New Podcast: The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy

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tor.com PodcastsA few weeks ago, Tor.com launched their fiction podcast (Tor.com Story Podcast) with Mur Lafferty at the helm. Today, they launched another podcast, called The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy, hosted by John Joseph Adams and David Barr Kirtley.

They plan to talk all things geek, it looks like, and this episode is a must-listen if you plan to survive the coming zombie invasion. Their guest is Chet Faliszek, lead writer/game designer on Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2, and they spend an hour discussing zombies and apocalyptic stories for your enjoyment.

Podcast Feed: http://www.tor.com/rss/category/geeksguide

Posted by Scott D. Danielson

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Tor.com has started a new fiction podcast! Produced by Mur Lafferty, the first episode went up today – “After the Coup” by John Scalzi. Details from Tor.com:

For over a year, Tor.com has brought you excellent short fiction on our site, but now we’re making the audio of these stories available to you in podcast form. We’ll be bringing you both new fiction and our archived stories, so don’t worry if you’ve missed anything archived on the site. The podcast will also include mention of the recent topics on the Tor.com blog, convention reports, and interviews from time to time. We hope you enjoy it and we welcome your comments.

Click here for more details and subscription links.

Posted by Scott D. Danielson

Free online steampunk audio: The Shattered Teacup

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Anyone up for a belated brass goggled Christmas pressy? UK indie publisher Snowbooks.com have commissioned an original Newbury and Hobbes story – The Shattered Teacup – set in the alternative London of George Mann’s The Affinity Bridge.  Tor Books editor Lou Anders has lots of praise for this Steampunk series:

The book follows the adventures of Maurice Newbury, detective for the Crown, and his assistant, Ms. Veronica Hobbes, a team who sit somewhere between a classic Sherlock Holmes and Watson pairing and that of Doctor Who’s Doctor and one of his more capable companions. They inhabit a wonderfully-realized steampunk London, replete with clockwork butlers, airships in the skies, and zombies in Whitechapel. The book is a must for steampunk fans, as well as anybody who liked The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (graphic novel, not film, natch). [via Tor.com]

The Shattered Teacup serves as a bridge between books one and two of the series and as an introduction into the world of Maurice Newbury and Veronica Hobbes. It is available as a PDF download or as an mp3 audio version, and best of all it’s free! At first glance both production quality and quality of the narration seem to be quite good, so steampunkers should give it a try.

Download is available from the snowbooks.com homepage. Streaming does not work so you need to use ‘save file as’…

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Tor.com: Firstborn by Brandon Sanderson

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Tor.comTor.com has a lot of downloadable short stories on audio. The latest to catch my eye is an SF novelette written (and read?) by Brandon Sanderson!

This was Sanderson’s first published work. The Tor.com email newsletter describes it as…

“out-and-out science fiction… SF like it used to be.”

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By Brandon Sanderson; Read by Brandon Sanderson (?)
1 |MP3| – Approx. 74 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Tor.com
Published: December 2008
“…a tale of war and sibling rivalry…”

Posted by Jesse Willis