Because this year’s Hugo Award Ceremony was virtual, the Escape Pod team was given the opportunity to pre-record and submit an acceptance speech. While we did not win the award for Best Semiprozine, we wanted to share this video with all of you as a way to say thank you for your support over the past 15 years and counting!
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(Alasdair) Hi everyone, Alasdair here.
We’re not going to ask how you are right now, because we have a pretty good idea. You’re fine. You’re FINE. You’re the same version of fine as everyone right now, the one Aerosmith sang about. The one where you’re alternately anxious, terrified, furious and calm.
We empathise. We’re the same. (Continue Reading…)
We’re pleased to bring you a recording of Escape Pod’s live panel at WorldCon 2018 in San Jose earlier this year. The panel featured a variety of our staff and a live reading by Laura Pearlman, which will be run later this month as a standalone episode.
We had a great time at the panel and only regret that we can’t also share with you the delicious cake we enjoyed afterward!
We are thrilled to announce that Escape Pod is a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine! We are so grateful to those who nominated us as well as our whole team, who work so hard to put together this podcast week after week. Not to mention the amazing authors who have trusted us to bring their stories to audio.
Here’s a full listing of the 2018 ballot: https://www.tor.com/2018/03/31/2018-hugo-award-finalists-announced/
Congratulations to all of the finalists!
Currently, Divya, Mur, Benjamin, Tina, publishers Alasdair and Marguerite will be attending WorldCon in San Jose.
Thank you from the bottoms of our heart for your support!
It’s with mixed emotions that we announce our news: S.B. Divya and Mur Lafferty are the new co-editors of Escape Pod. Our beloved Norm Sherman has stepped down from the big chair due to a variety of personal reasons. Benjamin C. Kinney has taken the role of assistant editor.
Norm has been a force of nature at the Pod, steering it with a sure and steady hand. Everyone here at Escape Pod and elsewhere in the Escape Artists family is deeply grateful for his hard work, and sends him all their best.
Mur and Divya look forward to bringing you the best, thought-provoking, and fun science fiction they can find. You can reach us at the new alias for Escape Pod editorial queries: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A look back at 2016 and what’s in store for Escape Artists — and for you — in 2017.
Also, a full list of 2016 award-eligible 2016 Escape Pod first publications follows, along with links to episodes, for those who couldn’t make it through the marathon audio version:
- “Brain Worms and White Whales” by Jen Finelli
- “In Their Image” by Abra Staffin-Wiebe
- “Singing to the Stars” by Alanna McFall
- “MySpace: A Ghost Story” by Dominica Phetteplace
- “Bioluminescent Memory” by Victorya Chase
- “Windows” by Beth Goder
- “Among the Living” by John Markley
- “The Hunter Captain” by David John Baker
- “Divided By Zero” by Samantha Murray
- “City in the Wound” by Michael Buckley
- “Bend Back the Shadows” by Michael Reid
- “Saints, Beasts, and Zombies” by Gary Kloster
- “Bona Fide” by Ben Hallert
- “Shopping for the Perfect Battle Mount” by Laura Davy
- “Disc Stutter” by Brian Trent
- “Joolie and Irdl” by Sandy Parsons
- “Bluejay” by Edward Ashton
- “Prophet to the Dogs” by Bethany Edwards
- “The Starsmith” by Jonathan Edelstein
- “Squirrels, Foxes, and Other Fine Specimens” by Gareth D. Jones
- “As Travelers in Sky Boats” by Kristin Janz
- “The Hungers of Refugees” by Michael Glyde
- “Murder or a Duck” by Beth Goder
- “Ride the Dragon” by Bojan Ratković
- “The Battaile of the Mudde” by Anthony Tardiff
- “The Most Absurd Dance at the End of the Worlds” by Holly Heisey
- “Captain Drake Learns His Lines” by Amy Sisson and Kate Suratt
- “Monstrance of Sky” by Christopher Mark Rose
We wanted to give you a quick update of the goings-on at Escape Pod. It’s the first of what we expect to be many positive developments in 2016, so hold onto your socks!
Artemis Rising is the month-long celebration of female and non-binary authors in genre fiction run across three Escape Artists podcasts PodCastle for fantasy, EscapePod for science fiction, and PseudoPod for horror.
In a couple days, Escape Pod will be releasing its first Artemis Rising 2 episode. At the same time, we will be starting a thread here to track the AR episodes from all of the Escape Artists shows so you can get links to them all in one place that you will be able to refer back to easily for as long as this site exists.
This year we have commissioned a special art print by legendary illustrator Galen Dara. The print will be available for purchase through Society6 until March 31, 2016.
In our first 2016 metacast, we present the Escape Artists (EA) stories that ran in 2015, which are eligible in the upcoming Hugo nomination season.
A quick plug. For us. All four EA shows – PodCastle, Pseudopod, Escape Pod and Cast of Wonders – are themselves eligible in the SEMIPROZINE Hugo category.
Not Fancast. Not Fanzine. SEMIPROZINE. Yes, the categories are confusing and often overlap. “Fancast” is traditionally dominated by commentary shows and sketch-based audio programs.
There’s an argument that we could split the shows and compete in multiple categories to increase our chances. We don’t think that benefits anyone. The division is artificial at best, and extremely difficult (at worst) to explain, given all four of our shows have harmonised pay rates and submissions policies. It would smack of gamesmanship, which doesn’t interest us.
Don’t get us wrong, we LOVED seeing PodCastle and Escape Pod on last year’s Hugo long lists, and we’d be honoured for any one of our shows to be a finalist.
But that’s a decision that rests solely in the hands of YOU, our fans and supporters.
(And just a note, Mothership Zeta doesn’t qualify this year because they’re too new.)
Below are links to some aggregation projects, where fans are building lists of those eligible in the various categories. They’re great tools, and we’d like to thank David Steffen for his efforts. We’ll also link to our Wikia page, containing links to all the eligible Escape Artists stories.
- Escape Artists Stories eligible for Hugo Nomnations (2016)
- Art eligible for Hugo Nomnations (2016)
- ALL Hugo Nominees so far
- Hugo Nominees for Best Semi-prozine (2016)
Please listen to this MetaCast for the Escape Artists entries!
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!