In the theater of your mind, explore the dazzling worlds of prize-winning Australian writer Damien Broderick.

The Truth Machine: Kicked to death on a sidewalk by thugs, aged Nobel laureate Bruce is frozen for centuries in cryonic biostasis. When his chilled flesh is rebuilt and rejuvenated, he wakes in a placid future ruled by a world-commanding computer system, the Truth Machine. But is this utopia or oppressive horror—heaven or hell?
Transmitters: Science fiction had its own secret masters, the fanzine editors who preceded today’s internet bloggers and tweeters. In a jargon all their own, they transmitted joy and jollity and feuding enmity—and some still do. In this cast of delightful oddballs, Joseph hopes to detect messages from the end of the universe while his girlfriend Caroline dances at the edge of madness. Ray and Marj tussle with the suburban in-laws. Brian spoofs a talkback host. 1984, that fabled year, looms. “The portrait of a generation is incisive”—George Turner.
Besterman: What if Hamlet were not Prince of Denmark but Lord Besterman, scion of the Director of the Recombinant Engineering Cartel on asteroid Pallas? What if Besterman’s uncle Feng slew his father by hurling him into a black hole? What if Ratio, a robot from Earth, visits the small world to thwart the murderous conflict that could explode across the worlds? And what of Folly, an Ophelia with iron in her soul? Reinventing Shakespeare is a bold gamble, but Broderick is the writer to carry it off in style.


Damien Broderick was Theodore Sturgeon Award finalist in 2010 and 2011, and winner of the A. Bertram Chandler Award for Outstanding Achievement in Science Fiction, 2010.

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WIFE FIVE, A PLAY by Steve Hayes and Michelle Morgan

Harry Spain is a man with a problem; well several problems actually, and all of them ex-wives.  Blondes Abby, Gloria, and Jessica were all once married to Harry, and now enjoy a platonic friendship with him; spending weekends together at his beach-front property in Malibu.  They sunbathe, gossip, and hang out on the beach, until one weekend when their perfect existence is threatened by the arrival of Kimberly; a woman who is not only much younger than themselves, but is a brunette too.
Scared that this interloper is about to steal much more than Harry’s heart, the three concoct a plan to rid themselves of her, until the arrival of Harry’s first ex-wife, Lila, threatens to interrupt their plans.  As if that isn’t enough, housekeeper Mattie is in the very thick of the action; which ensures that a happy weekend at the beach quickly turns into a boiling pot of anxieties, mid-life crises and clashing personalities.

Will Harry survive the weekend from hell, or will his ex-wives change his life forever?

Steve Hayes is an actor, screenwriter, and novelist, as well as manager of coffee-shop Googies, and friend to the stars during the Golden Age of Hollywood.  Author of many books including Children of the Dark, Viva Gringo! and Googie’s: Coffee Shop to the Stars, Steve lives in Huntington Beach, California, with his lovely wife of twenty-five years, Robbin.

Michelle Morgan is an author, columnist and biographer who has written about the Golden Age of Hollywood for the past twenty years.  She is author of many books, including: Marilyn Monroe: Private and Confidential and The Mammoth Book of Hollywood Scandals.  She lives in Northamptonshire, England, with her husband, Richard and nine-year-old daughter, Daisy.


The wonders of classic science fiction radio are recreated here in 4 vivid scripts from prominent Australian writer Damien Broderick.

Striped Holes:  Hilarity ensues when a time traveler arrives with grim news in the luxury bachelor apartment of TV interviewer, Sopwith Hammil: the Sun is about to be turned off. Sopwith can be saved from Earth’s big freeze only if he brings his lawfully wedded spouse. Will the charismatic nitwit find a mate in time?
Time Zones: Jenny, teen genius, gets a message from a brilliant scientific inventor in a time zone separated from her own by decades. Can she and Rod solve the paradoxes of time and space before reality splinters?
Schrödinger’s Dog: The multiverse has many faces. Daniel Ng was a child refugee from the horrors of the Vietnam war. Now he’s built a machine that flings him into many alternative worlds. But he has a disease that’s fast killing him.
The Game of Stars and Souls: In a galaxy far, far away from Earth, men and women struggle for power on an interstellar stage. A young man crushed by his ruthless father falls in love with a woman shaped as a weapon against them both. At stake is not just victory but the survival of the cosmos.

Damien Broderick was Theodore Sturgeon Award finalist in 2010 and 2011, and winner of the A. Bertram Chandler Award for Outstanding Achievement in Science Fiction, 2010.


Perhaps you’ve encountered that strange, unsettled feeling of familiarity — haven’t you been here before? Hasn’t this experience already happened in exactly the same way?

What if that wasn’t you. What if that was your duplicate, the result of an atomic experiment that has taken an unexpected turn, creating a process that can replicate and manipulate living matter — with untold potential, but terrifying consequences.

EAGLE DOWN: The Unproduced Screenplay by Ib Melchior

test pilot, veteran of Desert Storm, crashes while testing a top secret military device. His injuries rob him of his memory, reducing him to the level of an animal — but an animal with the intelligence and reasoning power of a man, and the fear and desperation of a hunted beast. He leads the men who would save him on a fantastic chase through the desolate and hostile country of Death Valley, pitting animal instinct against sophisticated technology.

FIRE FOR EFFECT: The Unproduced Screenplay by Ib Melchior

Fire For Effect is a WWII story, but not of the ordinary kind. Based on a true incident, it involves a little known, but vitally important branch of Military Intelligence — the IPWs — Interrogators of Prisoners of War. It is the story of a battle of wits between two officers, good men both, with strong convictions, integrity and a firm sense of duty — but on opposite sides. And it concerns a potentially catastrophic event about to happen.


“When in 1987 I was contacted by a young German citizen who wanted me to write a book about his exploits while looking into Germany’s Nazi past, to learn the truth, I declined. I have my own stories to tell, but I did consent to talk with him. And—after listening to him for a while—I said, “When do we start?”


His investigations, taped interviews, narrow escapes and photographs were startling—but, were they true? Were they factual? Before I became involved I had to know. I contacted two men Frank had mentioned as being helpful to him. One was Eugene K. Bird, Col. US Army (Ret) former US Commandant, Spandau Allied Prison, West Berlin, where all the top Nazi war criminals were interred, and the second was Robert M.W. Kempner, A prominent US prosecutor in the 1945-46 Nuremberg Trials of the top Nazi war criminals. Both these men fully and unhesitatingly corroborated Frank’s accounts. I wrote the book, which I called Quest, with the detailed input of Frank…


…At the time there was a certain interest in such subject matters in the film world, but “Quest” did not really lend itself to make a motion picture. A storyline had to be created without jeopardizing the original material. It took me a while to write such a script based on the tales of Frank but with a definite storyline.”


– from “Introduction to the Film Manuscript

The Brandenburg Quest” by Ib Melchior


Every one of us is the host to an almost unimaginable array of independent microscopic organisms – such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi – with which we share a symbiotic, mutually beneficial relationship. They have evolved along with the human species, and their survival is the key to ours. There are ten times as many of these microbial cells as human cells in the body. What if these micro­organisms were sentient?


The jungle is wild and tropical – and a deadly hush of anticipation hangs in
the humid air. A man eludes pursuit in the murky water of a swamp pool. His
scant clothing ripped and torn, he is obviously exhausted – and terrorized.
His face is wild with panic, and he is near collapse. Cowering in fear, he
is unaware of the threat of a deadly python, approaching silently from
behind. Closer and closer…


In the 1960’s, the US Government was experimenting with something called a Cybernetic Organism — or Cyborg. A human individual, a man, who by replacing some of his organs, and substituting and adding mechanical or chemical devices or compounds, was given the capacity of existing and functioning in different atmospheres and climactic conditions. In other words, creating a man with the means to exist on other worlds.


Ib Melchior wrote this screenplay in the late 1990s as a light comedy concerning the comeuppance of an unscrupulous, thievish movie mogul and an unethical, amoral motion picture studio. He had been just such a victim several times. On advice from others, he accepted the facts and began writing Zapppfor comfort. While seeking a protagonists and antagonist, he was nearly run off a road while driving. He wished he had the power to zappp the offensive driver and make all the sparkplugs in his car jump out, and suddenly—there was his idea.


About the Author

Ib Melchior, author and former motion picture writer-director-producer of twelve feature films and numerous TV shows and documentaries, was born and educated in Denmark. After WW2, he became active in television and began his writing career. He directed over 500 TV shows, both live and filmed, from The Perry Como Show on CBS (on which he served as director for three-and-a-half years) to the dramatic documentary series, The March of Medicine, on NBC. He has served as director or in a production capacity on eight feature motion pictures.


What do you do when your rich employer chases after every skirt he sees – and doesn’t care a hoot if she’s a gold digger or not? You stick Close, boy, you stick close!

From the comic genius mind of Philip Rapp (creator of The Bickersons and writer for Topper and Baby Snooks) comes a television script, in print for the very first time! (This script was written for Edward Everett Horton.)

Copyright 2015 the Philip Rapp estate. All rights reserved.

MAXWELL HOUSE COFFEE TIME, January 15, 1942 – a radio script (E-BOOK VERSION) by Philip Rapp

It’s Maxwell House Coffee Time again! Join Baby Snooks and Daddy as they try to entertain Snooks’ little friend, Red, who’s sleeping over.

And before that, join Frank Morgan as he lies his way out of another one. This time, he’s introduced (by John Conte) to Terry Hunt, originator of the popular Terry Hunt Health System. Frank is expert at putting the cream of society down. He’ll brag his way into anything!

This is another hilarious script from the typewriter of Philip Rapp (creator of The Bickersons), containing the original radio script from the Rapp archives.

Copyright 2015 by BearManor Media for the Philip Rapp Estate. All rights reserved.

MAXWELL HOUSE COFFEE TIME: January 18, 1940 – a radio script (E-BOOK VERSION) by Philip Rapp

It’s Maxwell House Coffee Time again! Join Baby Snooks and Daddy as he finally creates that miracle of miracles – water!

Enjoy another classic radio script from the typewriter of Phil Rapp (creator of The Bickersons). This is an original script from January 18, 1940, from the collection of Philip Rapp. Look for lots more scripts soon!

Copyright 2015 by BearManor Media for the Philip Rapp Estate. All rights reserved.

MATCH PLEASE, DARLING: A Bickersons Play (E-BOOK VERSION) by Philip Rapp

Written in the 1960s by Philip Rapp (creator of the Bickersons and writer for Baby Snooks) and Joel Rapp (TV writer for McHale’s Navy and many others), this is the only Official play starring The Bickersons (originally portrayed by Don Ameche and Frances Langford on radio). It contains Hilarious new adventures for these famous characters – and new characters. So watch out! You might laugh so hard you’ll let the bourbon slip.

Presented in print here for the first time Ever!

Copyright 2015 The Philip Rapp Estate. All rights reserved. For performance questions, please contact BearManor Media.


Albie’s family wants a new car, but Albie just doesn’t make enough dough. So, he goes to work, taking a second job as a male escort. He just doesn’t tell his family about it…

From the creator of The Bickersons and writer for Eddie Cantor, Danny Kaye, and Baby Snooks comes a television script – in print for the first time ever!

Direct from the Philip Rapp estate, enjoy this timeless television tale of deceit and dancing.

Copyright 2015 by BearManor Media and the Philip Rapp estate.