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Escape Pod Flash Fiction Contest 2016


Thirteen districts rebelled against the country that fed them, loved them, protected them. Brother turned on brother until nothing remained. And then came the peace, hard fought, sorely won. A people rose up from the ashes and a new era was born. But freedom has a cost. When the traitors were defeated, we swore as a nation we would never know this treason again.

And so it was decreed, that each year, the various districts of Escape Artists would offer up in tribute, 500 word stories to fight to the death in a pageant of honor, courage and sacrifice. The three champions, bathed in riches, would serve as a reminder of our generosity and our forgiveness. This is how we remember our past. This is how we safeguard our future. We are in the finals. Stories are published on a members-only section of the forums, so come join and participate today.

The culling has begun! Stories are being released every couple days in groups of 11 or 12. You may choose up to three from each group to move on to the next round.

UPDATE: First round voting has concluded, but you can still read all of the stories HERE

stay tuned, the second round of voting will follow soon!

Escape Pod Flash Fiction Contest 2016 – Rules

Full List of Artemis Rising 2 Episodes


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Would you like to be able to access all of the Artemis Rising 2 episodes in one place? Of course you would! Well this is it. We’ll add them as they are released from now until the deal is done, and then you’ll know where to return to find them all when you want to share them with friends.


 

Podcastle

The Color of Regret
by Carrie Patel  |  read by Setsu Uzume  |  Hosted by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali
Release date:
1 February 2016
Web page:
http://podcastle.org/2016/02/01/podcastle-401-artemis-rising-the-color-of-regret/
Download Link:
http://media.rawvoice.com/podcastle/media.libsyn.com/media/podcastle/PC401_TheColorOfRegret.mp3

Opals and Clay
by Nino Cipri |  read by The Word Whore |  Hosted by Aliette de Bodard
Release date:
 8 February 2016
Web page:
http://podcastle.org/2016/02/08/podcastle-402-artemis-rising-opals-and-clay/
Download Link:
http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/6/9/4/694a9bec7d9c87a8/PC402_OpalsAndClay.mp3?c_id=10828005

Send in the Ninjas
by Michelle Ann King |  read by Christiana Ellis |  hosted by Christie Yant
Release date: 16 February 2016
Web page:
http://podcastle.org/2016/02/16/podcastle-403-artemis-rising-send-in-the-ninjas/
Download Link:
http://media.rawvoice.com/podcastle/media.libsyn.com/media/podcastle/PC403_Ninjas.mp3

Territory
by Julie Steinbacher | read by Maura McHugh and Kim Rogers | hosted by Amal El-Mohtar
Release date: 22 February 2016
Web page:
http://podcastle.org/2016/02/22/podcastle-404-artemis-rising-territory/
Download Link:
http://media.rawvoice.com/podcastle/media.libsyn.com/media/podcastle/PC404_Territory.mp3

Beat Softly, My Wings Of Steel
by Beth Cato | read by Elizabeth Green | hosted by M.K. Hobson
Release date: 29 February 2016
Web page:
http://podcastle.org/2016/02/29/podcastle-405-artemis-rising-beat-softly-my-wings-of-steel/
Download Link:
http://media.rawvoice.com/podcastle/media.libsyn.com/media/podcastle/PC405_BeatSoftly.mp3

Escape Pod

In Their Image
by Abra Staffin-Wiebe  |  narrated by Diane Severson  |  with guest host Mur Lafferty
Release date:
 4 February 2016
Web page:
http://escapepod.org/2016/02/04/ep519-in-their-image/
Download Link:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/escapepod/EP519_InTheirImage.mp3

Singing to the Stars
by Alanna McFall  |  narrated by Amanda Fitzwater  |  with guest host Amy Sturgis
Release date:
 12 February 2016
Web page:
http://escapepod.org/2016/02/12/ep520-artemis-rising-singing-to-the-stars/
Download Link:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/escapepod/EP520_ArtemisRising-SingingtotheStars.mp3

Myspace: A Ghost Story
by Dominica Phetteplace | narrated by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali | with guest host Angela Lee
Release date: 19 February 2016
Web page:
http://escapepod.org/2016/02/19/ep521-myspace-a-ghost-story/
Download Link:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/escapepod/EP521_Myspace_AGhostStory.mp3

Bioluminescent Memory
by Victorya Chase | narrated by Serah Eley | with guest host Charity Helton
Release date: 26 February 2016
Web page:
http://escapepod.org/2016/02/22/ep522-bioluminescent-memory/
Download Link:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/escapepod/EP522_BioluminescentMemory.mp3

Windows
by Beth Goder | narrated by Andrea Richardson | with guest host Kate Baker
Release date: 29 February 2016
Web page:
http://escapepod.org/2016/02/29/ep523-windows/
Download Link:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/escapepod/EP523_Windows.mp3

Pseudopod

Black Hearts
by Shannon Peavey |  narrated by Tina Connolly |  with guest host Wendy N. Wagner
Release date:
 5 February 2016
Web page:
http://pseudopod.org/2016/02/05/pseudopod-476-artemis-rising-black-hearts/
Download Link:
http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/a/c/d/acdadebd0a6b2ffc/Pseudo476_BlackHearts.mp3?c_id=10833889

Bug House
by Lisa Tuttle |  narrated by Heather Welliver |  with guest hosts Andrea Subissati and Alexandra West
Release date:
 12 February 2016
Web page:
http://pseudopod.org/2016/02/12/pseudopod-477-artemis-rising-bug-house/
Download Link:
http://media.libsyn.com/media/pseudopod/Pseudo477__BugHouse.mp3

Jay’s Place
by E. Lee McVicar |  narrated by Joe Scalora |  with guest host Julie Hoverson
Release date: 19 February 2016
Web page:
http://pseudopod.org/2016/02/19/pseudopod-478-artemis-rising-jays-place/
Download Link:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/pseudopod/Pseudo478_JaysPlace.mp3

Like Dolls
by J. Lily Corbie |  narrated by Kim Lakin-Smith |  with guest host Marguerite Kenner
Release date: 26 February 2016
Web page:
http://pseudopod.org/2016/02/26/pseudopod-479-artemis-rising-like-dolls/
Download Link:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/pseudopod/Pseudo479_LikeDolls.mp3

Escape Pod Flash Fiction Contest 2016


The next wave of the fourth incarnation of the Escape Artists Flash Fiction Contest is coming. Escape Pod is landing in early 2016. Every author may submit one original story of 500 words or less for consideration between January 15 and February 15. Sharpen your pencils and get your stories ready to submit. The three winning stories will be purchased and run as an episode of Escape Pod. Stories will be published on a members-only section of the forums, so first publication rights will not be expended by participating in the contest. It’s easy to be become a member. Transparency is important to us, so all the pertinent details and rules will be posted under “The Arcade”. May the odds be ever in your favor!

http://forum.escapeartists.net/index.php?board=236.0

Escape Pod Flash Fiction Contest 2016 – Rules

Support Clarkesworld!


If you’re a fan of Escape Pod, you’re probably a fan of Clarkesworld, even if you don’t know it. Many of our reprints first ran in CW, and they’ve always been very gracious about letting us run Kate Baker’s narrations for the stories nominated for the Hugo Award. It won the Hugo Award last year and has some of the best fiction and nonfiction writing in SF today.

They’re doing a subscription push right now because editor Neil Clarke has had a rather bad year (heart attack and job loss only two of the circumstances.) I wanted to spread the word not only to help Neil, but because Clarkesworld is a damn good magazine and deserves your attention. If you like EP, I’m fairly sure you’ll like CW. So subscribe already. We’ll be here when you’re done with a new story tomorrow!

Note from the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency


I received this message that Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency is looking for authors! So check them out and see if they might be a good fit for you!

Dear listeners,

We’re writing to introduce you to The Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency and to let you know we are actively seeking clients in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres. We are a full service agency, representing writers at every stage of their career.

The agency opened in 1984 and has always had an interest in both genres. We’re privileged to represent a number of top talents in science fiction and fantasy such as John Scalzi, Karen Miller, Sharon Shinn, Gail Z. Martin, Ian Douglas/Bill Keith, Kay Kenyon, Mel Odom, and the recently signed James Cambias for whom we just sold his first novel. We are also proud to represent the estate of Gandalf Grand Master Award winning author Andre Norton.

Our success in this area is not confined to the adult market, either. The agency has negotiated publication deals for young adult fantasies by Karen Miller, Mel Odom, Sharon Shinn, and Ed Willet as well.

We are a very active, successful seller of translation rights with agents in all foreign markets and a track record of approximately fifty new licenses per year. We also successfully license film rights, audio-book rights, e-book rights and rights for publication in the United Kingdom.

The ideal submission for us is an introductory letter, synopsis and the first three chapters of manuscript. We welcome electronic submissions to fantasy AT ethanellenberg.com. We also welcome submission by mail with a self-addressed, stamped envelope for response. Please check our website (ethanellenberg.com) and follow the submission guidelines carefully.*

We remain upbeat, active and committed to the highest standards of professional conduct
and representation. We are members in good standing of the Association of Author’s Representatives and consistently receive high marks from all the top professional writers’ organizations. We look forward to your submission.

Sincerely,

Ethan Ellenberg, President
Evan Gregory, Associate Agent

Alphas premiers tonight!


The second season of Syfy’s hit series Alphas returns Monday, July 23 at 10PM ET/PT with a deep roster of guest stars. New this season are Sean Astin, Lauren Holly, and Summer Glau, who was a fan favorite last season playing Skylar Adams, is returning for three episodes.

The new season picks up eight months after last year’s stunning season finale with the stage set for an explosive turn of events at the Binghamton facility (the Guantanamo of the Alpha world) that could have devastating, far-reaching consequences. Dr. Lee Rosen, having exposed the existence of Alphas to the unsuspecting public, finds himself discredited and imprisoned by a government desperate to cover up his stunning revelation. Some of the team have disbanded and without Dr. Rosen’s care and guidance, have regressed to their old, destructive ways.

Still Alive – Online SF for January


It appears that reports of science fiction’s death have been greatly exaggerated. There is a great deal of quality science fiction available online, even more than we can reasonably list. These new stories listed below are those that have appeared during January (so far) in ‘SFWA Qualifying’ online magazines.  Plenty of outstanding science fiction to read. Enjoy!

Apex
So Glad We Had This Time Together by Cat Rambo
Sweetheart Showdown by Sarah Dalton

Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Calibrated Allies by Marissa Lingen
The Lady of the Lake by E. Catherine Tobler

Clarkesworld
Scattered Along the River of Heaven by Aliette de Bodard
What Everyone Remembers by Rahul Kanakia
All the Painted Stars by Gwendolyn Clare

Cosmos
Your Minute Starts Now by Jacob A. Boyd
Genocide Blonde by Dirk Flinthart

Daily Science Fiction
Sixty-one by Seventy by K.G. Jewell
And many other stories

Lightspeed
On the Acquisition of Phoenix Eggs (Variant) by Marissa Lingen
How Many Miles to Babylon? by Megan Arkenberg
Blue Lace Agate by Sarah Monette

Nature
A Game of Self-Deceit by Clayton Locke
The Driver by Rahul Kanakia
1-9-4-blue-3-7-2-6-gamma-tetrahedron by Ian Randal Strock

Redstone Science Fiction
Ice in Our Veins by Rhiannon Held
Motherhood by Christopher Miller

Strange Horizons
Recognizing Gabe: un cuento de hadas, by Alberto Yáñez
In the Cold, by Kelly Jennings
MonitorBot and the King of Pop, by Jessica Barber

Subterranean
Water Can’t Be Nervous by Jonathan Carroll
The Least of the Deathly Arts by Kat Howard
Treasure Island: A Lucifer Jones Story by Mike Resnick

Tor.com
Swift, Brutal Retaliation by Meghan McCarron

The 2011 Hugo winners


First the list, from the Hugo blog (Congrats to all the winners):

BEST NOVEL
Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Ballantine Spectra)

BEST NOVELLA
The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang (Subterranean)

BEST NOVELETTE
“The Emperor of Mars” by Allen M. Steele (Asimov’s, June 2010)

BEST SHORT STORY
“For Want of a Nail” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s, September 2010)

BEST RELATED WORK
Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It, edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea (Mad Norwegian)

BEST GRAPHIC STORY
Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse,
written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colors by
Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, LONG FORM
Inception, written and directed by Christopher Nolan (Warner)

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, SHORT FORM
Doctor Who: “The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang,” written by Steven
Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes (BBC Wales)

BEST EDITOR, SHORT FORM
Sheila Williams

BEST EDITOR, LONG FORM
Lou Anders

BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST
Shaun Tan

BEST SEMIPROZINE
Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke, Cheryl Morgan, Sean Wallace;
podcast directed by Kate Baker

BEST FANZINE
The Drink Tank, edited by Christopher J Garcia and James Bacon

BEST FAN WRITER
Claire Brialey

BEST FAN ARTIST
Brad W. Foster

JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER
Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer
of 2009 or 2010, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award).

Lev Grossman

Second: Mur was liveblogging the ceremony, held at Renovacon, on the Hugo website through CoverItLive here. Highlights include the fake Hugos, running fashion commentary, and SF/F writers at their most humbled.

Promo for The Alphabet Quartet


From Dave Thompson, the co-editor at our sister podcast, Podcastle:

In late 2007, I took a trip down to San Diego’s Conjecture convention. I’d been listening to Escape Pod for a couple of years (PodCastle hadn’t even started yet) and so I was thrilled that the very first panel I got to see featured Tim Pratt, Heather Shaw, and Greg van Eekhout. Tim had just won a Hugo for his story “Impossible Dreams” (which I first heard at Escape Pod, yo!) and proceeded to do a collaborative reading of ABC flash fiction. Essentially, they divvied up the alphabet, wrote flash fiction stories for each letter, such as “E is for Excrement” and “N is for Nevermore Nevermore Land.” It was a fantastic reading – hilarious, poignant, thrilling, and most of all – they knew how to have fun. I left the convention knowing, just knowing, that one day – this ABC book was going to be big.

But nothing happened. Several years passed, and still – nothing happened.

And then, toward the end of last year – I realized, I’m at Escape Artists, co-editing PodCastle, and that awesome book I remember? Is out there still, and nobody’s heard it. So, I talked to Ben Phillips, and then I talked to Tim, Heather, Greg, and Jenn Reese – who came aboard to help them finish up the collection – and we came up with a plan. I decided it’d be awesome to send the Alphabet Quartet out to listeners who’d been kind enough to sign up as paid subscribers or make a one-time donation to us of $50 or more since January 1, 2011. Times are tough, we know, and not everyone can donate, so all the Escape Artists podcasts are going to be sharing a few of these stories with everyone who wants them (and also at the Drabblecast). Additionally, all the stories are available to read there for free at Daily Science Fiction, a great new online magazine that emails you free SF/F stories daily, so everyone wins. Thanks for listening, and we hope you enjoy the extra stories.

Congratulations to the Nebula Awards Winners!


It’s Nebula Awards weekend, and the ceremony was last night. Congrats to the winners!

Short Story

Novelette

Novella

Novel

The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

  • WINNER Inception, Christopher Nolan (director), Christopher Nolan (screenplay) (Warner)
  • Despicable Me, Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud (directors), Ken Daurio & Cinco Paul (screenplay), Sergio Pablos (story) (Illumination Entertainment)
  • Doctor Who: ‘‘Vincent and the Doctor’’, Richard Curtis (writer), Jonny Campbell (director)
  • How to Train Your Dragon, Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders (directors), William Davies, Dean DeBlois, & Chris Sanders (screenplay) (DreamWorks Animation)
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Edgar Wright (director), Michael Bacall & Edgar Wright (screenplay) (Universal)
  • Toy Story 3, Lee Unkrich (director), Michael Arndt (screenplay), John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, & Lee Unkrich (story) (Pixar/Disney)

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy