Podcast novelists in the NEW YORK TIMES

Two worlds have collided, and storytelling may not be the same again.

In case you haven’t yet seen this, the august New York Times (”all the news that’s fit to print”) recently ran an article on podcast fiction, featuring Scott Sigler, J.C. Hutchins, Mark Jeffrey, Tee Morris (the only one without an interview — drat), and Evo Terra. The first four are novelists who have made audio versions of their books available over the Internet, which we have discussed in the past; and Mr. Terra — as co-founder (with Mr. Morris) of Podiobooks.com, where the other four’s work may be found, and (with Michael R. Menninga) of the Dragon Page podcasts — is their guiding angel, or perhaps “Demiurge” would be appropriate.

For me, whose involvement in podcasting has been a kind of personal underground movement, this junction of that world with the world of Big Media Journalism seems a bit surreal. And it certainly creates a surge on my Ain’t-That-Cool! meter.

If you’re still not sure what this whole “personal on demand” audiobook thing is all about, check out the article (registration with NYT may be required). And despite what it says, you don’t need an iPod to take advantage of all these offerings. (I’m still waiting for the day I can get one. But any mp3 player works, and I do most of my listening on home-burned CDs.) If you enjoy audiobooks, or if you commute and would rather listen to something (anything!) other than broadcast radio, they’re just what the doctor ordered.

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2 Responses to Podcast novelists in the NEW YORK TIMES

  1. Scott Sigler says:

    Brother, thanks for posting the links! Haven’t heard from you in awhile, glad to know you’re still following things.

  2. Michael says:

    Hey, Scott, and welcome!

    You bet I’m still following. Not for nothing do they call your fans “junkies.” Besides, I have an “Endgame” entry to prepare …

    I was tempted to write, “featuring Scott Sigler (who shows that, even in San Francisco, remaining in the closet can be a very good thing),” but you’re probably tired of that gag.

    Meanwhile, to you readers who appreciate well-thought-out, gut-grabbing science fiction and/or monster tales: Amazon.com. Ancestor. April 1, 12 noon Eastern/9 am Pacific. Go forth and purchase!

    Not only is Ancestor a kick-keister genetic-engineering-gone-south yarn (imagine the thrill-ride of James Cameron’s Aliens enriched with the hard-science grounding of Michael Crichton’s novels), but we have the chance to move a talented writer from the “underground” to the top of the Amazon list. Now that would be coolness indeed.

    But to do it, we’ll have to order ON APRIL THE FIRST (pre-orders won’t have the desired effect). So, like one of Scott’s creatures, let us lie in wait and then pounce ….

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