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DESTINIES - THE VOICE OF SCIENCE FICTION airs on Fridays at 11:30 PM on WUSB, 90.1 FM, the radio station of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Hundreds of writers, artists, editors, actors, producers, directors, and musicians have appeared on the program since its debut in April, 1983. Here are the Essential Destinies episodes from the last 26 years.

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March 13, 1984 Howard Margolin (mispronounced "Margolis") makes his Destinies debut by reading part one of Fritz Leiber's "A Pail of Air." Jefferson Airplane performs "White Rabbit." Learn about composite materials in NASA's "The Space Story." Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox and Trillian are reunited with Marvin the Paranoid Android in "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe." Hosted by Gary Halada, who reviews local bookstores, and Fred Coulter, who provides additional NASA notes.


Howard Margolin's Destinies debut
25 years ago!


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March 20, 1984 Howard Margolin (uncredited) concludes his reading of Fritz Leiber's "A Pail of Air." "The Space Story" provides an overview of NASA's activities in 1984. Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox, Trillian, and Marvin find themselves trapped on board Disaster Area's sun-diving stunt-ship after stealing it from "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe." Hosted by Mike Botwin.

Howard Margolin's Destinies debut
25 years ago Part Two!


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April 3, 1984 Destinies' first post-I-Con show featuring Howard Margolin (who also co-hosts for the first time) reviewing the comics track at I-Con III, Landscape performing "Shake the West Awake" and "Computer Person," NASA discussing the Manned Maneuvering Unit in a chapter of "The Space Story," Gary Halada listing the Locus monthly Bestseller List, and the final installment of "Restaurant at the End of the Universe."


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Destinies first post I-Con Special!
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April 24, 1984 Destinies' unheralded first anniversary special featuring the first full-length I-Con Retrospective. Fred Coulter, Gary Halada, Ralph Schiano, John Madonia, Kevin Sterner, George Krauter, and Anthony Detres review the high and low points of I-Con III.


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Destinies first post I-Con Special!
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November 27, 1984 A digitally-re-edited pre-recorded interview with author Frank Herbert and screenwriter/director David Lynch about the making of the movie "Dune." The Amazing Spider-Man receives help from a "Strange Ally" in part 5 of "From Beyond the Grave" on the Destinies Radio Theater. Plus, music from the Intergalactic Touring Band and the soundtrack of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."



Frank Herbert and David Lynch interview
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December 11, 1984 Howard Margolin introduces selections from the soundtrack of "Dune." John Madonia previews upcoming films, television, and books in "Things To Come," then teams with Ralph Schiano to review "2010" and "Starman."



Review of "2010" and "Starman."
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December 25th, 1984 Destinies' first Christmas Special, featuring a trio of short stories. Ralph Schiano reads "The Star" by Arthur C. Clarke. Howard Margolin reads David A. Kyle's "Toys For Debbie." John Madonia reads "The Gift" by Ray Bradbury.



Destinies' first Christmas Special
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January 8, 1985 John Madonia reviews "The Merchant's War" by Frederick Pohl and "Circumpolar" by Richard A. Lupoff in "Things To Come," then joins with Howard Margolin and Ralph Schiano to discuss their favorite science fiction, fantasy, and adventure films of 1984. The first ever Destinies Year-In-Film Review Show.

The first ever Destinies Year-In-Film Review Show.
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January 15, 1985 In a Pre-"Graphic Detail" segment, Howard Margolin reviews "Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars," "Camelot 3000," and the first issue of "Crisis on Infinite Earths." Then, Howard, John Madonia, and Ralph Schiano present some of their favorite science fiction soundtrack music. Featuring selections from "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century," "Brainstorm," "Things to Come," "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back," "Star Trek: The Motion Picture," and "History of the World-Part 1.


1985 Pre-"Graphic Detail"
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April 16, 1985
Historic broadcast: Gary Halada introduces the program as "Destinies-The Voice of Science Fiction" for the first time. John Madonia previews books, film, and television shows in "Things To Come." Howard Margolin speaks with author Larry Niven at I-Con IV. Ralph Schiano welcomes actor Mark Lenard to the WUSB studio during I-Con IV for part one of a two-part interview.
Plus, part three of the radio drama series "Mission of Gravity,"
produced by Mike Sargent.

Destinies Historic April 16th, 1985 Broadcast
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April 23, 1985
Historic broadcast: Part two of Ralph Schiano's interview with Mark Lenard, recorded during I-Con IV; music from "The Terminator;" episode four of "Mission of Gravity."

Destinies Historic April 23rd, 1985 Broadcast
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September 20, 1985 The Voice of Science Fiction moves to Friday nights as Ralph Schiano and John Madonia review "Tom O'Bedlam" by Robert Silverberg and "Creator" starring Peter O'Toole. Plus, an I-Con V update, and music from "Repo Man." Also hosted by Gary Halada and Howard Margolin.


Destinies first Friday episode
Twenty Five years ago!"

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January 31, 1986 John Madonia discusses the loss of the space shuttle "Challenger" and its crew. Elton John performs "Rocket Man." Gary Halada remembers the late L. Ron Hubbard and presents two selections from Hubbard's soundtrack for his novel "Battlefield Earth." Kevin Sterner reads "Geever's Flight" by Charles E. Fritch. Howard Margolin introduces music from the Alan Parsons Project's album "Stereotomy." Also hosted by Ralph Schiano.


The loss of the space shuttle "Challenger"
and its crew.

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February 7, 1986 John Madonia previews upcoming movies and reviews Judith Tarr's novel "The Hounds of God" in "Things to Come." Howard Margolin, Gary Halada, and Glenn Hauman perform "Pulpworld" by R.K. Lyon. Howard and Glenn discuss upcoming developments in the comic book industry in the 7th edition of "Graphic Detail." Plus, music from the Alan Parsons Project album "Stereotomy." Includes a surprising Joe Evangelista introduction and response.


1986 classic featuring Alan Parsons Stereotomy!
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April 4, 1986 Live from I-Con V for Destinies' first I-Con Mystery Guest Special with writers Esther Friesner and Susan Shwartz, and film publicist Tom Sciacca joining hosts Gary Halada and Howard Margolin in the WUSB studio. Featuring a special appearance by Joe Evangelista and the Daleks.

Destinies first I-Con Mystery Guest Special!
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May 22, 1987 The Voice of Science Fiction salutes the 10th anniversary of "Star Wars" with an hour-long special featuring "The Story of Star Wars" on the Destinies Radio Theater, plus Howard Margolin's memories of the first decade of "Star Wars."


"The Story of Star Wars"
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May 25, 1990 The Destinies Radio Theater presents "The Adventures of Luke Skywalker: Star Wars-The Empire Strikes Back" in celebration of the film's 10th anniversary. Plus, a special "in-store play disc" featuring excerpts from the five albums released by RSO Records in conjunction with "The Empire Strikes Back."


"The Adventures of Luke Skywalker"
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March 15th, 1991 Howard Margolin celebrates his 7th anniversary with the Voice of Science Fiction by reading Richard Matheson's "Pattern for Survival," and playing music from Tangerine Dream, Sara Hickman, and Trevor Jones. Also, Joey Scarbury's "Theme from the Greatest American Hero," in honor of that show's 10th anniversary. Plus, NASA's "The Space Story."



Destinies March 15th, 1991
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May 1, 1992 Destinies celebrates its 9th anniversary with encore presentations of Jesse Flint reading "The Road to Hell," Dave MacPherson reading "Jamais Vu," and Howard Margolin reading "Nellthu" and "Pattern for Survival;" Bobby Enriquez's version of "Classical Gas," Maynard Ferguson's interpretation of the theme from "Star Trek," and Dennis Daniel and Steve Morrison's "Star Trek VI: The Search for Depends Diapers." Plus, a new installment of NASA's "The Space Story" featuring Carl Sagan, and an interview with author John Peel, recorded at I-Con XI.



1992 interview with John Peel!
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April 30, 1993 10th anniversary Special featuring an encore of the original Destinies pilot from 4/27/83 (including Gary Halada's review of L. Ron Hubbard's Battlefield Earth, music by Synergy, and Mike Botwin's interview with Isaac Asimov), a retrospective of Destinies history by Gary Halada and Howard Margolin, NASA's The Space Story featuring John Glenn, Dennis Daniel and Steve Morrison's "Star Trek V: The Final Effrontery," "Starfleet Beat" and "Lament By A Maker."

Destinies 10th Anniversary Special
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May 28, 1993 The Destinies Radio Theater salutes the 10th anniversary of the conclusion of the original trilogy with "The Story of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi." Plus, the extended single version of "Lapti Nek" by Sy Snootles and the Rebo Band.


"The Story of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi."
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April 21, 1995 Destinies celebrates its 12th anniversary with a spotlight on women in science fiction. Features readings of stories by Richard Matheson and Geri Levinson, Peter David's "Take Your Daughter To Work Day" read by Shana David, music by Taylor Dane and Mason Williams, an installment of NASA's "The Space Story," episode 9 of "Batman: The Complete Knightfall Saga" on the Destinies Radio Theater, and an exclusive interview with actress Sarah Douglas, recorded at I-Con XI.


1995 Destinies celebrates its 12th anniversary
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April 27th, 2002 Destinies 19th anniversary special and I-Con 21 Retrospective with Chris DeFilippis, Barry Loberfeld, Jim Phoel, Jordana Dlugacsz, Rob Rasch



I-Con 21 Retrospective
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April 25, 2003 Destinies celebrates it's 20th anniversary with an hour-long special featuring "DeFlip Side" volume 2, number 21; plus readings by Jon F. Merz, Scott Nicholson, Peter David, Keith DeCandido, and Richard Hatch; and music by Roger Bellon, Synergy, Sudden Death, and Voltaire.



Destinies 20th Anniversary Celebration!
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November 7, 2003 Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Stony Brook Science Fiction Forum with part one of "Stony Brook: The Forum and Fandom," a 2002 panel featuring Forum Founder Jim Frenkel, past presidents Gary Halada, Jeff Warner, and Jennifer Adams, and Destinies host Howard Margolin. Plus Christopher DeFilippis tells about his own encounter with the Forum in volume 2, number 28 of "DeFlip Side."



Stony Brook: The Forum and Fandom
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November 14, 2003 Destinies continues its celebration of the Stony Brook Science Fiction Forum's 35th anniversary with part 2 of "Stony Brook: The Forum and Fandom," recorded in 2002. You'll hear anecdotes about the history of the Forum, including Founder Jim Frenkel's claim to being the first person to sleep in the original underground library, how the Forum's active membership was reduced to one person in 1975, and how the Forum was furnished with electricity, phone service, and shelving; Jeff Warner's observations about the membership of the Forum relating to the state of science and technology in the real world; and learn about the early days of Destinies with memories from Dr. Gary Halada, Dr. Howard Margolin, and Jennifer Adams. In addition, selections from Forumite/Destinite Jesse Flint's "Science Fiction Forum Soundtrack Volume 2.2," including music from Rush and "Buckaroo Banzai," and sound bites from quotable films and TV shows are featured.
Stony Brook: The Forum and Fandom Part Two
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April 30, 2004 21st anniversary special featuring Christopher DeFilippis' "DeFlip Side" Volume 2, # 33; music by Mason Williams, Neil Norman, Voltaire, and Danny Elfman's score for "Hulk," plus encore readings from authors Joseth Moore, James Maxey, Peter David, Richard Hatch, Keith DeCandido, and a final memorial to Julius Schwartz


Richard Hatch at the April 2004 Chiller theatre Convention

Destinies 21st Anniversary Show!
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March 25, 2005 I-Con 24 Performers Preview featuring the Brobdingnagian Bards, Kenny Young and the Eggplants, the Boogie Knights, Sudden Death, Voltaire, and AeroSith. Plus, Christopher DeFilippis relates some of his favorite I-Con memories in Volume 2, Number 44 of "DeFlip Side."
I-Con 24 Performers Preview!
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April 15, 2005 Live I-Con 24 Retrospective, a 65-minute special covering the high and low points of the convention with Howard Margolin, Christopher DeFilippis, Jim Knusch, Barry Loberfeld, Adam Goss, and Phil Merkel, making his Destinies debut.


I-Con 24 Retrospective
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April 29, 2005 Destinies' 22nd Anniversary Special featuring encore readings from authors Justin Gustainis, Glenn Greenberg, Marc Vun Kannon, Gary Tigerman, Scott Nicholson, Dr. William Katz, and Keith R. A. DeCandido, as well as music by David Arkenstone, Alan Parsons, and the Ventures. Plus, Christopher DeFilippis looks back at the best science fiction of the past 75 years in volume 2, number 45 of "DeFlip Side."

Destinies 22nd Anniversary show!
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