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  1. EP085: Merry Christmas from the Heartbreakers : Escape Pod

    EP085: Merry Christmas from the Heartbreakers

    Filed in 17 and Up, Podcasts on December 21, 2006 with 18 comments

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    By Mur Lafferty.

    Read by Stephen and Anna Eley.

    Musical guest: Twisted Sister.

    “Look, I think I know where this is going,” Kris Kringle said, but Gingermuffin cut him off.

    “Do you? The Heartbreakers have been making Tom Petty sound good for years, and no one gives a damn. Tom Petty gets all of the credit.”

    Kris wondered if he was sober enough to have this discussion. “You’re not talking about Tom Petty.”

    Gingermuffin slammed his hand down on the table. “Damn right I’m not!”

    Kris’s carefully stacked poker chips fell over in a clatter of

    Christmas.

    Rated R.

    Contains profanity, violence, and the puncturing of childhood myths.

    Merry Christmas!

    Referenced sites:Reading is FundamentalChild’s PlayI Should Be WritingGeek Fu Action GripPodsafe Music Network (Terms of Use)

    http://escapepod.org/2006/12/21/ep085-merry-christmas-from-the-heartbreakers/

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  2. EP085: Merry Christmas from the Heartbreakers : Escape Pod

    EP085: Merry Christmas from the Heartbreakers

    Filed in 17 and Up, Podcasts on December 21, 2006 with 18 comments

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    By Mur Lafferty.

    Read by Stephen and Anna Eley.

    Musical guest: Twisted Sister.

    “Look, I think I know where this is going,” Kris Kringle said, but Gingermuffin cut him off.

    “Do you? The Heartbreakers have been making Tom Petty sound good for years, and no one gives a damn. Tom Petty gets all of the credit.”

    Kris wondered if he was sober enough to have this discussion. “You’re not talking about Tom Petty.”

    Gingermuffin slammed his hand down on the table. “Damn right I’m not!”

    Kris’s carefully stacked poker chips fell over in a clatter of

    Christmas.

    Rated R.

    Contains profanity, violence, and the puncturing of childhood myths.

    Merry Christmas!

    Referenced sites:Reading is FundamentalChild’s PlayI Should Be WritingGeek Fu Action GripPodsafe Music Network (Terms of Use)

    http://escapepod.org/2006/12/21/ep085-merry-christmas-from-the-heartbreakers/

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  3. EP084: Smooth Talking : Escape Pod

    Paul Fischer says:

    December 29, 2006 at 1:51 pm

    I really like this story. It went in a few directions I didn’t expect which is always thrilling to me. It struck me that the protagonist was taking responsibility for a situation he created. I liked that angle as well.

    I think the story really falls down at the end. The Dryads go marching off to a park, that’s nice. But the construction workers are standing there dumbfounded. I expected them to be pulling out cell phones, digital cameras, camcorders and the like. There should have been tons of evidence of the event, and someone was sure to call a news crew.

    This story is happening today in our world. Yet the people in the world don’t react normally in my opinion. I think the author should have made some mention to the march being filmed and photographed. Mention of the fallout from an event like this, its historical significance, and where the human race goes from here, is my biggest unanswered question.

    Would people waste so much if they saw the evidence of this event. Who would be standing up denying it? What new or old religion would flock to this park in a vein attempt to communicate with the Dryads? What would the lumber industry do? The housing industry? New home buyers? Would people recycle more wood and paper?

    It seems to me that the author should have made the story a little longer and really speculate on the repercussions from this event.

    http://escapepod.org/2006/12/14/ep084-smooth-talking/

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  4. EP083: Ulla : Escape Pod

    John Hodges says:

    December 7, 2006 at 6:15 pm

    Dear Steve,

    I’ve been off in a different direction for a long while, so I’m just catching up on your excellent ‘cast.

    Bravo on this one, though the accompanying illustration was just a wee bit spoilerish.

    Bravo as well for your second annual charitable redirect!

    Here’s more expository grist for your “heavy handedness” apology.

    Please remind all that at this time of year blood donation rates consistently drop nationwide and demand typically rises.

    The international supply is already at a low reserve level, which is why most ARC, bloodmobile, and hospital donor centers have “Critical Need” signs out.

    Please “give before you go”, “consider yourself asked”, “give half pints for halfpints”, or remember whatever catchphrase moves you “to be doers of the word, and not hearers only.”

    Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE, surf to http://www.redcross.org/ , come to the Heinlein Society blood drive at Arisia with MGH.

    If people find this appeal heavy handed, that I’m asking for blood, not money, I’m not.

    I’m asking for blood, money, and time!

    If you’re healthy, well, and interested, please, give blood!

    If you can’t or won’t, fine, encourage someone else to do so!

    Give them a ride, hold their hand, organize a drive that’s more convenient for them to get to, do something!

    Thanks, again, for providing such a consistently high quality podcast.

    You started as the best and still lead.

    Well done.

    http://escapepod.org/2006/12/07/ep083-ulla/

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  5. EP082: Travels With My Cats : Escape Pod

    SFEley says:

    December 6, 2006 at 12:46 pm

    I usually stay out of the comment threads except for technical issues or keeping order, but this subject’s too interesting to ignore.

    Also, I worry that people may be getting too polarized over an easy misunderstanding.

    What I’m seeing is that there are two different and historically valid meanings of ”science fiction,” and folks are arguing about this story without coming to terms on which usage they mean.

    The first meaning of science fiction in use here, and I suspect the one most commonly understood among fans these days, is the literal “fiction based on science.”

    That can be a loose or tight coupling, and you can spend years arguing whether time travel or FTL or psychohistory ever made any sense, but the premise that the author presents to the reader is that the divergence from our world is scientific, not magical.

    This is distinct from fantasy, which is the other way around.

    By this definition “Travels With My Cats” is clearly not science fiction — it’s fantasy.

    I think it’s unambiguous in the story that Miss Wallace’s appearance is magical.

    And I find it moderately odd that people are raising such a fuss about it in this story when Escape Pod has done so many fantasy stories, from “Three Wish Habit” onward.

    The other definition of science fiction, just as valid and arguably more historically rooted, is exemplified by Damon Knight’s famous quote: “Science fiction means what we point to when we say it.”

    It refers to that whole broad class of stuff that science fiction fans enjoy and gather to talk about.

    That’s circular, but the fans manage to figure it out.

    In more recent times that usage has been transferred to the more precise but less vivid label, “speculative fiction.”

    And the Science Fiction Writers of America have renamed themselves to the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (with the second “F” still invisible in their acronym), and bookstores have begun labeling their shelves “Science Fiction/Fantasy” instead of just science fiction, and so forth.

    But the usage is still alive and common.

    It’s what the World Science Fiction Convention means, and has always meant.

    It’s how the Sci-Fi Channel gets to call itself “Sci-Fi” when they show plenty of fantasy and horror, too.

    It’s the usage implicit in Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine — and it’s what Escape Pod means when we call ourselves “The Science Fiction Podcast Magazine.”

    Injecting ”and Fantasy” into that would be too many syllables and sound very clumsy.

    And calling ourselves “The Speculative Fiction Podcast Magazine” would make sense to core fans but make it harder to reach out to those who aren’t in the conversation already.

    “Science fiction” is a household term worldwide; “speculative fiction” is not.

    Most people come here and get what we’re talking about, and in all longer descriptions we do mention fantasy too.

    By this usage “Travels” is science fiction, simply because it appeared in a publication catering to the self-defined SF community and its appeal is among people who consider themselves science fiction fans.

    What it’s about, by this usage, doesn’t really matter.

    It’s clear to me that this is the perspective Mike is coming from — and he’s right, it’s the perspective the Hugo voters use too.

    I don’t think this is any more or less valid than saying “Science fiction is about science.”

    It’s just different.

    But if neither side acknowledges that you’re talking about two different science fictions, this debate is just going to clunk along without really accomplishing anything.

    (Though hopefully the participants are at least Having Fun discussing it.

    I don’t object to argument here as long as no one is insulting anyone else personally — and that hasn’t happened.)

    http://escapepod.org/2006/11/30/ep082-travels-with-my-cats/

    —Huffduffed by jeshyr

  6. EP081: Margin of Error : Escape Pod

    Tim says:

    December 5, 2006 at 5:32 pm

    Another story with two people just talking back and forth.

    ARGH!

    It’s a bit frustrating because I don’t want to hear them saying what happened, I want to live it!

    I mean, wow, the events that did unfold would have been great to see develop, from first conception, to the betrayal, to the final cruel revenge.

    In other words, if I cared for these two sisters as something other than two talking heads, man would I have loved this story.

    I know, show VS tell, old argument. But, I realized as I got done listening to Travels with my Cats that I liked that story so much because I cared about the character.

    Imagine how dull it would have been had the main character and some other guy sat across each other in a restaurant while he told the story.

    It wouldn’t have had nearly the same impact as it did.

    It makes me wonder, though.

    A story like this is pretty broad and far reaching (had it been shown instead of told) and would have taken a long time to write.

    Maybe that’s why we have so many talking head stories in Science Fiction, the professional writers don’t have time to sit down and write a long story so, as a short cut, they have two talking heads tell us what the story would have been had they had a few extra hours in the day to write it.

    Just a thought.

    http://escapepod.org/2006/11/23/ep081-margin-of-error/

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  7. EP080: Union Dues – Cleanup in Aisle Five : Escape Pod

    EP080: Union Dues – Cleanup in Aisle Five

    Filed in 17 and Up, Podcasts on November 16, 2006 with 33 comments

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    Tags: Jeffrey DeRego, Rich Sigfrit, union dues

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    By Jeffrey R. DeRego.Discuss on our forums.

    Read by Rich Sigfrit (of Requiem of the Outcast and Amazing Pulp Adventures).

    All stories by Jeffrey R. DeRego

    All stories read by Rich Sigfrit

    “Which one are you?”

    The kid fans out a small stack of super hero trading cards, but it’s not a Union deck. Figures. “Lemme see what you got there.” I flip through and remember my old baseball card collection. I knew there was something special about me, when at nine-years-old, I accurately calculated the probable batting stats of each player, on every team, in the 1996 season after opening only one pack. The Union recruited me five years later after my dad beat a couple of Atlantic City casinos for ten million bucks. I was caught on security camera tape telling him when and how to bet at the roulette wheel.

    “These don’t look like you.”

    The card displays a blue-costumed man leaping between buildings. I hand it back to him. “Those guys aren’t real, but I am.” Wow. Did I just say that? Maybe I’ll tell the kid that Santa and the Easter Bunny aren’t real either. He’s staring at me now, I can almost see his little brain struggling to make sense of my answer. I should tell him to buy Union Cards but, you know, he’s five.

    Rated R.

    Contains profanity, some violence involving children, and retail corporate exploitation.

    Union Dues Stories:EP027: Iron Bars and the Glass JawEP049: Off White LiesEP062: The Baby and the Bathwater

    http://escapepod.org/2006/11/16/ep080-union-dues-cleanup-in-aisle-five/

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  8. EP079: Mountain, Man : Escape Pod

    EP079: Mountain, Man

    Filed in 10 and Up, OK for Kids, Podcasts on November 9, 2006 with 23 comments

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    By Heather Shaw.

    Read by Stephen Eley.Discuss on our forums.

    All stories by Heather Shaw

    All stories read by Stephen Eley

    “Look, miss, I’m going to have to cut your hair to do this. Is that all right?”

    She smiled at him from her upside-down, bent-over position, so he took that as a yes. He found an old pair of garden shears and took a hunk of her hair, gathered it into a rough ponytail, and hacked it off.

    A pair of mountain bluebirds flew out from where the nest of hair had been.

    Rated PG.

    Contains non-explicit sex, accidental assault, and geological scatology.

    http://escapepod.org/2006/11/09/ep079-mountain-man/

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  9. EP078: The Shoulders of Giants : Escape Pod

    Chris says:

    November 4, 2006 at 9:31 pm

    I enjoyed the story as a whole, and was happy to hear a space story on EP. Since Star Wars is what got me going in Sci-Fi (the original 3) I’m always happy to come across some well thought out concepts that are futuristic in nature. Having said that, I had a hard time listening to the pilots complaining about people beating them to the new planet. It seems to me that it would be hard for intelligent people who where chosen for this mission not to have come across the idea that technology progressed, while snoozing for 1200 years, to the point where they might get out distanced and beaten to their destination. I realize that this aspect was placed in the story to fuel the “give us a new ship” finish, but I would think that with the amount of technological progression that had happened, theoretically, between Orville and Wilber to the time they were launching a space mission with cryo-sleep, to the time that would pass while they were traveling, seems a bit unrealistic to me. It‚Äôs the same sort of nit pick problem I have with time travel stories, what seems obvious to the viewer, reader, or listener doesn‚Äôt always make for a good story and so reality is warped. Anyway it was a good story and I look forward to hearing more.

    I’d also like to comment on the thoughts about you presenting your own stories as well as other podcasters’ work. You take the time to present a well thought out concept, screen god knows how many stories, and produce a quality FREE product for the Sci-Fi/podcasting community, so why shouldn’t you be able to promote your own work in the process? I am glad that your ethics extend to the point that you aren’t glory hunting for your own work and that you make a conscious effort to remove as much bias as possible when presenting your efforts. As for the Sigler and Lafferty submissions that were presented, I see nothing wrong with promoting other podcasters who are active in this blooming community and who are promoting other quality FREE products for our enjoyment. They work hard at what they do and presenting their hard work with the other high caliber writers you present here is nothing more than a show of respect and appreciation for a job well done. Besides if you want to build a thriving community, people have to help each other out and that’s cool with me.

    http://escapepod.org/2006/11/02/ep078-the-shoulders-of-giants/

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  10. EP077: A Single Shadow : Escape Pod

    Simon says:

    October 27, 2006 at 8:45 am

    I’ll admit – I haven’t listened to the story yet, i’ve picked up a wierd habit of listening to the intros and outros before the story which I save for a while.

    What I wanted to mention was the bit on horror at the beginning.

    Firstly, as a Brit, I wanted to comment on movie horror (which wasn’t your main area of discussion).

    British movie horror is currently in the best shape it’s been since The Wicker Man in the 70s. I’d go as far as saying it’s the best thing in our movie industry.

    To make my point here are a few movie names here – Sean Of The Dead, Twenty Eight Days Later, Dog Soldiers. The absolutely magnificent The Descent is among the best horror movies I have ever seen, it got me crawling out of my skin.

    There are enough of these movies being made that there is a second tear, with films like Severance and Creep.

    Unlike Hollywood most of these films come under what you called Deep Horror, with a real intent to get under your skin.

    From a British perspective, far from being a dead genre we are in the midst of a golden age.

    Secondly, I thought you did modern horror a bit of a disservice implying it died off in the 80s.

    House Of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski has got to be up there as one of the most innovative horror novels ever written (he just released a follow up but it’s a road novel) and it was put out in 2000.

    Sadly, Z. is about as prolific as J.D Salinger so it didn’t start a trend the way King did, but if there is a better deep horror book out there, I haven’t read it.

    On mention of HOL I

    just posted a pretty substantial piece on the topic over in my blog, so please come over and take a look.

    I have to admit I don’t read all that much current genre fiction – i tend to Amazon and read the classics.

    But thinking about my fave horror stories – HOL and I Am Legend – I can see what you mean about deep horror.

    IAL gets it’s fear from the paranoia of knowing every living thing out there wants to kill the hero, and they’re vampires, HOL gets it’s horror from the sheer unexplainable but emotionless scale of the threat – a distortion in reality.

    This is what horror should be, never cheap frights.

    I’ll try and come back and make some comments on the story when I get around to listening to it.

    http://escapepod.org/2006/10/26/ep077-a-single-shadow/

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