Dr. H. Paul Shuch - The Entertainer
Copyright: Stuart Kingsley
Besides presenting a paper at SPIE's OSETI II conference, Dr. H. Paul Shuch, Executive Director of The SETI League, entertained attendees as they gathered for the workshop session at the close of the conference. Here are just some of Paul's extensive repertoire of SETI filk songs. For more information about The SETI League, visit their web site at: www.setileague.org.
RealAudio files provided by permission of The SETI League, Inc.
Sing a Song of SETI
To hear a particular song, click on the number above. To read the lyrics, click on the song's title. By first clicking on the number to bring up your RealAudio Player and then on the corresponding title, it is possible to "sing along with Dr. SETI". Enjoy!
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Dr. H. Paul Shuch
Filk, a perversion of the word folk, is the traditional music of science fiction
fandom, sung at SF conventions around this world (and possibly others). An outgrowth
of the American folk music revival of the 'sixties, filks are often written as parodies to
existing melodies, and are frequently accompanied by guitar. The earliest example
which I remember (there probably are earlier ones) actually predates the term filk: John
Boardman's 1961 "Asteroid Light", sung to the tune of the popular
"Eddystone Light" sea chanty. Filks generally deal with SF, fantasy,
technology, space travel, and related scientific themes.