Through a chance meeting at Worldcon, I discovered that Adventures in Science Fiction Publishing is back on the air (they have been for a while now, but I missed it). Â It was good before, and I like it even better now. Â In fact, I like it so much, I sponsored them for a little bit. Â Win for me (advertising) and a win for them as well. Â Give them a try. Â It’s not fiction – it’s interviews and science fiction / fantasy news. Â Oh – and I’m giving away a copy of Mayan December over there, and a hardcover of The Silver Ship and the Sea, which has gone out of physical print as far as I can tell. There are a lot of other good nonfiction podcasts out there, too. Â Starship Sofa is a favorite of mine, and SF Signal does a podcast these days as well. Â Listening to any of these is kind of like listening to my friends chatter on while Nix and I walk.
I also wanted to talk up a few stories. Â One is “The Fish of Lijiang” written by Chen Qiufan and read by Kate Baker. Â I found it really well-done, a bit sad, and very touching. Â It’s over at Clarkesworld. I found it a particularly good commentary on our lives, and I enjoyed the feel of the work and setting, which is in China.
I like bar stories. Â One of my favorite settings is Larry Niven’s Draco Tavern. Â So I listened to a bar story by Tim Pratt, called “On a Blade of Grass,” read by Mat Weller, way back in in an old issue of Escape Pod. Â It’s a perfect little conversation, which is exactly what a bar story is supposed to be.
And for a third recommendation, I liked The Notebook of my Favorite Skin Trees, by Â Alex Dally MacFarlane andÂ read byÂ Pamela Quevillion, and also in an older Escape Pod issue.Â It doesn’t stand up to any logic at all, and it’s light erotica. Â I certainly wouldn’t expose kids to the story. Â But on a podcast you just start from the title, and the story is really lovely. Â It’s quirky and weird I enjoyed it for no good reason other than it’s sweetness and naivete.
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