Michael Stackpoole stops by to chat with the guys while they drink beer brough by another guest: a listener named Paul. Included is the usual hodgepodge, including regular features, ramblings about Canada and podcasting, and a discussion of Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars. Read the full story.
A few years ago, Audible.com offered up several science fiction short story anthologies from the big names in the genre: Asimov's, Analog and the Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy. For a while it looked like they were going to have annual, or perhaps even quarterly, editions, but nothing ever came of it. It's disappointing, because while there's plenty of book-length audio fiction, short fiction is rare.
Or at least it was. Short fiction's audio salvation may have arrived with Escape Pod, a new weekly magazine-style podcast. Each podcast features opening thoughts and commentary by editor Stephen Eley, followed by a short story. Eley intends to expand the podcast by incorporating 1-minute long, reader-submitted book reviews. Escape Pod is a paying market and relies on donations to fund its fiction.
Mur reviews the comic Ex Machina, talks about her very bad day (and yes, as a parent I can safely agree it was very bad), and discusses the new sci-fi magazine podcast Escape Pod. Read the full story.
It's been a few weeks since I went looking for new podcasts -- I've settled into a pretty good groove listening to my current favorites, and between those and some audio books I've been absorbed in, there hasn't been much time for new audio. So I was surprised and pleased to find a whole bunch of new science fiction/geek podcasts when I went searching, even though -- given the growth of the genre and the medium -- I should have expected it.
American horror got much needed infusion of creepiness with The Ring, a remake of the Japanese film Ringu. Despite the legacy of authors like H.P. Lovecraft, American horror movies always seem to avoid soul-cringing, subtle horror in favor of the easy gross out or Monster-of-the-Week gorefest.