Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Here are some new podcasts I love and recommend:

Starship Sofa. Yes. I know. I'm stupidly late to the party on this one. It's won a hugo, there's like a bazillion back episodes. I know. But it's awesome, even from day one. The production values are high and beautiful, the stories, while often older, have been really top notch so far, and the host seems like a sweet, charming guy. So, yeah, very recommended.

Speculate! The formula for Speculate! is as follows: the hosts will talk about a set of speculative stories, discussing what they think was good about them and why they think the stories work; then they interview the author and have them talk about why they made specific choices. I love not only the picking apart of stories (though I found myself really wanting to argue back with the podcast on the discussion of "Spar"), but also the director's commentary style stuff with the authors. It's super fun, and both the hosts are charming, well-spoken gentlemen.

Roundtable Podcast. Another sort of behind the scenes podcast, Roundtable brings on a different professional writer or editor each week as a guest host, then has amateur writers approach the roundtable with their book ideas. The round table will then ask pointed questions and probe the story for ways to make it stronger.

K.M. Weiland's Word Play Podcast. These are super short and very focused. About eight minutes each. Weiland is a historical fictioneer, but the advice is very generalized.

Nightmare Magazine. It was kind of a given, wasn't it? I love Lightspeed, and this is the same editor and sound company but with horror.

Odyssey Writing Workshop- like it sounds, it's excepts from the lectures given at the Odyssey writing camp. They're all good, but the Bruce Holland Rogers one is my favorite so far.

Outer Alliance. An extension of the Outer Alliance group for Queer Undetermined Intersexed Lesbian Transgender Bisexual Asexual Gay science fiction writers and fans, this podcast can get a little bit self-congratulatory, but it's got some great interviews with writers, some really fun discussions, an awful lot of Australian science fiction, and some liberal use of my new favorite acronym for this sort of thing: QUILTBAG. Very much worth a listen if you're even marginally interested in the subject.

Small Beer Press Podcast. Fantastic mix of stories, theory, interviews, and homebrewing, from the company that puts out Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, among other things.

SFSqueecast- Catherynne Valente, Elizabeth Bear, Lynne Thomas, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, and a guest all bring to the table something speculative that made them go "squee". Great for recommendations, and because of this podcast, I was finally able to find the book Seaward by Susan Cooper, which I'd read in my middle school library, loved, and then forgotten the name of. I could recognize the picture on the front, but I didn't remember the name of the author or the book. So, yeah, that's awesome.

Stuff You Missed In History Class- From the same folks that brought you Stuff You Should Know. These are bite sized chunks of themed history that include stuff like The Most Horrific Storms In History, or The Most Extravagant Historical Weddings, or Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean. Sometimes they'll just profile one neglected historical figure. They're just fantastic for tidbits, trivia, and stealables for fiction.

Also, it hasn't started yet, but Strange Horizons, which is a fantastic magazine, is also going to be doing a podcast, so of course I look forward to that.

And per the usual, here are the previous list of podcasts I love:

Escape Pod - science fiction
Pseudopod - horror
Podcastle- fantasy
Drabblecast- weird short fiction
Clarkesworld- science fiction/fantasy
Beneath Ceaseless Skies- fantasy adventure
Tor.com- fantasy, seems defunct now
The New Yorker- literary fiction with commentary
Bound Off- literary
Cast Macabre- dark, on hiatus
Lightspeed Magazine- science fiction and fantasy (now incorporates what was Fantasy Magazine)
Dark Fiction Magazine- dark, british
Cast of Wonders- young adult, fantasy
Hooting Yard on The Air-  All Frank Key all the Time.
Toasted Cake- weird, flash
Flash Fiction Online- general, flash
Dread Central Station Dreadtime Stories- horror, camp

 Writing Excuses- fifteen minute topic specific advice
I Should Be Writing- inspiration, interviews, feedback, market analysis. The Good Cop/Bad Cop is a personal favorite.
Locus Roundtable- roundtable discussions

Stuff You Should Know- trivia, various topics

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