Faster Than Light – interviews with Richard K. Morgan, Stephen Donaldson, MORE

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Faster Than Light podcastThe Faster Than Light “radio show” and podcast, originating from Australia, offers plenty of interviews of interest. Each program also has reviews of new and classic Science Fiction books.

Interview with Stephen Donaldson Part 1 |MP3| Part 2 |MP3|

Interview with Elizabeth Moon |MP3|

Interview with Shawn Williams |MP3|

Interview with Ian McDonald |MP3|

Interview with Richard K. Morgan Part 1 |MP3| and Part 2 |MP3|

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Scott Brick releasing Stephen R. Donaldson’s The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant as audiobooks

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Lord Foul's Bane by Stephen R. DonaldsonOne of the hottest audiobook narrators in the business is Scott Brick. Brick has recently installed a home studio and has been recording some of his favorite titles – which means there’s goin g to be some very interesting news for Fantasy fans shortly. Brick’s first release, coming soon, is…

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
By Stephen R. Donaldson

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever is a trilogy of fantasy novels by Stephen R. Donaldson. It was followed by The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, also a trilogy, and The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, a planned quartet. The main character is Thomas Covenant, a cynical writer afflicted with leprosy, shunned and despised by society, who is destined to become the heroic saviour of an alternate world – or, perhaps, only of his own sanity. Throughout six novels published between 1977 and 1983, Covenant struggles against the evil Lord Foul – “The Despiser” – who intends to break the physical universe to escape its bondage and wreak revenge upon his arch-enemy “The Creator”. Many elements of the story correspond to those of Richard Wagner’s epic “Ring Cycle”, but with inverted values.
-from Wikipedia

As to why these books, Brick had this to say:

“I’m actually putting out The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant myself, and it should be in all the usual places: audible, iTunes, eMusic, Overdrive and Net Library, as well as iAmplify and a few others. It’ll also be available on my own site, I will likely be partnering with a major publisher for [hard copy] distribution, but this is essentially self-published. I just saw that no-one was recording it and thought what a shame it would be for people to miss this series. I literally sacrificed my final grades my freshman year at UCLA because I couldn’t put this series down. Awesome, awesome books.”

Scott Brick has asked I point out that the first title he will be releasing is actually Fatal Revenant, the most recent book in the series. If all goes swimmingly with it he plans on releasing the earlier titles afterwards. I’ve got my fingers crossed!

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StarShipSofa interviews Stephen R. Donaldson & reads a short story

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Podcast - Star Ship SofaThe StarShipSofa boys have finally aired the podcast about Stephen R. Donaldson that they’ve been promising since early 2007. Tony and Ciaran talk about Donaldson and then interview him! They chat and about The Gap Series, the ongoing Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant and lots more.

Part 1 |MP3| is the interview and talk about the Donaldson’s novels.
Part 2 |MP3| is talk about Donaldson’s short stories, and includes an unabridged reading of a Donaldson short story…

Mythological Beasts by Stephen R. DonaldsonlMythological Beasts
By Stephen R. Donaldson; Read by Ciaran O’Carroll
Podcaster: StarShipSofa
Podcast: July 2007
This thoughtful Fantasy tale first appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction‘s January 1979 issue.

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Here are the New Releases for December! AUDIO R…

New Releases

Here are the New Releases for December!


The Dragon Reborn, Book Three of The Wheel of Time

By Robert Jordan, Read by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer


The Shadow Rising, Book Four of The Wheel of Time

By Robert Jordan, Read by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer


I’ve listened to Book 2 of this massive (and massively popular) epic fantasy. I enjoyed it, but not so much that I would be eager for all ten (currently) volumes. I do know that Kate Reading and Michael Kramer did a wonderful job with the material, and can be expected to do so again.


Absolutely, Michael Kramer is a truly excellent reader.

Crystal City, Book Six of Alvin Maker

By Orson Scott Card, Read by Stefan Rudnicki, M.E. Willis, and cast


Ender’s Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

By Orson Scott Card, Read by Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, and cast


Ah, Orson Scott Card. Audio Renaissance is re-releasing some of Fantastic Audio’s old titles, and this version of Ender’s Game is one of the most heard in my collection. I read Crystal City in print and enjoyed it, so the place your bets that the audio is going to be good too, since it’s in the safe hands of Stefan Rudnicki and cast.


That 20th anniversary one may actually make me read an Orson Scott Card novel. I like his short stories but I somehow never read Ender’s Game back in the 1980s.



Citizen of the Galaxy

By Robert A. Heinlein, Read by Lloyd James

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Who is this Heinlein guy, anyway? :)


Blackstone has made my wish come true! Lloyd James is the definitive voice of Heinlein on Audio and Citizen of the Galaxy is one of Heinlein’s best juvenile novels (juvenile as in starring a teenager not juvenile as in peurile)and the story concept is so fresh and new as to be singularily unreproduced to this day. I remember enjoying the heck out of it when I read it in paperback I expect it will be as good if not better on audio. The original cover art on this one looks amazing too by the way. This will surely be among the best audiobooks released in 2005. Thanks so much Blackstone!

Magic Time: Angelfire

By Marc Scott Zicree and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, Read by a full cast

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This is volume 2 of a new fantasy series that I don’t have a full grasp on yet. I just starting listening to this volume last night, and am hoping it makes sense without hearing volume one, which is also available from Blackstone Audio.



Fahrenheit 451

By Ray Bradbury, Read by Scott Brick


Fahrenheit 451 read by Scott Brick? Gotta get my hands on a copy of that. Books on Tape is still going through come changes over there – their website says that they won’t be resuming comsumer sales until January 3rd, 2005. I checked for this title and it wasn’t there.


I believe BOT has released this title previously with a different narrator but I copuld be wrong. I think this Scott Brick version probably become the definitive edition. I thought that Harper Audio’s version from a couple of years ago, with Ray Bradbury narrating would be it, but I was disappointed in Bradbury’s reading. He’s an excellent author, and 451 is his most enduring novel but his performance didnt

enhance it at all. Scott Brick may bring a freshness that Bradbury couldnt muster.

The Runes of the Earth

By Stephen R. Donaldson, Read by Scott Brick


The return of Thomas Covenant! I have not read any of Stephen Donaldson’s books, so I can’t say anything there, but Scott Brick is a top narrator.


Nice title! Donaldson is almost as merciless with his tortured characters as is George R.R. Martin but I wish they’d release the original novel in the series first. I hate starting in the middle.



Diabolic Playhouse

By Roger Gregg, Performed by a full cast

Audio Drama

Roger Gregg and all the lunatics at Crazy Dog Audio Theatre have released a very nice looking MP3-CD containing all 6 episodes of their Diabolic Playhouse drama series, which broadcast on Ireland’s RTE Radio 1 earlier this year. The product is available at their site (based in Ireland) or at the ZBS website if you’re in the USA.



The Wee Free Men

By Terry Pratchett, Read by Stephen Briggs


Another Discworld novel from Terry Pratchett!




By Steven Gould, Read by Christine Marshall and William Dufris


Nightmares on Congress Street – Part 4

By Rocky Coast Radio Theatre

Audio drama

Paperback Digital cruises along, with two more new releases. Their products are available for download on their own site or on Fictionwise. Hardcopies are available at or at Paperback Digital itself.


I’ve never heard of Gould nor his novel but with the Marshall and Dufris team working together it might be worth a blind buy.



State of Fear

By Michael Crichton, Read by George Wilson


Michael Crichton has stirring up some scientific controversy with this one. If I understand correctly, the environmentalists in this one are the bad guys.


I’ve liked Crichton’s early work, but have been tuning out since Jurassic Park.


Happy Holidays, everyone! And thanks for reading SFFAudio.