EP Collection 1

As I mentioned recently on the podcast, Escape Pod just reached its six-month anniversary. Since May of this year we’ve enjoyed tremendous success, with thousands of listeners worldwide and new fun stories every week. We’re now reported to be the largest source of free audio fiction on the Internet, and of course we’re still growing.

To help us celebrate, Jesse Willis of the SFFAudio.com review site has helped us to design and produce a collectible MP3 CD containing every audio file we’ve podcast in the first six months. These CDs are produced using the LightScribe labeling technology, which burns an image directly to the front side of the disc, allowing us to number and put a customized inscription on each disc. An example of the CD:

We’re offering these CDs as a special reward for anyone who donates $20 or more to Escape Pod between now and January 31, 2006 — or until we’ve made 200 of them, whichever comes first. You can keep it for yourself, to catch up on our archives, or inscribe it as a gift for somebody else and have it sent to them.

(UPDATE: We’ve changed our policy on this. There’s no time limit now; we’ll keep going until we send out all 200. As of the beginning of March, we’ve sent out 75 of them — but we’re still getting orders, so don’t wait too long!)

Want one? All you have to do is include the following information in the comments field of your donation:

  • The name of the recipient (yourself or anyone else)
  • The address of the recipient
  • Any personal message you’d like inscribed on the edge of the CD, up to about 60 characters or so. (There’s no absolute limit, but the longer the text the more we’ll have to shrink the font.)

It’s worth noting that, in accordance with Escape Pod’s values, the *contents* of the CD are all Creative Commons-licensed and can be freely copied for all your friends. However, the front of the disc is absolutely unique, and cannot be easily duplicated. I’d like to think that someday these CDs will have collectible value, just as old science fiction magazines have value today.

Thanks to all of you for your support!

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  1. Bill Shirley says:

    I’m wondering if this disc is still available or sold out?

  2. SFEley says:

    Hi Bill,

    Nope, there’s still time! We’ll be continuing to produce these through the end of January. Thanks for asking!

  3. Kurt Yount says:

    I am a blind person and can’t find where to go to buy them. (If I find it now I’ll look really stupid, but then my e-mail means blind smart ass, so I have room to be stupid. Just discovered you yesterday, and your work is worth paying for. Kurt

  4. SFEley says:

    Hi Kurt,

    Actually, that is a fantastic point. To get the CDs you just have to make a donation and give me your address. However, the ALT text for the PayPal donor graphic was confusingly worded. I just went and changed it to “Make a donation to Escape Pod!” so that it should be more accessible. Does that help?

  5. Kurt Yount says:

    Well, yes, but I can’t find a place to click on for PayPal. If I actually go to PayPal and pay $20 to escape pod will you get it? I don’t know why I am having such a problem with this and after hearing Aliens Like Oranges this morning I am more than ever willing to give my $20 and just wish it could be more. I work at home but I have been sick today so am “playing” on the computer. Kurt

  6. Dylan Urquhart says:

    is there any possible way of obtaining one of these CDs? or one in the future with more of the stories? i’ve missed a bunch (started around 28), and it is kind of annoying to have to manually download all of them one at a time, and not even have iTunes recognize them as podcasts! if anyone has a CD they might be willing to sell, or Steve is going to shell out some more sometime in the future, that would be nice, thanks.

  7. David says:

    Is the CD still available?

  8. Dear Kurt Yount, Sorry to intrude. I am editing Christopher Isherwood’s diaries for his estate. He mentions you in an entry for October 1, 1978, talking about books and reading aloud. I would be so grateful if you could get in touch with me because I have one or two questions. Yours with very best wishes,

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