Mirrormask Giveaway!


As I just mentioned in the Metacast, we’ve got the opportunity to give away some collectibles related to the Neil Gaiman movie Mirrormask, opening in limited release on September 30. Not exactly sure yet what the stuff’s going to be, but I was told “Several large posters, a couple sets of action figures.” Works for me.

So what can you do to win this stuff? Just drop me a line or post in our forum with your personal answers to the following questions:

  1. What was your favorite story on Escape Pod so far?
  2. How did you first hear about Escape Pod?
  3. Is there anything you’d like to see more of or less of? Any new features you’d like us to offer? Anything we should do differently?

Be honest. Be creative. After a couple of weeks (let’s say Sunday, October 9) I’ll randomly pick some of the people who responded and contact them for their addresses. Not sure how much stuff we have to give away yet, so I can’t tell you how many winners there will be. But you’ll be helping us make Escape Pod better, so it’s worth it regardless. Right?

EP Metacast #1


A “state of the podcast” address, in which we talk at some length about subscription counts, finances, our plans to become a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, and what to expect from Escape Pod in the near future. If this sort of thing bores you, you can skip it with absolutely no harm to your health, the environment, or our self-esteem. But if you want to know the intimate details of our podcast, then here you go.

Forums!


After far too long, Escape Pod finally has discussion forums again. We’re hosting them ourselves this time, so that we can be flexible and offer you a wider range of discussion. It takes about thirty seconds to register, and then you’re free to talk about our stories, science fiction in general, or whatever you wish.

There’s some other exciting work going on for Escape Pod as well. Watch for a podcast about it in the next day or few.

Escape Pod 20: The Burning Bush

Show Notes

Rated X. For blasphemy and anatomy. Really.

Referenced sites:
I Should Be Writing
Dag Viggo Lok√∏en


The Burning Bush

By Jennifer Pelland

I did the sensible thing. I screamed and ran to the bathroom, where I started tossing cups of water on my crotch in the hopes of extinguishing the flames. My boyfriend ran in behind me, started the shower up, and tossed me into the freezing water. But the fire continued to rage, despite the dousing.

At that point, I realized that I wasn’t actually in any pain. I stepped out of the stream of water, teeth still chattering, and held my hand in the blue flames. “This should hurt,” I said.

Escape Pod 19: Implications

Show Notes

Rated G. Suitable for macrolevel quantum explicate children of all ages.

Referenced podcasts:
Skepticality
Hooting Yard
Epistaxis Time


Implications

By James C. Bassett

“Yes, obviously. But its judgement is rather lacking, wouldn’t you say? Trying to translocate itself to the Ancestors’ Earth on a whim? For that matter, Instructor, I might also question your own judgement. Imagine, teaching macrolevel effects as an introduction to subquantum nonlocality!”

Arcaprun jumped up and ran to its Instructor’s defence. “Aw, Prundis, you know it wasn’t Grap’s fault. It was just a little accident.”

“_Just_ an accident?” Prundis countered drily. “You neglected to factor in lightspeed lag when making observations to determine coordinates and lost yourself halfway across the universe! It took me three weeks to locate you! I was worried sick, Arc.”

The Writing Show Interview


This seems to be our week for interviews… There’s another interview with Steve up today at The Writing Show, an engaging podcast by Paula Berinstein featuring interviews with writers, editors, and other movers in the writing industry.

You can find the link to the interview itself here, or you can read the transcript here.

They’ve got some other excellent interviews in their archives as well. My personal favorite is the one with Jim Cox of the Midwest Book Review. Check them out!

EP Flash: The God of the Goblins


The God of the Goblins

By Eric Marin

The campaign had begun well. The Alarians swept south into goblin territory, and Alarian rifles quickly overmatched goblin bows and crossbows.

In just a few weeks of fighting, the goblin population was halved. The goblin chieftains realized that they were doomed without help and did the only thing they could.

They asked their god, Twenty Claw, for help.

Podcast411 Interview


This won’t be news for the many of you who listen to it, but Escape Pod was featured yesterday on Rob Walch’s excellent Podcast411 podcast. That my interview with him sounded decent is a tribute to his masterful editing skills. And if you’re not familiar with his podcast, I highly recommend you check it out — it’s most often described as “Inside the Actor’s Studio” for podcasts. I’ve learned something from every guest he’s had on.

 Click to listen to our interview on podCast411

And if you’re just joining us from there, welcome! Put your feet up, listen to some stories, and Have Fun.

Escape Pod 18: Some Girlfriends Can

Show Notes

Rated PG. Contains explicit cattiness and violent self-reflection.


Some Girlfriends Can

By Stephanie Burgis

“Too bad it’s raining. Hey, Lauren, make the rain stop, okay?” He reaches across the table and tousles my hair affectionately.

I bare my teeth in the semblance of a grin. “Ha ha. Sorry, I can’t.”

“I know.” He shakes his head, laughs ruefully. “It’s just . . . Maya could.”

Escape Pod 17: The Life and Times of Penguin

Show Notes

Rated PG. Contains explicit existentialism and violence of the soul. (The intro contains minor profanity and frank discussions of current events, and is likely to be more offensive than the story.)


The Life and Times of Penguin

By Eugie Foster

Penguin listened raptly to the new voice. He knew this was his guardian angel, she who would guard and protect him forever. Sure enough, the Creator set him gently into his angel’s hand. Her hands, much smaller than the Creator’s–which was fitting since who among the angels had such power as the Creator?–were a bit sticky. He squealed as she held him aloft to
receive the glorious light.

“Look, Daddy! It’s a peng’n!”

“Yes it is, Angie. It’s a very nice penguin. Did you thank the nice man for the balloon?”