The Best of Pseudopod 2019

written by David Steffen Pseudopod is the weekly horror podcast edited by Shawn Garrett and Alex Hofelich. 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 60 stories published in 2019, by my count. Stories that are eligible for … Continue reading The Best of Pseudopod 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

STORY ANALYSIS: “Optimizing the Verified Good” by Effie Seiberg

written by David Steffen For another round of story analysis, I wanted to draw attention to the short story “Optimizing the Verified Good” by Effie Seiberg, first published in Analog September/October 2018, and reprinted in audio in Escape Pod. As with the previous run of the Story Analysis, do expect SPOILERS after this paragraph, but … Continue reading STORY ANALYSIS: “Optimizing the Verified Good” by Effie Seiberg

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 Cast of Wonders 2017

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.  I think their definition of YA is significantly broader than most, which I see as a positive thing–I had very broad tastes when I was a young adult, so it makes sense to me anyway.

After Cast of Wonders joined Escape Artists in 2016, they increased their pay rates which helped them become qualified as a SFWA-qualifying market, which is a great sign of progress.  

The Best of Podcastle 2016

written by David Steffen Podcastle is the weekly fantasy podcast published by Escape Artists.  At the beginning of the year it was co-edited by Rachael K. Jones and Graeme Dunlop.  Partway through the year Rachael retired and her co-editor seat was filled by Jen Albert.  As well as weekly full-length feature episodes, they also publish … Continue reading The Best of Podcastle 2016