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This is the post where I pimp all the cool kids I've been listening to.

Are you looking for some good fiction to listen to? You're in luck because there's a lot of it out there!

If you want a novel, here are a few to check out:

Playing For Keeps by Mur Lafferty
Playing for Keeps is a free novel delivered via podcast in audio and PDF form. It tells the story of Keepsie Branson, a bar owner in the shining metropolis of Seventh City: birthplace of super powers. Keepsie and her friends live among egotistical heroes and manipulative villains, and manage to fall directly in the middle as people with powers, but who just aren't strong enough to make a difference. Or that's what they've been told. As the city begins to melt down, it's hard to tell who are the good guys and who are the bad.
My husband, hellbob, just started reading this and he compared it to the Wild Cards series. I personally couldn't wait for Mur to finish reading the story so I bought the paperback version from Lulu.com.

Metamor City by Chris Lester
The Metamor City Podcast is an audio fiction series that is distributed for free through podcasts. It will feature a mixture of short stories and full-length novels, all taking place in one large world with an overarching story arc. Combining the narration of audiobooks with the music, sound effects and full vocal cast of a serial radio drama, The Metamor City Podcast provides an immersive audio experience of a world like no other.
The stories of The Metamor City Podcast take place in a high-magic, high-technology setting, an epic fantasy world projected into the near future. The action focuses primarily on the inhabitants of Metamor City, a mega-metropolis that is also the capital of the world’s largest superpower, the Empire of Metamor.

If you have ever read the Shadowlands shared universe, or Wen Spencer's Tinker books, Chris' blending of technology with magic has a very similar feel. It's one of my favorite genres.

The 7th Son trilogy by J.C. Hutchins, aka That Cliffhangering Bastard
7th Son chronicles the story of seven strangers who are assembled after the assassination of the U.S. president. They quickly discover they all appear to be the same man ... with identical childhood memories.
Unwitting participants in a human cloning experiment, these "John Michael Smiths" have been assembled to catch the man who murdered the president. Their target? The man they were cloned from; the original John Michael Smith, code-named John Alpha.

If you listen to this one you have a distinct advantage over the rest of us who already did: it's finished so instead of cursing at J.C. for the cliffhanger ending of a chapter you can just listen to the next one! Then, after you are thoroughly hooked, you can go to Geek Label and get your Beta Clone t-shirt. I am Beta Clone #131.

Nocturnal by Scott Sigler aka That Sick & Twisted Bastard
Something lives deep beneath the streets of San Francsico. Something that has been there for centuries, something that comes out at night ... to feed on the dregs of society. A sub-culture, with its own myths, its own legends of leader named The King that will lead them out of bondage, and their own demon, a hunting shadow known only as Savior.
But the legends of Savior's brutality have faded, the fear passed into stories told to frighten the young ones. When The King finally appears, just as foretold, the Nocturnals know their time has time -- the time to come out from under the streets and hunt humanity in the open.

This novel is up to episode 11 and Sigler has already made me cringe a few times during his reading of it. It's pretty violent and not for the faint of heart. If you have your heart set on only listening to novels that are complete you can also find Scott's previous novels, including Earthcore and Ancestor on his site.

If you are looking for short fiction, there's some of that out there too:

Escape Pod edited by Steve Eley
Pseudopod edited by Ben Phillips

These two are sister podcasts. Escape Pod is Sci-Fi and Pseudopod is Horror. Both podcasts bring you some of the highest quality audio fiction you can find out there, and it's free! Escape Pod even does all of the Hugo nominees that it can get permission for every year.

And there's even a short fiction VIDEO podcast:

Stranger Things by Earl Newton
Stranger Things is the first dramatic science-fiction anthology series shot in high definition and digitally-syndicated through the Internet, predating even the larger-budgeted Sanctuary.
Stranger Things depicts a world of ordinary people stumbling into the secret lives of the paranormal, the metaphysical, the unnatural, and the strange. The stories expose the bizarre and the extraordinary things happening all around us everyday, hidden behind the veil of the "real world."

There are also two podcasts that friends are working on that I just haven't had time to listen to, but I'm sure they're awesome so I'll pimp them anyway!

Paul Fischer & Martha Holloway produced the podiobook version of Serve It Cold by Ronnie Blackwell.
Detective Jonny C. Speed’s life can’t get much better. He’s booked into the French Quarter’s most luxurious guesthouse, and his day job as convenience store manager is 104 miles behind him in Catherine, Mississippi. He’s already taken care of one pro-bono missing persons job since he’s been in New Orleans, and his paying client’s cheating wife is a beautiful and very accommodating exhibitionist. Are things too good to be true? Of course they are. Jonny starts to worry when his client turns up dead, but when the suspects start dropping, Jonny and his crack team of beauty queens, recovering addicts, professional athletes, computer hackers, and pampered dogs find themselves caught in a twisted scheme of revenge that threatens to turn the town of Catherine inside out.

and Paul Maki (aka johnboze) is part of the cast of Buffy Between The Lines.
Buffy Between the Lines is a serialized, podcast fanfic audio drama written, produced and created by fans for fans. Each season will bring you 12 (or so) episodes in classic radio drama fashion.

There ya go. Even though there's no new TV besides reality shows during the WGA strike I've just given you hours of entertainment. Go, listen, and if you love what you hear drop a buck or two into the podcaster's donation jar.



( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 15th, 2008 12:38 pm (UTC)
dammit. How am I gonna catch up with that lot?

Jan. 15th, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
Tell me about it! And we won't even go into how far behind on Coverville I am...
Jan. 15th, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
doesn't help that I shouldn't be downloading stuff like that at work either.
Jan. 16th, 2008 12:11 pm (UTC)
have found a nifty download tool though, called Orbit. It'll grab all the mp3 links off a page and queue them up for immediate/later download.
Jan. 15th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
We listen to a fair amount of the same 'casts.

I'm also thinking we need to get J.C., Tee Morris and/or Scott to CONvergence next year.
Jan. 17th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
I'm also thinking we need to get J.C., Tee Morris and/or Scott to CONvergence next year.
You forgot our purple-haired tiara-wearing princess, Mur! And Jonathan Coulton for music!
If only CONvergence would add a New Media track. How awesome would that be?!? Of course, with the bajillion returning guests for this year there's no way they could be convinced to bring in podcasters too... The trick is to get some of them to come on up on their own because once they've done one CONvergence they'll keep coming back!
Jan. 17th, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
Well, I haven't really listened to Mur's fiction stuff yet, so my opinion is pretty non-existant at the moment :)

Unfortunately, I already borached the subject with Tee earlier this week, and he has no plans for any MN cons this year due to budget constraints :(
Jan. 15th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the pimping, Hellziggy! I appreciate your assistance in getting the word out about Metamor City. :)
Jan. 17th, 2008 04:51 am (UTC)
Not a problem Chris! Your stories rock! I seriously love the genre where fantasy/magic/supernatural meshes with technology. And dude, you had Leann voice a vampire. Can it get hotter than that? ;)
Jan. 17th, 2008 04:35 am (UTC)
Thanks for the pimp for Buffy Between the Lines!! I really appreciate that.
Jan. 17th, 2008 04:58 am (UTC)
No problem! I hear good things about it, and I really will have time to listen to it... someday...
Even though my desk job wasn't one where I could cruise the net all day, now that I'm back in retail my podcast listening and twitter tweets have been *really* hard to keep up with.

Also, dude, I clicked your user info and saw lots of bolded mutual friends there, both podcast peeps and perv fandom peeps. So I'm gonna run off and friend you now, k?
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