written by David Steffen
Podcastle’s going strong under the continued editorship of Dave Thompson and Anna Schwind.Â In 2011, they published 52 feature length episodes (from episodes 138-189), and 9 flash episodes (flash episodes 58-66), as well as 4 special feature stories from the Alphabet Quartet.
Generally, it was a pretty strong year, I think.Â I had plenty of material to fill the list with.Â There was one episode that got under my skin in a bad way, that I had trouble shaking, but I want to keep these lists about the positive, so that’s all that I’ll say about it here.
1.Â As Below, So Above by Ferrett Steinmetz
I’m surprised this one didn’t appear on the Drabblecast.Â Bloodthirsty giant squid point of view character, mad scientists, all with a nice mix of theology.
2.Â The Parable of the Shower by Leah Bobet
Modern Biblical story that begins with an angel visit… in the shower.Â Fun stuff.
3.Â The Ghost of Christmas Possible by Tim Pratt and Heather Shaw
I’ve seen so many adaptations of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol that I’d thought I’d never see another one that really seemed original.Â But this one pulled it off.Â It’s a mashup of the original and William Hope Hodgson’s Carnacki the Ghost Hunter who is called in by Ebenezer to investigate the strange visitations.
4.Â The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu
Fair warning:Â this is a very sad one.Â A son’s story about growing up with an immigrant mother.Â The characters in this one seemed especially genuine.
5.Â Abandonware by An Owomoyela
A boy finds an apparently prophetic computer program in his dead sister’s belongings.
6.Â Stereogram of the Gray Fort, In the Days of Her Glory by Paul M. Berger
Two perspectives on a set of events taking place after the humans have lost the war with the Fae.
7.Â Hart and Boot by Tim Pratt
This story is based on the known life of Wild West outlaw Pearl Hart and her mysterious partner in crime, Joe Boot.Â This takes the known events of her life and fills in the gaps.
A Hunter’s Ode to His Bait by Carrie Vaughn
Balfour and Meriwether in the Adventure of the Emperor’s Vengeance by Daniel Abraham
Beyond the Sea Gates of the Pirates of Sarskoe by Garth Nix