Category Archives: Science & Fiction

TRR: Episode 18, “Dots & Dashes (Part 1)”



Dots and dashes, the language of telegraphy, and later, what became known as wireless. In this episode, we try our hand at the sending key of the original method of sending an e-mail (an electronic mailing), as we explore the world of the telegraph, its origin, and its effect upon the world.

“A Story of the Telegraph” (1905) by John Murray
“Heroes of the Telegraph” (1891) by J. Munro
“Great Inventions and Discoveries” (1911) by Willis Duff Piercy
“The Romance of Modern Invention” (1907) by Archibald Adams
“Along the Smooth and Slender Wires” (1848) by Unknown

The Reader

TRR: Episode 18, “Dots & Dashes (Part 1)”
TRT: 21:49

The musical accompaniment for the show is provided through the kind generosity of Incompetech.com.


TRR: Episode 6, “The Red Planet”



Water has possibly been discovered on Mars, but this is not a new question. The question of water on the planet was at the center of the debate surrounding Percival Lowell’s Martian canals. In this episode of The Reader Reads, we explore the theories of water on Mars in Lowell’s time, as well as other Mars-related works of fiction.

Excerpts from “Is Mars Habitable?” by Alfred Russel Wallace (1907)
“Mars and Its Mysteries” by Edward Sylvester Morse (1906)
“A Princess of Mars” by Edgar Rice Burroughs
“Roll On, Sad World!’ by Frederick Goddard Tuckerman
An excerpt from “War of the Worlds” by H.G. Wells (1898)

The Reader

TRR: Episode 6, “The Red Planet”
TRT: 30:10

The musical accompaniment for the show is provided through the kind generosity of Incompetech.com.