Realm FM, by Tyrolin Puxty

Okay. Fine. Amy Holt swore on air. Surely that doesn’t make her an inept radio host. Either way, she’s desperate for work; and if she doesn’t find something soon, it’s back to Australia. When the job of her dreamish nightmares presents itself, Amy jumps at the opportunity, surprised to hear that the station is built on a wormhole, opening it up to infinite realms. Interviewing Bigfoot and her doppelganger aren’t that problematic. Working for her sister’s ex-boyfriend though, is a whole other matter. He’s ridiculously charismatic. And good looking. Poor bugger is missing a six-pack, though. Suddenly, traveling through an apocalyptic wasteland and mollifying racist Bigfeet doesn’t seem so hard. Trying to avoid Ryan’s charm, though? Yeah, that wasn’t in the job description.

As a broadcast professional, I expected to find a lot of things about Realm FM based on the perception of radio broadcast as portrayed on TV and in the movies instead of reality. I was happy to see that Ms. Puxty did her research. I even learned that she fills in as a host for her local radio show. I’m happy to say that she got most of the stuff right.

Realm FM is a whimsical cross between Sliders, Supernatural, and WKRP in Cincinnati. While her Broken Dolls series had a more serious undertone, and a plot that sometimes missed the mark, Realm FM is a lighthearted sci-fi romp that makes fun of itself, including cameos of characters from other Puxty works.

With a multitude of “serious” sci-fi that often has an agenda, it’s nice to just read a fun story about an interdimensional radio station, and a protagonist that must come to reality with an infinitely diverse multiverse. (Kind of what Sliders was during the first two seasons.)

I enjoyed Realm FM, and I think that you will too. I’d like to see a companion story, but I doubt that that’s in the cards. Four stars! If you’re a fan of Sliders, then you’ll love Realm FM.

WHO OR WHAT IS TYROLIN PUXTY? Good question. I’m a Jack, or more accurately, a Tyrolin of all Trades. In my 25 years, I have been in the Top 10 of the Australian Songwriters Association and Top 5 of the Australian Independent Music Awards, was awarded an Australia Day Award for Music in 2014 and for Arts in 2015, worked as a qualified paralegal, appeared in TV Shows, was hired for product photography, modelled, became a Justice of the Peace, started a performing arts school, worked for Discover Magazine, published a book that became an international #1 bestseller, hugged a koala and had a show ride collapse on my head. Yes. A show ride. I’ll tell you the story some time. I like Pokemon. Like…REALLY like. I’m obsessed with all things nerdy and childish. So much that I wrote “Nintendo Love Song”. I’m just that obsessed.

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About Mark Gardner

Mark Gardner lives in northern Arizona with his wife, three children and a pair of spoiled dogs. Mark holds a degrees in Computer Systems and Applications and Applied Human Behavior. View all posts by Mark Gardner

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