Updated Podcast List

I do this from time-to-time. Last time was about a year and a half ago. You can see my past podcast listings here and here. Here’s my current list of what I listen to and why:

  • Adventures in SciFi Publishing
    • This is a great podcast packed full of interviews with the occasional recording of a live panel. The conversations are always engaging and well done.
  • Angry Robot Books
    • This seems to have podfaded as of late, but when there is an episode, the quick interview and Angry Robot news are very insightful.
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies
    • Great fiction! This is usually along the fantasy vein of things, but they’ll run the rare other genre as well.
  • Clarkesworld Magazine
    • This is a speculative fiction magazine that tends toward the softer sci-fi, but they’ll run a good hard sci-fi story as well.
  • Escape Pod
    • The all-around best science fiction podcast out there. It’s also one of (if not THE) oldest, still active, science fiction podcasts out there. It was this one that got me into listening to podcasts, and I haven’t looked back.
  • Fear the Boot
    • A roundtable discussion about various role playing topics (and a bit more) happens on this podcast. There’s a “usual cast” of folks, but they usually bring in someone new or rare to the table as well. The wide variety of opinions and ideas coming out of the speakers make this a great one.
  • The Functional Nerds
    • This is Patrick’s and John’s podcast where they will sometimes (very rarely these days) talk between themselves about various topics of the day, news in genre fiction, technology and the like. For most shows, they have an author, musician (rare), or other creative type on the podcast to interview and have a casual conversation with.
  • The Geek Side of Life
    • This is a rare hit on my RSS feeds, but I leave it in there because the episodes are usually interesting to me in some geekly manner.
  • Hide and Create
    • This is a four-way roundtable discussion about writing. The “claim to fame” for this podcast is that they have an indie author, a traditionally published author, an editor, and a a tie-in writer on the podcast. This gives four very interesting points of view when it comes to writing, publishing, craft, business, and execution.
  • I Should Be Writing
    • Ahh… Mur… What to say about her? She’s GREAT! When I’m feeling down in the dumps about my writing, I’ll listen to Mur’s voice tell me that she’s feeling the same way despite her amazing success as a podcaster and author. The advice she gives (especially during the feedback shows) is invaluable.
  • Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff
    • Kenneth Hite and Robin D. Laws get together and pump out a four-segment show each week. These segments are a broad range of topics, but they’ll always be of interest to any writer, gamer, history buff, or conspiracy theorist out there. I happen to be all four, so this podcast is right up my alley.
  • Lightspeed Magazine
    • These are some great short stories (usually science fiction, but not always), put out by the Lightspeed crew.
  • NPC Cast
    • NPC Cast is a role playing podcast in which Del, Chris, and Aaron sit around talk (almost always in a positive manner) about various aspects of face-to-face gaming. It doesn’t matter if it’s board games, role playing, or cards. They’ll cover it.
  • Odyssey SF/F Writing Workshop Podcasts
    • These are rare to hit the RSS feed, but they’re well worth the wait. These are usually 15, 30, or 60 minutes in length and are excerpts from the Odyssey Writing Workshops. If you need a quick in-and-out bit of information from a master on that topic, check these out!
  • PodCastle
    • PodCastle is the #1 place to go for wonderful fantasy short stories. They’ll sometimes run a “giant” episode of longer works, but they are always great to listen to.
  • Pseudopod
    • If I need the chill of a spectral finger running down my spine, I’ll turn up some Pseudopod. The horror they present ranges across the spectrum of the genre. You never know what flavor of fright you’ll be getting from week-to-week.
  • RoleplayDNA
    • This is another rarity in the RSS feeds, but the roundtable discussions on role playing cover a great deal of topics, and helps keep me up-to-date on the local news in the role playing community. These guys are based out of Broomfield, CO, and that’s about 2 hours away from my house. They tend to cover news in the Boulder/Broomfield/Denver area, but if an event is large enough, I’ll make the drive to check things out.
  • The Roundtable Podcast
    • Dave is back! He took a long hiatus from podcasting while tending to his ailing mother, but has returned to the airways of the Internet with his rockin’ good podcast. On The Roundtable Podcast, he does interviews with authors, then takes those authors and critiques a story idea by an up-and-coming writer. The intros he gives the authors are legendary!
  • SF Signal
    • Patrick Hester does a great job in interviewing people, running “online panels,” and herding the monkeys into a semblance of hilarious order while covering topics in the speculative fiction fields. He and his guests cover huge tracts of land (see what I did there?) in great detail. The podcast is always insightful, usually entertaining, and well worth your time.
  • The Shared Desk
    • Tee and Pip do a great job of talking about the nitty-gritty of the life of a professional author. They should know. They’ve been doing it for a while now.
  • Slate’s Stranger Than Fiction (This is a link to the latest episode.)
    • I thought this one had podfaded, but as I was about to drop it from my list, another episode came out. These podcasts are usually centered around the “what if” of life and how it’s coming true.
  • Speculate!
    • This is a good podcast in which Greg and Brad review a book, tear down (not in a malicious way, but in a constructive way) the book, and then interview the author of the book. Between their triptychs, they’ll do interviews as well. Always great stuff for any writer or reader out there.
  • Writing Excuses
    • This is one of my top podcasts! In this one, Brandon, Mary, Dan, and Howard get together (with a rare guest as well) and talk about some aspect of writing for 15 minutes. They cover craft, business, life, health, art, ideas, critiques, etc.. You name some aspect of the writing life, and they’ll cover it.

If you’re paying attention, you’ll notice that I linked to each one of the podcast’s website. You can also find all of these in iTunes (which is how I slurp them off the Internet, shove them onto my iPod, and inject them into my ears.) I’m sure other audio marketplaces (Stitcher comes to mind) probably carries some of these as well.