Part 3 of the October 2015 EA Metacast.
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Part 2 of the October 2015 EA Metacast.
Hello everyone, Alasdair here. We tend to do a metacast every year around this time, and this year we’ve done something a bit different. This one was recorded LIVE at WorldCon in Spokane in August 2015!
In the past, you’ve let us know our metacasts are too long, so we’ve split this one into three parts:
- In part one I introduce you to some of the staff at EA, we talk about Mothership Zeta, and there’s a special announcement! If you only want to listen once to get an update on what’s in store for Escape Artists in 2016, you want to listen to this.
- In part two we’ve more of the Q&A session, along with a great flash story, “Final Corrections, Pittsburgh Times-Dispatch” by M. Bennardo, narrated by Wilson Fowlie. We talk a bit more about what’s been going on behind the scenes at Escape Artists this past year.
- In part three we offer a special treat: a live narration by Podcastle’s own M.K. Hobson! She reads her original story “The Last Unenlightened”.
The original paraphernalia for the Flash Fiction Contest had been lost long ago, and the black box now resting on the stool had been put into use even before Old Man Stuart, the oldest man in town, was born. Mr. Lieberman spoke frequently to the forum members about making a new box, but no one liked to upset even as little tradition as was represented by the black box. There was a story that the present box had been made with some pieces of the box that had preceded it, the one that had been constructed when the first people settled down to make a village here.
Mr. Garrett and his oldest son, Nick, hold the black box securely on the stool until Mr. Lieberman can stir the papers thoroughly with his hand. Because so much of the ritual had been forgotten or discarded, Mr. Lieberman had been successful in having slips of paper substituted for the chips of wood that had been used for generations. Chips of wood, Mr. Lieberman had argued, had been all very well when the village was tiny, but now that the population was more than three hundred and likely to keep on growing, it was necessary to use something that would fit more easily into the black box.
The fourth incarnation of the Escape Artists Flash Fiction Contest is coming. Pseudopod is leading the charge this time. Every author may submit up to two original stories of 500 words or less for consideration. Submissions are open now until September 15. Head to Pseudopod’s special Submittable portal to exercise your civic duty in the lottery.
The competition will begin in October 2015. The three winning stories will be purchased and run as an episode of Pseudopod. Payment will be $30 so this will be considered a pro sale. 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. Sign up for a forum account and make a single post so we know you’re not a bot. This is a good thread to start with. From there, all the pertinent details will be posted under “The Arcade”. Visit forum.escapeartists.net for rules and details.
It’s a new year! Celebrations and congratulations all around, as we have successfully survived, both as a species and as individuals (presuming you are reading this text from a computer and not, like, Valhalla). That means, however, a new awards season is coming. If you want to support Escape Pod, then please, feel free to nominate us for awards such as the Hugos, the Nebulas, or the Parsecs. Escape Pod publishes both text and audio, so that gives some flexibility in how you nominate us. For example, with the Hugos we are eligible for Best Fancast and Best Semi-Pro-Zine.
We’d also love to see some of the authors we publish see their own work highlighted. The stories are, after all, the whole point of the exercise. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the award-eligible fiction we ran in 2014.
The following short stories were originally published in EscapePod in 2014:
“That Other Sea,” by William Ledbetter
“Kumara,” by Seth Dickinson
“An Understanding,” by Holly Heisey
“To Waste,” by Luke Pebler
“Rockwork,” by R. M. Graves
“The Sky is Blue, and Bright, and Full of Stars,” by Edward Ashton
“Checkmate,” by Brian Trent
“Trash,” by Marie Vibbert
“Inseparable,” by Liz Heldmann
“Shared Faces,” by Anaea Lay
“The Mercy of Theseus,” by Rachael K. Jones
“Soft Currency,” by Seth Gordon
“The Golden Glass” by Gary Kloster
The following stories were originally published somewhere else in 2014, but reprinted in Escape Pod that same year. (If you want to nominate any of these, please do so naming the original venue, even if you heard them first with us.):
“The Transdimensional Horsemaster Rabbis of Mpumalanga Province,” by Sarah Pinsker, originally published in Asimov’s
Hat tip to datameister David Steffen of Diabolical Plots for volunteering to help put this list together!
What’s in store for Escape Artists — and for you — in 2015? Listen and find out!
Thank you so much for the initial response to the problems at Escape Artists!
1. Escape Artists has a major cash problem. This has been caused by a massive increase in the amount of listeners which has not been accompanied by an increase in donations. In fact those have started to decrease. This situation is unsustainable and we will close at the end of 2013 without a major increase in subscriptions.
3. We need money. There are two ways to do this either by donating or subscribing. One off donations are lovely and we’re incredibly grateful. Subscriptions cost you much less and raise our base level of funds on a monthly basis. Those are going to help much more in the mid term.
An urgent update on the status of Escape Artists, its three podcasts, our plans for the future and why we desperately need your help getting there.
Steve discusses the downtime and announces the new editor of Escape Pod.
A message from Steve, posted on the forums:
This’ll be a short message, with a longer one later. First things first: I am alive. Family’s doing well, including Harper:
There’s been a lot going on, but that’s a lousy excuse to be radio silent for this long. I’m sorry about that. This doesn’t justify it, but it’s symptomatic of one thing: I’ve been managing my energy poorly. I’m being stretched too thin.
That warrants more explanation, and I’ll say more soon. What I want you to know right now is that I’m going to be resigning from Escape Pod. This isn’t actually a negative, although it probably sounds that way. It’s the right thing to do for myself and it’s the right thing to do for the podcast. There’s a plan in the works to bring new energy in — one or more people who will do better by you than I have lately.
Escape Pod won’t be going away. I really do think the podcast matters. The stories matter, and the audience matters. And I’m not going to say you’ll never hear my voice again. But I won’t be trying to keep everything on my shoulders. That worked for a few years, and I felt I needed to keep coming back to it. But I think you deserve better. And we’re going to work to make sure you get it.
So. How’s things with you?
Escape Pod will be back up and running May 12 (which, incidentally, is our 5 year anniversary/birthday/thingie). Also, we will be closed to submissions until July 1. If you do not hear from us by then, feel free to resubmit.
We’ll be announcing the new editor shortly, until then, thank you for your patience, your support, and your concern.