Episode Log: The Return of King Suzie

Listen to Episode 120: The Return of King Suzie


Gather ’round, oh ye wondering wanderers, and listen as the Admiral, UNKK, and Ro speak with the ever-enchanting Suzie Plakson about the completion and release of her story-poem The Return of King Lillian in eBook and audiobook format and in lots of online locations!

In addition, Suzie recently released the following three videos, of her reading portions of The Return of King Lillian, to YouTube. Sit back and enjoy as the storyteller spins you into her mythical world:

“Theatrical Fellows”



Once you’ve taken a listen to the show and watched the videos, follow these links to join Lillian’s journey (and learn more about Suzie!):


Episode Log: News Potpourri

Listen to Episode 112: News Potpourri

What’s that delightfully nerdy scent, wafting through the Starbase? Why, it’s the latest batch of News Potpourri!

There is, indeed, no dearth of nerdy news niblets this week, listeners! The Admiral kicks things off by whipping out his big…bragging rights, as he can do whenever he likes. He is the Admiral, after all.

Congratulations are then in order, for our favorite Vulcan/Klingon/Q/Andorian hybrid and all-around awesome Human, Suzie Plakson! She was successful in reaching her Kickstarter goal, which means that we can look forward to soon experiencing her fantabulous tale, The Return of King Lillian! Join the journey now by liking the Official King Lillian Facebook page and be sure to keep watch at KingLillian.com!

The crew then play the latest subspace communication received from loyal listener Josh (@king_follower on Twitter), whose question hearkens back to the previous episode’s discussion of “Geek Chic” and geekery’s changing role and acceptance in society.

This launches our intrepid crew into a discussion of the successful SpaceX Dragon mission and two unique guests to hitch a ride on the unmanned rocket.

From the final frontier, we travel back to Earth and the real-life Bionic Woman who recently completed a London marathon thanks to a “ReWalk” exoskeleton. What implications does a suit like this hold for paraplegics and quadriplegics? And is this technology already obsolete before it even hits the mainstream market?

We hit a bit of a rough patch at this point as someone came close to sinking our Battleship…which, of course sparks a spate of horrifying discourse on future board game-based movies, none of which come close to sounding as awesome as this movie poster looks.

Join us now as we offer a 21-click salute to Eugene Polley, inventor of the television remote control, who passed away on May 22.

And now, back to our regularly scheduled venting, already in progress. Seems there’s a guy out there who believes that we can Build The Enterprise. Forrealz. And only for (insert Dr. Evil Voice) ONE TRILLION DOLLARS! UNKK informs us that it’s not a completely stupid idea (although it’s pretty darn close), while the Admiral averts an internal breach by venting his spleen over how ridonculous the entire proposal sounds. Oh, and, yes, the Admiral did indeed say and mean “centrifugal” in his rant. Do not doubt him, for he is the Admiral.

Switching over to the horror world for a moment, we debate the continuing merits of “found footage” movies, the Admiral ruins Apollo 18 FOR EVERYONE ON BOARD THE STARBASE WHO HASN’T SEEN THE MOVIE YET, UNKK reveals what he thinks is a worse space movie than Armageddon right before breaking the universe with his recommendation for a new sci-fi movie channel, and Ro brings up boobs. In 3DD. As she often does.

Speaking of boobs, new technology makes it possible to track eye movement as a means of determining things like how men and women view certain images differently. Makes the question “Were you looking at her? Or her? Or her?” even more dangerous than ever…

The ever-fantastic Boz (@cartbozman on Twitter) then chimes in with a voice mail question regarding the Starbase’s recent Borg episode that leads to Mr. Blobby-induced screaming from the Admiral and this handy little “Know Your Borg” chart from the resident “crinkle nose”:

We would have turned Mr. Blobby into a Borg for Boz, but we feel that: A) Mr. Blobby is terrifying enough in his own squishy right; and B) Not even the Borg would assimilate this:

Finally, the BBC see barcodes at birth in our future. Ro sees an endless stream of fundamentalist panic regarding “The Mark of the Beast.” She’s more concerned about recent news regarding hackable medical implants anyway. Captain Picard is now hackable? Don’t piss off Beverly, sir. You know she’s got a computer wiz for a son…

A Small Sample of Suzie

For those who are interested in learning more about Suzie Plakson’s work, The Return of King Lillian, here is a special snippet of the audio book for your enjoyment. Take a listen and, if you can help out with a donation, that would be fantastic! If not, please help by spreading the word!


Episode Log: The Return of Suzie Plakson

Listen to Episode 109a: Suzie Needs You!

Never let it be said that the Starbase crew does anything halfheartedly (well, except for those anger management retreats the Bajoran keeps going through…the redshirt turnaround is proof positive that someone isn’t putting much effort into listening).

Regardless, when we feel passionately about something, we go for the full-body plunge. No toe dipping here, faithful listeners! That’s why we were thrilled to be joined once again by the always delightful Suzie Plakson for her third visit to the Starbase (third time’s a charm, but she’s a joy every time!). Listen in as Suzie shares with us a bit of the back story behind her latest creative endeavor, The Return of King Lillian.

Described by Suzie as “an allegorical story for non-conformists of all ages,” The Return of King Lillian is a labor of love that Suzie has finally captured in proper form for telling. Now she needs our help to raise the funds to bring Lillian home.

Using Kickstarter, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects, Suzie recently launched The Return of King Lillian fiction project. The goal of this project is to raise $7,500 to fund the creation of the eBook, the audio book (which will be recorded by Suzie), and an accompanying Web site.

The deadline for this Kickstarter project is May 10, 2012. Suzie’s almost halfway there now, but she needs our help to cross the finish line!

Every contribution helps, whether it’s a monetary donation, the sharing of this project with other Suzie fans, or even just well wishes sent Suzie’s way, either through her official Facebook page or her Web site. If she doesn’t reach her goal, however, please note that no funds will be deducted from your credit card. Kickstarter is an “all or nothing” kinda site.

So, do what you can, keep your fingers crossed, and we’ll keep you posted about Suzie’s progress!


The Return of King Lillian

This is what happens when the Admiral leaves the keys to the blog in the hands of that tricksy Bajoran…

So rumor has it that our favorite charismatic Klingon, that vixenish Vulcan, the Quintessential Queen Q, and the most audacious Andorian to ever grace the promenade of our humble Starbase has written a book! And she’d like your help to share it with you!

That’s right, Suzie Plakson has recently announced that she’s completed work on The Return of King Lillian, “a newfangled narrative with an old-fashioned feel. An allegorical tale for non-conformists of all ages.” In line with the modern multimedia experience, she’d like to release this as both an e-Book and as an audiobook performed…by her!

To help make it so (sorry, it needed to be said), Suzie has launched a Kickstarter page, to help her raise the funding for this fabulous project. Head on over to her project page, let her tell you more about the project, and then, if you can, help her reach her target funding goal! And if you can’t help with a donation, make sure to pass along the news to all your other groovy genre fan friends!

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