Why I Write: A Memento Mori

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By Evan Guilford-Blake

Photography by Jesse Ryan Brown

Every night, my wife and I listen to an old time radio program. In the dozen years we’ve been doing it, we’ve heard everything from the Jack Benny Show (all 19 years) to every episode of Johnny Dollar, Dragnet and countless more.

Just now, we’re nearing the
end of X Minus 1, an anthology science
fiction series broadcast by NBC during the mid-1950s, and co-presented by Galaxy Magazine, one of the genre’s premier
publications. The stories (which first appeared in Galaxy and Astounding Science
Fiction
) were adapted to radio theatre; they are by many of the shining
stars of the fantastic, names oh-so well known to me. I grew up devouring the
paperbacks and pulps of the era: Clifford Simak, Frederick Brown, Ray Bradbury,
among (so) many others.

But
some I don’t know at all, and they’re by authors…

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