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March 2020 Metacast


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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…)

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Artemis Rising 4 : The Rise of Swag!


This year’s cover art is by Geneva Benton, whose rich and striking work graced the 2017 covers of FIYAH magazine. Layout by PodCastle’s own Matt Dovey.

 

To commemorate this year’s event, you can get this cover for your very own as a Teepublic shirt, an array of redbubble swag, and as a fine art print directly from the artist.

 

Adorn your walls, slap stickers on your stuff, or splatter on your brand new tshirt with your best version of FREE HUGS. We won’t be mad.

 

As always, thank you so much for your continued support. See you in the sky.

-Setsu

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EA Metacast, January 2017


In our first 2017 metacast, we present the Escape Artists (EA) stories that ran in 2016 that are eligible in the upcoming nomination season.

PodCastle’s Award Eligible stories from 2016 are all listed below. Give the metacast a listen and visit our sister podcasts Escape Pod, Pseudopod, Cast of Wonders, and our sister magazine Mothership Zeta to check out their award eligible fiction too!

 

Originals

The Wedding of Snow, Earth, and Salt” by Kate Heartfield

In the Woods Behind My House” by Nicolette Barischoff

The Color of Regret” by Carrie Patel

Opals and Clay” by Nino Cipri

Send in the Ninjas” by Michelle Ann King

Territory” by Julie Steinbacher

Beat Softly, My Wings of Steel” by Beth Cato

Tumbleweeds and Little Girls” by Jeff Bowles

Hands of Burnished Bronze” by Rebecca Schwarz

For Honor, For Waste” by Setsu Uzume

Responsibility Descending” by G. Scott Huggins

Communion” by Jei D. Marcade

Archibald Defeats the Churlish Shark-Gods” by Benjamin Blattberg

James and Peter, Fishing” by Anaea Lay

The Bee Tamer’s Final Performance” by Aidan Doyle

Mirabilis” by Shannon Peavey

Sweeter than Lead” Benjamin C. Kinney

Madame Félidé Elopes” by by K. A. Teryna translated by Anatoly Belilovsky

Wolfy Things” by Erin Roberts

The Beautiful Bird Sits No Longer Singing in the Nest” by Kate Lechler

How to Survive in Room 105” by T. Jane Berry

The Ghost Years” by Nghi Vo

Telling Stories” by Sandra M. Odell

Gaps of Joy, and a Knot for Love” by S. B. Divya

Green Girl” by Erica Ruppert

Dragon Fancy” by Leigh Wallace

The Seventh Year” by Alexandra Balasa

Chatter the Teeth” by Kurt Hunt

It’s a Wonderful Carol” by Heather Shaw and Tim Pratt

Shaina Rubin Keeps Her Head Under Circumstances Nobody Could Have Expected” by Rebecca Fraimow

 

Reprints

This Is Not a Wardrobe Door” by A. Merc Rustad, originally published at Fireside

The Men from Narrow Houses” by A. C. Wise, originally published at Liminal Stories

Braid of Days and Wake of Nights” by E. Lily Yu, originally published in Fantasy and Science Fiction

Thundergod in Therapy” by Effie Seiberg, originally published in Galaxy’s Edge

Lapis Lazuli” by Tania Fordwalker, originally in ASIM

Girl in Blue Dress (1881)” by Sunil Patel, originally published in Fantastic Stories of the Imagination

Squalor and Sympathy” by Matt Dovey, originally published in Writers of the Future Volume 32

Love Letters on the Nightmare Sea” by Rachael K. Jones, originally published in Flash Fiction Online

In Mixcoatl’s Net” by Charlie Allison

The Rock in the Water” by Thoriya Dyer, originally published in PoC Destroy Fantasy

Further Arguments in Support of Yudah Cohen’s Proposal to Bluma Zilberman” by Rebecca Fraimow, originally published in Diabolical Plots

 

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For Your Consideration


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.

Please listen to this MetaCast for the Escape Artists entries!

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EA Metacast, October 2015 (Part 1)


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”.

Enjoy!

Alasdair

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Flash Fiction Contest 4: Bloodlines


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.

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EA Metacast, October 2013


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.

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Mailing Address:
Escape Artists, Inc.
P.O. Box 83
Woodstock, GA 30188

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