Aug 01

A Delayed SV Update and Capclave 2012 Info

Hello all!  It’s the first of August and I wanted to share a couple things:

First of all, the Synthetic Voices episode this month might be a tad delayed.  I kind of got sucked into The Dresden Files audiobooks and they have been dramatically cutting down on my short story-listening time. Who knew this kind of thing required discipline???  Never fear, I’ll try to get the episode up in time for the 2nd Friday of this month, so the 10th…ish.  Oh and for the record, The Dresden Files are awesome, if a bit formulaic.  Better than the show, if you enjoyed that!

Next, I wanted to put in a plug for Capclave 2012, since they are, in-turn, doing me a solid.  Capclave is a yearly con (conference/weekend/thing) that celebrates all things speculative and literary.  If you enjoy the kinds of works I review on Synthetic Voices, and especially if you want to write those kinds of works, it’s a great event for you!  It is put on by the Washington Science Fiction Association, and details are available at

Details are still assembling, but the dates are October 12th-14th at the Gaithersburg Hilton, in Maryland.  Prices are in the $55 range at the moment (they go up as we get closer to the event), BUT students get a nice $20-25 price, so those in school have no excuse not to go! Continue reading

Jul 05

Synthetic Voices Episode #6 – Selections from June 2012

This month’s SF stories are a bit… eclectic!  Plus, a big passel of gruesome horror stories for those with darker tastes.

Take a listen to the episode here:

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Jun 10

Synthetic Voices Episode #5 – Selections from May 2012

So many wonderful stories this month!  Plus, we have some new markets represented on the podcast this time!

Take a listen to the episode here:

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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]