The Best of Podcastle 2019

written by David Steffen Podcastle is the weekly fantasy podcast published by Escape Artists, which at the beginning of 2019 was co-edited by Jen Albert and Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali.  During the year Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali stepped down and now at this time the podcast is co-edited by Jen Albert and Cherae Clark. As well as weekly full-length … Continue reading The Best of Podcastle 2019

The Best of Escape Pod 2019

written by David Steffen Escape Pod is the weekly science fiction podcast, one of the Escape Artists family of podcasts, edited by S.B. Divya and Mur Lafferty. Escape Pod published a total of 41 stories in 2018, which is lower than it has been in some years because of a combination of longer stories that … Continue reading The Best of Escape Pod 2019

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 … Continue reading The Best of Strange Horizons 2018

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 … Continue reading The Best of Nightmare Magazine Podcast 2017-2018

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 … Continue reading The Best of Cast of Wonders 2018

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 … Continue reading The Best of Toasted Cake 2018

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 … Continue reading The Best of Lightspeed Magazine Podcast 2018

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 … Continue reading The Best of Clarkesworld 2018

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 … Continue reading The Best of Escape Pod 2018

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 (*).