn that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, was in very few ways like his Great Detective–not a thin cold Englishman whose only interest is crime and how to solve it, but a big jolly Scot with an interest in sports and … Read More

“I Can Play Tall:” an Interview with Larry Albert

Larry Albert is well known to anyone on the West Coast who does audio drama. For over 30 years he was a stalwart company member of Jim French’s Imagination Theater company, eventually becoming editor as well. He’s a proud member of SAG/AFTRA and a generous contributor to his community, casting a long list of Seattle actors over the years for … Read More

Season Three: It’s a Wrap!

In early March, a collection of 15 Seattle-based performers came together to rehearse for Season Three of BRASS: The Audio Series. It was an intense and slightly chaotic couple of days, with many missed paginations and last-minute adjustments. Thanks to both Kate Kraay and Tremaine for loaning out their houses for bands of roving actors.           … Read More

BRASS Stacks 5: The Stolen Bacillus

H.G. Wells is now primarily known for his early science fiction novels, but it was his short stories that made a name for him. This one comes from a 1905 Pearson’s Magazine. Subtitled “A Tale of Anarchy,” it was darkly topical, as in the last 20 years self-proclaimed anarchists had killed several heads of state and committed bombing outrages throughout … Read More