written by David Steffen
Pseudopod has now been running for nearly 10 years, which makes it an old fogey in terms of fiction podcasts. 2015 marked a major moment in the podcast’s history–the podcast increased the amount that it paid its author’s to what is considered in the industry to be professional rates. This is very exciting because not many podcasts have been able to afford to do this. I hope this will bring in even better stories by an even broader set of authors, and that will hopefully help give the fiction podcast industry more respect when it comes to awards and such honors which have typically looked over podcasts.
Shawn Garrett is still the editor of the podcast, but he has taken on a new co-editor–Alex Hofelich. In 2015 they published 67 stories (some in multi-story episodes)
1. “The Last Bombardment” by Kenneth Schneyer
Adorable toddlers parachuting from the sky. This is a strange new kind of war.
2. “Comparison of Efficacy Rates for Seven Anti-Pathetics as Employed Against Lycanthropes” by Marie Brennan
Written in the style of a scholarly research paper focused on the important and practical research of fighting werewolves.
3. “The Bleeding Game” by Natalia Theodoridou
A man discovers that when he cuts himself, he can revisit past times before the death of his girlfriend.
4. “When It Ends, He Catches Her” by Eugie Foster
A story of dancing, and love, in the time of plague.
5. “Final Corrections, Pittsburgh Times-Dispatch” by M. Bennardo
Written as a newspaper corrections section the day after the beginning of the end of the world.
6. “Thing in the Bucket” by Eric Esser
Fair warning, this one gets pretty squicky in several ways. The manufacture of a homonculus from menstrual blood.
7. “Lullabies for a Clockwork Child” by Shane Halbach
Parents always see the best potential in their children, don’t they?
“The Godsmaid Clara and Her Many Smiles” by Sharon Dodge
“The Discussion of Mimes” by Michael Payne
“Hunger” by Caitlin Marceau