And the winner is…


First, thanks to all who entered our Serenity preview ticket contest. We generated a lot more interest than correct entries, but that’s all right. It was fun for us, and hopefully fun for those of you who took the time.

The winners of the contest are Eugie and Matt Foster of Alpharetta, Georgia. We’ll be meeting on Thursday for the film. By coincidence, I’ve discovered that Eugie reviews fiction and Matt reviews film, so perhaps with proper hypnotic gestures I’ll be to entice some future material from them for Escape Pod.

Thanks again to everyone. The next time we run one of these contests, we’ll make sure it’s one that everyone in the world can enter, and that no one will be required to type the word “aspic.” Have Fun!

Update: In response to an excellent suggestion in the comments, here are the answers to the trivia questions (the page itself is still up, but will be deleted in a few days):

Question Answer
1. From what food dish does the Voice of God emanate? Tomato aspic
2a. What did the door do when Chief Knowledgist Grimble entered? Dilate
2b. Which science fiction writer first coined that phrase? Robert A. Heinlein
3. Who are the traditional enemies of the Conservancy? Development, or Pigs
4. Adelle became two different celebrities. Name both. Michelle Kwan & Bonnie Raitt
5. What book were the girl and the chef reading together? A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. Leguin
6. Who is suspected of murdering the anthology market in the 1970s? Roger Elwood
7. What kabuki-mask-wearing psychosurf monster rock band has “special reverb skill combo for full impact?” Daikaiju

The other questions were survey-type questions. “Snow Day” was the unanimous favorite story of all who entered. The rest of the comments were varied, but overall people are digging what we’re doing. This makes our editors very happy. Cookies for everyone!

EP006: Jenny Nettles


By Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald.
Read by Stephen Eley.
All stories by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald.
All stories read by Stephen Eley.

On the morning after his death, a clear fluid began to leak from the Jenny‘s mainmast: slow, glistening droplets that curled out and ran downward from where the knives were stuck in the wood. “It’s water,” said the ship’s cook. “But not fresh. Salt. Like blood.”

“Not like blood,” said Big Tom, who had also tasted it. His cheeks were sunken, and his eyes were hollow and dark. “Not like blood — like tears.”

Rated PG. Contains violence, supernatural themes, and sailors who do not swear.

EP Flash: Strange Girlfriend


By Scott Janssens.
Read by Stephen Eley.

“Would you notice if I was replaced by an alien?” your girlfriend Heather asks over her Greek salad.

You’ve been dating for eight months. Surprises in the relationship are rare now, but this catches you completely off guard. “What?” you say.


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Win Serenity Tickets!


Are you in or near Atlanta, Georgia? Want to see the preview screening of Serenity on June 23?

Escape Pod has, through subtle and nefarious means, scored a pair of tickets to the event. And because we’re idio–I mean, because we love you, we’re giving them away. All you have to do is answer a few questions about our show.

If you’re not in Atlanta, and not willing to drive/fly/tunnel your way here, then I’m sorry. For our next contest we’ll try to offer something every science fiction fan can use. (And no, I’m not talking about Alyson Hannigan. Ask again later.)

EP Promo


We’ve had a few requests by other podcasters for the Escape Pod promo segment, heard already on great shows such as The Dragon Page Winging It and Geek Fu Action Grip. So here it is for the world. If you choose to play it yourself or otherwise pass it on, we’d appreciate a line letting us know where so we can check you out, but it isn’t strictly necessary.

It’s also a complete story in its own right, so hopefully the rest of you will enjoy it as just another flash fiction piece.

(Note: This promo contains a lot of podcasting in-jokes. You may find some of it inscrutable if you don’t listen to other podcasts. Just take our word that it’s funny, okay?)


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EP005: Snow Day


By Jennifer Pelland.
Read by Deborah Green.
All stories by Jennifer Pelland.
All stories read by Deborah Green.

“Innovate, Max. Burrow your way out. I don’t care.”

“A tunnel of snow would be unsafe for you to travel through, as it could collapse at any time.”

“Max–“

“Would you like to have sex?”

Damn him. He vibrates.

Rated R. Contains profanity, robotic sexual content, and offensive weather.


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EP Flash: Oasis


By Greg van Eekhout.
Read by Stephen Eley.

You turn a lever that pops open the cover of the control pad. There’s a big red button labeled OPEN AIRLOCK. You jab it. Then you jab the CONFIRM button. Then you push the handle thing, and it’s all over.


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Note: This piece marks the debut of Escape Pod’s flash fiction — very short stories that will be released between our weekly issues on an irregular basis. We chose “Oasis” as our first because, well, it’s about an escape pod. One can even imagine our logo image as the illustration for this story.

Book Review Line


As we just mentioned in this week’s podcast, Escape Pod is launching a new voicemail number for call-in book reviews. If you’d like to be heard on our show, please call:

206-666-EPOD (3763)

and leave a one-minute review of any book. You can rave, you can rant, you can say whatever you want. You don’t have to leave your own name if you don’t want to, but of please do give the title and author of the book.

Each week we’ll pick a review and play it in the closing segment of the Escape Pod podcast. As for the rest… Depending on how many we get, we’ll surely do something with them. We’re eco-friendly here, we try to find a use for everything.

EP004: In His Footsteps


By Paul E. Martens.
Read by Stephen Eley.
All stories by Paul E. Martens.
All stories read by Stephen Eley.

The dinner was not what you could call an unqualified success. The best that could be said for it was that we survived. And Uncle Dennis couldn’t even say that much.

That was my fault, too, I guess. I pissed God off, and all of your major religions will tell you that that’s something you want to try and
avoid. But I still think of Him as ‘Dad,” and when was the last time you just meekly did what
your father told you to do? Okay, sure, your father isn’t God, but mine wasn’t always God, either.

Rated PG. Contains sexual innuendo and lighthearted heresy.