Podcasts: Week Ending Oct 15, 2011
I’m writing about what I listen to, what it makes me think about and what you might find interesting. Let me know if you think there’s something important I’m missing and if there’s a SFF related podcast you listened to during the week (no matter when it was published) that I should spotlight here.
Adventures in SciFi Publishing is moving to 2 shows per week. Thus I listened to both an interview with Verner Vinge in episode 140 |MP3| and an interview with Stephen Cass of Technology Review. |MP3| I’m excited about the special science fiction issue of Technology Review and will totally be grabbing a copy. Verner Vinge is on tour for his most recent book and it was REALLY cool to find out from the tour schedule that Mysterious Galaxy has a new location in Redondo Beach!
I’m reading an advanced copy of Kafkaesque for Adventures in SciFi Publishing. I find myself viewing the other fiction I’ve encountered recently through Kafka colored glasses. This is most apparent in the large number of insect related stories that have crossed my path recently. StarShipSofa No 206 |MP3| had Blood Dauber by Ted Kosmatka and Michael Poore, a poignant character study of poverty, ex-cons and zoo keeping that had as it’s central idea a species of insect with startling genetic plasticity. Butterfly by Garth Upshaw from Beneath Ceaseless Skies #78 |MP3| involves a totalitarian response to metamorphosis. The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees by E. Lily from Clarkesworld 55 |MP3| is on my “to listen” list. It was recommended by Last Short Story. So: lots of bugs.
The Writer and the Critic Episode 12 covered 2 single author collections. One by Lisa L. Hannett and one by Robert Shearman. Both were a bit unusual in that they contained mostly previously unpublished stories. Kirstyn and Ian liked both collections. I chuckled a bit about their pronunciation of “rodeo” and mention of the American midwest as “exotic,” but overall enjoyed the discussion. There’s an eBook for Lisa’s collection, but Robert’s is a very specialized artifact with some unusual characteristics. |MP3|
I listened to the Dunesteef Podcast for the first time this weekend. Episode 113 was The Troop by Harris Tobias. Spectacular audio production and great reading. However, it felt like 75% of the podcast was incoherent chatter versus what was dedicated to the story. I’ll try the podcast again, but I may very well just stick to the story. |MP3|
Escapepod 313 |MP3| featured Playing Doctor by Robert T. Jeschonek, a pleasant twist on the Mad Scientist story. It didn’t really make me like this kind of story any better but the unrequited love was done well and fit the Mad Scientist motif spot on. Speaking of unrequited love, Feedback was read for Radio Nowhere |MP3| by Douglas Smith. Someone mentioned not connecting with a character that could be lovesick for over a decade. I suspect that says more about the commenter than the story. I connected with that story at pretty much point.
The SF Signal podcast episode 83 interview with Ed Greenwood and Gabrielle Harbowy was awesome. Ed Greenwood mentioned the quality that you sacrifice when you write a novel in two weeks. It was kind of cool to hear some of the story behind forgotten realms. The anthology Ed and Gabriellle were there to talk about sounds interesting: When The Hero Comes Home from Dragon Moon Press. |MP3|