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ELT List of Science Fiction Podcasts


Hello my survivor friends,

What follows is an interview I did for a podcast called “Oh My Word!”, it’s a literary podcast where they talk about writing. I am interviewed by Esther who is a lot of fun.

Again – if you don’t want to listen to these, you can leave now before the plane takes off. Season 3 should be back at the end of August with the main Narrative. I’m clearly labeling these interviews and extras for your convenience.

To prepare for these interviews I subscribed to the podcasts and listened to a few of them. It helps me meet the interviewers where they are and makes me a better guest. I guess I’m a bit of a chameleon in that way – I try to be the guest they want, while still being myself.

I’ve been having a good summer and getting a lot of work done. One of my fun projects is I’m training to ride my bicycle across Massachusetts the long way at the end of August. The means I have a lot of time out on long rides.

And, of course I fill this time listening to podcasts. And I know many of you are serial listeners as well so I’m going to give you some, not reviews, but the shows I’m listening to that you might be interested in and some color around them.

These are just the Audio narratives, or Story Podcasts, that I listen to, I also listen to a bunch of other stuff. I will build a list with the names and links for you and insert it here in the show notes and also post on the Book of Faces page.

First there are some science fiction podcasts that I’ve mentioned before:

1. Asimov’s Science Fiction – Has some classic SciFi stores read by the authors from the magazine. They are average 30-40 minutes in length. Since the authors are reading the audio the read quality is all over the place, but there are some good ones. There are only 38 episodes and the drop frequency is seldom.

2. LightSpeed Magazine – Science Fiction and Fantasy. This is a mix of SciFi and fantasy, but leans towards fantasy. Most of the episodes are under the 30 min mark but there are some longer and shorter ones. They are read by a professional audio recording team. There are about 38 of these episodes but they seem to release more often than Asimov’s.

3. Clarkesworld Magazine – is a SciFi podcast. They follow the somewhere between 20 minutes and an hour-long rule and are read by an in-house reader named Kate Baker who does a good job. They seem to use a lot of translated Chinese stories. There are over 800 (!) episodes and some real gems. They beg for money a lot but push out 2-3 episodes a month.

I told you about those already but here are some new ones I’ve listen through this summer.

4. Dust has an audio podcast. Dust is known for it’s short SciFi format channel on YouTube, but also has this audio podcast. It’s a mix of a handful of stand-alone episodes and two seasons. The first season is “Flight 008” – it has writers tell stories around a flight from Tokyo to San Francisco that jumps forward in time 20 years. They use that as a loose vehicle to tell an anthology of stories about the passengers. I loved Season two, called “Chrysalis” which is a hard space SciFi about a vengeful human AI that takes on the Aliens that destroyed Earth and wiped-out humanity. There’s around 40 total episodes and they are on the shorter side, but they are fully produced as audio dramas with sound effects and character voices.

5. I was turned on by a friend to a podcast called “Escape Pod”. It is a pretty good SciFi podcast were they showcase stories from different authors read by different voices. There are 311 episodes as of this writing. It’s a grab bag, but some are really good.

6. Marigold Breach is a SciFi serial about a guy waking up on a planet with an AI in his head in them middle of a conflict. It’s an audio drama with character voices and sound effects. Unfortunately it’s only 10 episodes long so it won’t keep you busy for long.

7. Ninth Step Murders is a crime drama set in a future Tokyo where China has invaded and the city is partitioned. It is an audio drama with the character voices and sound effects. It’s a decent story but clunky at the same time. It’s good enough to keep my attention but some of the things they do bug me. Like using the same 1990’s ringing phone effect every time they are in the station – makes me crazy. Also, we are supposed to be in Japan, and they do a good job pronouncing the Japanese place names, but nobody has the slightest Japanese accent. Maybe it's because I work for a Japanese company, but it bugs me. The good news is that these episodes are all over an hour long. The bad news is they are weighed down with commercials.

8. Finally I just met a guy on Twitter that does a podcast called “Bedtime stories for Insomniacs”. I’ve only listened to one so far but the story telling and the read are very good.

So that’s how I’ve been wiling away the time on my bicycle this summer. I figured I’d share because I know many of you are serial listeners.

As for the show, we’re on track to start Season 3 in a few weeks. I’ve started workingon the episode flow and hope to get a head start on writing in August.

I’m also working my way through the season one manuscript and will be working on fleshing that out for a book if I can swing it.

And, I have finished writing the second episode of the Alien Noir series that I hope to have Mike read for us for next week – with any luck.

I have a bit of a “too many projects” problem going right now. But, the fastest way out it through so I’ll keep pushing.

And you, my survivor friends, enjoy your summers, keep your heads down and Keep Surviving.

/MD



Podcast Table: Name – Link – description

Asimov’s Science Fiction


Has some classic SciFi stores read by the authors from the magazine. They are average 30-40 minutes in length. Since the authors are reading the audio the read quality is all over the place, but there are some good ones. There are only 38 episodes and the drop frequency is seldom.

LightSpeed Magazine


Science Fiction and Fantasy. This is a mix of SciFi and fantasy, but leans towards fantasy. Most of the episodes are under the 30 min mark but there are some longer and shorter ones. They are read by a professional audio recording team. There are about 38 of these episodes but they seem to release more often than Asimov’s.

Clarkesworld Magazine


SciFi podcast. They follow the somewhere between 20 minutes and an hour-long rule and are read by an in-house reader named Kate Baker who does a good job. They seem to use a lot of translated Chinese stories. There are over 800 (!) episodes and some real gems. Push out 2-3 episodes a month.

Dust


Dust is known for it’s short SciFi format channel on YouTube, but also has this audio podcast. It’s a mix of a handful of stand-alone episodes and two seasons. The first season is “Flight 008” – it has writers tell stories around a flight from Tokyo to San Francisco that jumps forward in time 20 years. They use that as a loose vehicle to tell an anthology of stories about the passengers. I loved Season two, called “Chrysalis” which is a hard space SciFi about a vengeful human AI that takes on the Aliens that destroyed Earth and wiped-out humanity. There’s around 40 total episodes and they are on the shorter side, but they are fully produced as audio dramas with sound effects and character voices.

Escape Pod


It is a pretty good SciFi podcast were they showcase stories from different authors read by different voices. There are 311 episodes as of this writing. It’s a grab bag, but some are really good.

Marigold Breach


6. Marigold Breach is a SciFi serial about a guy waking up on a planet with an AI in his head in them middle of a conflict. It’s an audio drama with character voices and sound effects. Unfortunately it’s only 10 episodes long so it won’t keep you busy for long

Ninth Step Murders


7. Ninth Step Murders is a crime drama set in a future Tokyo where China has invaded and the city is partitioned. It is an audio drama with the character voices and sound effects. It’s a decent story but clunky at the same time. It’s good enough to keep my attention but some of the things they do bug me. Like using the same 1990’s ringing phone effect every time they are in the station – makes me crazy. Also, we are supposed to be in Japan, and they do a good job pronouncing the Japanese place names, but nobody has the slightest Japanese accent. Maybe it's because I work for a Japanese company, but it bugs me. The good news is that these episodes are all over an hour long.

Bedtime stories for Insomniacs


“Bedtime stories for Insomniacs”. I’ve only listened to one so far but the story telling and the read are very good.

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