[GRP/SCI-FI] The Blue Star by Fletcher Pratt - dlo

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DivMS
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Post by DivMS » June 30th, 2018, 10:27 pm

The Blue Star by Fletcher Pratt (1897 - 1956).

This project is now complete! All audio files can be found on our catalog page: https://librivox.org/the-blue-star-by-fletcher-pratt/

NOTE: This project is NOT in the Public Domain for Life+70 years copyright term countries as the author died in 1956.
The novel is set in a parallel world in which the existence of psychic powers has permitted the development of witchcraft into a science; in contrast, the physical sciences have languished, resulting in a modern culture reminiscent of our eighteenth century.

The protagonists are Lalette Asterhax, a hereditary witch, and Rodvard Bergelin, an ordinary government clerk who has been recruited into the radical conspiracy of the Sons of the New Day. Rodvard, though attracted to the daughter of a baron, is commanded by his superiors to seduce Lalette instead to gain the use of her blue star in the furtherance of their revolutionary aims. The witch is no more truly enamored of him than he is of her, but both fall in with the scheme for their own reasons, unaware of how much they are simply pawns in the larger scheme of things. (Wikipedia)
    1. How to claim a part, and "how it all works" here To find a section to record, simply look at point 5. below at the sections. All the ones without names beside them are "up for grabs." Click "Post reply" at the top left of the screen and tell us which section you would like to read (include the section number from the left-most column in the reader list, please). Read points 6. to 8. below for what to do before, during and after your recording.
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    3. Is there a deadline? We ask that you submit your recorded sections within 1-2 months of placing your claim. Please note that to be fair to the readers who have completed their sections in a timely way, if you haven't submitted your recording(s) after two months, your sections will automatically be re-opened for other readers to claim, unless you post in this thread to request an extension. Extensions will be granted at the discretion of the Book Coordinator. If you cannot do your section, for whatever reason, just let me know and it'll go back to the pool. There's no shame in this; we're all volunteers and things happen.Please do not sign up for more sections than you can complete within the two month deadline.
    4. Where do I find the text? Source text (please only read from this text!): https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/56889
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      BC Admin ===========================================

      Genres for the project: Fantastic Fiction/Science Fiction

      Keywords that describe the book: romance, science fiction, fantasy, witchcraft, psychic

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    6. BEFORE recording: Please check the Recording Notes: viewtopic.php?p=6430#p6430

      Set your recording software to:
      Channels: 1 (Mono)
      Bit Rate: 128 kbps
      Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz
    7. DURING recording:
      No more than 0.5 to 1 second of silence at the beginning of the recording!
      Make sure you add this to the beginning of your recording:
      START of recording (Intro)
      • "Chapter [number] of The Blue Star. This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit: librivox DOT org"
      • If you wish, say: "Recording by [your name], [city, your blog, podcast, web address]"
      • Say:
        "The Blue Star, by Fletcher Pratt. [Chapter title]"

      END of recording
      • At the end of the section, say:
        "End of [Chapter]"
      • If you wish, say:
        "Recording by [your name], [city, your blog, podcast, web address]"
      • At the end of the book, say (in addition):
        "End of The Blue Star, by Fletcher Pratt. "

      There should be ~5 seconds silence at the end of the recording.

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    8. AFTER recording
      Need noise-cleaning?
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      128 kbps MP3
      bluestar_##_pratt_128kb.mp3 (all lower-case) where ## is the section number (e.g. bluestar_01_pratt_128kb.mp3)

      Please ignore tags for Genre and Track Number - these will be filled in automatically at the cataloguing stage.
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      Please post below
Last edited by DivMS on September 3rd, 2018, 2:55 am, edited 2 times in total.

dlolso21
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Post by dlolso21 » July 1st, 2018, 12:06 am

Divya,

I can MC this for you.

MW is set up and tested.

David O

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Post by DivMS » July 1st, 2018, 7:01 am

Thank you David! :D

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Post by ChuckW » July 4th, 2018, 7:23 pm

Can I claim section 00?
Trying to finish all of my remaining projects before taking a brief hiatus from LV.

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Post by DivMS » July 6th, 2018, 6:30 pm

ChuckW wrote:
July 4th, 2018, 7:23 pm
Can I claim section 00?
Thank you Chuck! MW updated :D

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Post by dlolso21 » July 10th, 2018, 3:04 pm

Moving this to "Readers Wanted: Books".

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Post by DivMS » August 10th, 2018, 8:36 am

dlolso21 wrote:
July 10th, 2018, 3:04 pm
Moving this to "Readers Wanted: Books".
Thanks David!

Just finished reading this book. The world Pratt builds in very complex considering the length of the book; overall an interesting read. Moving on to other books in the Ballantine Fantasy Series :D

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Post by BurgundyGrace » August 13th, 2018, 12:39 pm

Hello!
I read this book a few months ago; it's a new favorite!
If I may, I'd like five sections:

*10
PRELUDE to the SERVANTS BALL

*13
FAREWELL and GREETING

*21 
MIDWINTER: THE RETURN

*27 
WINTER LIGHT

*28 
EMBERS REVIVED

If you feel that's too many, please let me know and I will select three from among them. *Smile*
With Thanks,
~Angelique

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Post by DivMS » August 15th, 2018, 10:02 pm

BurgundyGrace wrote:
August 13th, 2018, 12:39 pm
Hello!
I read this book a few months ago; it's a new favorite!
If I may, I'd like five sections:

*10
PRELUDE to the SERVANTS BALL

*13
FAREWELL and GREETING

*21
MIDWINTER: THE RETURN

*27
WINTER LIGHT

*28
EMBERS REVIVED

If you feel that's too many, please let me know and I will select three from among them. *Smile*
With Thanks,
Thanks Angelique! They are all yours :D

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Post by BurgundyGrace » August 16th, 2018, 1:06 am

Wonderful, Divya!
I will get started close to immediately.
I'm excited to record here; the more I read it, the more I'm convinced that it is the basis for many Witch Community stories, cartoons, TV shows, and much more!

Please let me know if you have questions. :)
~Angelique

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Post by BurgundyGrace » August 19th, 2018, 1:06 pm

Hello!
I've tried to send a PM, but it doesn't seem to be sending well for some unknown reason.

Welll, here's my question.
Is this work in the public domain for recording?
As writing my reader's notes and crafting pronuncations of these made up place names for consistent usage throughout, I suddenly remembered that I had thought of suggesting this great work for reading, but on looking up the publication date, I can find nothing before 1952 (with NYT critiques in 1953.)

(How Gutenberg got it on their site, I've no idea, but ... I'm *GLAD* they did; I enjoy this book very much.)

Still ... I do not want to record five chapters only to then find that we have to wait ... 30 years to use them. *Laugh*

So ... would someone please confirm that we may record this for Public Domain consumption?

Thank you! :D
~Angelique

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Post by dlolso21 » August 19th, 2018, 1:46 pm

BurgundyGrace wrote:
August 19th, 2018, 1:06 pm
Hello!
I've tried to send a PM, but it doesn't seem to be sending well for some unknown reason.

Welll, here's my question.
Is this work in the public domain for recording?
As writing my reader's notes and crafting pronuncations of these made up place names for consistent usage throughout, I suddenly remembered that I had thought of suggesting this great work for reading, but on looking up the publication date, I can find nothing before 1952 (with NYT critiques in 1953.)

(How Gutenberg got it on their site, I've no idea, but ... I'm *GLAD* they did; I enjoy this book very much.)

Still ... I do not want to record five chapters only to then find that we have to wait ... 30 years to use them. *Laugh*

So ... would someone please confirm that we may record this for Public Domain consumption?

Thank you! :D
Angelique,

I am not sure why the PM system is not working for you at the moment.

In regards to Public Domain, Project Gutenberg (PG) has a legal team and process to verify the Public Domain status of their projects. Everything published before 1923 is in the Public Domain; after that is get complicated. When you go to the PG ebook page ( https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/56889 ) and click on the Bibrec tab you can see that they have determined this is in the Public Domain.

David O

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Post by BurgundyGrace » August 19th, 2018, 2:35 pm

Thanks, David. :)
I just wanted confirmation, which I am happy to receive.

Regards!
~Angelique

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Post by DivMS » August 20th, 2018, 7:45 am

dlolso21 wrote:
August 19th, 2018, 1:46 pm
In regards to Public Domain, Project Gutenberg (PG) has a legal team and process to verify the Public Domain status of their projects. Everything published before 1923 is in the Public Domain; after that is get complicated. When you go to the PG ebook page ( https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/56889 ) and click on the Bibrec tab you can see that they have determined this is in the Public Domain.

David O
I just realized that this project may not be open to "Life+70 years" copyright rule countries as Fletcher Pratt died in 1956. Will put a warning under the title.

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Post by BurgundyGrace » August 22nd, 2018, 4:53 pm

Here is the first of these wonderful chapters.

https://librivox.org/uploads/dlolso21/bluestar_21_pratt_128kb.mp3 22:59

Constructive Criticism is always welcome, and as always, many thanks for the PL and other supports!

Best,
~Angelique

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