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.

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)

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

Space Casey Season 2 Promo!

Space Casey Cover Square-1400Check out the brand new promo for Space Casey Season 2!

Launches May 20th, 2014!

Find out more at

PodCastle Episode 288: Flash Fiction Contest Strikes Back!

Originally posted at

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

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.”

Something Ventured, Nothing Gained #3

A re-watch of The Venture Brothers continues!

Join Christiana Ellis, Justin Diehl, and Jared Axelrod for a re-watch of the greatest cartoon ever!

In this episode, they discuss the episodes: “The Incredible Mr. Brisby”, and “Eeney, Meeney, Miney, Magic!”!

Here is the link to the bonus commentary from the creators of Venture Brothers for Home Insecurity

Music is “Found Friday” by Chooch Schubert

Find all things Jared Axelrod at

And Justin Diehl is participating in the Dog Days of Podcasting Challenge!

Guest Appearance: Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things #59

Ken Lopez was kind enough to invite me onto his Game of Thrones podcast!

Originally posted here!

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

“Suffragette City“

Today we carry on with a month-long season #3 wrap up by talking about some of the ladies of Game of Thrones.

The great Matt Murdick, from “Podcast Winterfell,” and Christiana from the “Beyond the Wall” podcast join me to talk about the female warriors of the story.

These women are tough. They fight and buck the system. They’re fierce…..but are still women to the core.

On the docket today:

1. The Wolf-Girl

2. The Mother of Dragons….who’s also a scared, idealistic little girl.

3. The remarkable evolution of Osha the Wildling.

4. Daughter of Salt and Stone

5. A Wildling in Love

6. A revolutionary Concept: The truly feminine knight

We’ve had bad-ass female characters as focal points in the last 20 years: Clarice Starling, Dana Scully and Buffy…..but in this story, we’re treated to at least 7!

These women are strong, physical, and ruled just as much by their hearts as their heads.

Complicated and endlessly fascinating.

Long may these women reign!


Balticon 2012 Hubble Telescope Writing Contest

In this panel from Balticon 2012, Christiana Ellis, Mur Lafferty, Scott Sigler and Nathan Lowell participate in a live story-writing contest based on the real science of black holes. Also featuring Dr. Pamela Gay and George Hrab.

Beyond the Wall S2 – Episode 0

P.G. Holyfield moderates this week’s panel discussion with Chooch, Vivid Muse, Christiana and Nutty.

P.G. Holyfield (author of Murder at Avedon Hill and SFM Founder
Nuchtchas (Host of Nutty Bites Podcast)
Chooch (Into the Blender Podcast Co-Host, and bassist of Ditched By Kate)
Vivid Muse (Into the Blender Podcast Co-Host), Girls’ Rules Podcast Host)
Christiana Ellis (too many podcasts to list here;-)but you can check out all things Christiana at her site.

Contact Us:

Email: btw at
Phone: 6199-BTW-GoT (619-928-9468)

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