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March 2020 Metacast


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(Alasdair) Hi everyone, Alasdair here.

We’re not going to ask how you are right now, because we have a pretty good idea. You’re fine. You’re FINE. You’re the same version of fine as everyone right now, the one Aerosmith sang about. The one where you’re alternately anxious, terrified, furious and calm.

We empathise. We’re the same. (Continue Reading…)

Announcing ESCAPE POD: THE SCIENCE FICTION ANTHOLOGY from Titan Books!


Escape Artists and Titan Books are delighted to announce the upcoming publication of Escape Pod: The Science Fiction Anthology to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the hit podcast of the same name. Featuring new and exclusive stories from today’s bestselling writers, the collection will publish October 2020 and is the latest addition to Titan Books’ award winning anthology list that includes editors such as George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, Mark Morris, Christopher Golden and Rachel Autumn Deering, & Paul Kane and Marie O’Regan.

Escape Pod has been bringing the finest short fiction to millions all over the world, at the forefront of a new fiction revolution. Founded in 2005 by Serah Eley, Escape Pod is the world’s oldest audio fiction podcast and was a Hugo Award finalist in 2017. Specializing in science fiction, the podcast gives its audience a different story each week that’s fun and engaging, with thought-provoking afterwords from its episode hosts.

This anthology gathers together stories from writers such as Cory Doctorow, Ken Liu, Mary Robinette Kowal, John Scalzi, and more, including nine works of original fiction. Editors Mur Lafferty and S.B. Divya have produced the science fiction collection of the year, bringing together bestselling authors in celebration of the publishing phenomenon that is Escape Pod.


ESCAPE POD: THE SCIENCE FICTION ANTHOLOGY
9781789095012 | October 20 2020 | Paperback | £8.99/$14.95 | 368pp

Pardon Our Electrons


One of the challenges of being a positively ancient podcasting company by modern standards is the pace at which technology and common practice advance. We’re currently retrofitting swaths of our back catalogs to bring them up to modern standards, including SSL certificates. Unfortunately, some podcatchers are interpreting this as the episodes being ‘new’ and pushing them to audience feeds.

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EA Makes The British Fantasy Award Finals


Award-winning genre fiction podcasts PseudoPod and PodCastle have made the shortlist for the British Fantasy Society Best Audio award. The award, which debuted in 2018, went to the BBC audio adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys. PseudoPod was also a finalist that inaugural year.

We’re incredibly happy to see the hard work of our editorial teams recognized, especially by an award such as this. It speaks very highly of the BFS’ willingness to engage with the future of the industry that the Best Audio award exists and we’re honored to be on the shortlist.

Also join us in congratulating Alasdair’s weekly pop culture newsletter, The Full Lid, for its Best Nonfiction nomination!

The British Fantasy Awards are presented each year at Fantasycon which takes place in Glasgow, Scotland October 18th – 20th, 2019.

Forum Maintenance


The Escape Artists forums will be under construction throughout the summer. We’ll reopen with a new look and streamlined threads so that your comments and questions get seen by podcast staff as well as other fans.

The forum will continue to be home to our flash fiction contests and all of the existing content will be archived and searchable.

In the meantime, please pardon our dust. We’ll keep the conversation rolling over on our supporter-exclusive Discord. We’d love to chat with you there – join instantly when you support us on Patreon.

Artemis Rising Hiatus


In 2018, the Escape Artists podcasts came together to produce Artemis Rising 5. The event has been many things over the years. Beginning as a celebration of women’s speculative work in the vein of Lightspeed’s Destroy! series, the event gradually shifted focus to widen its scope.

For us behind the scenes, Artemis Rising took on another meaning — a holistic approach to issues of gender in publishing, where we offered marginalized members of our staff senior editorial roles where they could train, learn, and lead. We made a concerted effort to give folks the stage, at every step of the process, who might never have gotten the chance otherwise.

One of the most common errors in discussing, showcasing, and describing marginalized genders in a submissions call is grouping women and nonbinary folk together, as though one necessarily implies the other. Even that listing, setting women first, suggests a hierarchy of identity and importance. “Marginalized Genders” is too broad, and the tonal focus of Artemis Rising had been on the femme side of experience, which alienates some intersex folks, trans men, nonbinary men, agender folks, and many others. “Everyone but men” carries similarly loaded implications we’re not best-placed to arbitrate.

While our goals were sound, our execution was not. To our great benefit, the conversation is evolving. We are thankful for the labor of those who offered feedback or criticism and for being given the opportunity to learn from it. The problems we sought to address in 2014 are not the same as those that require attention today.

In consideration of this, we return to the question all event organizers must consider: who does this serve? And how can we make it work in practice, rather than in name?

For 2019-2020, Escape Artists is considering these questions at each level of the process. It has informed the way we’re reading stories, the way we recruit readers, and the way we train our staff both for the everyday tasks and in preparation for their own career advancement. We’ve said for the last two years or so that Artemis Rising is going to change.

In order to make the right changes, and to make sure that our execution aligns with our intentions, we’ll be taking 2020 off.

In the meantime, we want to take this opportunity to highlight some other venues focusing on similar work. Here’s a list of some of the markets (including semiprozines, token payment venues, and non-paying publications) that would all benefit from wider recognition and funding support:

To our authors, narrators, and guest editors, thank you for pulling together across genres to make Artemis Rising the best it could be. To listeners and the broader community, thank you for including us in the conversation.

Artemis Rising will return, at the right time, in the right way, with more tales to share. See you then.

Sincerely,
Escape Pod, PseudoPod, PodCastle, & Cast of Wonders

Congratulations to Alasdair Stuart, Best Fan Writer Hugo Finalist!


Hugo nominations have just been announced and we have an Escape Artist on the short lists, folks! Our very own co-owner, boss, keeper of the big red button and PseudoPod host, Alasdair Stuart is a finalist for the Best Fan Writer award!

Best Fan Writer is for work published in print or digitally for semiprozines, fanzines or generally available electronica media. Which is pretty much the part of Alasdair’s day job that isn’t Escape Artists so it’s great to see him make the list. Congratulations, boss!

The 78th World Science Fiction Convention will be held in Dublin, Ireland, from 15th to 19th August this year. The awards will be handed out there and Escape Artists will be present for the whole weekend so do come say hello. More details to follow.