The SFFaudio Podcast #006 is here. Six is the loneliest number (after 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5) dontchanknow. In this our 6th, and sixth loneliest, show we’re asking lonely questions like: ‘If you had to choose a universe without either Ray Bradbury or Neil Gaiman, which would you pick?’ And ‘Which is the worst audiobook recording ever made?’ Pod-in to find out the answers to these and many more exciting questions that nobody asked us.
Topics discussed include:
StarShipSofa’s Aural Delights, Paul Campbell, Michael Marshall Smith, The Seventeenth Kind, Estalvin’s Legacy, Rebels Of The Red Planet, Charles L. Fontenay, The 2nd SFFaudio Challenge, Parallel Worlds, The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman, The Jungle Book, American Gods, The Fix Online, Audiobook Fix, author read audiobooks, Harlan Ellison, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen King, Robert J. Sawyer, James Patrick Kelly, Good Omens, Terry Pratchett, Neverwhere, Gary Bakewell, if you had to pick…, Stardust, Douglas Adams, Roger Zelazny, The Long Dark Tea Time Of The Soul, radio drama, BBC Radio 4, BBC iplayer, Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer, The Supernaturalist, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy [the Ivory Coast edition], The Spanish Prisoner, Strange Horizons, Shaun Farrell, From iTunes to the Bookshelves: The First Wave of Podcast Novelists, Podiobooks.com, Nathan Lowell, Quarter Share, Evo Terra, Pavlovian experience, Ed McBain, Donald E. Westlake, NPR, Driveway Moments,
Posted by Jesse Willis
6 thoughts to “The SFFaudio Podcast #006”
Great stuff as always. Some thoughts about authors as readers… In my kid/teenhood I listened to Star Trek novels on cassettes. The readers involved were George Takei, James Doohan, Leonard Nimoy and the like. Some of the stories were either bad novels, bad abridgments or both. However, listening to these very talented people breathe life into these stories was a joy. I think it might be a fun thing for an actor to do as well.
Authors can be good narrators too, sometimes. I really like the “Spider on the Web” podcast. Spider Robinson, as well as being a fine author is also a very enjoyable narrator. His reading style is accessible, and a little laid back; mixed in with enough character definition so you know who is speaking, and emotional inflection in the right spots to keep the listener involved in the story. (Thanks Jesse)
There is a author, who shall go unnamed here, who should not only not read her work, or anyone else’s work; she should be forbidden from ever uttering words. This woman’s voice is so monotonous, flat, dull, and lifeless, it frightens me. Perhaps there are people who may actually want to experience what a deep coma is like, well hearing this person is a good start. Just so I’m relevant here, she has written a very well known science fiction novel.
These are just my opinions. Trying to sue me will get you only headaches. I have nothing worthy of a lawsuit.
Vin, I’m major curious now. I’m gonna have to ask who that “monotonous, flat, dull, and lifeless” person is. If you don’t reply here – I’ll be asking you later, by skype, email or in person.
Wow! Thanks for the kind words, Jesse. I think you maybe right about the “big book contract” — there’s actually some question about whether these books are even publishable. We’ll see. As for the movie, no comment. ;)
There are now 4 books in the Share series and a 5th book – South Coast – which is also set in the same universe but with different characters. Current plans are to finish the Share series with Captain’s Share and Owner’s Share and a sequel to South Coast – Cape Grace – which is due out in December.
Thanks again for your kind words.
The way I look at it Nathan, if you get the high praise on SFFaudio, a big paperbook contract is just an unnecessary icing. ;)
That’s a good point, Jesse.
After this, anything would be anticlimactic.
Some have asked about my comment here. Who is this person I have such strong opinions about? Author of “The Handmaid’s Tale” Margaret Atwood.