The Crazy Dog Audio Theatre has started a new seri…

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The Crazy Dog Audio Theatre has started a new series on Ireland’s RTE Radio 1 called Diabolic Playhouse. The first episode aired on Saturday, September 4th, and can be heard now on the Diabolic Playhouse page on RTE Radio 1’s website. The next show will be broadcast this Saturday at 8:02pm Irish time, or 3 in the afternoon on the U.S. East Coast, 12 noon on the U.S. West Coast, and can be heard live by clicking the “Listen Live” link on RTE Radio 1’s main page.

Posted by Jesse Willis

The Hugo Awards were given yesterday (September 4,…

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The Hugo Awards were given yesterday (September 4, 2004) and here are the results:

Best Novel: Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold

Best Novella: “The Cookie Monster” by Vernor Vinge

Best Novelette: “Legions in Time” by Michael Swanwick

Best Short Story: “A Study in Emerald” by Neil Gaiman

Best Related Book: The Chesley Awards for Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: A Retrospective by John Grant, Elizabeth L. Humphrey, and Pamela D. Scoville

Best Dramatic Presentation, short form: Gollum’s Acceptance Speech at the 2003 MTV Movie Awards

Best Dramatic Presentation, long form: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best Professional Editor: Gardner Dozois

Best Professional Artist: Bob Eggleton

Best Semiprozine: Locus, Charles N. Brown, Jennifer A. Hall, and Kirsten Gong-Wong, eds.

Best Fanzine: Emerald City, Cheryl Morgan, ed.

Best Fan Writer: Dave Langford

Best Fan Artist: Frank Wu

A big surprise to me was that Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form award. Gollum’s Acceptance Speech? Come on, people. The Firefly episode entitled “The Message” was deserving of the award. If you get a chance to see that series, do! You won’t be disappointed – it’s excellent, and available on DVD. A feature film is in the works.

The only item here represented on audio (or about to be represented on audio) is Lois McMaster Bujold’s Paladin of Souls. Blackstone Audio has published the first volume in that series, entitled The Curse of Chalion, and will publish Paladin of Souls soon.

Congratulations to all the nominees and award winners!

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Books on Tape was purchased a couple of years ago …

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Books on Tape was purchased a couple of years ago by Random House. Last week, they decided to close the rental division of the company. Most of the unabridged titles that have been produced during that time were available in retail editions on the Random House Audio imprint – I expect that will continue to be the case. Questions abound regarding their backlist, which includes books by Isaac Asimov, Robert Jordan, Frank Herbert, and Terry Brooks.

Right now, the company is selling their used rental copies at rental prices – that is, whatever they charged to rent a title is now the purchase price. While supplies last, as they say.

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Back on July 2nd, the Mark Time Science Fiction Au…

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Back on July 2nd, the Mark Time Science Fiction Audio Awards and the Ogle Fantasy Audio Awards for the production year 2003 were given. The awards, for excellence in audio theater, were given at the Convergence science fiction convention in Bloomington, MN.

GOLD MARK TIME AWARD

The Convergence

Jeffrey Adams, writer/producer, International Falls, MN.

www.storiesonmp3.com

Interdimensional invaders decide to make their move through a local science fiction convention.

SILVER MARK TIME AWARD

“A Man Walks Into A Bar”: The Arbiter Chronicles, Episode 2

Steven H. Wilson, writer/producer.

Prometheus Radio Theatre, Elkridge, Maryland.

www.prometheusradiotheatre.com

The ship’s telepath kills an alien to protect another crewmember, but absorbs his personality in the process, becoming a danger to everyone on board.

HONORABLE MENTION

“The ShadowMan”

Marc Rose and Jerel McQuen

Dry Smoke and Whispers Holodio Theater, Beaverton, OR.

Transdimensional Media LLC.

www.drysmoke.com

Telepathic detective, Emille Song, is dragged around through interdimensional trapdoors by The ShadowMan. But whose side is this mysterious ShadowMan on?

GOLD OGLE AWARD

“The Field”

Lance Roger Axt, producer. Pacific Grove, CA. Written by Elizabeth Benjamin.

Play It By Ear

A couple argue about the Indians digging up ancestors in their yard, eventually telling one of the diggers about the strange things that have been happening since they began.

SILVER OGLE AWARD

“Howl of the Mac Tire”

Roger Gregg, writer/producer, Dublin, Ireland.

Crazy Dog Audio Theatre.

www.crazydogaudiotheater.com

On a lonely mountain above the sheep fields of Dun Mac Cu Tiré, something fiendish is on the prowl. Detective Maeve O’Casey and her partner Matt Griffin set a trap, but for what?

HONORABLE MENTION

“A Murder of Crows” – Three short works for Halloween.

Sam Mowry and Martin Gallagher, producers.

Willamette Radio Workskhop, Portland, OR.

www.radiowork.com

An original compendium of horror, suspense and the supernatural, performed live.

A Special Lifetime Achievement Award was also given to Dirk Maggs, who is currently involved with the latest Hitchhiker’s Guide shows.

Find further details on these awards here!

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Just got a press release announcing the creation o…

Just got a press release announcing the creation of a company named Paperback Digital. The company will publish audiobooks in MP3 format for sale on it’s website (www.paperbackdigital.com) and on Fictionwise.com. The audiobooks will be sold on MP3-CD and as download!

Paperback Digital will make it titles available for the first time over Labor Day weekend at the World Science Fiction Convention being held in Boston. The titles that will be available:

1634: The Galileo Affair by Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis, $19.95, Length: 21 Hours; 2 MP3-CDs

Eric Flint moves the focus of his best-selling alternate history series to Venice and a host of new characters. Hippy Tom Stone founds a modern pharmaceutical industry while his sons rescue a very different Galileo than the history books record. Meanwhile Father Mazzare defends Galileo at his trial and faces the Church, testing his faith and showing the complexities of 17th Century theology…

Hardcover published by: Baen Books

Spirits In The Wires by Charles de Lint, $14.95, Length: 17 Hours; 1 MP3-CD

When the popular Newford website Wordwood crashes, everyone who was logged in disappears into thin air. Writer Christy Riddell and his friends must travel into that netherworld of spirits and elves to rescue their companions by doing battle with the spirit who powers this world before it can cause more harm…

Simultaneous publication with TOR Books trade paperback release

Coming October 1st will be:

Cally’s War by John Ringo and Julie Cochrane, $25.00, Length: 14 Hours; 1 MP3-CD

For as long as Cally could remember, she had lived in danger. While her father was off fighting the invading Posleen she had been raised by her grandfather, on the front-lines of a war that had erased five billion humans from the face of the earth. Cally has been fighting for the future of the human race, but now she’s in a war for the survival of her soul….

Simultaneous publication with Baen Books hardcover release

And on Halloween:

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris, $14.95, Length: 12 Hours 30 Minutes; 1 MP3-CD

The first book in Harris’ best-selling Southern Vampire Mystery series. Roadhouse

waitress Sookie Stackhouse has a problem: she can read minds. And who wants to go on a date with a guy when you can’t get near him without seeing the images of yourself flitting through his head. It was just easier to stay home and watch TV. Until the night she got a bottle of beer for a new customer and found one man whose minds was a blank wall to her. What difference did it make that he was a vampire? …

Mass Market paperback published by: Ace Books

On November 1st, Paperback Digital will release:

Reflex by Steven Gould, $23.95, Length: 14 Hours, 1 MP3-CD

The sequel to Gould’s 1992 best-selling debut novel, Jumper, this new novel picks up 10 years later, when Davy is kidnapped by a fanatic who wants the secret of teleportation and his wife, Millie, has to rescue him. She has no idea of where or how to start, until she falls and reflexively jumps to safety.

Simultaneous publication with TOR Books hardcover release

On December 1st, Paperback Digital will release:

Survival, Species Imperative 1 by Julie E. Czerneda, $14.95, Length: 16 Hours, 1 MP3-CD

When her field research station is mysteriously attacked, marine biologist Dr. Mackenzie Connor must flee for her life. Joining forces with an alien archaeologist, she escapes to his planet on a quest to find a defense against the unknown aggressor—before they launch a fullscale invasion of Earth.

Hardcover published by: DAW Books

All my best to them! May Paperback Digital enjoy a prosperous long life!