May 31

Synthetic Voices Episode #4 – “The Beasts in the Void” Fiction Reading

This is a special episode containing some golden age science fiction read by yours truly. Personally I love old pulpy fiction stories and there is an absolute TROVE of them over at Project Gutenburg, which collects literature that has fallen into the public domain. I plan to supplement the regular fiction suggestions with these little audio tidbits, read by either me or another Librivox volunteer.

Take a listen to the episode here:

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This month’s story is “The Beasts in the Void” by Paul W. Fairman (Gutenburg Link). It was first featured in Imagination Science Fiction in April of 1956.

W. E. Terry’s wonderful illustration:

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May 17

“The Swap Last Fall” Published by The Drabblecast

I got some exciting news last night!  Norm Sherman over at The Drabblecast asked if he could use a 100 word story (aka, a “drabble”) on this week’s show.  It seems my little bit of flash fiction fit nicely with the other featured story’s theme.  Norm did a great job reading it too.  Check out both my drabble and the doppleganger-centered main fiction on this week’s episode (#243, timecode 00:27)!

While flash fiction doesn’t usually mean much in the wider world of fiction, this is a pretty big step for me personally.  I’ve had several of my pieces chosen for The Drabblecast‘s 100 character “Twabble” competition, but this time I’ve graduated to a full-length Drabble.  I write longer pieces as well and send them out to the various publication markets, but so for no luck.  These little achievements help me keep motivated as I try to break into longer fiction formats.

For those with no ears, here’s a text copy of story:

“The Swap Last Fall”
by James Rogers

Do you remember that huge storm we had here last fall? Most people were huddled up in their homes, but Phil and I were drunk and wading about in the town fountain like idiots. Some kind of man vs. nature crap, I guess.

I don’t think either of us saw the lightning bolt strike, but I still remember how it crackled between my fingertips.

When I woke up, I was in Phil’s body and I think Phil was in mine. He was also dead. I’ve never told anyone about this before, not even my wife — certainly not Phil’s wife.

[Cover art by Richard K. Green]

May 15

Synthetic Voices Episode #3 – Selections from April 2012

The last month had a LOT of great fiction to choose from, so let’s jump right into the featured stories!

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May 07

A Small Delay for Synthetic Voices

Just a little update.  The next episode IS coming, but I’m in the middle of some pretty heavy grad school stuff and I need some more time.  There will be no discussion this month of podcasts at WSFA this month either, as our meeting at the Nebula’s is usually a smallish affair.

Listen in whenever I DO manage to get it up (a week at the most, I hope)!