Canadian Copyright Consultations video

August 21, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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A short video produced by Michael Geist. It features Karl Schroeder and a ton of other Canadian artist and copyfighters. This in aid of the current Canadian Copyright Consultations.

[via BoingBoing]

Posted by Jesse Willis

METAtropolis Now on CD from Brilliance Audio

August 11, 2009 by · 2 Comments
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Science Fiction Audiobook - METAtropolisMETAtropolis
By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, John Scalzi, and Karl Schroeder
Read by Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, Alessandro Juliani, Stefan Rudnicki, and John Scalzi
9 Hours – [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published: 2009

METAtropolis is an audio shared-world anthology that recently was available only on Audible, where it was produced. But it was too big to be contained only in the digisphere – Brilliance Audio now has this on Audio CD and MP3-CD, and Subterranean Press is publishing a limited hardcover.

|READ OUR REVIEW| of this excellent anthology.

Posted by Scott D. Danielson

Audible.com: FREE AUDIOBOOK Sun Of Suns by Karl Schroeder

June 1, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Audible.comMacmillan AudioAudible.com and Macmillan Audio are offering a FREE VERSION of the audibook of Sun Of Suns by Karl Schroeder. This is FREE for Audible.com account holders. Here are the details:

The Sun Of Suns unabridged audio book will be available for free download through Audible.com, from June 1 to June 12, so get yours while they’re hot. You will have to register with the site if you aren’t already in order to download, but you won’t be required to provide any payment info or anything like that. It’s free, after all. The free download also includes a preview of the next book in the Virga series, Queen of Candesce, which is available now in print, and as an Audible download.

So go get it folks: http://www.audible.com/sunofsuns

[via Moriond and Tor.com]

Posted by Jesse Willis

Why Copyright? A documentary

December 15, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Fair Copyright For CanadaHere’s a documentary outlining some of the history and issues surrounding the new proposed copyright and anti-circumvention of DRM legislation for Canada. Included in the doc is SF audiobook author Karl Schroeder (who wrote an Aurora Award winning SF novel that imagined a world full of DRM). The doc illustrates examples from peer to peer (P2P), DVD region coding, garage door openers, open source software, Microsoft Vista, Sony’s rootkit, ebooks, and libraries. RSS only folks will have to click through to watch it.

Posted by Jesse Willis

Review of METAtropolis

October 21, 2008 by · 3 Comments
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METAtropolisMETAtropolis
By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, John Scalzi, and Karl Shroeder
Read by Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, Alessandro Juliani, and Stefan Rudnicki
Audible Download – 9 hours – [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Audible Frontiers
Published: 2008
Themes: / Science Fiction / Future Cities / Internet / Computers / Virtual Worlds / Survival / Economics / Environment /

METAtropolis is a shared-world science fiction collection with stories from five different authors who have been busy making their marks on the history of science fiction literature: Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, John Scalzi, and Karl Schroeder. The ties that bind these excellent stories are imagined future cities in the same future world, which is filled with detail and innovation by the authors.

Also excellent are the narrators. Scott Brick and Stefan Rudnicki are well-known and respected by audiobook listeners, and they read one story each with their usual professionalism. The other three stories are read by actors from Battlestar Galactica: Michael Hogan (Col. Tigh), Kandyse McClure (Dee), and Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Gaeta).

Jay Lake starts the collection with “In the Forests of the Night”, with Michael Hogan narrating. The story takes place in Cascadiopolis, a settlement in Oregon that is visited by a man named Tygre Tygre. John Scalzi, the editor of this collection, introduces each story, and here he says that Lake, who is skilled at world-building, did a lot of the heavy introductory lifting in this story. That’s true, and the story is filled with information, but it is never dull. Hogan’s narration keeps us on our toes.

Next up is Tobias Buckell who takes us to The Wilds of suburban Detroit in “Stochasti-city”, with Scott Brick reading. In the future, commuting to work becomes unsustainable, and entire neighborhoods are abandoned, but some still live there, like the protagonist of this story. He makes his living “turking” – finding odd jobs that someone on the net will pay for. I’ve never been to Detroit, but imagining the abandoned suburbs and the city itself was easy with Buckell at the helm of this rich, thought-provoking tale.

Elizabeth Bear, in “The Red in the Sky is Our Blood”, introduces us to Katie, who also lives in Detroit. Kandyse McClure narrates here, and does a wonderful job with the most character-driven story of the five. The story opens with Katie riding her bicycle through a downtown Detroit that is nearly impassable, due to potholes and general infrastructure failure. As it continues, she’s got some hard choices to make.

John Scalzi’s entertaining story is next, read by Alessandro Juliani. There are a couple of laugh-out-loud moments in “Utere Nihil Non Extra Quiritationem Suis”, which is about a recent graduate’s first job in the city. Also filled with detail (would you take a shower with grey water?) and entertaining. Juliani reads with perfect timing.

And last is Karl Schroeder’s story, “To Hie from Far Cilenia”, read by Stefan Rudnicki. This is a wonderful story of cities of a different type. Idea-rich, action-packed – it’s got it all. It’s a perfect cap to a great bunch of stories, taking things in a completely different direction. A virtual world superimposed on the “real” one, but ins’t the virtual one just as real? Rudnicki is excellent, like always.

The shared world idea is not a new one, but this completely successful collection of great stories may renew the enthusiasm for this sub-genre. Is this a sub-genre? The actual stories of any shared-world collection can be of any sub-genre. But the point is that this is a thought-provoking, exciting group of stories that deserves high praise. An SFFaudio Essential!

ADD: I forgot to mention – get the first story for free over at Audible! CLICK HERE for details.

Posted by Scott D. Danielson

METAtropolis from Audible Frontiers: Lake, Scalzi, Bear, Buckell, Schroeder

October 17, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Audible Frontiers - METAtropolis : The Dawn Of UncivilizationMETAtropolis
By Jay Lake, John Scalzi, Elizabeth Bear, Tobias Buckell, Karl Schroeder; Read by Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, Alessandro Juliani and Stefan Rudnicki
Audible Download – Approx. 9 Hours [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Audible Frontiers
Published October 21st 2008
Five novellas by five of the hottest SF authors of today.
Novellas included:
In the Forests of the Night by Jay Lake; read by Michael Hogan
High in Oregon’s Cascades, a mysterious stranger named Tygre Tygre walks into the off-the-grid settlement known as Cascadiopolis and claims asylum. He is a man with no past and seemingly otherworldly abilities. Will he be the Cascadians’ salvation?
Stochasti-city by Tobias Buckell; read by Scott Brick
OK, Reg. You’re a bouncer who’s barely eking out a meager existence in the decaying Wilds outside Detroit. So a little job tracking the Eddies on their patrols seems like easy money. Well, think again, Reg. Because a riot’s about to happen… and you’re going to be the cause…
The Red in the Sky is Our Blood by Elizabeth Bear; read by Kandyse McClure
How does the stranger know Cadie’s real name – and why she’s on the run – and what it all has to do with the Ukrainian mob? He’s offering her freedom from possessions and a totally new way of life. But he wants just this one little favor…
Utere Nihil… by John Scalzi; read by Alessandro Juliani
The only thing Benji lacks more than ambition is luck. And his new job has to be the lowest of the low. But something is stirring in the zero-footprint economy of New St. Louis. And Benji’s about to find himself chin deep in the muck!
To Hie from Far Cilenia by Karl Schroeder; read by Stefan Rudnicki
Gennady’s an expert on nukes, so when the Interpol man hires him to track some stolen plutonium, it seems like business as usual. Except for this: all signs lead to – a place that doesn’t exist.

Listen to two METAtropolis authors discussion (John Scalzi and Tobias Buckell) |MP3| disucss the collection…

“The authors converse about writing for audio, how they artfully handle peculiar prose called infodumps, and the fun behind world-building in collaboration. How this team of five incorporated their lives into their novellas for METAtropolis and whether their frightening visions of the future could ever happen are also among the topics covered.”

Posted by Jesse Willis

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