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In Your Ear: Genre on the Go – Take Three

InYouEarI cycle to work after I take Emma to school and I cycle home after dropping her off, which comes to about a 40 minute commute. A commute I spend listening to podcasts. Additionally, I have a hard time falling asleep at night and listening to fiction podcasts helps me unwind and actually drop off. So I get through a lot of podcast hours. In 2011 and 2012 I did In your Ear posts, recommending the podcasts I listened to on a regular basis. After skipping it last year, I thought I’d bring it back this year, since I’ve discovered a lot of new podcasts in the past two years! So for those of you unfamiliar with the wonderful world of genre podcasts or those looking or a new listen, I hope you find something of interest below.   Continue reading »

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In Your Ear: Genre on the Go – Take Two

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In April of last year I posted my first In Your Ear post in which I shared what podcasts I regularly listened to. A year and a half on and my listening has ranged a bit further and since I’ve discovered a lot of new podcasts to listen to, I thought I’d do a little updated version of that first post with the podcast I currently listen to on a regular basis. I’ve split them up into discussion podcasts, for podcasts with interviews and panel discussions, and fiction podcasts that publish straight-up audio fiction. Hopefully there’s something there you hadn’t heard of before and you’ll find something interesting to listen to!

Discussion podcasts
The Functional Nerds
The Functional Nerds is a weekly show hosted by Patrick Hester and John Anealio, featuring weekly picks of nerdy items and an interview with a broad range of SFF writers or other nerdy people. They are always entertaining and have featured some of my favourite interviews. Also Patrick’s laughter makes my girls giggle, so how could I not listen!

SF Signal
Or as we should now call it the Hugo-nominated SF Signal. Sadly these guys didn’t win the Hugo, which I really had hoped they’d get. The SF Signal Podcast is actually two shows per week, mostly hosted by Patrick Hester. One is a round table discussion with the SF Signal Irregulars and always features an interesting topic. The second show is an interview with an SFF writer and these are always fun as well.

Angry Robot Podcast
The Angry Robot Podcast is hosted by Mur Lafferty and features monthly interviews with Angry Robot authors and short chats with AR bosses Marc and Lee.

The Coode Street Podcast
The Coode Street Podcast is a weekly conversation between Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe mostly focused on science fiction and with occasional guests. Listening to Coode Street is fun as it’s almost as if you’re listening in on a bar conversation or phone conversation between two old friends, who chew the fat and set the world to rights. It’s what we’d call gemoedelijk in Dutch which translates roughly into genial, but that doesn’t quite convey the total meaning. For someone not as well versed in science fiction, each episode is definitely an education as there are new names I learn each week.

The Once and Future Podcast
This one is a weekly interview podcast where author Anton Strout talks to other authors about everything to do with writing and books and more!

SF Squeecast
This was the podcast that beat out the SF Signal podcast for the Hugo. It’s a permanent panel formed by Lynne M. Thomas, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, Cat Valente and Seanan McGuire, often with additional guests. This one stands out because of it positivity. The panellists always bring things to squee about and always with a positive slant. I like it for its positivity, but also for the personalities on the show. These are fun people, having a fun conversation and always interesting. The SF Squeecast gets together once a month.

Speculate!
A show presented by the duo of Bradley P. Beaulieu and Gregory A. Wilson, this one focuses on the craft of writing. Mostly taped in the form of triptychs, each trilogy consists of a reader response episode, an interview with the author of the work under consideration and an episode discussing writing technique. Brad and Greg always have interesting takes on the books they discuss and while I’m not a writer – I don’t have the writer gene, I’m a reader – I definitely take something away from these shows that I can use in my reviewing. Episodes are posted weekly.

Fiction Podcasts
Escape Pod
A weekly show, Escape Pod features Science Fiction short stories and flash fiction.

Podcastle
Podcastle is Escape Pods sister site and features weekly Fantasy short stories and flash fiction.

Dark Fiction Magazine
This is a somewhat irregular audio magazine bringing you fabulous stories, which often have a somewhat darker slant.

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The Split Worlds Project

Every Saturday morning, just around the time I first get to sit down to have my coffee and breakfast after the first morning rush of getting the girls out of bed, dressed and fed, my inbox pings. It hallows the arrival of my weekly Saturday morning treat: another short story from Emma Newman’s Split Worlds. And for about a quarter of an hour I’m transported into a world where magic is real, fairies exist and the Other World is far from the purely benign place we were led to believe as children.

The Split Worlds project is a project where Emma Newman publishes a free short story every week for a year leading up to the publication of her first novel set in the Split Worlds by Angry Robot in 2013. Thus far there have been thirty-one stories published, though I’m currently up to story seventeen. Of course, I could go on a binge and read all of them at once, but this way I get to savour them slowly each week. I think it’s a really cool way to create interest in her work and the stories are a really good way to get both acquainted with the Split Worlds and Newman’s writing. It’s whetted my appetite at least and I can’t wait for Between Two Thorns to be released in March next year.

Here’s the blurb for Between Two Thorns, taken from the Angry Robot site:

Something is wrong in Aquae Sulis, Bath’s secret mirror city.

The new season is starting and the Master of Ceremonies is missing. Max, an Arbiter of the Split Worlds Treaty, is assigned with the task of finding him with no one to help but a dislocated soul and a mad sorcerer.

There is a witness but his memories have been bound by magical chains only the enemy can break. A rebellious woman trying to escape her family may prove to be the ally Max needs.

But can she be trusted? And why does she want to give up eternal youth and the life of privilege she’s been born into?

Sound like something you’d enjoy? Go check out the project and sign up on the Split Worlds website or if you prefer the audio version you can download those from the site or subscribe to them in iTunes. You can find out more about Emma Newman at her site.

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In You Ear: SF Signal Podcast on Book Reviews

Whenever I ride my bike to work, I listen to genre podcasts on my iPhone. One of the ones I’ve been listening to for almost a year and a half is the SF Signal podcast. Their regular panel members are interesting and knowledgeable and they are often funny. It’s a twice weekly podcast that alternates the panel discussions with author interviews, mostly conducted by Patrick Hester, but sometimes there are not just interview guests, but guest interviewers as well, such as Myke Cole and Timothy C. Ward recently. I’m a lot a bit behind on my podcast listening, so it was only yesterday that I listened to the panel episode from four weeks ago, which was a discussion of book reviews.

There are two reasons I wanted to mention this episode here on the blog. First of all, I got name-checked! When the discussion turned to how book reviewers/bloggers connect to each other by finding people who have similar tastes, Paul Weimer mentioned both Sarah (Bookworm Blues) and me as people who had contacted him as we found we had similar tastes after reading his reviews. It was silly how pleased I was about getting mentioned on the SF Signal podcast, it was almost like getting on the radio or TV. But that rather braggart reason aside, it was also one of the more interesting podcasts I’ve heard in the past while and there were a couple of topics covered that I always ask my Blogger Query guests about as well, such as negative vs. positive reviews and star ratings. I found it interesting that while the panel didn’t like only positive reviews and some of them had personally written some brutally honest critical, they would rather get away from positive or negative appellations altogether and have people write honest reviews, both when they enjoyed a book and when they didn’t. This is something I can definitely agree with and most of my Blogger Query guests did as well. On the topic of star ratings opinions seemed more divided and especially the discussion on Amazon ratings was interesting and heated!

Anyway, I enjoyed this episode very much, so much so that I wanted to share it with my own readers and only in a very small part to bounce about on here about being mentioned on the episode. I highly recommend giving this episode a listen and if you enjoy it, why not have a listen to some of the other panels or interviews? They’re well worth your time, I promise! You can find the episode – number 138 – on SF Signal and on iTunes. Enjoy!

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In Your Ear: Genre on the Go

If you’re anything like me you can’t get enough of our favourite subject: speculative fiction. Apart from reading whatever books I can read and I try and keep up with up my massive list of blogs in my Google Reader. In addition I click on loads of links in my Twitter stream. After getting my iPhone last January and consequently iTunes, I decided to check out some podcasts, so I had something to listen to during my bike ride to and from work and during chores like folding the laundry, when I need both my hands. The podcasts I’ve been catching up on so far are both of the talk show (sort of) variety, by both bloggers and publishers, and the audio short fiction kind and I’ve been having a blast listening to them. And since I’ve been enjoying them so much, I thought I’d share them with you as you might like them too!

The Functional Nerds
The Functional Nerds is a weekly show hosted by Patrick Hester and John Anealio, featuring an interview with a broad range of SFF writers or other nerdy people. They are always entertaining, but some of my fave interviews were the ones with Blake Charlton, Peter V. Brett, Mike Resnick and Cherie Priest.

SF Signal
This is actually two shows per week. One is a round table discussion with the SF Signal Irregulars and always features an interesting topic. They recently had a mega-panel show on the Borders bankruptcy, which is definitely worth a listen. The second show is an interview with an SFF writer and these are always very interesting as well. Faves here were the interviews with Brent Weeks, Sam Sykes and Pam Sargeant.

Shh, I’m Reading
This podcast is hosted by the lovely Adele Wearing and Gav from Gavreads. It’s only had one episode so far, but it was great and I’m looking forward to the next one.

Angry Robot Podcast
The Angry Robot Podcast is hosted by Mur Lafferty and features interviews with Angry Robot authors, such as Lauren Beukes, Kaaron Warren, Guy Adams, Aliette de Bodard and Maurice Broaddus.

Orbit Podcast
The Orbit podcast has so far featured interviews with Joe Abercrombie and Jesse Bullington. It’s only two shows in and is presented by Jack Womack.

Abbadon and Solaris Podcast
This podcast is usually hosted by either David Moore or Jon Oliver and discusses what is going on at Abbadon Towers, such as upcoming books and author interviews.

Escape Pod
A weekly show, Escape Pod features Science Fiction short stories and flash fiction. The few stories I’ve listened to so far are great, with a special shout out for N.K. Jemisin’s L’Alchemista and Blake Charlton’s Endosymbiont

Podcastle
Podcastle is Escape Pods sister site and features weekly Fantasy short stories and flash fiction.

Dark Fiction Magazine
Dark Fiction Magazine is a monthly magazine featuring four short stories connected by a communal theme.

The only ones I’m completely up to speed with are the first five, but I’m working on the other ones and I’ll catch up eventually! So how about you? Do you listen to podcasts regularly? And recommendations?

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