Podcast Spotlight: Escape Pod

Now that my Best Podcast Fiction of All Time list is out in the public, it’s time to kick off my next series of podcast fiction features: The Podcast Spotlight. Each month I’ll focus on a single podcast, talking a bit about the origins and history of the podcast, the editor(s) and host(s) the podcast has had, and will give a list of my favorite episodes of that podcast since it began to give you a good place to start listening.

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What’s Special About Today’s Free Fiction?

  1. Expanded Horizons #43 – July 2014
  2. Kaleidotrope Summer 2014

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So I’m off to CONvergence in the Twin Cities, so there won’t be much coming from me on the Free Fiction front for the rest of this week.

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What’s Special About Today’s Free Fiction?

  1. Abyss & Apex #51 – 3rd Quarter 2014
  2. Apex Magazine #62 – July 2014
  3. Clarkesworld #94 – July 2014

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Attention, readers!

Phoenix Pick has a new pay-what-you-want eBook special ready to go: Beyond the Doors of Death by Robert Silverberg and Damien Broderick!

About the book:

“Broad, intriguing speculation on human evolution and first contact.” — Publishers Weekly

“Born With the Dead” (the novella) was nominated for every major science fiction award when it was originally published in 1974, winning the Nebula and Locus awards.

The author now revisits the classic story with Australian author Damien Broderick. Broderick uses Robert Silverberg’s original novella as a starting point for a brilliant leap into the far future, widening the scope and tenor of the original story by revisiting some of the subtler implications of the original story.

“It’s one of those pieces so powerful that I doubted anyone could create anything of matching strength in the same vein, but Broderick does a good job.” — Don D’Ammassa (DonDammassa.com)

“What Silverberg left unanswered, Australian critic Broderick (Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels, 1985–2010) explains .” — Publishers Weekly

Readers may download this book for free or for a nominal price of their choice from July 2 – July 31. So grab it now!

Instructions and download links can be found on Phoenix Pick’s catalogue page.

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What’s Special About Today’s Free Fiction?

  1. Fantasy Scroll Mag #2 – June 2014
  2. SQ Mag #15
  3. Beware the Hairy Mango #238 – “Always Been Kissed”

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What’s Special About Today’s Free Fiction?

  1. Beneath Ceaseless Skies #150
  2. Tor has a science fiction story from A.M. Dellamonica
  3. Check out Far Fetched Fables if you haven’t already. Or else.

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What’s Special About Today’s Free Fiction?

  1. Amazing Stories has a science fiction milestone by Clare Winger Harris
  2. Lakeside Circus starts rolling out the stories of its second issue

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The penultimate installment of my Best Podcast Fiction of All Time List, covering #11-20. You can find #41-50 here,  #31-40 here, and #21-30 here.

Just one more list to go!

It was very hard to pick out my favorites among all the great stuff out there.  Now I want to listen to them all again!

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What’s Special About Today’s Free Fiction?

  1. Journal of Unlikely Cartography #9 – June 2014
  2. A whole slew of author stories:

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Catching up in two tasty chunks after a long time away. You may want to consider calling in sick to work for the next week.

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This is my third installment of my Best Podcast Fiction of All Time List, covering #21-30. You can find #41-50 here and #31-40 here.  This is the middle list of the five pack–just two more to go!  I hope some of you are tuning in and listening to them all–would make for an epic road trip (though many of the stories are not suitable for children so probably not a whole family road trip).

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Listen up, readers!

Phoenix Pick has a new pay-what-you-want eBook special ready to go: Brain Plague by Joan Slonczewski!

About the book:

“Fascinating, flawlessly developed, meticulously detailed.”—Kirkus Reviews

“In Joan Slonczewski’s Brain Plague…a starving artist on the planet Veledon agrees to let a colony of “brain enhancers” occupy her skull. These microscopic creatures live in the brain’s outer linings, causing bursts of genius—or irreparable harm. The creatures themselves are like tiny human beings; one of their greatest concerns is getting their young to breed.”— The New Yorker

“A most compelling and engrossing read.”—SF Site

“One of the most interesting SF novels I have read in a long time…Not to be missed.”—Nancy Kress

“Slonczewski’s world building is magnificent”—Booklist

“Slonczewski shows imaginative breadth of vision in her depiction of nanotechnology’s pervasive impact on Fold civilization…her narrative, though hip-deep in biotech jargon, is rich in subtle analyses of the relationships between individuals and societies, art and life, the organic and inorganic, health and disease, free will and personal responsibility, and spiritual and scientific aspirations.”—Publishers Weekly

Readers may download this book for free or for a nominal price of their choice from May 2nd to to June 30th. So grab it now!

Instructions and download links can be found on Phoenix Pick’s catalogue page.

Still alive after a rough week. Also: my stuck-on-repeat mention of my novels declares that After The Fires Went Out: Coyote is now also free on B&N, and that Book Four: Descent is now available.

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What’s Special About Today’s Free Fiction?

  1. New magazine Bastion has a sample story for their second issue: “The Endless Flickering Night” by Gary Emmette Chandler
  2. Beneath Ceaseless Skies #147 – May 15, 2014
  3. Interfictions Online #3 – May 2014

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What’s Special About Today’s Free Fiction?

  1. Quantum Fairy Tales #7 – Spring 2014

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In my first article here at SF Signal, I provided a brief introduction to fiction podcasts, including reasons why they are my primary source of fiction and a list of places where you can find more fiction podcasts. That was just an introduction, to break the ice, to get things going.

Anyone who knows me from Diabolical Plots knows that I love to make lists of my favorite podcast fiction stories. Since 2009 I have listened voraciously to more than 1000 episodes from 17 different podcasts, 12 that I’m still keeping up with, and I’ve written up a bunch of Best Of lists over the course of those five years.

Since I’m new here at SF Signal, I was thinking of how I could get this series of articles kicked off with a bang. I love podcast fiction. I love lists. But I wanted something new, something I’d never done before, something epic. And then I thought: I’ve never made a cross-podcast list. I’ve only compared a podcast’s episodes to its own episodes. I myself didn’t even know which of the podcasts had the most epsiodes I’d liked because each publishes great material but each has found its own style niche.

So here it is, the epic Best Podcast Fiction of All Time list.

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