The Geek Side of Life: A Song of Ice and Fire – What’s the end game?

Hey guys! This is a Balticon Panel that I was on about, well, look at the title. The excellent Tim Dodge was both moderator and recorder, and has posted the audio on his podcast, which I am reposting now. :)

Originally posted here.

Live from Balticon 49! This is a panel discussion titled A Song of Ice and Fire: What’s the End Game? It featured Jay Buechler, Christiana Ellis, Nutty Nuchtchas and Jeff Young. SPOILER WARNING: Do not listen to this episode if you have not read all five books in the series and you care about being surprised.

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Promo: Coxwood History Fun Cast

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Psuedopod #450: “The Horse Lord”

Originally posted here.

“The Horse Lord” by Lisa Tuttle.

“The Horse Lord” was first published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in June 1977 and included in A NEST OF NIGHTMARES. This collection was first published in 1986 by Sphere Books and is now available as an e-book from Jo Fletcher Books; it is also included in STRANGER IN THE HOUSE, a collection of her early supernatural fiction published as a limited edition hardcover by Ash-Tree Press in 2010.

Lisa Tuttle began her career as a published writer in the early 1970s, and won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Writer of the year in 1974. She’s the author of seven novels and more than a hundred short stories. Born and raised in Texas, she has lived in a remote, rural part of Scotland for the past twenty-five years. Her first novel, Windhaven, was a collaboration with George R. R. Martin published in 1981. This was followed by a horror novel,Familiar Spirit, in 1983. Unable to stick to one well-defined genre, although most of her work features elements of horror and/or dark fantasy, she went on to write novels of psychological suspense (Gabriel and The Pillow Friend), science fiction (Lost Futures), and contemporary/mythic fantasy (The Mysteries and The Silver Bough) as well as books for children and young adults, and non-fiction (Encyclopedia of Feminism and Heroines).

Short stories were her first love, and remain important. Her first short story collection, A Nest of Nightmares was published in the U.K. in 1986, and two years later featured in Horror: 100 Best Books edited by Stephen Jones and Kim Newman. Her other collections include A Spaceship Built of Stone and other stories (1987), Memories of the Body: Tales of Desire and Transformation (1992), Ghosts and Other Lovers (2002) and Objects in Dreams(2012). A number of her short stories have appeared in “best of the year” anthologies and been nominated for awards; “Closet Dreams” won the 2007 International Horror Guild Award. She edited an influential anthology of horror stories by women writers, Skin of the Soul, first published in 1990.

She has just finished a new novel, to be published next year: THE CURIOUS AFFAIR OF THE SOMNAMBULIST AND THE PSYCHIC THIEF — this is the start of a new detective series set in London in the 1890s. If you want a taste of what is to come, check out her stories in both theRogues and Down These Strange Streets anthologies and follow her author page on Facebook.

Your narrator this week is Christiana Ellis who is a Writer and podcaster living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the author of Nina Kimberly the Merciless as well as Space Casey. She also produces several non-fiction podcasts and videos that can all be found at Christianaellis.com. Most recent project is Space Casey Season 2, the sequel to the original audiodrama about a con artist in the future, which can be found on Podiobooks.com and SpaceCasey.com

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The double barn doors were secured by a length of stout, rust-encrusted chain, fastened with an old padlock.

Marilyn hefted the lock with one hand and tugged at the chain, which did not give. She looked up at the splintering grey wood of the doors and wondered how the children had got in.

Dusting red powder from her hands, Marilyn strolled around the side of the old barn. Dead leaves and dying grasses crunched beneath her sneakered feet, and she hunched her shoulders against the chill in the wind.

‘There’s plenty of room for horses,’ Kelly had said the night before at dinner. ‘There’s a perfect barn. You can’t say it would be impractical to keep a horse here.’ Kelly was Derek’s daughter, eleven years old and mad about horses.

This barn had been used as a stable, Marilyn thought, and could be again. Why not get Kelly a horse? And why not one for herself as well? As a girl, Marilyn had ridden in Central Park. She stared down the length of the barn: for some reason, the door to each stall had been tightly boarded shut.

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Watching 100 Movies – 46 – It Happened One Night — 45 – Shane

Christiana and Mike watch movies number 46 and 45 of the AFI’s Top 100 Movies

 

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shane
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Podcastle 370: Congratulations on Your Apotheosis

Originally posted here!

by Michelle Ann King
read by Christiana Ellis

First published in the anthology Unidentified Funny Objects 2, from UFO Publishing

As a life coach, Abby Fowler strongly discouraged magical thinking. It was better for people to take responsibility for improving their lives, rather than wait and hope for supernatural assistance. Better, and a lot more reliable.

So Abby would never advise anyone to use a spell, even one that came with impeccable provenance and the crackle of real power in every square inch of the ancient parchment it was inscribed on. Even one that was purely for divination, nothing more than a harmless bit of information-gathering that might, say, help someone with preparing a five-year business plan for their coaching practice in order to apply for a bank loan. She would never advise it because she knew that kind of thing never ended well.

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Space Casey Season 2 Parsec Submission

Space Casey Season 2 has been nominated for a Parsec Award in the the Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form) category!

Space Casey Cover Square-1400

I was asked to submit a 30-minute compilation including up to four clips from the season, and this is what I submitted. I hope you enjoy!

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Beyond the Wall – Season 5 Finale (Audio)

Originally posted here…

It’s finale time!

We discuss Episode 10 of Game of Thrones titled Mother’s Mercy. We delve deep into all the big moments the finale gave.

As always, with no spoilers past the latest aired episode. Not that there are many left!

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Beyond the Wall Season 5 Finale First Reaction Show (Audio)

Originally posted here…

The crew got together just after the Game of Thrones Season five finale to record our reactions.

We’ll have our regular in-depth discussion on Wednesday 6/17/15, but we just couldn’t wait to talk about all of the DaFuk?! moments in episode 10.

 

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Beyond the Wall S5E9 (Audio)

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The crew discuss Episode 9 of Game of Thrones titles The Dance of Dragons. Naturally we talk a lot about Stannis, Dani, and Arya. We also get into a discussion about trigger warnings in media and vow to get together at 10:30pm Eastern on Sunday to stream a reaction show!

In the Q&A Sherriff Bullock shared this article on how out of character Stannis’ decision was. What do you think?

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Watching 100 Movies – 48 – Rear Window — 47 – A Streetcar Named Desire

Christiana and Mike watch movies number 48 and 47 of the AFI’s Top 100 Movies

48 – Rear Window

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47 – A Streetcar Named Desire

Streetcar

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Beyond the Wall – Season 5, Episode 8 – “Hardhome”

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Help yourself to episode 8 of Beyond The Wall where we discuss the latest episode of Game of Thrones titled Hardhome.

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