Sliding It In Alternate History

Here’s a recording of Tracy Torme’ at the KHC that I just found on an old computer. He is introduced by Brad Linaweaver.
MP3 (32 min. 44 sec.)

Tracy Torme’ was the speaker at the Karl Hess Club (a libertarian group, but not just Libertarian Party supporters, some of us are anarchists) on October 17, 2005, back when we met in the little meeting room at Billingsley’s.

Now the KHC meets at Dinah’s on Sepulveda Blvd in Los Angeles.

Xeni Jardin took note in a recent Boing Boing post of yet another article about the surprising invention of a frequency hopping spread spectrum system by the glamorous movie star, Hedy Lamarr. Lamarr died in the year 2000.

I noticed Hedy’s amazing life story back in the early 1990’s just after the Electronic Frontier Foundation gave her a pioneer award. Her secure radio idea is still used in digital wireless systems today.

That EFF award for Hedy was near the time I first read Brad Linaweaver’s alternate WW2 novel, Moon of Ice, which features a surviving daughter of Joseph Goebbels, Hilda, as an anarchist heroine fighting her father and the Nazi domination of Europe while an isolationist U.S. minds its own business.

I got the idea to make Hedy the center of the action in an alternate version of the Spanish Civil War, and pestered Brad for a couple of years until he got on board in 1994, but it wasn’t until 2004 that our collaborative novel was completed. Brad did the majority of the actual writing, while we both discussed the situations and characters. Of course, there’s a big propaganda radio speech by Brad’s beloved Goebbels that terrifies the good guys. Now there’s an audio adaptation in the works and some other developments for Anarquia.

In addition to Brad’s award winning Moon of Ice, and his other original published alternate history short stories, and the collaboration with me on Anarquia, Brad also wrote a media tie-in novel and episode guide for the alternate reality science fiction TV show Sliders, created by Tracy Torme’.

Sliders episodes are online for those of you who can watch Hulu shows. I’ve been getting re-acquainted with the show that way. Those of you with a couple of nickels to rub together may want the DVDs. Tracy was the show runner and also wrote some of the best scripts. After the first two and a half seasons, the show was taken away by mundane suits (that’s how I see it), you can listen to Tracy’s version of events in his KHC talk above.

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