In lieu of an actual introduction this week, I have some sad news.
The podcast fiction community had a real blow this week. Natalie Morris died unexpectedly. Natalie was the wife of Tee Morris, the first podcast novelist, and all around awesome person. Philippa Ballantine, another awesome podcaster, organized a ChipIn movement that has raised nearly $14,000 USD to help Tee with funeral costs and help provide a future for Tee and Natalie’s daughter. Please chip in whatever you can.
- StarShipSofa Aural Delights recording of The Reflection of Memory by C.L. Holland. The story starts at about 27 minutes and 30 seconds in. This is an incredible fantasy story. There are no overt dwarves, elves, and rangers in it. There are lots of really interesting concepts and well-thought-out consequences for the various powers that some people have. And it’s a great story.
- Escape Pod’s recording of His Master’s Voice by Hannu Rajaniemi. This story about a cat and a dog’s dedication to their master is nothing at all like a sappy family movie. It’s science fiction with a furry edge, and it’s very poignant. It left me with a few questions, which is the way I like it. The questions weren’t consistency-related, so it was a good thing.
- Metamor City Podcast special Whispers in the Wood 1 2 3 4. Metamor City is a Science Fantasy series written by Chris Lester. It’s really phenomenal. Whispers In The Wood is a four part story that helps to introduce the book that will comprise the bulk of season two. You don’t need to be dreadfully familiar with Metamor City to enjoy this story. However, you should be an adult and not easily offended. There are fairly serious adult situations, some violence, and Chris’s fantasy elements are not remotely Tolkeinesque. If gritty fantasy bothers you, you may want to skip this.