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I don't usually post about crowdfunding projects, but I've recently backed one (also rare for me!) that I'm pretty excited about.

Tony C. Smith of the District of Wonders podcasts is doing a Kickstarter for a new SF/F anthology.  It's entitled Everyone: Worlds Without Walls.  Its stated goal is to:

explore and celebrate how we are greater together – and, conversely, the need to tear down walls of ignorance, prejudice, and injustice.

The TOC for this one is international, diverse, & impressive -- and will expand as stretch goals are met.   Dr. Amy H. Sturgis[livejournal.com profile] eldritchhobbit will be writing the introduction. At this point, there are 21 writers involved!

With 10 days to go,  the project's original goal and one stretch goal have been met.  Pledge levels range from the extremely reasonable -- which gets you a e-copy of the anthology -- to more generous amounts for additional rewards.

All details, including that expanding TOC, can be found here.

(Full disclosure: I am backing this, but I am not one of the writers or otherwise involved with the project.)
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If you're a Sinclair Lewis fan, a dystopian devotee, and/or a political junkie of any stripe, StarShipSofa's most recent segment of Looking Back on Genre History is a must listen.

In Episode # 451, Dr. Amy H. Sturgis[livejournal.com profile] eldritchhobbit offers an entertaining -- if chilling -- discussion of Lewis's 1935 dystopian novel It Can't Happen Here. Lots of fascinating background on the book's origins, with (I think) a minimal number of spoilers. I haven't read this one yet myself, but it's just gone to the top of my Kindle's virtual Read Soon pile.

Find the episode here, or on iTunes.
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If you’ve got even a passing interest in Poe (and I’m guessing that’s most everyone reading Yaddith Times), Dr. Amy H. Sturgis’s[livejournal.com profile] eldritchhobbit latest Looking Back in Genre History on StarShipSofa No. 406 is a don’t-miss listen.

In this segment, she reviews an intriguing temporary exhibit at The Poe Museum in Richmond, VA. Entitled “Madness: Insanity in the Works of Edgar Allan Poe,” it offers her a springboard for discussing the (often dark) history behind many of Poe’s more notable tales.

The exhibit itself has closed, unfortunately, but the podcast is still available for free on iTunes & at the StarShipSofa website. And The Poe Museum website is darkly fascinating all on its own.
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I’m falling behind on my podcast listening this summer, so this notice is a week-plus late – but I wouldn’t want any Lovecraftians who read this LJ to miss StarShipSofa 390.

The whole episode is excellent, with dark SF by Allen M. Steele & an extensive interview with leading horror editor Ellen Datlow. However, the draw for devotees of the Bard of Providence is this month’s Looking Back in Genre History segment. Dr. Amy H. Sturgis[livejournal.com profile] eldritchhobbit discusses the history lurking behind Lovecraft’s “The Shunned House,” with glimpses into New England’s own brand of vampire mythology. I consider myself fairly knowledgeable about HPL, but I learned a lot from this segment.

Find the episode here. As always, you can download it from the web site, listen online, or find it on iTunes. However you choose to listen, I wouldn’t miss this one.
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There’s been a certain amount of discussion on LJ lately about a dearth of older characters – particularly older female characters – in SF/F. To add a more hopeful note, I’d like to recommend Episode 379 of Tony C. Smith’s venerable StarShipSofa podcast. The Main Fiction – “Neighbours,” by Megan Lindholm / Robin Hobb – is one of the best things I’ve read or heard in this category in a very long time.

Find it here, but be sure to have some Kleenex handy when you listen. Trust me on this.

Also from the Sofa, in Episode 377, is a brilliant segment of Looking Back on Genre History. Dr. Amy H. Sturgis [livejournal.com profile] eldritchhobbit offers the first of a series of articles on the considerable contributions of Mary Shelley & her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft. This monthly segment is always well worth the time spent listening, but anyone interested in women’s history (hey, it’s still Women’s History Month!) , SF history, or both shouldn’t miss this one. Find it here.

As usual, these episodes are also available for free on iTunes & elsewhere.
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If you’re like me, 2015 started off a little too fast . . . leaving you without enough time to enjoy the great spec poetry offered online in January.

Fortunately, it’s still there waiting for you! (Nice thing about the Internet.) Here are a couple of items to get you started:

[livejournal.com profile] divadiane1's recent Poetry Planet segments on the StarShipSofa podcast have featured winners of the SFPA’s Elgin Awards for best spec poetry collection & chapbook. These are really lovely readings, with a generous selection of poems from 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners in each category.

Find Part 1 (Poetry Planet #14) here.

Find Part 2 (Poetry Planet #15) here.

If you prefer to read rather than listen to your speculative poetry, the SFPA’s online journal Eye to the Telescope has issue #15 up. This one is guest-edited by Anastasia Andersen, and features work by women poets. Find it here.

[Truth in LJing: I have a poem in this issue. It’s a sonnet, “Self 2.0”]
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StarShipSofa podcast’s latest return to the Poetry Planet offers Diane Severson ([livejournal.com profile] divadiane1) reading the winning & placing poems in the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s recent poetry contest.

Winners & two runners-up in Long, Short, & Dwarf forms are included. The winning Dwarf entry, however, managed to escape the good ship Sofa before it could be read! All winners & runners-up for this competition may be found here, with Diane's MP3 readings of the winners.

With or without escaped poems, I’ve been enjoying each & every visit to the Poetry Planet, and I commend the Sofa’s captain Tony C. Smith for making this a part of his podcast.

As ever, you can find this episode (#320) here, or on iTunes. The whole episode is well worth your listening time, & includes a fascinating interview with Cassini Project scientist Dr. Linda Spilker.  
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While I was tangled up with another project (more news on that soon, I hope!), the StarShipSofa podcast made not one, but two visits to Diane Severson's ( [livejournal.com profile] divadiane1) Poetry Planet. These visits cover all the SFPA Rhysling Award winners & runners-up for 2013.

6 of these 7 remarkable poems can be found on Sofa episode # 309, but one requires -- and merits! -- a bit more space.  Thus, the second visit in episode # 310, for Wade German's "The Necromantic Wine."  Fans of Clark Ashton Smith, or atmospheric fantasy in general, shouldn't miss this one.

This feature of StarShipSofa seems to improve with each episode, & I'm grateful to both Tony C. Smith & Diane S. for giving speculative verse a place on the Sofa.


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Podcast-loving Lovecraftians should definitely check out The Lovecraft Geek, a new question & answer podcast by noted HPL scholar Robert M. Price.

All details are available here, from the Lovecraft eZine.  The podcast can be downloaded from here, streamed, or subscribed to on iTunes.   If you've got a question for Dr. Price, there is also a handy submission form.

I've already listened to episode #1, & subscribed.  Although some of the questions from this first episode were fairly basic, Dr. Price answered them in impressive detail (not that I'd have expected otherwise), and offered much new information.   Like most podcasts, this one is completely free -- and definitely worth sampling if you are at all interested in the topic.

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As a complement to the better-known Nebula & Hugo awards (which do not offer a poetry category), the Science Fiction Poetry Association offers awards of its own for superior achievement in speculative verse.

This year, there were four separate awards: the Rhyslings (Short & Long Form), the Dwarf Stars Award (for verse 10 lines or shorter), the 2013 SFPA Poetry Contest (with Jane Yolen as the final judge), and the all-new Elgin Awards (for best full-length collection & chapbook published in the preceding year)..

For a list of Rhysling winners, with bios & photos, go here.  To see the Dwarf Stars winners' list, check here.  2013 Poetry Contest results -- and the poems themselves! -- can be found here.  The Elgin Awards results are listed here.

Tireless spec poetry chronicler Diane Severson (
[livejournal.com profile] divadiane1) also offers informative blog posts about the awards on the Amazing Stories site.   Find her comments about the Rhysling Awards here, and her Elgin/Dwarf Stars post here.

For those who prefer their imaginative verse in audible form, Diane's latest Poetry Planet segment for the StarShipSofa podcast is up now here, or on iTunes.  (Search for episode # 303.) This segment offers readings from the Elgin & Dwarf Stars winners.  Show notes for this segment are also available, here.

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Steampunks, lovers of classic horror, or anyone else who enjoys a tale told from an unconventional viewpoint won't want to miss StarShipSofa podcast No. 278.

The main fiction this time is "The Mad Scientist's Daughter" by Theodora Goss, and it's one of the most imaginative bits of dark fantasy I've heard in some time.  Here's the premise: several of the maddest scientists of Victorian horror (Moreau, Frankenstein, Jekyll . . . ) all had daughters.  Very . . . unusual ones.

And they've formed a club for possible world domination.

This is a nearly hour-long delight to listen to, & available as always from the Sofa web site, or on iTunes.   If you'd like to read it as well, it appeared originally in Strange Horizons, here.   It has recently been reprinted in The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination.
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After a worrisome delay due to editor Mike Davis's illness, the latest issue of Lovecraft eZine is now available in all its mind-blasting formats!

Featuring six stories plus the beginning of a new comic strip, Cthulhu Does Stuff, this issue is 96 pages (or over three hours, for the podcast format) of Lovecraftian tastiness.   Authors this time are Ronnie Tucker & Maxwell Patterson, Robin Spriggs, Samantha Henderson, Simon Kurt Unsworth, Don Webb, Joe Nazare, and David Conyers & John Goodrich.,

To get issue #22 for Kindle or Nook, go here. It's $2.99, & buyers can get a free copy of the podcast from Mike as well.

To get the podcast by itself for 99 cents, go here.  (I've been very impressed by the quality of this new feature -- issue #21 was a great treadmill distraction!)

And, as ever, you can read the whole issue online for free here.

If you're a Lovecraftian, you really ought to treat yourself to this experience -- and support the eZine, if you can.  (Truth in LJing: I do not have a story in this issue, but I've had work in two previous issues, and I'll have more in a forthcoming issue. )
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  In hopes that I'm not the only Edna St. Vincent Millay fan out there in LJ-land, I'd like to recommend Kate Bolick's recent Poetry Foundation essay, "Working Girl."

  This longish, detailed, & very positive look at Millay's life & writing doesn't gloss over her wild side.  However, it also does a good job of explaining her popularity during her life --  imagine the poet as rock star! -- and giving current readers some historical context.

  The article includes several click-through notes, and links to three of Millay's most notable poems.

  Kate Bolick was also interviewed on the Foundation's Poetry off the Shelf podcast for February 13, 2013.  Find it here, or download it from iTunes.


 


 

  
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However you prefer your Mythos fiction -- on your e-reader, in your ears, or online -- Lovecraft eZine #21 is ready to deliver!

After considerable research & soul-searching, editor Mike Davis is now offering this monthly Mythos treasure at three price points (including free).  The Kindle & Nook versions are now $2.99, and the very nicely produced podcast version goes for 99 cents.  Those purchasing the e-reader version, however, can also obtain the podcast for free by sending Mike their electronic receipt. Find out about this deal here.

As ever, Lovecraft eZine also remains free for all to read online!

Check out the cover art & TOC:

Issue #21 cover by Adam Baker – click to enlarge – http://www.facebook.com/thinkbaker

Issue #21 cover by Adam Baker – click to enlarge – http://www.facebook.com/thinkbaker

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Beneath the Pier
by Stephen Mark Rainey

An Eidolon of Filth
by W.H. Pugmire

A (~BIG~) Fishy Menu
by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.

Dom and Gio’s Barber Shop
by Gerry Huntman

The Stranger’s Trail
by Tom Lynch

Dunwich Redux
by Tim Scot


I've recently experienced both the podcast & Kindle editions of this issue with great enjoyment. 

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  Whether you prefer your Lovecraftian fiction for free online, on your Nook or Kindle (for 99 cents), or even as a podcast (free this time, as a test), you won't want to miss the latest issue of Lovecraft eZine.
  Editor Mike Davis continues to provide readers with a remarkable array of writers and artists -- on a regular schedule!   Check out the TOC this time around:

November 2012 issue cover — art by Adam Baker, text and logo by Leslie Herzfeld — click to enlarge

A Thousand Smokes
by W.H. Pugmire

The Strange Case of
Crazy Joe Gallo

by Jeffrey Thomas

In the House of the Hummingbirds
by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Treatment Room
by Kevin Crisp

Obsidian Capra Aegagrus
by Christopher Slatsky

The Dig
by Monica Valentinelli

Amtopians
by Logan Davis

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As a Colorado resident, I was fascinated to learn this morning that our Great Sand Dunes are helping geologists understand dunes on Mars, & what rover "Curiosity" may be seeing for us.. 

I heard the story on Colorado Public Radio, on a show called Colorado Matters To read about it, or listen to it yourself, check here.

I'm living (somewhat) near a Martian landscape.  Who knew?


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  StarShipSofa has long been one of my favorite podcasts -- an essential if you love SF -- but last week's episode No. 249 is a don't miss for at least two reasons.

1) An intriguing Kim Stanley Robinson tale, "The Timpanist of the Berlin Philharmonic, 1942."  This elegant dark story is only marginally fantastic, but the narration by Diane Severson [livejournal.com profile] divadiane1 is wonderful.    Her intimate knowledge of classical music & its performance makes all the difference. 

2)  Amy H. Sturgis's [livejournal.com profile] eldritchhobbit monthly "Looking Back at Genre History" segment -- a Ray Bradbury tribute with a difference.  Rather than a general overview of Bradbury's work, she offers personal insights on two of her favorite stories: "The Veldt" & "Usher II."  I've definitely put both of these on my To Reread list.

At a little over an hour, this episode of StarShipSofa is worth every minute spent listening.   As usual, you can stream it here, or download it on iTunes. 

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StarShipSofa podcast #229 is up now --  with the latest installment of  Poetry Planet!

Presented by [livejournal.com profile] divadiane1, this speculative poetry segment continues its exploration of time travel.  Check out the TOC:


As usual, this podcast may be downloaded here, streamed from the site, or obtained via iTunes.  Treat your ears to some free SF culture today!
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I don't watch a lot of anime . . . but a few years ago, I fell hard for Cowboy Bebop.    It had so much to love: science fiction, jazz, film noir atmosphere -- and, of course, a corgi.  OK, a data dog -- but a corgi just the same.  I was hooked, & bought all the DVDs.

Imagine my delight when a recent episode of the StarShipSofa podcast included a fact article focused on the music of Cowboy Bebop, as performed by Yoko Kanno & The Seatbelts.

David Raiklen's  Movie Soundtracks feature is generally fun, well-researched, & informative, but this month's offering is essential for any of you space cowboys out there.  And, of course, it's free.  Find StarShipSofa No. 225 here, or download it from iTunes. 

 Movie Soundtracks is the last item on the podcast, though you'll probably want to listen to the entire episode.  I particularly enjoyed Mary Rosenblum's story, "Skin Deep."
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Diane Severson's ([livejournal.com profile] divadiane1)  Poetry Planet segment has returned to the StarShipSofa!

Episode #223 of this award-winning SF podcast  includes Diane's 5th trip to the Poetry Planet, with the first of a two-part lineup of time travel-themed speculative poems.  Part 1 includes:
  • Things to Pack for my Trip Through Time, Rachel Swirsky
  • Polar Chronologies, Bruce Boston
  • An Introduction to Alternate Universes: Theory and Practice, Sandra Lindow
  • Looking to the Past, G. O. Clark
  • Intermediary and Centering, G. E. Schwartz
  • Illo Tempore, Michael Fosburg
  • Time Travel Verb Tenses, Laurel Winter

I just listened to this segment this morning, & was impressed by the quality and range of these selections.   Diane's segment also includes speculative poetry news, which makes it a must listen for both poetry fans & those looking for a different take on genre literature.  Find the episode here, or download it on iTunes.   

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