Libraries are magical places. They are places for collecting and sharing, for thinking and exploring, for imagining and creating.
We have a small library of resources that you are welcome to use, and are also welcome to contribute to.
You can listen to some of our field recordings, and even download them to use in your own projects, by going to our Freesound.org page – https://freesound.org/people/wild_tracks/
Freesound.org is a brilliant resource, a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds, where you can browse, download and share sounds.
We sometimes use sounds from Freesound.org in our radio plays, but also make our sounds available for others to use. Sharing our ideas and sounds in this way is really important to how we do what we do.
We also have a small library of our favourite sci-fi short stories, which help us imagine new kinds of worlds and characters that we might want to create.
If you’d like to borrow a book from us, just get in touch through the contact page above.
Or, if you have some short sci-fi stories you’d like to recommend (or even donate to the library!), you can let us know through that page too.
The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K. LeGuin
This is one of Richy’s favourite books by probably his favourite sci-fi author, Ursula K. LeGuin. The book is about a planet of people called Athshe, who have no idea what violence is, and how their culture is changed by the arrival of humans from the plant Terra, who come to their planet to chop down trees, which no longer grow on their own world.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
The novel tells the story of a young boy, Ender Wiggin, who is sent to a training academy named Battle School, located in orbit above the Earth, built to train people to become soldiers that will one day battle against a vast alien race known as “Buggers”.
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
A young woman named Binti is the first member of the Himba people to be accepted into the prestigious intergalactic university, Oomza Uni. Upon being notified of her acceptance, Binti runs away from home and boards a transport ship to Oomza Uni. While in transit, the ship is attacked by aliens. Binti hides and discovers a piece of ancient technology she had brought with her from Earth lets her speak with the aliens. She makes a friend in one of the younger aliens, and brokers a tentative truce between herself and the hijackers, a truce that entails Binti’s profound physical transformation.
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Giver is a story of a brilliant boy named Jonas who happens to live in a society that is being controlled by the rules and tradition of The Elders. Through his wisdom and mannerism, Jonas is selected as the Receiver of Memory, a post that distinguishes him from others and gives him authority.
To be Taught, if Fortunate by Becky Chambers
To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers imagines a future in which, instead of changing other planets to sustain human life, explorers of the solar system instead transform themselves. Ariadne is one such explorer.
You can also borrow some different types of microphones and camera lenses from us to help you find even weirder sounds, and to create pictures that might help you think about the kinds of worlds you want to create.
Just get in touch through the contact page for more information on how to borrow from us.
Clip on Camera Lenses
We’ll be using these for our first workshop, and maybe again later, to help us find new ways of looking at the places we are living.
These little microphones pick up the sounds of electromagnetic waves, or rather the sounds of all the mechanical things around us. You can hold them near TV’s, microwaves, computers, lights – anything electrical, and you’ll find some cool invisible sounds that you might not have known were there.
These little microphones pick up the vibrations of whatever you clip them onto, instead of catching sounds of vibrating air like normal microphones do. We can play with these to listen to the hidden sounds that rumble around any object we can attach it to.