For newcomers to this blog, here’s a list of science fiction podcasts I’ve been involved with over the years:
|Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy is a talk show hosted by me and John Joseph Adams. We’ve interviewed authors such as George R. R. Martin, Orson Scott Card, and Robert Kirkman.|
|Lightspeed is an online science fiction magazine, and they also have a podcast on iTunes. My story “Cats in Victory” appeared in the debut issue.|
|StarShipSofa is a podcast magazine featuring stories and interviews. My story “Cats in Victory” appeared in Episode 141.|
|Escape Pod is a science fiction short story podcast. My stories “Save Me Plz” and “Blood of Virgins” appeared here.|
|Pseudopod is a horror short story podcast. My stories “The Skull-Faced Boy” and “The Disciple” appeared here.|
|MechMuse, a science fiction short story podcast, is now sadly defunct. My stories “Veil of Ignorance” and “The Second Rat” appeared in the debut issue.|
Find more science fiction podcasts over on Worlds Without End.
Here’s a cool podcast I’ve been listening to recently: WTF with Marc Maron.
Maron is a stand-up comedian who invites people over to the recording studio in his garage and conducts long interviews with them. Most of the guests are other comics, with a smattering of other folks in the arts & entertainment world. Maron is up front about his flaws, failures, insecurities, neuroses, and the all-consuming jealousy he feels toward his more successful peers, and he conducts frankly personal interviews that often deal with awkward topics such as “Why does everyone hate you so much?” Maron has been in stand-up for thirty years or so, and is friends and/or enemies with most of the folks he talks to. So far I’ve listened to interviews with Louis CK, Ira Glass, Sarah Silverman, Kevin Smith, and Bob Saget, all of which were interesting. The most riveting episodes so far have been the two in which Maron confronts Carlos Mencia over a range of grievances that his fellow comedians have against him.
So in response to my last post, my parents write, “So our challenge to you is to create a list of 20 books that a 14-year-old boy would want to read. Heck, make it 10!”
Ten? You insult me, sir. Here’s 24 off the top of my head. Not necessarily the best books or my favorites (though many of them are), but simply my first stab at a list of books that I think have the most chance of being picked up and read by a typical 14-year-old boy.
(And for an in-depth discussion of the issue of boys and reading, check out Episode 2 of my Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.)
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Dragons of the Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
Homeland by R. A. Salvatore
The Green Futures of Tycho by William Sleator
Singularity by Williams Sleator
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Illusion by Paula Volsky
A Malady of Magicks by Craig Shaw Gardner
A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony
Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn
The Master of White Storm by Janny Wurts
The Running Man by Stephen King
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
The White Mountains by John Christopher
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Feel free to suggest additions.