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message 1: by Richard (new)

Richard Guion (giantsizegeek) | 158 comments I love the Sword & Laser podcast, as Veronica and Tom seems to like the same books as I do and they share some good news and interviews as well.

What other podcasts for science fiction, fantasy, or even general fiction do you listen to?

I've been a long time listener of The Dragon Page Cover to Cover. But I don't know of any other podcasts, please recommend some!

http://www.dragonpage.com/


message 2: by Tamahome (new)

Tamahome | 6261 comments Escape Pod (short stories)
Science Fiction Book Review Podcast
The Functional Nerds
SF Signal (new)
The Angry Column (not always genre fiction interviews)
Sffaudio (scifi audiobook discussion)
The Incomparable Podcast (new)


message 3: by Sandi (new)

Sandi (sandikal) | 1212 comments Tamahome's list is good. I'd also recommend Starship Sofa. It's really good.


message 4: by Tamahome (last edited Aug 28, 2010 07:20PM) (new)

Tamahome | 6261 comments What's the difference between starship sofa and sofanaut?

Oh, 'I Should Be Writing' usually has an interview.


message 5: by Sandi (new)

Sandi (sandikal) | 1212 comments Starship Sofa is a full-on audio magazine where they usually have a longish short story, a poem or flash fiction piece and a nonfiction piece. They occasionally have interviews too. Sofanauts is kind of a roundtable discussion about science fiction. I think you have to pay for Sofanauts and Starship Sofa is free. Starship Sofa is up for a Hugo Award for best fanzine. It's the first podcast to ever get a Hugo nomination.


message 6: by Julie (last edited Aug 29, 2010 11:58AM) (new)

Julie Davis (juliedhc) Tamahome's recommendations are very good.

For excellent readings of fiction, often leaning toward science fiction, I also would recommend:

The Classic Tales Podcast
Uvula Audio
SciPodCast

There are many more options if you check my Podroll at Forgotten Classics (which is itself a podcast, featuring fiction and usually a podcast recommendation).


message 7: by Richard (new)

Richard Guion (giantsizegeek) | 158 comments Tamahome wrote: "Escape Pod (short stories)
Science Fiction Book Review Podcast
The Functional Nerds
SF Signal (new)
The Angry Column (not always genre fiction interviews)
Sffaudio (scifi audiobook discussion)
The ..."


I just listened to The Incomparable Podcast, which just started last week. Only one episode, but it was a very good discussion about several books:

The City & The City
For the Win
The Windup Girl

How did you find out about this podcast? Many thanks, I already subscribed.


message 8: by Tamahome (new)

Tamahome | 6261 comments Sffaudio posted it.


message 9: by Julie (new)

Julie Davis (juliedhc) That's where I saw it too ... it was really wonderful, especially for a first episode.


message 10: by Tamahome (last edited Aug 30, 2010 12:11AM) (new)

Tamahome | 6261 comments Joe Haldeman's short story on the Lightspeed podcast is blowing my mind:

http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/pod...

This is what the Syfy channel should be.


message 11: by Tamahome (new)

Tamahome | 6261 comments There's a new Incomparable, but it's about comics.


message 12: by Richard (new)

Richard Guion (giantsizegeek) | 158 comments Tamahome wrote: "There's a new Incomparable, but it's about comics."

I'm into comics as well, been looking forward to this one. They will discuss The Unwritten Vol. 2: Inside Man. Tom mentioned this during a recent podcast, he likes this series, too.


message 13: by Tamahome (new)

Tamahome | 6261 comments Speaking of comics, I'm sorry to use the G word, but Blair Butler's comic book review video podcast is pretty good, although she tends to like grisly stuff: http://g4tv.com/freshink


message 14: by Julie (new)

Julie Davis (juliedhc) These guys are so entertaining that I am willing to listen to them talk about comics. Yes, that is just how enjoyable I found them. :-D


message 15: by Caitrin (new)

Caitrin (literarydependent) A few I haven't seen mentioned...

Adventures in SciFi publishing just restarted.
Angry Robot Books is new, Mur does that one as well.
I also enjoy Geeks Guide to the Galaxy, though it is on hiatus at the moment.


message 16: by Sandi (new)

Sandi (sandikal) | 1212 comments I love Geeks Guide to the Galaxy. I don't think the Tor.com podcasts are coming back though.


message 17: by Caitrin (new)

Caitrin (literarydependent) Well from what I've heard or read, they are because one of the people I follow (I'm going to have to go find the quote now!) mentioned they were working on the podcast, though they wouldn't be one of the ones talking and that it would be coming back soon.


message 18: by Tamahome (new)

Tamahome | 6261 comments One of them is working on http://lightspeedmagazine.com


message 19: by Tamahome (last edited Sep 04, 2010 01:14PM) (new)

Tamahome | 6261 comments Caitrin wrote: "A few I haven't seen mentioned...

Angry Robot Books is new, Mur does that one as well.


Oh man. Mur is the hardest working human in podbusiness next to Leo.


message 20: by Joyce (new)

Joyce (eternity21) | 173 comments I love to listen to http://www.sliceofscifi.com it is by the same people that do do cover to cover.


message 21: by Richard (new)

Richard Guion (giantsizegeek) | 158 comments Yeah, I like Slice of Sci-Fi, although it doesn't cover books, mostly movies/tv. They just had a great 2 part interview with Billy West, man of a thousand voices including Bender from Futurama.


message 22: by Philip (new)

Philip (heard03) | 383 comments Another plug for SFF Audio, one of my favorite podcasts. Better have a pen and paper ready to write down book and author names, they cover a lot.

http://www.sffaudio.com/


message 23: by Julie (new)

Julie Davis (juliedhc) Philip wrote: "Another plug for SFF Audio, one of my favorite podcasts. Better have a pen and paper ready to write down book and author names, they cover a lot.

http://www.sffaudio.com/"


No kidding. I always have a lot more books to read after listening to Scott and Jesse.


message 24: by Taueret (last edited Sep 08, 2010 03:24AM) (new)

Taueret | 58 comments Books on the nightstand (http://www.booksonthenightstand.com ) for general fiction.


message 25: by Orlando (last edited Sep 09, 2010 10:26AM) (new)

Orlando Falvo | 20 comments Richard wrote: "Yeah, I like Slice of Sci-Fi, although it doesn't cover books, mostly movies/tv. They just had a great 2 part interview with Billy West, man of a thousand voices including Bender from Futurama."

I totally agree that the interview with Billy West was great and one of my favorites from Slice of Scifi.

P.S.If you really want to simply laugh out loud you have to listen to Slice of Scifi's voice mail shows.


message 26: by Sandi (new)

Sandi (sandikal) | 1212 comments Taueret wrote: "Books on the nightstand (http://www.booksonthenightstand.com ) for general fiction."

I love that podcast. It's how I found Sword & Laser.


message 27: by Richard (new)

Richard Guion (giantsizegeek) | 158 comments Taueret wrote: "Books on the nightstand (http://www.booksonthenightstand.com ) for general fiction."

Great podcast, loved it. Thanks for the recommendation!


message 28: by Danny (new)

Danny (just_jeepin) | 5 comments Caitrin wrote: "A few I haven't seen mentioned...

Adventures in SciFi publishing just restarted.
Angry Robot Books is new, Mur does that one as well.
I also enjoy Geeks Guide to the Galaxy, though it is on hiatus..."


Here the url for Adventures in SciFi Publishing (www.adventuresinscifipublishing.com) since they still have their old website up (which actually shows up top in a Google search).


message 29: by Philip (last edited Jan 15, 2011 04:07AM) (new)

Philip (heard03) | 383 comments The Geek's Guide to the Galaxy did return, affiliated with io9 now. http://geeksguideshow.com/

Also, The Tolkien Professor podcast is awesome if you want to get really deep into Middle Earth. http://tolkienprofessor.com/


message 30: by Michael (new)

Michael (kovaelin) | 30 comments I wasn't aware Tor.com had podcasts. Maybe I'll listen to some of them if they're still available.


message 31: by Tamahome (new)

Tamahome | 6261 comments Complete free novels here. http://podiobooks.com Have a nice life.


message 32: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Ashby | 119 comments For comic book info and general geek culture stuff listen to http://www.majorspoilers.com/category...


message 33: by Jason G (new)

Jason G Gouger (jason_g) | 50 comments Sandi wrote: "Taueret wrote: "Books on the nightstand (http://www.booksonthenightstand.com ) for general fiction."

I love that podcast. It's how I found Sword & Laser."


Oooh, thanks for the recommendation! I've been looking for a place to get more general fiction recommendations (since all of my reading over the past...oh...yearish has been science fiction/fantasy and I don't want to get hemmed into one genre) and this fit the bill perfectly. Great podcast!


message 34: by Michael (new)

Michael Minutillo (wolfbyte) Richard wrote: "Yeah, I like Slice of Sci-Fi, although it doesn't cover books, mostly movies/tv. They just had a great 2 part interview with Billy West, man of a thousand voices including Bender from Futurama."

Erm...although Billy West CAN do Bender, that character is usually voiced by John DiMaggio. Those two do a mean duelling professor as well :)


message 35: by Druss (new)

Druss  (stansnig) | 2 comments Hi
Starship Sofa, Podcastle and Escape Pod are good as has been said.

There are some Sci-fi and fantasy on the itunes podcasts of "guys can Read" and "Books you Should read". If memory serves "His Majesty's dragon", "Rendezvous with rama" among others.
Cheers
neil


message 36: by Richard (new)

Richard Guion (giantsizegeek) | 158 comments Here is one of the first SF and Fantasy related podcasts, Hour 25 Online:

http://www.hour25online.com/

They only update about 2-3 times a year now, no iTunes, no RSS feed. But it is worth bookmarking and checking out. Click on the Previous Shows link--they go all the way back to 2000. Great early interviews with Neil Gaiman, Jim Butcher, George RR Martin, etc. I have all these saved on my iPod.

Plus, Warren James has a great soothing voice. Very good interviewer.


message 37: by Philip (new)

Philip (heard03) | 383 comments Tamahome wrote: "Escape Pod (short stories)
Science Fiction Book Review Podcast
The Functional Nerds
SF Signal (new)
The Angry Column (not always genre fiction interviews)
Sffaudio (scifi audiobook discussion)
The Incomparable Podcast (new) ..."


The most recent The Incomparable Podcast #28 was pretty interesting. They had a discussion on geek culture, how it comes about, and how it can be as exclusionary as other cliques. That really is a fun podcast.


message 38: by Richard (new)

Richard Guion (giantsizegeek) | 158 comments Tamahome wrote: "he most recent The Incomparable Podcast #28 was pretty interesting..."

I like The Incomparable, too. Episode 24 was a giant discussion of Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan series. Gave some good tips on the reading order.


message 39: by Tamahome (last edited Mar 21, 2011 10:44PM) (new)

Tamahome | 6261 comments Richard wrote: "I like The Incomparable, too. Episode 24 was a giant discussion of Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan series. Gave some good tips on the reading order."

Thanks for the tip. Playing it right now. http://www.theincomparable.com/2011/0... Cool, m4a format. Changing graphics.


message 40: by Moses (new)

Moses Siregar III (mosessiregar) | 3 comments Hi everyone. I'm one of the co-hosts of AdventuresInSciFiPublishing, and I want to say thanks to Caitrin and Danny for mentioning us above.

Somehow, I've been under the only rock where The Sword and Laser wasn't easy to find, so I'm getting caught up on TSaL episodes, and listening to the recent Pat Rothfuss episode right now.


message 41: by Aaron (new)

Aaron Leggett | 4 comments The Lost Fleet Series by Jack Campbell


message 42: by Timothy (new)

Timothy Ward (timothycward) | 5 comments Here are some more podcasts, and I second Moses on the thanks to Caitrin and Danny for mentioning Adventures in SciFi Publishing.

Some other shows I enjoy
http://www.writingpodcastonline.com
http://www.speculatesf.com
http://functionalnerds.com/category/p...
http://skiffyandfanty.com


message 43: by Timothy (new)

Timothy Ward (timothycward) | 5 comments Here are some more podcasts, and I second Moses on the thanks to Caitrin and Danny for mentioning Adventures in SciFi Publishing.

Some other shows I enjoy
http://www.writingpodcastonline.com
http://www.speculatesf.com
http://functionalnerds.com/category/p...
http://skiffyandfanty.com


message 44: by Thane (new)

Thane | 476 comments Hey! Thanks for resurrecting the thread!

Baen does one with their authors.
http://www.baen.com/podcast/podcast.asp

They also serialize David Weber's Shadow of Freedom.
Shadow of Freedom


message 45: by Rob (new)

Rob | 33 comments Has anyone mentioned The Coode Street Podcast yet? I'm addicted to it.


message 46: by Kevin (last edited Jun 23, 2013 07:44AM) (new)

Kevin Xu (kxu65) | 1081 comments The Geek's Guide to the Galaxy http://geeksguideshow.com/


message 47: by Mark (new)

Mark Catalfano (cattfish) Tamahome wrote: "
Sffaudio (scifi audiobook discussion)
"


Do you do any podcasting besides your appearances on SFFAudio?


message 48: by Mark (new)

Mark Catalfano (cattfish) I like the Baen podcast but I had to give up on the audiobook cause i couldn't follow it very well-- why start your podcast with book 14 of a series?


message 49: by Thane (new)

Thane | 476 comments Cattfish wrote: "I like the Baen podcast but I had to give up on the audiobook cause i couldn't follow it very well-- why start your podcast with book 14 of a series?"

Hah! Good question. Beats me. I actually haven't listened to the book, just saved the podcasts for when I'm ready for a new audio. I don't know if the earlier books were made into audiobooks or not.


message 50: by Deb (new)

Deb F | 28 comments Cattfish wrote: "I like the Baen podcast but I had to give up on the audiobook cause i couldn't follow it very well-- why start your podcast with book 14 of a series?"

Because it's their newest release from Weber. MANY of the people who read Baen start with Weber, and the audiobook segments are a great way to ensure we listen to the start of all the podcasts, which detail Baen's other authors and releases. I think it's actually very clever cross-marketing.


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