AD 038 – “Rekindle the Sun”   December 11th, 2011

Sometimes matters of the heart can be as complex and unpredictable as the mechanics applied of astrophysics.

“Rekindle the Sun” by Mary E. Lowd

Read by Peter Katt

Music cues by Infinity Squared

Download or listen to the episode here.

 

It’s been awhile and there have been a few stories on other podcasts that I wanted to post about, so here’s catching up with several links of interest.

First Drabblecast, the podcast of weird fiction, had a neat two-parter story that was darkly thrilling. “Boojum” by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette is a science-fiction story featuring space pirates, sentient organic ships and brain-stealing aliens. It’s a good ride. Listen to part one and part two here.

Escape Pod, the science-fiction audio magazine ran the fun piece awhile ago. Rejiggering the Thingamajig by Eric James Stone features an anthropomorphic Buddhist-practicing T-Rex sent on a quest with a talking gun.

For a more serious and mediative story on Zen Philosophy, there is the wonderful Friction by Will McIntosh.

And finally, there’s  Squonk the Dragon by P. M. Butler, which is a wonderful silly and absurdly amusing fantasy story. It features a lovable dragon who is being raised by a fiesty blue bird, and who constantly bothers a curmudgeonly wizard who just wants to be left alone.

The series started on Escape Pod but then moved to the fantasy podcast Pod Castle. The stories in the series so far are: Squonk the DragonSquonk the Apprentice and Squonk and the Horde of Apprentices.

Humanity’s encounters with other races are as likely to be fraught with conflict as with harmony. Tonight’s stories, told from contrasting viewpoints, offer glimpses into the dynamics and drama of both the conquerors and the oppressors in those situations.

“Welcome Home” by Night Fox

Read by Chris Hvidsten of the Outcast Novel Podcast

“And the Sea Full of Stars”  by Searska Grey Raven

Read by Stoker Bramwell

Music cues by Infinity Squared

The story “And the Sea Full of Stars” came from the anthology Different Worlds, Different Skins, volume 1. If you liked this story, you may be interested in that book.

Download or listen to the episode here.

Different Skins Volume 2 cover art
Different Worlds, Different Skins, Volume 2
More of Humanity’s Encounters with Other Races

 

Print Book, $17.95, available from Amazon and Lulu.

 

What if humanity shared Earth with other sentient species? What would first contact with an alien race be like? What wonders or horrors could be wrought by our experiments to create new life-forms, both biologic and mechanical?

 

This continued anthology examines these ideas, showing humanity’s interaction with the Other, in the form of anthropomorphic animals. The stories cover diverse genres, from science fiction and fantasy, to contemporary fables, exploring themes of race and culture and the endless possibilities of the human condition.

 

Featuring stories by Earl Bacon, Cebelius, Austen Crowder, Seth Drake, Phil Geusz, G.F.D., Jason Gillespie, Graveyard Greg, Renee Carter Hall, Saia Kferr, Paul Lucas, Annette C. Miller, Brian Miller, Benjamin “eSca” Reed, Ryx, Will A. Sanborn, James Steele, Stephen Soliz, Tim Susman, Phillip Velasquez, Viergacht, and Wirewolf.

 

Cover artwork by Sara “Caribou” Palmer.

Escape Pod – On Cops and Canines   August 31st, 2010

Escape Pod, the science-fiction audio-magazine has a couple of stories, one recent and one from a couple of years ago, dealing with uplifted canine characters working on the police force. Both stories give an interesting look into the minds of the characters who bridge the gap between animal and human. They also capture the essence of dogs’ personalities quite perfectly and are a treat to listen to, especially for dog lovers. The stories are: