Narrations, Narrations, Narrations! *AKA Podcasts News*

microphoneI have realized that in the hustle and bustle of the past and forthcoming holidays, that I have neglected to mention that I have new narrations! I have been absolutely wonderfully lucky to have read for some of the best in the SF/F field and I hope the requests keep coming! I love doing this stuff!

Instead of getting a Google alert that mentioned Jon and Kate Plus 8, I actually had some good plugs on various blogs and sites for this week regarding some recent podcasts. Here are the most recent offerings:

The Uncanny Valley” by Nick Mamatas was posted three weeks ago on Escape Pod.
“After the Fire” by Aliette de Bodard was posted two weeks ago by StarShipSofa.
“Pirate Solutions” by Kathryn Sparrow was posted last week on Escape Pod.
“Night in Dark Perfection” by Richard Parks was posted yesterday on Clarkesworld Magazine.

I’ve also turned in readings to Mike Allen over at Mythic Delirium (2 poems), the good folks over at Dunesteef Audio. (They have the most fun with their recordings!) and I have two left to get done for Escape Pod and StarShip Sofa. Once those are posted, I’ll update the site.

A funny story regarding the “Pirate Solutions” story over on Escape Pod. I had sent two versions of the short narration to Jeremy Tolbert. One with my normal American accent and one with my best attempted English Accent. What’s a pirate story without an English accent! (I’m looking at YOU Johnny Depp.)  I figured if he thought the accent didn’t fit with the rest of the readers, he could with my normal husky voice. He ultimately chose the English accent. As I was surfing the mostly (*gasp*) positive comments on the EP forums, a member by the name of Yaksox posted: Can we have the English woman read more stories, please?

Buwhahah!

In Other Podcasting News:

StarShipSofa is also taking nominations for the Sofanaut Awards, so if you haven’t gone over to nominate your favorites, take a few seconds to do so now!

I’d also like to shout out the wonderful thing Tony C. Smith & writer Larry Santoro are doing to raise money for Spider and Jeanne Robinson in their time of need. StarShipSofa is releasing a free original audio story from Larry. You can purchase the ebook via Paypal or a credit card starting at 2.00 GPB ranging up to 100 GBP if you would like to contribute more to Spider and Jeanne as they continue her treatment for cancer.

I am also going to shamelessly and most enthusiastically plug the Clarkesworld Magazine Citizenship Drive. We’re still aiming for 400 new citizens by the end of the year and if you suddenly looked up at your calendar and were like, HOLY CRAP IT’S ALREADY DECEMBER, you have a little under a month to get in those donations. All it takes is $10.00. Higher donations have some nice incentives. Plus you get to be my minion. Clarkesworld is a labor of love that runs on book sales from its yearly publication and donations from you. So thank you if you’ve already donated!

That’s all for now! We now return you to our normally scheduled program.

New Narration: StarShipSofa “After the Fire” by Aliette de Bodard

Hey boys and girls!

Just wanted to let you know that I’ve done another narration for the good ship Sofa. I was very privileged to read “After the Fire” by Campbell Award nominee and Writer’s of the Future Winner, Aliette de Bodard.

This is one of my favorite stories so far! I do hope you’ll drop by StarShipSofa and give it a listen!

As always, comments and suggestions are always appreciated!

New Narrations: Clarkesworld & StarShipSofa

Hey Guys and Girls!

In the craziness that has been my life for the past month, I neglected to mention that I had two narrations up! I’ve got four to get done and a finished one waiting pub.

cw_30_350 “Spar”by Hugo & Nebula nominee  Kij Johnson is up at Clarkesworld Magazine. (Did I mention I like, work for them now? *Squee*) It’s full of adult themes and language, so if that kind of stuff makes you queasy, best to avoid. It’ll be on the home page for about another week, then get drops back into archives/audio fiction, so please, go take a listen.

“The Reflection of Memory” by Writer’s of the Future winner, CL Holland is up at StarShipSofa. This podcast on the fantasy side of the SF/F genre.

Both are excellent pieces of writing and I hope I do them justice!

If you have a moment after listening, I’m always craving constructive feedback.

While I got you — Look for a new Nick Mamatas story coming soon to Escape Pod as well!

The Podcast WhirlWind (aka Awesome News!)

Some big news to report on multiple fronts!

I’ve been invited to be “Podcast Director” (get a load of the official title) for Clarkesworld Magazine! That’s right, I’ve joined the staff of the Hugo Nominated Magazine! What will I be doing, exactly? I’ll be coordinating podcasts for the monthly releases, and introducing some new and exciting content as the magazine continues to grow.

Do me a favor? Mention the magazine to your friends, have them mention us to their friends! (I can actually say “us” now! *Squee*)

In other news, I’ve been interviewed by the wonderful Charles Tan over at Bibliophile Stalker. I am quite humbled as this was my first interview ever, but Charles made me feel welcome. Thanks, Charles. You’re the best!

I also have a narration up at Escape Pod as well this week. You should go over there and take a listen! “The Kindness of Strangers” by Nancy Kress opens discussion about our true selves. When disaster of epic proportion, propagated by aliens strikes, who do we become? Do we change or do we show our true colors?  Two more narrations are  in the pipeline for Jeremy Tolbert and the good folks at EP.

I will also have another narration up on Clarkesworld as we hit October 1st. I can’t say much about this one and will update the blog when it comes around. As a narrator, I am still digesting and it’s been a few days since I read it.

Tony C. Smith with StarShipSofa has given me another story to add to the two I’m still working on as well. Again, I’ll update when those are done and published.

I’ve updated the podcasts/narration page with the stuff that is just recently out. Enjoy!

It’s been a whirlwind and I have only to thank those of you who have cheered me on, listened and recommended my readings to others. You guys get all the credit here. Not me.

StarShipSofa Stories Volume One

As we approach StarShipSofa’s 100th Aural Delights episode, host Tony C. Smith has some exciting news. Featuring some of the best authors in the science fiction genre, StarShipSofa Stories — Volume One will be available on September 16, 2009. 

Through the generous contributions of people like Peter Watts, Ken Scholes, Alastair Reynolds, Elizabeth Bear, Gord Sellar, Spider Robinson  and more, StarShipSofa Stories – Volume One  will serve as both a celebration and way to contribute to the audio podcast.  Each sale of the book will go towards keeping the Sofa in orbit and allow us to continue to bring the Science Fiction fan community wonderful and imaginative stories week after week.

If you are considering taking part in the Support our ‘Zines Day on October 1st, conceptualized by Damien G. Walter, this would be a great way to support StarShipSofa and you will get something back!

Pricing is still being worked out but as he said during the latest Aural Delights show, it looks like the PoD book price might be hovering around 8-10 GBP plus shipping and handling.*

Tony will also be releasing the free e-book as well.

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StarShipSofa Stories Volume 1 is only a few days away from going on sale. Here’s a sneak preview of the cover art, designed by Skeet.

Skeet’s brief was to create a picture that would pay homage to the 50s SF pulp magazines. I think he’s produced an amazing piece of work.

Get ready for the 16th September when the book will be available to buy in print form. There will also be a new website and free eBook released on that day.

*Pricing is subject to change as we get closer to publication date.

New Clarkesworld, StarShipSofa & Mythic Delirium Narrations!

I can’t say it enough — I love this job. I love being able to dive into the roots of a story and become the characters within the tale. 

I’ve updated my Podcast/Audio Narration page with the following entries:

Clarkesworld Magazine

Short Story Narration – “From the Lost Diary of TreeFrog7? by Nnedi Okorafor

Mythic Delirium

Poetry Narration – “Genesis” by Holly Dworken Cooley (This is under the Feature Poems section)

StarShipSofa

Poetry Narration – “Black Holes Hold Thier Breath” by Mike Allen(Episode 81)

Poetry Narration – “Epochs in Exile” by Mike Allen and Charles Saplak (Episode 80)

Short Story Narration – “Standing Room Only” by Karen Joy Fowler (Episode 79)

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I’ve got four more stories still to be recorded for both StarShipSofa and WeirdSF.com. If you like what you hear, please continue to support these great Magazines.  As always — thanks for listening! Always feel free to leave comments or drop me a line at kate(at)anaedream(dot)com if you’ve enjoyed a story or would like to query me for voice narration!

Thanks again!

Also — if you are a member of this year’s Worldcon, please consider Clarkesworld Magazine for the 2009 SemiProzine Hugo Award. (It would make me VERY happy).

Updated the Narration Page

For those of you who like your links, I’ve updated the podcast/audio narration page on this site. It now includes the new Clarkesworld Magazine audio narration and the poetry I read for Starshipsofa

Just an FYI – I have a few stories and poems coming up and I’ll post another little nugget here when I do see them in the wild. 

“Blow Job Red” by Laura Anne Gilman (for inclusion in Weirdsf.com)

“Fork Points” by Sheila Finch (For SSS)

“Black Holes” poetry by Mike Allen (for SSS)

“Epochs in Exile” poetry by Mike Allen (for SSS)

“The Strip Search” poetry by Mike Allen (For SSS)

“Journey to Kailash” poetry by Mike Allen (For SSS)

“Standing Room Only” by Karen Joy Fowler (For SSS)

“Zealotry in 3 Acts” by Peter Hodges (for his website)

With five more yet to be recorded. 🙂 I like this job and I always will. Thank you to those who’ve made it possible and continue to listen!

New Audio Narrations – Clarkesworld & Starshipsofa!

It’s been a busy few weeks in audio narration for me.

This is very good news. I have done a few corporate presentations, a few phone greetings and I’ve turned in several poems and short stories to various e-zines and podcasting sites. 

The bad news is that I’ve come down with some sort of sickness affecting my lungs, nose and throat. I have no voice left and it feels like I’m swallowing cut glass everytime I take a drink or eat anything. Fun times. 

Regardless of my current ailment, I wanted to let you know about two great sites for which I’ve done recent audio narration. They have published in the last few days so grab some headphones and dig in. 

Starshipsofa – I read a poem called Angel Bites by Tim Pratt. I wanted to have a little fun with the narration on this one, only because everytime I read it, one of those US pharma commercials promoting some sort of miracle drug popped up in my head.  

Narration continues for upcoming podcasts with the great Tony C. Smith and SSS , as I have turned in a lot of poems and two short stories. Once my throat is better, there are two more waiting to be read.  

Clarkesworld MagazineHerding Vegetable Sheep by Ekatarina Sedia. This story was an absolute joy to read and I hope I do the story justice. This March issue also features an interview with Tobias Buckell and another story entitled The Loyalty of Birds by Rachel Sobel. Eligible for a Hugo this year in Montreal, I hope they are not only on the ballot but that they win.  This is a fantastic publication.  Support them in any way you can. 

 

Both Clarkesworld Magazine and Starshipsofa can be followed on Twitter. I highly suggest you do so. 🙂

StarShipSofa Poem Reading!

My second reading for StarShipSofa is now up! Aural Delights #54! Thanks again to Tony, who puts together a most awesome show every week. 

If you’re listening via Itunes, click here.

For the rest of you who would like to listen via the mp3 link, you can go to SSS, and either click on the mp3 link under the big metal flying starship sofa, or utilize the player on the right hand column of the webpage. 

Aural Delights No 54 Joan D Vinge

Editorial: Tony C Smith 02:10

Poetry: Light Across An Impossible Lake by Mark Rich 09:00 — read by ME! 🙂

Flash Fiction: Hard Rain by Matthew Sanborn Smith 17:30

Fact: Arthur Gordon by Amy H Sturgis 16:30

The Sofanauts Awards: by Mark Bormann 30:15

Main Fiction: A View From A Height by Joan D Vinge 34:00

Narrators: Kate Baker, Julio Flavio, Diane Severson

Advertisement: This podcast is brought to you by Audible.com. Download a free audiobook of your choice today at audiblepodcast.com/sofa

Time adds in show 01:44 and 07:34.

My StarShipSofa Narration Debut

I got up early this morning. It wasn’t the pink eye that was bothering me, nor the fact that I normally get up at this time to watch my son catch his bus. As soon as the red octagon slid back onto the side of the yellow bus and the sound of an engine dissipated, I went back to my computer and checked StarShipSofa.

Sure enough — my reading for Ted Kosmatka’s, Deadnauts was up!

Thank you Ted, for allowing me to read the story. I have to admit, I was having terrible trouble at the end only because I was so emotional. There were many moments I had to stop recording to regain my composure. Your writing allowed me to become her.

Thank you to Tony, who allowed me to read such a great piece for the Sofa and to share some great space with other features, authors and narrators! You rock.

Please go over and listen if you aren’t already and look for more things from me in the future. 🙂

Aural Delights #53: StarShipSofa