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EP London Meetup

I’ve already responded to the people who e-mailed to express an interest, but just to make it public: I’m in London, and we’ll be having an informal pub meetup on Sunday, November 25 at 1 PM at The George on 77 Borough High Street. Not sure yet if we’ll be inside or outside; I’ll be wearing a purple shirt, and if you don’t see me, just look for the crowd of people who look like science fiction fans. If you can make it, we look forward to seeing you there!

Meetup Near LA

I know this is late notice; sorry about that. I’m speaking this weekend at the Podcast Expo in Ontario, California, and Cunning Minx and I have put plans together for a joint brunch meetup. If you’re in the area, I’d love to see you there.

The brunch will be SUNDAY, SEPT. 30 AT 11 AM at Marie Callender’s in Ontario, CA:

2149 E. Convention Way
Ontario, CA 91764

Here’s a Mapquest link for those of you who can use it.

Feel free to spread the word — but if you’re coming, please drop me an e-mail at so we know how big a table to get. Thanks very much.

This’ll be Fun.

EP at Dragon*Con 2007

Just a quick note for those of you attending Dragon*Con 2007 — here are the places you’ll be able to find Steve during the weekend:

  • Steve will be producing the Daily Dragon Podcast every day of the con. Listen in for convention news, interviews, and music!
  • The panel Fancasting, 2:30 PM Friday in the Jackson/Carter room in the Hilton.
  • The 2nd Annual Parsec Awards, 7 PM Saturday in the Hyatt Regency V ballroom. Escape Pod and Pseudopod are both nominated for excellence in short fiction.
  • The Escape Pod Listener Meet-Up, 1 PM Sunday at the Gordon Biersch Brewpub at 848 Peachtree Street. Everyone is welcome!
  • The panel Podcasting Into the Future, 10 AM Monday in the Jackson/Carter room in the Hilton.

And of course you might just see me around the convention any other time. If you’re there, I hope to see you — and I hope you have a great time!

Interviews with Steve

I’m usually not much for self-promotion (to a fault, I’ve been told) but if anyone here really wants to hear more about how the sausage is made, I did a couple of interviews recently that were released this week:

  • Rusty Tanton of the Georgia Podcast Network spoke with me for about ten minutes about Escape Pod at the SoCon 2007 unconference last week:
    Listen here.
  • Bazooka Joe of the Small World Podcast did a much longer and more detailed interview that covered Escape Pod in depth and some of my other opinions on science fiction as a whole:
    Listen here.

300 Word Flash Contest!

Hi all,

I announced this in the intro to last week’s episode, but got distracted and didn’t put it into written form here. Until now.

With the aid of an anonymous donor, Escape Pod is presenting a contest for the best SF story of 300 words or less. There are no restrictions on theme, plot, or structure. The goal is simply to present a strong idea-based story in the minimum space possible.
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As promised in the past couple of episodes, our online storefront for selling podcast archive CDs is (finally!) up and running at This is your chance to get all of your holiday shopping done in one place — provided everyone you know wants over 45 hours of science fiction short stories on CD.

What do the discs look like? I’m glad you asked. They look like this:

Escape Pod Collection 3

Beautiful, isn’t it? And for a very slight fee, you can have your own personal message put on the CD. You can buy each disc for $10 or a bundle of all three collections for $25. Shipping is a cheap flat rate in the U.S. (and tolerable everywhere else), and satisfaction is guaranteed.

Right now only Escape Pod CDs are available, but once the business model proves viable I plan to open this up to producing archive discs for other podcasters. If that’s a service you’d be interested in, drop me a line and I’ll give you more details.

And remember: If you’ve donated $20 or more to Escape Pod this year, or if you’re a subscriber, don’t buy yet! I’ll be sending details to you in e-mail on how you can get this stuff for free.

…Right after I get some sleep.


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Hi all,

Just a quick heads-up that due to a last minute technical issue (that I’m too annoyed at myself to describe), today’s Escape Pod will be posted sometime this afternoon.

Our official release schedule is “Sometime Thursday,” so strictly speaking this doesn’t make us late. However, I know that many of you are used to getting the files in the morning, and for those of you who’ll miss having it for these few hours, I apologize.

If all goes well it’ll be the first of our Hugo nominees, so hopefully it’ll be worth the wait. And my new job schedule should mean this is the last time I stay up this late to get things done.

Thanks for your understanding!

Free Hugo Nominated Works

Limited to Hugo voters (members of LACon IV, this year’s WorldCon), free electronic copies of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War, Robert Charles Wilson’s Spin and Charlie Stross’s Accelerando are available! More information on how to get your copies are on Scalzi’s blog. (Stross’s Accelerando is also available to non-voters through his site.)

And for those of you (us) who are unable to make it to WorldCon, instead of gnashing your teeth and beating your breast, why not snuggle down with the free e-book of James Patrick Kelly’s nominated work, Burn? If you missed the podcast (shame on you, it was fantastic) then you can still get it for free through e-book (you can still download all the chapters through podcast, if you want to hear Jim’s voice telling the story in his compelling way.) All information on his site.

And then, of course, you have at least four of the five nominated short stories available here on Escape Pod starting this week!

PodcasterCon2006 Wrap-Up

I’m back now from this weekend’s PodcasterCon, and even though it was intended as a one-day event I’m still decompressing just a little. Friday I had the incredible opportunity to have dinner with Senator John Edwards and his wife Elizabeth. (They have their own podcast and videoblog — and yes, I’m a subscriber.)

I was busy literally all day Saturday, from presenting a morning “How to Podcast” seminar with Rob Walch to a midnight podcast-and-beer in Paul Fischer’s hotel room. To everyone I met there, thanks for an incredible time and some of the best conversations I’ve had all year. (By which I mean “last 365 days,” not 2006.)

If you weren’t there and you want to see what you missed, the fine folks at Mac Pro Podcast have put together an excellent 12-minute video summarizing the con. They’ve got a number of great interviews in there — and if any of you wanted to know what I look like, here’s your chance. (They say the camera adds 20 pounds… Alas, I was in it twice, so it must have added 40 to me.)

The video is here. Check it out, and see how much fun you’ll have if you come next year!