Pseudopod 398: Prince Of Flowers

by Elizabeth Hand.

“Prince of Flowers” was Hand’s first published story. It appeared in Twilight Zone Magazine in 1988, was subsequently reprinted in The Year’s Best Horror and has appeared in various anthologies since then, as well as in her story collection LAST SUMMER AT MARS HILL. “Much of the story is drawn from my own experiences working at theSmithsonian Institution in the 1970s-1980s. I was at the National Air & Space Museum, not the National History Museum, but spent as much time in the latter as I could. In those days, a Smithsonian ID badge allowed you to access all areas — not any more, alas.”

ELIZABETH HAND is the author of numerous award-winning novels and collections of short fiction, as well as a longtime reviewer and critic whose work has appeared in theWashington PostLos Angeles TimesSalon, and many other publications.

As mentioned by Al, please consider throwing a few bucks to the Bobby Lombardi Fundraiser.

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Balticon 2014 – Panel: Managing Multiple Podcast Streams!

This panel was about managing multiple podcast streams, and featured the following panelists!

P.G. Holyfield
A.B. Kovacs
Christiana Ellis (Me)
Jimmy Rogers
Jonah Knight (moderating)

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Balticon 2014 Panel – How to Find New Podcasts

At Balticon 2014, I was on a panel titled “How To Find New Podcasts”. This is it.

 

Other panelists were:

Scott Roche,

Norm Sherman

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Escape Pod – “Those Are Pearls That Were His Eyes”

Originally posted here.

by Daniel Marcus read by Christiana Ellis Links for this episode:

Author Daniel Marcus

about the author…

from the author’s website… Daniel Marcus has published stories in many literary and genre venues, including Witness,Asimov’s Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy,ZYZZYVAand Fantasy and Science Fiction.Some of these have been collected in Binding Energy.   He is the author of the novels: Burn Rate  and A Crack In Everything. Daniel was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.  He has taught in the creative writing program at U.C. Berkeley Extension and is currently a member of the online faculty at Gotham Writers’ Workshop. He is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers’ Workshop. After a spectacularly unsuccessful career attempt as a saxophonist, Daniel earned a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley, has worked as an applied mathematician at the Lawrence Livermore Lab, the Lawrence Berkeley Lab, and Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study, and has authored numerous articles in the applied mathematics and computational physics literature. Daniel then turned his attention to the private sector, where for the last 15 years, he has built and managed systems and software in a variety of problem domains and organizational settings.

about the narrator…

Christiana Ellis is an award-winning writer and podcaster, currently living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her podcast novel, Nina Kimberly the Merciless was both an inaugural nominee for the 2006 Parsec Award for Best Speculative Fiction: Long Form, as well as a finalist for a 2006 Podcast Peer Award. Nina Kimberly the Merciless is available in print from Dragon Moon Press. Christiana is also the writer, producer and star of Space Casey, a 10-part audiodrama miniseries which won the Gold Mark Time Award for Best Science Fiction Audio Production by the American Society for Science Fiction Audio and the 2008 Parsec Award for Best Science Fiction Audio Drama. In between major projects, Christiana is also the creator and talent of many other podcast productions including Talking About SurvivorHey, Want to Watch a Movie? and Christiana’s Shallow Thoughts.

Those Are Pearls That Were His Eyes by Daniel Marcus

The only window in Suki’s bedroom opened onto an airshaft that ran through the center of the building like the path of a bullet.  She would lie in bed in the hot summer nights with the salt smell of the drying seabed coming in through the open window, a sheen of sweat filming her forehead and plastering the sheets to her body like tissue, listening to her downstairs neighbors.  When they made love, their cries echoing up through the airshaft made her loins ache, and she brought release to herself silently, visualizing men with slender, oiled limbs and faces hidden in shadow. Sometimes the neighbors sang, odd, sinuous music redolent with quarter tones.  The melodies wove counterpoint like a tapestry of smoke and for some reason Suki thought of mountains.  Jagged, fractal peaks thrusting out of an evergreen carpet.  Summits brushed with snow.  Tongues of cloud laying across the low passes. Sometimes they argued, and the first time she heard the man’s deep voice raised in anger she was sure he was a Beast, possibly an Ursa. She was less certain of the woman, but there was a sibilant, lilting quality to her voice that suggested something of the feline.  They’d moved in three weeks before but their sleep cycles seemed out of sync with hers and she still hadn’t met them. Suki tried to imagine herself going downstairs to borrow something — sugar, yarn, a databead.  His broad muzzle would poke out from behind the half-closed door; his liquid brown eyes would be half-closed in  suspicion.  They would chat for a bit, though, and perhaps he would invite her in.  They would teach her their songs and their voices would rise together into the thick, warm air. Some nights there was no singing, no arguing, no love, and Suki listened to the city, a white-noise melange of machinery and people in constant flux, like the sound of the ocean captured in a shell held to the ear.  Beneath that, emanating from the spaceport on the edge of the city, a low, intermittent hum, nearly subsonic, so faint it seemed to come from somewhere inside her own body. On those nights, she had trouble sleeping, and she would climb the rickety stairs to the roof.  She couldn’t see the Web, of course, but she imagined she could feel it arching overhead, lines of force criss-crossing the sky.  Ships rode the Web up to where they could safely ignite their fusion drives for in-system voyages, or clung to the invisible threads all the way to their convergence at the Wyrm. Newmoon hung in the sky, its progress just below the threshold of conscious perception, like the minute hands of a clock.  She had visited there as a child, a creche trip, and she remembered the feel of the factories humming under her feet, the metal skin pocked with micrometeorite impacts  stretching to the too-close horizon, the tingling caress of her environment field.

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Hacker Public Radio 1464 :: HPR Audiobook Club: Space Casey

In this episode of the HPR Audiobook Club Broam, Jonathan Nadeau, pokey and Christiana Ellis discuss the podiobooks.com presentation of Space Casey written and produced by Christiana Ellis. This episode contains spoilers in the second half, so please listen to the audiobook for yourself before listening to the podcast all the way through. This audiobook was liked by all of the panelists on this episode.

Book Cover

You can download this audiobook for free (or voluntary donation) from http://podiobooks.com/title/space-casey/

You can buy a hard copy of the script-book used by the actors in this audiobook athttp://www.lulu.com/shop/christiana-ellis/space-casey/paperback/product-15736459.html

You can buy the ebook version at http://www.lulu.com/shop/christiana-ellis/space-casey/ebook/product-17352326.html

Beverages

During this show the hosts also discuss beverages.

Next Book

Our next audiobook will be Shaman Tales 1: South Coast by Nathan Lowell. It is available at podiobooks.com The direct link is: http://podiobooks.com/title/shaman-tales-1-south-coast/ This audiobook was suggested to us by Christiana Ellis, who liked it very much.

Christiana Ellis

You can find more content (including podcasts) from Christiana Ellis at:

Jonathan Nadeau’s website is http://accessiblefreedom.org/

We all had a great time recording this show, and we hope you enjoyed it as well. Thank you very much for listening.

Sincerely, The HPR_AudioBookClub

P.S. Some people enjoy finding mistakes. For their enjoyment, we have included a few.

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PodCastle 291: Seasonal Disorder

by Heather Shaw and Tim Pratt

Read by Christiana Ellis

A PodCastle Original!

Originally posted here!

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PodCastle Episode 288: Flash Fiction Contest Strikes Back!

Originally posted at PodCastle.org

This week we’re back with a special episode collecting the winners of our recent flash fiction contest! A huge congratulations to our winners – we’re looking forward to hearing more stories from them!

3rd Prize:
“Georgina and the Basilisk,” by Leslianne Wilder
Read by LaShawn Wanak

2nd Prize:

“The Bear,” by Taven Moore
Read by Christiana Ellis

1st Prize:

“Wuffle,” by Chantal Beaulne
Read by Nathaniel Lee

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Pseudopod 361: The Murmurous Paleoscope

I narrated another story for Pseudopod, and now it’s live!

“The Murmurous Paleoscope” was originally published in THE THREE-LOBED BURNING EYE and can be read there. The story accurately reflects a few elements of 19th century fossil hunting culture: the importance of shales; the early women fossil hunters (including Mary Anning, for whom the Lens in the story is named); and the fossil “Bone Wars” of Othniel Marsh and Edward Cope, which really did get violent and excessively paranoid.

DIXON CHANCE is the “just for the joy of it” pseudonym of David Ellis Dickerson, a regular contributor to “This American Life” and other public radio shows, and the author of the memoir HOUSE OF CARDS (Riverhead 2009) about my career as a writer at Hallmark. My work has appeared in The Atlantic MonthlyThe Gettysburg Review, and Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror.

This story was an enormous amount of fun. You should listen, and then donate to support the great work that Escape Artists do in Pseudopod, Escape Pod and Podcastle!

And I must say that I was utterly DELIGHTED by the way I am introduced as the narrator by Alasdair Stuart, the host:

“High Queen of Awesome and close friend of Nina Kimberly the Merciless. Evil space creatures cringe at her tread.”

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Beyond the Wall S3E9

Originally posted here. (Check the link for all the images we refer to in the show!)

Podcast notes from PG…

Here is the audio from the Episode 9 Hangout back in early June. Yep, June.

We had internet connectivity issues that night (mostly my end). As a result I dreaded working on this. And I had summer stuff with the kids. Yeah yeah, I know.

Anyways, my bad. The next episode will be free. I promise.

Oh yeah… this is also the longest episode ever. And that’s without bloopers and show audio (this is the straight talk only).

And you can also watch the video on youtube!

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Guest Appearance: Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things #62

Originally posted here!

Welcome to a new episode of “Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things.”

We’re still recapping the end of season #3 of Game of Thrones!

“She’s Always A Woman To Me“

As the song title implies, my guests and I will be discussing the multi-faceted “ladies” of the story.

Christiana Ellis and Tracee join me for an epic discussion of these fascinating female characters!

In some ways, these more “traditional” ladies are more difficult to talk about and more challenging in general.

But it’s that very challenge that makes them both great characters and “trope-busting” trail-blazers.

On the docket today:

1. How these women are, in a way, are even more interesting than their female warrior counterparts

2. How do solve a problem like….Catelyn Stark?

3. The clever servant

4. Those wily Tyrell women!

5. These two gals really work hard for the money!

6. The new mother

7. Sansa Stark: Love and learning curves

8. Melisandre: A Femme Fatale with a twist

9. Cersei Lannister: The woman hating feminist!

These women defy convention and have rewritten what a woman can be in genre fiction.

They are strong, sexual, complicated and every inch a woman.

They also have the power to alter the very course of the story….

For that reason alone, they are awesome!

Onwards!

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