As I mentioned in the podcast for this month, Amazing Stories is back from the dead. First published in 1926, the magazine has returned as a fiction/blog hybrid. Now I haven’t broken into the fiction markets myself, but I do blog a bit, and Steve Davidson, the editor in chief, has agreed to syndicate my podcast over there.
This month has been a tumultuous one – travel, holidays, and illness. Podcasted fiction seems to have also had a hard time, December representing the weakest month for fiction that I have yet seen. Even so, we shake off the snow from our cloaks and gather round the fire to discuss the best stories from December and the year at large!
Here on the Synthetic Voices podcast, I see a LOT of fiction over the course of a calendar year. Now, the 2012th year of the Common Era is coming to a close, so I thought I’d look back over my selections and pick out the cream of the crop. The podcast has only been running since March, but I have been writing a “Top Picks” list since at least January of 2012, so all of those stories were eligible in addition to those featured on the podcast.
The winners below were painstakingly plucked from over 30 initial candidate stories, so congrats to all the authors, narrators, producers, and editors involved!
You don’t see it yet, but on Dec. 3rd, a little pop-up window should activate from some code I’ve embedded in my blog. This is correct and not a drill!
There is an organization called The Internet Defense League (part of Fight for the Future) that has tried to establish an automated response system to major threats to internet rights, security, and privacy. Those of you who remember the SOPA/PIPA craziness last year will have some idea how powerful users can be in stopping flagrant trampling of internet rights. Whenever a major threat comes up, code installed in volunteer websites activates and shows a pop-up asking users to contact their representatives in government.
This is the first event to come up since I installed the IDL code on my website. I hope it won’t be TOO disruptive, but it should be a little disruptive, since protesting and getting the word out are really the whole point. Please let me know what you think in the comments to this thread.