September 28th, 2006

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okay many of you know I record and listen to podcasts. I like the new potential to the media. It combines a lot of the potential of early radio while being something that is in reach of people not well blessed with vast sums of money(trust me on this point). I mean it is nice to have some extra funds for a new mike or good sound card but anyone can do it.

Wikipedia defines podcasting thus

"Podcasting is the method of distributing multimedia files, such as audio or video programs, over the Internet using syndication feeds, for playback on mobile devices and personal computers. The term as originally coined by Ben Hammersley in an article in the Guardian on February 12, 2004, was meant as a contraction of "broadcasting" and "iPod".

The term podcast, like 'radio', can mean both the content and the method of delivery. The host or author of a podcast is often called a podcaster. Though podcasters' web sites may also offer direct download or streaming of their content, a podcast is distinguished from other digital audio formats by its ability to be downloaded automatically using software capable of reading feeds like RSS or Atom."

I listen to a wide range of things myself. I love the tech show that is this week in tech. I listen to npr podcasts and some other informational ones. I listen to I should be writing and geek fu. Slice of scifi and Dragon page are also fun. My special love though is for fiction casts.

A couple of things I like particularly I thought I would share with folks.

First is Escape Pod found at

This is an unusual cast. It is a short fiction podcast. They actually pay for the stories like any good fiction market. They pick solid stories and have guest readers do the recordings. Sometimes the guest readers are other writers and others are podcasters or a bit of both. One of my favorite stories on there was Joe Steel by Harry Turtledove. I tale about what if Joe Stalin had come to power in the us instead of Russia. it is delivered in short clipped language that makes me think of 30's newsreels.

another podcast I listen to is Brave Men Run found at

This is a single novel broken up and released via podcast. Mathew Wayne Selznick wrote this and it is a novel about superhero like people appearing and it effect on society and on this one boy growing up in the 80's. It is as someone else described it "what if John Crier did comics?". It is surprisingly well written. comic_monkey would love this guaranteed.

There are others of course and I may put a post about later but I thought I would suggest these for the listening pleasure of my friends who may not have had a chance to check them out.