I’d like to draw your attention to a new sf fiction podcast, To The Manor Borne By Robots. This is an interesting new entry in the field of fully-produced science fiction audio dramas. Let me shamelessly crib from the press release for a description:
Only stories will feed the Beast! In the new podcast, To The Manor Borne By Robots, a monstrous entity invades 25th century Earth, wreaking havoc, destroying cities, killing millions. The only thing that will pacify it is stories, stories read to it by the Master, the leader of the future Earth. In an effort to destroy the Beast, the Master transports his 21st century ancestor, a cube-worker named Bob, to the future, where his DNA signature allows him to be a stand-in with the Beast, while the Master travels to the past, to unravel the origin of the Beast, and destroy it. Each episode features the serialized story of the Master, Bob, and the Beast, as well as a stand-alone story, all voiced by an extensive and talented cast of actors, lavishly produced, with sound effects and music. A sci-fi Scherherezade, To The Manor Borne By Robots is available on iTunes, and via web-player on its own site. Journey to the Manor, where the future is past.
They’re two episodes in, and I’m hooked. Every episode is split just about evenly between the frame narrative, where Bob and the Master must keep the Beast quiescent while seeking to destroy it, and the story that Bob reads to the Beast. Bob introduces the story, but it isn’t simply read; like the rest of the show the story is fully dramatized, with different actors, foley sound effects, and music.
In episode 271 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester gathers Gail Carriger, Jeff Patterson and Andrea Johnson, Derek Austin Johnson and Ria Bridges to talk about things you could give to the SF&F / geeky / nerdy person on your holiday gift giving list this year.
NOTE: I had some issues and some of the audio may sound choppy. Sorry about that. I also don’t have a massive list of all the suggested gifts – again, sorry. The audio edited took far longer than normal on this one and ate up all my time
In episode 270 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester joins forces with The Once and Future Podcast‘s Anton Strout and Speculate‘s Brad Beaulieu and Gregory Wilson for a special Triptych podcast released on all three podcasts at the same time. In this special episode, we talk about podcasting, interviewing and how these things and our writerly guests have influenced us as writers and podcasters.
You are invited to join me for a special Live SF Signal Podcast recording on Saturday, October 25th at 4 PM at MileHiCon 46 in the Denver Tech Center.
- Ed Bryant, SF and horror writer
- Mike Brotherton, author of the Hard SF novel Star Dragon from TOR
- Michelle ‘Rile’y Carbaugh, artist, designer and creator.
- Chaz Kemp, fantasy and steampunk artist.
Stop by, say hello and be part of the podcast!
MileHiCon 46 past and present. Specifically:
- About their MileHiCon experiences
- What’s their favorite part of the con?
- What’s their favorite MileHiCon memory/moment?
- What they will be doing / what panels they’ll be on?
- What they’re looking forward to?
- Why they think our listeners should attend?
In the last two podcast spotlights I featured Escape Pod, the first speculative fiction podcast, and Pseudopod, the first horror podcast. This installment is about Podcastle, the third brand of the Escape Artists brand with the other two. They cover the whole spectrum of fantasy stories from contemporary to epic, grimdark to comedy, literary to light, contemporary authors to classics (including three Conan the Barbarian stories so far). There’s something there for everybody, and plenty to recommend. Compared to the other Escape Artists podcasts, they are friendlier to longer stories–even featuring period “Giant” episodes of novelette length stories, and have also often feature Miniature episodes for flash fiction. They’ve also started doing some non-fiction features, including Podcastle Spotlights to highlight an exciting upcoming fantasy novel, and recently featured Kameron Hurley’s essay “We Have Always Fought” reprinted from Dribble of Ink that went on to win the Hugo Award for Best Related Work.