Sunday Mar 16, 2003

Aural Treat

I first heard Ruby: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe on audio cassettes over twenty years ago—and I never forgot her. The series is produced by the nonprofit ZBS Foundation and a special team of artists.

If you want to treat your ears, get the complete Ruby 1 series on CD, shut off the lights, and enter a special world.

The following description is from ZBS:

Ruby is fast-paced and funny intergalactic entertainment the Marx Brothers would be proud of, with slick, splashy high-tech music and effects created by Tim Clark. The music and sound effects are stunning.

On the planet Summa Nulla— the “high point of nothing” —someone is manipulating the media. And Ruby, our hip, tough-talking detective is hired to track down the malefactors.

The Android Sisters perform their satirical speak-songs as Ruby, the galactic gumshoe, encounters some pretty weird planetary inhabitants on her quest for truth and the intergalactic way: The Tookah, with four tentacles, three eyes, a blue mustache and red fez, TJ Teru the archaeologist, Chief Molierre of the Mole People, sneaky little Rodant Kapoor, Angel Lips (the femme fatale of androids) and the Slimeys, genetically engineered assassins.

Ruby was originally broadcast around the world in 23 foreign countries: including the CBC, Canada, BBC, England and ABC, Australia.

Ruby officially entered Science Fiction’s Audio Hall of Fame for Best Science Fiction of 1982.

Note: Check out the ZBS Foundation for more about Ruby and other wonderful products.

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