For those of you that don’t know, I’ve have a long drive (about 90 minutes with good traffic) to get from the garage in my house to the parking garage near work. I fill this time with podcasts like EscapePod, PodCastle and PseudoPod. However, they don’t nearly come close to filling up my drive time each week (3 hours a day x 5 days == 15 hours a week.) One of the members of the CSFWG is the Hugo nominated producer of SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester. I daresay that he’s more than just “a member” of my group, but also a good friend (and not just because he’s Hugo nominated, and I want some of that goodness to rub off on me.)
I’ve been listening to lots of SF Signal Podcast lately, and I have lots of backlog to listen to. Patrick just released episode 141, and I’m right in the middle of the fantastic episode 108. I must say that in the 4-ish hours that I’ve listened to SF Signal, I’ve learned quite a bit about writing, the current state of the publishing industry, the history of various genres and had quite a few laughs along with it.
While listening to EscapePod, PodCastle and PseudoPod, I can usually (but not always!) find a decent place to pause the podcast and get out of my car to go to work or stumble inside my house after a long day. This is not the case with SF Signal. I hate hitting pause while getting out of my care because someone is always in the middle of some great commentary, witty remark or producing some form of wonderful insight that I care about. This is not to say that the storytelling of EscapePod, PodCastle and PseudoPod are flawed. It’s just that I can pause a story at a logical point and remember what was going on when I pick it back up again a little while later. The problem with pausing SF Signal is that there is so much to learn and so much going on with the podcast that I’m afraid I’ll lose out on some wonderful tidbit.
Also, one last “complaint” about SF Signal (the website/blog and the podcast.) It’s adding tons of items to my backlog for my reading list. My bank account and time reserves are quickly being overwhelmed by the loads of fantastic recommendations from all different angles. If you’re in need of some good science fiction or fantasy, I highly recommend the website and podcast.
PS: If anyone has any recommendations on good podcasts, I’d love to hear about it in the comments section.