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20 February 2019 ~ 0 Comments

The Best of Strange Horizons 2018

written by David Steffen Strange Horizons is a freely available online speculative fiction zine that also publishes nonfiction and poetry.  Their editors-in-chief are Jane Crowley and Kate Dollardhyde.  Their senior fiction editors are Lila Garrott, Catherine Krahe, An Owomoyela, and Vajra Chandresekera, and their podcast is edited, hosted, and usually read by Anaea Lay.  They publish a variety of […]

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13 February 2019 ~ 0 Comments

The Best of Nightmare Magazine Podcast 2017-2018

written by David Steffen Nightmare Magazine is the horror sister magazine of Lightspeed Magazine, published/edited by John Joseph Adams, with Wendy Wagner as senior editor, and their podcast produced by the excellent Skyboat Media.  The podcast publishes about half of the stories they publish in text.  They didn’t publish enough stories in 2017 for a list, so this […]

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11 February 2019 ~ 0 Comments

The Best of Cast of Wonders 2018

written by David Steffen Cast of Wonders is the YA branch of the Escape Artists podcasts, edited by Marguerite Kenner, covering all speculative genres and aiming to appeal to YA audiences.  This year’s offerings included their usual staff pick re-airing of stories from last year, as well as one story that was split into seven episodes, for a […]

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08 February 2019 ~ 0 Comments

The Best of Toasted Cake 2018

written by David Steffen Toasted Cake is the idiosyncratic flash fiction podcast published, edited, hosted, and most often narrated by writer Tina Connolly. As noted in last year’s Best Of list, Toasted Cake had gone on hiatus for a couple years to make more time for writing deadlines and raising young children, but in the fall of 2017 […]

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30 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

The Best of Lightspeed Magazine Podcast 2018

written by David Steffen Lightspeed Magazine is the award-nominated science fiction magazine edited by John Joseph Adams, and their podcast is  produced by the excellent Skyboat Media.  They publish about half of the stories they publish in text.  They published about 49stories in 2017. The stories eligible for the upcoming Hugo award season are marked […]

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28 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

The Best of Clarkesworld 2018

written by David Steffen Clarkesworld continues strong this year with a mix of science fiction and fantasy, and edited by Neil Clarke, with Kate Baker producing and usually narrating the podcast. I am sure they will continue to be heavily represented on the awards ballots, and they remain prolific as ever, publishing 80 stories in […]

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25 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

The Best of Escape Pod 2018

written by David Steffen Escape Pod is the weekly science fiction podcast, one of the Escape Artists family of podcasts.  At the beginning of 2017 it was edited by Norm Sherman, but when he stepped down from the role two co-editors have filled the positions: S.B. Divya and Mur Lafferty. In February Escape Pod once again participated in […]

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18 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

The Best of Podcastle 2018

Podcastle is the weekly fantasy podcast published by Escape Artists, edited by Jen Albert and Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali.  As well as weekly full-length feature episodes, they also publish occasional standalone flash stories as bonus episodes, as well as triple flash stories for the occasional feature episode collection.

In February Podcastle once again participated in the Artemis Rising event across the Escape Artists podcasts, publishing fantasy stories written by women and nonbinary authors.

Podcastle published 55 stories by my count in 2018.

Every short story that is eligible for Hugo nominations this year which were first published by Podcastle are marked with an asterisk (*).

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16 January 2019 ~ 1 Comment

The Best of Pseudopod 2018

Pseudopod is the weekly horror podcast edited by Shawn Garrett and Alex Hofelich.

In February Pseudopod once again participated in the Artemis Rising theme across the Escape Artists podcasts, publishing horror stories by women (including some originals picked out from a special slushpile just for this purpose).

Pseudopod publishes episodes weekly, with occasional Flash on the Borderlands episodes that collect 3 similar-themed flash stories for a single episode, for a total of 63 stories published in 2018, by my count.

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09 January 2019 ~ 0 Comments

The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies Podcast 2017-2018

Beneath Ceaseless Skies published has been publishing other-world fantasy since 2008, and has been edited by Scott H. Andrews since its launch.  They publish about half of their stories in audio, so if you like what you read here there is more stories that weren’t even considered on the BCS website.  This post covers two years of Beneath Ceaseless Skies–they didn’t publish quite enough stories in audio in 2017 for a full list.  Over that two year period, BCS published 42 stories on their podcast.

The stories that are eligible for this year’s science fiction awards (like the Hugo and Nebula) are marked with an asterisk if they are short stories(*) and a double-asterisk if they are novelettes (**).  BCS publishes all original fiction, but only that was first published in the 2018 calendar year is eligible.

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