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Episode 1, BUILT TO LAST

Technology makes us impermanent.

First podcast, and I’m pretty damned excited. BUILT TO LAST, a story that’s appeared on 365 Tomorrows is read with complimenting music by Jonathan Coulton.

Direct download: freeplanetxeps1.mp3

Episode 2, PANDAS JUST WANT TO BE DOGS

Can a wild party bring back the call of the wild? If there’s no hope for the pandas, what then can be said of us?

“Sempreverde” was written and performed by Momus, and is available on his album “Otto Spooky”. You can find out more about Momus at www.imomus.com

This episode also featured “1×3″ by Tilopa and “Insomnia” by Processor. Both artists and their work can be found at www.magnatune.com

Direct download: freeplanetxeps2.mp3

Episode 3: THE FIRE INSIDE

The Bleeding Freak Memoirs, Part One. What happens when you shove needles into my arms and face at a poetry reading? Only good things.

“Make A God” was written and performed by Atomic Opera, and is available on their album “Penguin Dust”. You can find out more about Atomic Opera at www.magnatune.com

This episode also featured “Ika” by Falik. More information about him and his work can also be found at www.magnatune.com

 Direct download: Episode_3__THE_FIRE_INSIDE.mp3

Episode 4: WELCOME TO THE HOTEL KRAKEN

The most difficult thing in the world is to admit our deepest desires. Luckily, that’s what the Hotel Kraken is for.

“Doctor Of Love” was written and performed by Jen Rathbun, and is available on her album “Coffee, Chocolate & Men” which can be purchased via iTunes.You can find out more about Jen at www.JenRathbun.com

This episode also featured “Red Mood” by Jami Sieber. More information and work by this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com

Direct download: Episode_4__WELCOME_TO_THE_HOTEL_KRAKEN.mp3

Episode 5: BIG DAMN HEROES, CHAPTER ONE

THE LAY OF THE LAND: Before the West was won, it was a haven for savagery and brutality. And no town exemplified lawlessness more than Justice. That’s something Clark Kent and only just found out, finding himself in Justice on the trail of an man known only as The Bat…

“The Only Son” was written and performed by The Jason Sinay Band, and is available on their album “The Jason Sinay Band” which can be purchased via iTunes. You can find out more about The Jason Sinay Band at jasonsinayband.com

This episode also featured “The Easy Winners,” performed by Max Morath, and “Sioux Flag Song” from the Northern Plains Native Americans.

My interview by Jason Adams is available in two parts at www.randomsignal.com

I’m a guest at PhilCon this year.

Here are the panels I’ll be speaking at:

Sat 10:00 AM in Liberty C Science Fiction: Gen X (179)

Sat 2:00 PM in 303 Writing for an Online Audience (283)–365 Tomorrows panel

Sun 1:00 PM in Salon G Flash Fiction (284)–365 Tomorrows panel

Direct download: Episode_5__Big_Damn_Heroes_Part_1.mp3

Episode 6: WHO WE ARE IN THE DARK

Ever wonder why we dim the lights during our most intimate moments? Some mysteries can never be solved, only explained.

“Another Song About The Darkness” was written and performed by Lauren Hoffman, and is available on her album “Choregraphy”. You can find out more about Lauren at www.forlauren.com

This episode also featured “The Tale Of Room 620″ by Ehren Starks. More information and work by this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com

Direct download: Episode_6__WHO_WE_ARE_IN_THE_DARK.mp3

Episode 7: AN X-MAS CAROL

Christmas is about a Christ, a Messiah.  But X-Mas, X-Mas is about an X. And X stands for anything; it’s a mystery. And in a holiday that celebrates mysteries, only one thing is clear: Barley was bread to begin with…

“Christmas In The Trenches” was written and performed by John McCutcheon, and is available on his album “Winter Solstice”

You can find out more about John at www.folkmusic.com This episode also featured “Revenge Of The Sugar Plum Fairy” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, “Broygas,” by the Stick And Rag Village Orchestra, “Mezza Messa,” by Falik, and “The Nutbreaker,” by djBC.

Direct download: Episode_7_AN_X-MAS_CAROL_copy_1.mp3

Episode 8: LIGHT OF OUR FATHERS

Life with a compulsive Groucho Marx impersonator might not be so bad, but after 13 years, it starts to wear thin. It’s a war of wills between a teenage girl and her father, and Hanukkah is battlefield.

“Lydia The Tattooed Lady” was written by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg and performed by Groucho Marx, and was first used in the movie At The Circus

This episode also featured “Rabbis Table,” by the Stick And Rag Village Orchestra, and “Minas Tirith,” by Howard Shore.

Thanks again to J.R. Blackwell, for reading this weeks episode. You can read some of Ms. Blackwell’s own writing at 365tomorrows.com.

Direct download: Episode_8__LIGHT_OF_OUR_FATHERS.mp3

Episode 9: BIG DAMN HEROES, CHAPTER TWO

THE DEEDS OF THE DESPERATE Al Savage relates the story of his too-close-for-comfort meeting with the man known only as The Bat. But Savage strangely has no fear of this dark knight. Could it be there is something else in this world that frightens him more?

“Leaves Do Fall” was written and performed by The Rosebuds, and is available on their album “Birds Make Good Neighbors” which can be purchased via iTunes. You can find out more about the Rosebuds at www.therosebuds.com

This episode also featured “Sukothai Rain” and “The Darkening Ground” by Jami Sieber. More information and work by this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com

Be sure to listen to Voices Of Tomorrow, the official podcast of 365tomorrows.com.

Special thanks to Brendan Dalton and J.R. Blackwell for lending their voice talents for this episode.

Direct download: Episode_9_BIG_DAMN_HEROES_Chapter_2.mp3

Episode 10: CURSE OF THE FORWARD-THINKING GENTLEMAN, part 1

In which our narrator recounts his involvement with Basil Fohrsight, and pursues a man with a cunningly bizarre arm. But what wonders and horrors might lie within the home of such a man?

“Down In The Meadow” was written and performed by Spit, and is available at mperia.com. You can find out more about Spit at www.otherleg.com/music/spit and www.myspace.com/spitnik

This episode also featured “Engelorum” and “RUST part 1 ” by The Vernian Process.

News and information about the Blooker Prize can be found at the Lulu Blooker Blog. Since the entries up for veiw are displayed alphabetically, my entry, TALES FROM THE UNCANNY VALLEY, is diabolically close in proximity to Cheeseburger Brown’s SIMON OF SPACE.

Direct download: Episode_10_CURSE_OF_THE_FORWARD-THINKING_GENTLEMEN_part_1.mp3

Episode 11: CURSE OF THE FORWARD-THINKING GENTLEMAN, part 2

In which our narrator comes face to face with the monstrosities that lurk within the house of Algernon Feldspar, and learns the true nature of this unusual fellow.

You will find the first part of this tale here “Rubber Angel” was written and performed by Spit, and is available at mperia.com. You can find out more about Spit at www.otherleg.com/music/spit and www.myspace.com/spitnik

This episode also featured “Engelorum” and “RUST part 1 ” byThe Vernian Process.

Direct download: Episode_11_CURSE_OF_THE_FORWARD-THINKING_GENTLEMAN_part_2.mp3

 Episode 12: ROCKETER

Failure is always relative. And escape velocity can’t be achieved by everyone.

“The New American Apathy” was written and performed by Mazarin, and is available on their album “We’re Already There” which can be purchased via iTunes. You can find out more about Mazarin at www.myspace.com/mazarinband

This episode also featured “Dad’s Song” by Ehren Starks. More information and work by this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com

Listen to The Rev-Up Review, The Worst Music You’ve Ever Heardand buy the February ’06 issue of Popular Science, while you’re at it.

Direct download: Episode_12_ROCKETER.mp3

Episode 13: A CASUAL SENSE OF ADVENTURE

Sometimes, it’s astounding where a casual sense of adventure will lead you.

“Mind Blindness” was written and performed by Dirty On Purpose, and is available on their album Sleep Late For A Better Tomorrow. You can find out more about Dirty On Purpose at www.dirtyonpurpose.com

This episode also featured “Hidden Wings ” by Jami Sieber, more work and information about this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com

You can download VOICES at www.podiobooks.com/voices/ You’ll be glad you did.

Direct download: Episode_13__A_CASUAL_SENSE_OF_ADVENTURE.mp3

Episode 14: ROOK TAKES KING, part 1

On a chess board, it’s easy to see the pieces, and know the pawns from the royalty. But often, the world is less black and white.

“You’re An Animal” was written and performed by the Masochist Monkey Circus. You can find out more about The Masochist Monkey Circus at their MySpace page

This episode also featured “Louise” bySkeletonbreath. You can find out more about Skeletonbreath at skeletonbreath.com.

You can both read and listen to Hrekka’s FIVE MILES TO EDEN at it’s home on DeviantArt

News and information about the Blooker Prize can be found at the Lulu Blooker Blog.

Direct download: Episode_14__ROOK_TAKES_KING_part_1.mp3

Episode 15: ROOK TAKES KING, part 2

On a chess board, each peice is assigned it’s ability to move, and each are predictable in that way. But often, the world is less orderly.

“Mince Meat” was written and performed Danger Doom, from the album The Mouse And The Mask, and is available via iTunes.It was was provided curtousey of Epitaph records and The Podsafe Music Network. You can find out more about Danger Doom at www.dangerdoom.com

This episode also feature “Louise” and “Do The Lazy Rabbit” by Skeletonbreath. You can find out more about Skeletonbreath at www.skeletonbreath.com

For a complete listing of Guests and events at Balticon, go to www.balticon.org

Direct download: Episode_15__ROOK_TAKES_KING._Part_2.mp3

Episode 16: WORD MADE FLESH

It’s one thing to be seen, it’s quite another to be seen in writing.

“Claim” is written and performed by Cynthia G Mason, from her self-titled album, which can be purchased via iTunes. You can find out more about Cynthia at www.spiderwomanrecords.com.

This episode also featured “Bailar Tristemente” by Ehren Starks. More information and work by this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com

Direct download: Episode_16__WORD_MADE_FLESH.mp3

Episode 17: IN THE BELLY OF THE DESERT

You wander in the Desert, you’ll go the same way all Desert creatures do.

“Bring It On” was written and performed Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, from the album Noctoramak, and is can be purchased via iTunes. It was was provided curtousey of Epitaph records and The Podsafe Music Network. You can find out more about Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at www.nickcaveandthebadseeds.com/

This episode also feature “Polish Jokes” by the Stick And Rag Village Orchestra, For a complete listing of Guests and events at Balticon, go to www.balticon.org

Direct download: Episode17__IN_THE_BELLY_OF_THE_DESERT.mp3

Episode 18: THE BITTER KISS OF THE RONIN’S CUP

Before the ronin, did we ever know the world or it’s bitter kiss?

 ”Thursday” is written and performed by Asobi Seksu, from their album Citrus which will be available May 30th. You can find out more about the band at www.asobisesku.com.

This episode also featured “Avanti” by Tilopa. More information and work by this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com

For a complete listing of Guests and events at Balticon, go to www.balticon.org

Direct download: BITTER KISS RONINS_CUP.mp3

Episode 19: BEHIND THE WIRE

In the Bomb Shelter, best bar in the Green Zone, the glass is always half full. Until it’s drained, that is. 

“Raise A Glass To Your Favorite Guise” is written and performed by Red Cassette, from his album Thin King Twice. You can find out more about the band at www.redcassette.com.

This episode also featured “Plastic Motorfight” by Skeletonbreath. You can find out more about Skeletonbreath at www.skeletonbreath.com

For a complete listing of Guests and events at Balticon, go to www.balticon.org

Bradley George is the host of Triad Arts Up Close, an interview show that deserves a listen. He’s the next Terry Gross, I swear.

Direct download: Episode_19__BEHIND_THE_WIRE.mp3

Episode 20: MERCY MISSION

Never underestimate a man who travels with a larger-than-life holographic crucified Jesus with laser-beam eyes.

“Amazing Grace” was performed by Miss Behavin’ off her album “First Offense.” It was provided courtesy of The Podsafe Music Network You can find out more about Miss Behavin’ at www.missbehavin.de

You can find out more about The Flying Spaghetti Monster and buy copies of it’s Gospel at /www.venganza.org/

Direct download: Episode_20__MERCY_MISSION.mp3

Episode 21: FLEET OF AGES

The Fleet of Ages, the Ships of Tomorrow, grand vessels designed to travel into the future and bring back loads of wonders yet to come. But how much can we take before there’s nothing left? 

“How’s It Gonna End” was written by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brenna, and performed by Waits off his album “Real Gone” It was provided courtesy of The Podsafe Music Network You can find out more about Tom Waits’ at www.officaltomwaits.com

This episode also featured “Out Of The Mist” by Jami Sieber. More information and work by this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com

For a complete listing of Guests and events at Balticon, go to www.balticon.org

Direct download: Episode_21__FLEET_OF_AGES.mp3

Episode 22: REAL GIRLS

Sugar and spice and everything nice, is that what real girls are made of? 

“Tranarchy Tracy” was written and performed by Le Cabaret Melange. You can find out Le Cabaret Melange’s new project, the Oberon Orchestra at www.oberonorchestra.com and at myspace.com/OberonOrchestra

For a complete listing of Guests and events at Balticon, go to www.balticon.org

Direct download: Episode_22__REAL_GIRLS.mp3

Episode 23: FAVOR FISHING

Somedays, you gotta make do with what you have so that on other days, you can reach for what you want.

“Mystery In Her Hands” was written and performed by Trace Wiren from her album “Johnny’s Cafe” It was provided courtesy of The Podsafe Music Network You can find out more about Trace Wiren’ at www.tracewiren.com

You can find the JFP podcast at www.jacksonfreepress.com/podcast.

For a complete listing of Guests and events at Balticon, go to www.balticon.org

Direct download: Episode_23__FAVOR_FISHING.mp3

Episode 24: WHERE THE WILD HORSES RUN

How far will you go, and how fast, to regain what you’ve lost?

“Supersonic” was written and performed by Bad Religion from their album “The Process Of Belief” It was provided courtesy of The Podsafe Music Network and Epitaph records You can find out more about Bad Religion at www.badreligion.com

For a complete listing of Guests and events at Balticon, go to www.balticon.org

Direct download: Episode_24__Where_The_Wild_Horses_Run.mp3

Episode 25: IN A NEST OF ICE AND SNOW

In the bitter cold of a frozen future, warmth can be found in the most unexpected places.

“Disgrace” was written and performed by Essie Jain. You can find out more about this artist and her work at www.essiejain.com

This episode also featured “Daybreak” by Jami Seiber. More information and work by this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com

Bradley George is the host of Triad Arts Up Close, one of the best interview show’s you find. Also, he dances better than Soterios Johnson

Direct download: Episode_25__IN_A_NEST_OF_ICE_AND_SNOW.mp3

Episode 26: BUYING JOHN HODGEMAN

Can you put a price on John Hodgeman? And if so, could you, a lay-person, hope to afford him?

More information on John Hodgeman can be found at www.littlegraybooks.com, www.areasofmyexpertise.com, and areasofmyexpertise.blogspot.com. He is truly a well-webbed gentleman.

“Furry Old Lobster” is written and performed by Jonathon Coulton, and can be purchased directly from the artist.You can find out more about Jonathan at www.jonathancoulton.com. This episode also featured “Sunset At Pensacola” by Ehren Starks.

More information and work by this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com

Direct download: Episode_26__BUYING_JOHN_HODGEMAN.mp3

Episode 27: THIS WORLD’S NOT BUILT FOR LOVERS

Even in a fantasy, some rules are not meant to be broken. These are the ones that are the first to go. Especially in a fantasy.

Mod-Fearing Woman and Mod-Fearing Man T-shirts are currently available at Axel-Head Store

“Nintendo” was written and performed by Saint Dragon It was provided courtesy of The Podsafe Music Network You can find out more about Saint Dragon at www.saintdragon.com/

This episode also featured “Maenam” by Jami Sieber. More information and work by this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com

Paul Fischer and Martha Holloway can be found at the Balticon Podcast, and naturally, at Balticon.

Direct download: Episode_27__THIS_WORLDS_NOT_BUILT_FOR_LOVERS.mp3

Episode 28: QUITTER

Tomorrow, Vivek Pratap will quit smoking. He’s a new man now, what with the shark genes he’s added….

“Broken Hands” was written and performed by Anvil Chorus. It was provided courtesy of The Podsafe Music Network You can find out more about Anvil Chorus at www.myspace.com/anvilchorus

This episode also featured “When I Look Into Her Eyes” by Falik. More information and work by this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com

Kieko Mushi’s Writing Challeges can be found at www.frappr.com/keikoswritingchallenges

You can download Mur Lafferty’s Heaven at Podiobooks.com

Direct download: Episode_28__QUITTER.mp3

Episode 29: THE NEW ECONOMY

Can you buy respect? Sure you can; this is the new economy

“My Favorite Mutiny” was written and performed by The Coup. It was provided courtesy of The Podsafe Music Network You can find out more about The Coup at www.epitaph.com

This episode also featured “Black” by Ambient Teknology. More information and work by this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com

Listen to my Little Known Pirate Facts on The Requiem of the Outcast’s Talk Like A Pirate Day episode

Listen to JR Blackwell and myself being interviewed about out costuming habits at The Geek Label’s “Confessions of a CosPlayer episode. The full interview is available here.
More information about Ubercon is available at www.ubercon.com

Direct download: Episode_29__THE_NEW_ECONOMY.mp3

Episode 30: WHO FOREVER BELONGS TO

If you had a time machine, would you use it to change the past? Or merely avoid the present?

“You Can Never Hold Back Spring” was performed by Tom Waits off his album “The Podsafe Music Network You can find out more about Tom Waits at Epitaph Records

This episode also featured “The Argument” by Ehren Starks.More information and work by this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com

Listen to me give the Costume Rule for Conventions at the Balticon Podcast

Direct download: Episode_30__WHO_FOREVER_BELONGS_TO.mp3

Episode 31: THE WALLS OF THE WORLD

The walls of the world are held up only by men. And it is men who tear them down.

“The Chills” was written and performed by Peter, Bjorn and John. You can find out more about Peter, Bjorn and John at www.peterbjornandjohn.com

This episode also featured “Long Past Gone” by Jami Seiber. More information and work by this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com

Go listen to the I Motor Away podcast.

Direct download: Episode_31__THE_WALLS_OF_THE_WORLD.mp3

Episode 32: HOIST THAT RAG

The week-long Birthday Party on Planet X begins!

Jason Adams is the mastermind behind Random Signal, the podcast that’s equal parts geek talk and indy-rock. It is the bee’s knees.

“Happy Birthday” was written and performed by Catalonia, and was made available curtsey of the of the Podsafe Music Network. You can find out more about them at www.cataloniamusic.com.

Direct download: Episode_32__HOIST_THAT_RAG.mp3

Episode 33: THE LIFE OF A VENUSIAN COWGIRL

The week-long Birthday Party on Planet X continues!

Mur Laferty is the creator of Geek-Fu Action Grip and I Should Be Writing podcasts, the co-author of Tricks of the Podcasting Masters, and a columnist for various and sundry websites and magazines, information of which you can find at www.murlafferty.com. The woman is unstoppable.

“The Rocket Song” was written and performed by Mimi Ferocious, and was made available curtsey of the of the Podsafe Music Network. You can find out more about them at www.mimiferocious.com.

This episode also featured “Dancing Backward” by Jami Sieber. More information and work by this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com

Direct download: Episode_33__THE_LIFE_OF_A_VENUSIAN_COWGIRL_.mp3

Episode 34: THE FINAL VOYAGE OF CAPTAIN SHAKESPEARE

The week-long Birthday Party on Planet X cannot be stopped!

Rich Sigfrit is the creator of the Requiem of the Outcast , Mister Adventure,Behind the Parsecs, Cinemafreaks , Convince Me podcasts, as well as distributing such quality podcasts like Port CIty PD and Hero Envy, under the Outcast Mutlimedia umbrella. Because of Rich–and only Rich–podcasting will never die.

“I Crush Everything” was written and performed by Jonathan Coulton, off his EP Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow. You can find out more about Jonathan Coulton at http://www.jonathancoulton.com.

This episode also featured “Glasrohrstuck” by Tilopa. More information and work by this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com

Direct download: Episode_34__THE_FINAL_VOYAGE_OF_CAPTAIN_SHAKESPEARE.mp3

Episode 35: A SENSE OF WORTH

The week-long Birthday Party on Planet X goes upside ‘yo head!

Stephen Eley is the creator of the Escape Pod , flat-out the best scif-fi podcast on the internet, as well as PsuedoPod which I haven’t listen to. I get creeped out pretty easily. He’s also been publishined recently in the anthology Twenty Epics.

“We Are The Ones” was written and performed by The Coup. It was provided courtesy of The Podsafe Music Network You can find out more about The Coup at www.epitaph.com

This episode also featured “The Searching Light” by Falik. More information and work by this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com

Direct download: Episode_35__A_SENSE_OF_WORTH.mp3

Episode 36: HAND AND FIST

The week-long Birthday Party on Planet X keeps rocking!

William Patrick Butler is the producer of the Jackson Free Press podcast , an eclectic mix of music and spoken word performances. Go for the music, stay for the host’s honey-smooth delivery. Check out his photography at www.williampatrickbutler.com

“Another Man’s Vine” was performed by Tom Waits. It was provided courtesy of The Podsafe Music Network You can find out more about Tom Waits at Epitaph Records

This episode also featured “Edge of My Soul” by Jami Sieber. More information and work by this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com
Direct download: Episode_36__HAND_AND_FIST.mp3

Episode 37: PERFECTLY LOGICAL EXPLANATION

The week-long Birthday Party on Planet X stays strong and lives free!

 Seth Jacquay is the producer of WHYME: The Worst Music You’ve Ever Heard , a podcast that combines the best in independent music with live performances and interviews. Go ask him why I’m not a member of the Jerk Squad yet. And check out his songs as Seth – Third Son of Albert at music.paintthesky.org/

“Karen” was performed by Ferg, as part of his Air Ferg podcast You can find out more about Ferg at airferg.com.

Direct download: Episode_37__A_PERFECTLY_LOGICAL_EXPLANATION.mp3

EPISODE 38: SATURN SWALLOWS ITS CHILDREN WHOLE

The intergalactic cure for too much Thanksgiving

JR Blackwell is the producer of Voices Of Tomorrow , the official podcast of 365 Tomorrows, of which she is a founder. Go check out her brilliant writing and photography at her online journal, blackwell.livejournal.com/

“Can’t Die Now” was performed by The Raygun Girls. It was provided courtesy of The Podsafe Music Network You can find out more about The Raygun Girls at www.theraygungirls.com

This episode also featured “Tell It By Heart” by Jami Sieber. More information and work by this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com
Direct download: Episode_38__SATURN_SWALLOWS_ITS_CHILDREN_WHOLE.mp3

Episode 39: WHEN THE DUST SETTLES

Sometimes that clean slate isn’t as clean as you’ve hoped

“Down To Zero” was written by Joan Armatrading, performed by Bettye LaVette and was made available curtsey of the of the Podsafe Music Network. You can find out more about her at www.bettyelavette.com.

This episode also featured “Dancing Backward” by Jami Sieber. More information and work by this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com

Paul Fischer is the New Media Ninja Warrior behind the Balticon podcast and the ADDcast. Both are great. Go listen to them.

Our theme was written and performed by Russel Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_39__WHEN_THE_DUST_SETTLES.mp3

Episode 40: WHAT MECHANICS DO

How do you fix something that sees existing as a malfunction?

“Automaton” was written and performed by No They Do and was made available curtsey of the of the Podsafe Music Network. You can find out more about them at notheydo.com.

This episode also featured “Last Night Drive” by Ehren Starks. More information and work by this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com

The VoFPX theme was written and performed by Russel Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_40__WHAT_MECHANICS_DO.mp3

Episode 41: THIS YEAR’S ARISTOGITON

Kennedy Rex, the half-man, half-dinosaur political candidate is a shoe-in for the election. Looks like it’s time for a tyrant slayer.

“Broken Hands” was written and performed by Anvil Chorus. It was provided courtesy of The Podsafe Music Network You can find out more about Anvil Chorus at www.myspace.com/anvilchorus

Farpoint Science Fiction Convention is held in Baltimore, on Februrary 16-18. For more information, go to www.bcpl.net/~wilsonr/

You can hear Mur Laferty the reading Jonathan Sherwood’s SF novelette, Under the Graying Sea at gramophiction.blogspot.com

The VoFPX theme was written and performed by Russel Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_41__THIS_YEARS_ARISTOGITON.mp3

Episode 42: THE PURIFYING FLAMES OF BURNING LOVE

When the Devil’s in disguise, it takes a powerful messanger to show power of burning love. So, three Elvises walk into a bar…

“Burning Love” was written by Dennis Linde. It was performed by Elvis Presley Listen to J’s Indie/Rock Mayhem at qfsmayhem.blogspot.com/ and at www.myspace.com/qfsmayhem.

Download Aliens You Will Meet at aliensyouwillmeet.libsyn.com. You know you wanna.

The VoFPX theme was written and performed by Russel Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_42__THE_PUREFYING_FLAMES_OF_BURINGING_LOVE.mp3

Episode 43: NETHER LANDS

Stories gotta come from somewhere.

Check out the Escape Pod forums at forum.escapeartists.info

“The Water” was written and performed by Captain Paradox. It was provided courtesy of The Podsafe Music Network You can find out more about Captain Paradox at www.captainparadox.com

This episode also featured “Forever Babylon” by Falik. More information and work by this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com

Thanks again to everyone involved at Farpoint.

The VoFPX theme was written and performed by Russel Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net
Direct download: Episode_43_NETHER_LANDS.mp3

Episode 44: MARTIAN BLUFF

“They say, before you can live here, you have to go and shout, “I am a Martian!” And if God believes you, you’ll live in happiness and peace, until the end of your days.”

“And? If God doesn’t believe you?”

“Staring At The Sun” was written and performed by TV On The Radio and was made available curtosey of the of the Podsafe Music Network. You can find out more about the band at www.tvontheradio.com/.

This episode also featured “Long Past Gone” by Jami Sieber. More information and work by this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com

Go vote for me in the Final Round of Escape Pod’s Flash Fiction Contest. You will have to register, but then, why wouldn’t you?

Our theme was written and performed by Russel Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_44__MARTIAN_BLUFF.mp3

Episode 45: LICENSED

When your consumption is regulated by your behavior, what can you do when your past catches up with you?

This St. Patrick’s Day cautionary tale was read by Brendan Dalton

“Seven Drunken Nights” was performed by Brobdingnagian Bards and was made available curtsey of the of the Podsafe Music Network. You can find out more about them at www.thebards.net.

This episode also featured “Before I Was Gone” by Ehren Starks.

More information and work by this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com

The VoFPX theme was written and performed by Russel Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_45__LICENSED.mp3

Episode 46: BIZZARO WORLD

Happy April the First from the Greatest Music Podcast on the internet!

All music made available curtsey of the of the Podsafe Music Network.

“Livin’ a Lie” by Suite 666
“Parallel Universes” by Dan Warren
“Time Remembers” by Artificial Intelligence In Texas
“Anesthesia” by Bad Religion
“In the Coffee Shop, When” by Andy Stone
“Killer Gorilla” by Whoremoan
“Powers” by Blackalicious
“Coma Girl” by Joe Strummer And the Mescaleros
“While The Sun Burns” by Catalonia
“She’s Dead” by Jim’s Big Ego

Direct download: Episode_46__Bizzaro_World.mp3

Episode 47: CURSE

Michael Winerip is a writer for the New York Times and an alumus of Harvard. In a recent column, “Young, Gifted, and Not Getting Into Harvard,” he talks about the multitudes of young teenagers who come to him for an interveiw, in the hopes of getting into his alma mater.

None of them do.

Winerip describes a girl who, during summer vacation, left her house before 7 each morning to make a two-hour train ride to a major university, where she worked all day doing cutting-edge research for NASA on weightlessness in mice. Let me repeat that. This girl’s summer job consisted of working with NASA on the effects of weightlessness. Space travel. She did not get in to Harvard.

Another, a boy, did cancer research in the summer. He played two instruments in three orchestras; and composed his own music. He redid the computer system for his student paper, loved to cook and was writing his own cookbook. One of his specialties was snapper poached in tea and served with noodle cake. And yet, these kids, despite their brilliance, their drive, their perfect SAT scores, their AP classwork and their parental assistance and assurance, kids who you’d think any college would be begging for them to come to, these kids do not get into Harvard.

They do not get in Yale, they do not get into Princeton. Because it just isn’t enough. Not anymore.

What would you do, then, as a parent, to give your child an edge? How far would you go? How much would it cost, and how much would you be willing to pay? Guest reader Mur Laferty explores these possiblities in this episode’s story.

Mur Laferty is the creative mind behind “Geek-fu Action Grip” and “I Should Be Writing,” as well as being the co-author of “Tricks of the Podcasting masters,” and editor of “Pseudopod”

“Asshole” was performed by Jim’s Big Ego and was made available curtsey of the of the Podsafe Music Network. You can find out more about them at bigego.com/.

This episode also featured “Concerto in D-Dur – Allegro” by Vivaldi, as performed by Telemann Trio Berlin . More information and work by this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com

Our theme was written and performed by Russel Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_47__CURSE.mp3

 Episode 48: THE WATER’S FINE

In the St. Lawrence River, the one that goes from NY to Canada, biologists have discovered pods of beluga whales with cancer.

Not just with cancer, but with the highest cancer rates of any wild animal studied. Some of the dead whales are so suffused with pollutants that they qualify as hazardous waste. Researchers have also found something else in the river: Botulism. Botulism is a disease caused by a bacterial toxin that cause paralysis, and, if not properly treated, death. It’s in the fish, in the birds, the entire wildlife. It’s in the soil.

And it’s beautiful place.

Even in the danger area, the “Area of Concern,” as the Environmental Protection Agency calls it. It’s one of the prettiest rivers you’ll see. This is a river that is still fished in. It is a river that people bring their families to, to boat and swim in. This river, home to toxins, to cancerous animals is frequently swam in by children. As the world around us becomes slowly poisoned, we are determined to not let it ruin our routines.

Guest reader and composer Russell Collins explores this bizarre form of courage in this episode, THE WATER’S FINE.

Russell Collins is a musical composer and singer. In addition to reading the preceding story, he also wrote the performed the score, as well as the VoFPX theme. You can find out more about Russell at www.clockworkaudio.net

“Floating Away” was performed by Folio and was made available curtsey of the of the Podsafe Music Network. You can find out more about them at www.folioband.com.

ALIENS YOU WILL MEET, another fine Free Planet X studios podcast, is going to have a live show at Dragon*Con in Atlanta. Live, real puppets will be enacting a very special extended narration, and I hope to see you there.

Direct download: Episode_48__The_Waters_Fine.mp3

Episode 49: 2nd Anniversary Special

Today, The Voice of Free Planet X is two years old.  Join me as we look back on this venerable institution that we call the Voice of Free Planet X, from it’s noteworthy beginning in ancient Greece, to the life-changing power it has today.

With special guests:

Christiana Ellis of Nina Kimberly the Merciless; and Space Casey.
Dr. John Cmar of saintnickanuck.com
Chris Miller of podiobooks.com
Jason Adams of Random Signal and This Day In Alternate History
Paul Fischer of the A.D.D. Cast and the Balticon Podcast;
Podcasting’s Rich Sigfrit of Requiem of the Outcast and half the content of the internet at any given time
Mur Lafferty of the Heaven series, Playing For Keeps and the other half of the content on the internet at any given time.

Wax cylinder recording of “Groundhog Day” provided by cyberbee.com

Our theme was written and performed by Russel Collins ofwww.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_49_-__2nd_Anniversary_Special.mp3

Episode 50: Old Man’s Moon

Long after a war has ravaged earth, the descendants of the survivors sit on the moon, gaze down at the world they’ve left behind, and dream of the future.  But not everyone can leave the past behind so easily.

This episode was performed by Ben Dyme and Jared Axelrod.

Go listen to JR and I on Random Signal  with Jason and Ryn

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russel Collins ofwww.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_50_-_Old_Mans_Moon.mp3

Episode 51: The Me Episode

The beginning of something new, as I start an experiment in daily podcasting.  Let’s see how long I can keep it up.

Part one of the answers to faithful listener Keiko Mushi’s questionaire about me and my writing.  I delve into my influences, my current projects and talk frankly about my costuming habit.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russel Collins ofwww.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_51-The_Me_Episode.mp3

Episode 52: Object Of My Desire

Here in the Quiet Dark, a raygun can be your dearest friend.

It warms to your touch, responds to your requests, and clears your way. 

It is the best partner one can expect to have in the quiet dark…

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russel Collins ofwww.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_52-Object_Of_My_Desire.mp3

Episode 53: JR Blackwell Breathes Fire

…and my microphone will never be the same.

Special guest JR Blackwell heats up the show to discuss her upcoming appearance at What-The-Hell-Con, how she started the club that started such a convention, and what it takes to create something that endures for others long after you’ve left.

You can find out about JR Blackwell photography and life at blackwell.livejournal.com

Information about What-The-Hell-Con can be found at www.guilford.edu/yachting/wthcon

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russel Collins ofwww.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_53-JR_Blackwell_Breathes_Fire.mp3

Episode 54: A Little More Sonic

I’m busy building a sonic screwdriver, so I asked the Doctor to help me put together a selection of DOCTOR WHO-themed songs to play.

“A Capella Who” was arranged and performed by Stephen Willis, and can be downloaded at whomix.trilete.net

“Hear Come The Drums” was produced by Juxtaposeur, and can be downloaded at www.thejuxtaposition.co.uk/

“Dr. Who on Holiday” was produced by Dean Gray as part of the album “American Edit,” and can be downloaded at www.internetkilled.com/americanedit/

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russel Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_54-A_Little_More_Sonic.mp3

Episode 55: Seeing Through The Bullshit

The first of the Shark Is A Battlefield series of interviews, finds me speaking with Alison Buck, sociologist. We discuss calling folks on their bullshit, the short skirts of roller girls, sociologist career paths, carving young minds, being a superhero, Live Action Role-Playing, and the benefits of knowing the best way to creep people out.

This episode was recorded using a microphone from Giant Squid Audio Lab.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russel Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_55-Seeing_Through_The_Bullshit.mp3

Episode 56: Up Close

The Shark Is A Battlefield series of interviews continues as I turn the tables on Bradley George, host of WFDD’s Triad Arts Up Close, a interview the interviewer. We discuss the ups and downs of doing a daily arts reporting show for Public Radio and how the right watercolor painting can change your perspective.

This episode was recorded with a microphone from Giant Squid Audio Lab.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_56-Up_Close.mp3

Episode 57: Giving Direction

Third in the Shark Is A Battlefield series of interviews find me talking with John Morehead of Digitribe. John talks about directing GEEKIN’ and THE STATEMENT OF RANDOLPH CARTER, the perils of adapting H.P. Lovecraft and what Digitribe plans to do next.

It may involve me. Just saying.

This episode was recorded with a microphone from Giant Squid Audio Lab.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_57-Giving_Direction.mp3

Episode 58: Invaded

We think large. We may be small creatures to you, but our lives extend far beyond the miniscule moments you possess. We think large, and we think long.

Have you ever looked at a mosquito, closely? It’s a strange shape, all hunched over and crooked. Even by your insect standards, it is a bizarre creature. And you never realized. It’s one of the few insects that survive your winters. Did you ever wonder why?

This episode was recorded with a microphone from Giant Squid Audio Lab.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_58-Invaded.mp3

Episode 59: Layers Of Identity

The Shark Is A Battlefield series of interviews comes to its conclusion with Nick Popio, LARP runner, player and designer (triple threat).  We talk about the identity-splitting nature of role-playing games, the basis of wish-fulfillment, and the inter-personal interaction that this form of gaming engenders.

Plus, business jargon!

This episode was recorded with a microphone from Giant Squid Audio Lab.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Episode 60: Passional Learning

WARNING: This episode is not particularly safe for work. Sex is discussed as something that exists, and naughty bits are mentioned by name. Just so you know.

To get you geared up for Valentine’s Day, I speak with Kali Morgan and Justine Shuey of Passional Boutique. We talk about the successful classes they’ve held in the past, the experiences they’ve had working with various age groups, and the experience that is “Show & Tell Sunday”

You can find out more about the Passional Boutique and Sexploratorium, visit www.passional.net/ and www.passionaltoys.com.

This episode was recorded with a microphone from Giant Squid Audio Lab.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_60-Passional_Learning.mp3

Episode 61: Am I Awake?

Doing a daily podcast has (unsurprisingly) left me a little behind on my sleep. So while I catch up in order to prepare for Farpoint, here’s some music from a few bands that have been wearing out my mp3 player recently:

“Am I Awake” was performed by They Might Be Giants and was made available curtsey of the of the Podsafe Music Network. You can find out more about them at theymightbegiants.com/.

“Seaweed” was performed by Saul Williams and was made available curtsey of the of the Podsafe Music Network. You can find out more about him and his new album “The Inevitable Rise and Fall of Niggy Tardust” at niggytardust.com/.

“Wasps Nest” was performed by The National and was made available curtsey of the of the Podsafe Music Network. You can find out more about them at theymightbegiants.com/.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russel Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_61-Am_I_Awake_.mp3

Episode 62: FARPOINT Comics Panel

I moderate a panel on webcomics at Farpoint Convention with Dan Warner and Glenn Hauman manages to wander all the concerns of online media in general, the reasoning behind selling out, and what awaits you if you try to self-publish. Also, inexplicably, Warren Ellis.

You can find out more about Daniel Warner at danielwarner.net.

Glen Hauman’s ComicMix site is located at comicmix.com

This episode was recorded with a microphone from Giant Squid Audio Lab.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_62-FARPOINT_Comics_Panel.mp3

Episode 63: Getting the Social Conflict

I talk to Steve Wilson, mastermind behind both Farpoint Convention and Prometheus Radio Theatre. We talk of how to properly write space opera, the magic of the right convention guest, and the importance of social conflict.

You can find out more about Farpoint Convention at www.farpointcon.com.

You can subscribe to Prometheus Radio Theatre at prometheus.libsyn.com

This episode was recorded with a microphone from Giant Squid Audio Lab.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_63-Getting_the_Social_Conflict.mp3

Episode 64: The Fury of the Widowmaker

They called the ship a Widowmaker, a relic of a time when the black of space was scarred by the war and the machines that made it possible. There were no windows save at the top and few doors; little was done to make the metal monstrosity look like anything other than the heavily armed coffin it was. It towered over the edge of the city, and Fire Chief Jaime Olmos felt cold and clammy every time he had to drive beneath its shadow. He had argued with the city about taking it down and scrapping it. But no one saw the tower of metal-encased kindling on insufficient struts, a danger to the community around it. They only saw a tourist offering, a landmark…

This episode was read and scored by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net, who also wrote and performed the Voice of Free Planet X theme.

Direct download: Episode_64-The_Fury_of_the_Widowmaker.mp3

Episode 65: Overheard In Purgatory

“Hey, Bea. It’s Dante. No, I can just barely hear you. No, No…it’s not Hell. It’s Purgatory… PURGATORY!!! Yeah, I didn’t think there’d be service out here either….”

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_65-Overheard_In_Purgatory.mp3

Episode 66: Things We Say In Bed

J.R. Blackwell and I lay around in bed and talk about the spiritual underpinnings of AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER, the general inappropriateness of Elmo on SEASAME STREET, the exposition-easing vocal work of Clancy Brown, the confidence of stupid people on the internet, the style and charm of MY LIFE AS A TEENAGE ROBOT, why Zula, Katara and Toff are ground-breaking characters, and the number people J.R punched while college.

A pretty standard evening, really.
The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_66-_Things_We_Say_In_Bed.mp3

Episode 67: My Evening With The Insect Queen

One the great things about, well, being me, is that my friends are just as great and as fascinating as I am, so when I haven’t seen one in a while, they’re usually full of amazing stories and interesting conversations.

Case in point, one Miss Holly Johnson, currently interning at Longwood Gardens. She’s studying pest management, teaching the right kinds of pest to take care of the wrong kind of pests for us.  Which is why she knows things like why petting a velvet ant is never good idea and that it’s good to have a dragonfly on your defense.  She was visiting in order to model for J.R., and her stories were so fascinating, I just turned on the mic and let her go.
The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_67-My_Evening_With_The_Insect_Queen.mp3

Episode 68: Attack of the Feedback!

More podcast episodes means more feedback!  I take a moment to go over the choice bit of listener mail. I am flattered, a listener may be going deaf (but only in one ear), and we confirm that things are better with JR and that a certain episode is “made of awesome.”  Plus, the cool names Nobilis gives his children and a kind stranger reveals what happened to me on Valentine’s Day!

Cool experimental music atbraindouche.net

You can find the Nobilis Erotica podcast noblis.libsyn.com

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_68-Attack_of_the_Feedback.mp3

Episode 69: Meanwhile, At the Hall of Justice

Go see me and my incredibly attractive friends dressed as steampunk superheroes here at BoingBoing.

All of the artists played on this podcast have large amount of music available on their website for download. The Voice of Free Planet X supports this behavior, and so should you.

“The Ballad of Barry Allen? was written and performed by Jim’s Big Ego. You can find out more about the band at bigego.com

“Four-Color Love Story? was written and performed by The Metasciences. You can find out more about the band at themetasciences.com

“Dance, Soltarious Johnson, Dance? was written and performed by Jonathan Coulton. You can find out more about him at jonathancoulton.com

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_69-Meanwhile_At_The_Hall_Of_Justice.mp3

Episode 70: How Genre Can You Be?

Sunday evening finds me ruminating about Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba’s comic The Umbrella Academy, and wondering about the strangling tendrils of superhero tropes, and genres in general. How much is too much genre elements? Is there even such a thing?

In any case, here’s some Umbrella Academy material on the internet, which will give you an idea of which superhero elements the comic embraces and which ones it leaves at the curb:

The Free Comic Book Day story, But The Past Ain’t Through With You…
The MySpace Comic, Safe and Sound
And the 2-page sneak preveiw.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net
Direct download: Episode_70-How_Genre_Can_You_Be_.mp3

Episode 71: Podcast du Fromage

What would the world be like if instead of going on and on about beer, podcasters the world over went on and on about…cheese? Cap’n Stilton, host of Podcast du Fromage gives you a window into such a world, where the wine flows freely, and even the insults have a smooth, creamy texture.

And remember, crackers are for people who can’t handle their cheese.

Special thanks to JR Blackwell, Benjamin Dyme, and Podcasting’s Rich Sigfrit

This episode featured Bach’s “Violin Concerto 1041 : I. Allegro” performed by Lara St. John. More information and work by this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_71-Podcast_du_Fromage.mp3

Episode 72: Little Boy Blue

“Hey, Mister, I’m a wizard,” the boy said. “Buy me a soda.”

“You’re not even out of grade school,” I said. “How can you be wizard?”

This episode featured “Fossegrimhalligen” performed by Barry Phillips. More information and work by this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_72-Little_Boy_Blue.mp3

Episode 73: Guest of the Dragon

Still feeling ill, so instead of providing “content,? I instead yammer about Dragon*Con. The relevant points:

I am going to be guest at Dragon*Con ‘08

I’ve been attending Dragon*Con since 2000

I’d made a promise that’d be a guest in 2005. Better late than never.

Mur Lafferty should be on more panels.

As a guest, I won’t have to wait in the registration line. This may be the best perk of all.

This brings the list of Jared Axelrod Convention Appearances to 3 this year. In addition to Dragon*Con, I’ll be a guest at Balticon and SalonCon

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Also, if you haven’t seen it already, you should really watch the Stupendous Adventures of Starman and Batman:

Direct download: Episode_73-Guest_of_the_Dragon.mp3Episode 74: Enter…The Feedback

Friday Feedback returns! I’ve been looking forward to this one…well, since the last feedback episode. My inability to realize I had a broken microphone is discussed, as is my love and affection for my current mic (made by Giant Squid Audio Labs). Also, my distaste for European Medieval fantasies and my love of a good cheese joke.

Had more than a few podcasters send emails or call in:
Command Line of The Command Line podcast
Pat of the JFP Podcast
Nobilis of Nobilis Erotica
Paul Fischer of A.D.D. Cast and the Balticon Podcast.

Paul’s how-to PDF on how to boost your volume in GarageBand can be found here

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_74-Enter…The_Feedback.mp3

Episode 75: Open Mic At The Music Lyric Lounge

Welcome to the Music Lyric Lounge, offering the best in interpretive sound based on the lyrics of some the greatest bands the world has ever seen.  Tonight, for your entertainment we have discussions of children, monkeys, and masses of blood and foam.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_75-Open_Mic_At_The_Music_Lyric_Lounge.mp3

Episode 76: In The Black Moriah’s Shadow

It’s a story about two people, in a restaurant. It’s a story about delicacies that may or may not be just what you need. It’s a story about the memory of taste. It’s a story about what’s in the wine. It’s a story about a cartoon heroine. It’s a story about what the cheese is made from. It’s a story about what we’ve left behind, in order to move forward.

It’s a story about the meteor.

Special thanks to Kate Eckert, Ben Dyme and Brendan Dalton for their performances this episode.

“Black Mariah” was performed by Maria Daines and was made available curtsey of the of the Podsafe Music Network. You can find out more about her at www.maria-daines.com.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russel Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_76-_In_The_Black_Mariahs_Shadow.mp3

Episode 77: Super Mash Brothers

It’s a mashed-up world, we just live in it.

“Counting Rockets” was mashed-up by Divide & Kreate. You can download it and other mash-ups at divideandkreate.com

“$20 Monday” was mashed-up by A plus D. You can download it and other mash-ups at aplusd.net

“United States of Pop?” was mashed-up by DJ Earworm. You can download it and other mash-ups at www.djearworm.com

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net.

Direct download: Episode_77-_Super_Mash_Brothers.mp3

Episode 78: Rolling For Initiative At The Pearly Gates

 

The death of Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax has me waxing nostalgic about my own D&D experiences. I agree John Hodgman about the level of math in the game, explain the concept of “Slacker D&D,? talk about my first character, and jealousy describe the D&D game J.R. is currently in. For added authenticity, this episode was recorded in my basement.

Thank you, Gary, for helping make roleplaying what it is today. You’ll be missed.

Special thanks to Jesse Thorne of The Sound of Young America over at maximumfun.org for letting me use a clip from his interview with John Hodgman. He truly is America’s Radio Sweetheart.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net.

Direct download: Episode_78-_Rolling_For_Initiative_At_The_Pearly_Gates.mp3

Episode 79: The Timeless

Amateur aerialist and professional inventor, Heronymous Dash managed to combine these disciplines with his greatest invention yet: the time-ship Forteana.

The able-bodied crew of the Forteana–vampire queen Sanguine Bathory, legendary Persian warrior Rostam, pilot/chef Guillaume Pomplemous, plucky 12-year-old Harper Bly from the far-flung future of 1964, and of course, Dash himself– are out to prove once and for all that heroism is, indeed, timeless.

But how will they fare when their adventures take them deep into the heart of the Mesozoic Era?

This is my half of a planned tandem podcast with Random Signal. Go check it out to see what Jason Adams does with the theme”Steampunk and Dinosaurs.”

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net.

Direct download: Episode_79-The_Timeless.mp3

Episode 80: Faster Feedback! Kill! Kill! Kill!

More feedback than you can shake a stick at this episode, as listeners talk to me about their hopes, their dreams, and the way their first D&D character didn’t quite work out as planned. Also, I’m accused of bragging and what I call J.R. Blackwell when we”re not in front of microphones.

Here’s some of the folks who contacted me this week:
Pat of the JFP Podcast
Nobilis of Nobilis Erotica
Joe of the On The Podcast

And here’s some of the things we talk about:
Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Legacy series
My Monarch’s Henchman costume from the Venture Brothers.
Second Shift podcast
Remebering Gary Gygax by Wayne Chamblis, from coilhouse.net
Giant Squid Audio Lab

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net.

Direct download: Episode_80-Faster_Feedback_Kill_Kill_Kill.mp3

Episode 81: Amelia Effective, Young Girl Detective

Amelia Effective
Young girl detective
Had a good head on her shoulders

She kept all of her clues,
Her secrets and news
In very organized folders

She was simply aces
On all the small cases
Like who might be cheating at math

And she could be sublime
On the bigger crimes
Like who killed Old John in the bath…

Special thanks to Richard Kalwaic for reading this episode.

This episode also featured “March of the Clowns” by Derek Sonderfan and was made available curtsey of the of the Podsafe Music Network. You can find out more about him at www.esoderek.com/.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russel Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_81-Amelia_Effective.mp3

Episode 82: The Jumblies

Far and few, far and few,

Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
      Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
            And they went to sea in a Sieve.

“The Jumblies” was written by Edward Lear.

Chorus for “The Jumblies” and the Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_82-The_Jumblies.mp3

Episode 83: Mashes To Ashes

Some days were made for mashing up.

“War of Confusion” was mashed-up by The Kleptones. You can download it and other mash-ups at kleptones.com

“Tear My Sharona Apart” was mashed-up by Bass211. You can download it and other mash-ups at bass211.com

“Number of da Boots” was mashed-up by DJ Lobsterdust. You can download it and other mash-ups at www.djlobsterdust.com

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net.

Direct download: Episode_83-Mashes_To_Ashes.mp3

Episode 85: Dent In Reality

What does it mean when a fiction character running for office in a fiction city campaigns in a real city?

When the lines between reality and fantasy blur, what does it do to the people involved?

What’s the mindset of the crowd attending?

And what does realism have to do with Batman, anyway?

Do you believe in Harvey Dent?

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russel Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_85-Dent_In_Reality.mp3

Episode 86: How Real Is Your Fakery?

Spent the day engaging in an Improv Everywhere-syle social prank with B. Love Improv, orchestrated by a member of Scene Diego. I had my recording rig hidden, recording audio during the event, and interviewing several of the participants.

However, since I somehow hit pause early on in the event, none of it got recorded.

What do you do in such in an instance? Why, call the Doctor, of course.

Special thanks to Dr. John Cmar, for being on the other end of the phone line.

Improv Everywhere: improveverywhere.com
Scene Diego: scenediego.org/
B. Love Improv: improveverywhere.ning.com/group/Philadelphia
Vote Saxon: votesaxon.co.nr/

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_86-How_Real_Is_Your_Fakery_.mp3

Episode 87: Podcast du Fromage, Deux

Cap’n Stilton and Podcast du Fromage returns, giving you the finest in dairy-related criticism. Whether enjoying a cheese plate at Bridget Foy’s or fielding acusations that his show is too Euro-centric, the Cap’n is makin’ it happen. With cheese!

And remember folks, crackers are for people who can’t handle their cheese.

Special thanks to John Cmar and Brendan Dalton.

This episode featured Bach’s “Violin Concerto 1041 : I. Allegro” performed by Lara St. John. More information and work by this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net
Direct download: Episode_87-Podcast_du_Fromage_Deux.mp3

Episode 88: Outer Space Romance

“I don’t understand you Earthans at all,” Jaeg said, inflating a third bladder in order to rise up to the spaceship window. Earth was still in view, though it was slowly shrinking amongst the black. “You have one of the most gorgeous planets in the galaxy, yet you all are constantly wandering away from it.”

Lucky allowed himself a chuckle and stepped closer to the bundle of flesh and tentacles that was his co-pilot. He placed what he hoped was a comforting hand on Jaeg and watched her soft flesh change color at his touch. “We often don’t understand ourselves”

This episode featured “Don’t Resist The Love,” by STAN, and is made available through Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 2.5 license. You can find out more information about this artist at sitestan.net/

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_88-Outer_Space_Romance.mp3

Episode 89: Ming’s Spies Are So Cool

Tired? Cranky? Me, too. Must be time for some kickin’ tunes.

I’m sure Ming would approve.

“Domino” was performed by The Spies. You can find out more about the band at 15megsoffame.com

“Ming’s Pretty Things” was performed by Solaire. You can find out more about the band at solairemusic.com

“You’re So Cool” was written and performed by The Homens. You can find out more about him at thehomens.com

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_89-Mings_Spies_Are_So_Cool.mp3

Episode 90: Feedback…It’s What’s For Dinner

Another week, another totally awesome Feedback Friday. This week, I am reminded that Episode 86 was awesome, we go over the rules and regulations of voicemail for Cap’n Stilton and Podcast du Fromage, speak for some length about Mur Lafferty’s Wasteland, and I reveal what I did at Dr. Sketchy’s. Hint: it wasn’t drawing.

Mur Laferty’s Wasteland, over at Podiobooks: podiobooks.com/title/heaven-season-4-wasteland/
Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School: www.drsketchy.com
Dr. Sketchy’s Philadelphia: www.drsketchyphilly.blogspot.com/

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_90-Feedback…Its_Whats_For_Dinner.mp3

Episode 91: Clubbing The Muse

Today, I got a chance to sit down with my good friend Filamena Young, and talk about writing, online resources, and how to get things done even when there’s other things clawing at your time. The background gets a little noisy, but stick through it; it’s fascinating stuff.

You can find more on Filamena at her website, www.filamena.com. Here’s the sites we talk about in the interview:

Space Westerns magazine www.spacewesterns.com/
Janet Reid jetreidliterary.blogspot.com
BookEnds blog bookendslitagency.blogspot.com
Critters Workshop www.critters.org
Mouth Full Of Bullets magazine www.mouthfullofbullets.com

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_91-Clubbing_the_Muse.mp3

Episode 92: A Conversation With Panda

I’ve been feeling a little depressed recently–listening to back-to-back personal narratives about being a Jew in Nazi-occupied Poland and about being a black woman in America before the Civil Rights movement will do that–and I didn’t feel I had anywhere to turn.

Luckily, a little stuffed panda was there to talk it all over with me.

Panda’s Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/teatimewithpanda/

(He swears he’s going to update more often)

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_92-A_Conversation_With_Panda.mp3

Episode 93: Son Of Steel

Tristan was methodically taking apart his hands when the doorbell chimed. He jumped at the sound, going to the door in such a hurry that he left behind the joints and pieces of his left hand on the worktable. All nine of Tristan’s eyes blinked and strobed expectantly, wanting to know if this was it, what he had been waiting for, the final piece…

Special thanks to Richard Kalwaic for reading this episode.

This episode featured “Betrayed,” “You Don’t Know Me” and “Immortal,” all performed by Human Response. More information and work by this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_93-Son_Of_Steel.mp3

Episode 94: Mash of the Titans

Do you smell that? Mash-ups, son. Nothing else in the world smells like that. I love the smell of mash-ups in the morning. Smells like… victory.

“Beethoven’s Fifth Gold Digger” was mashed-up by A plus D. You can download it and other mash-ups at aplusd.net

“Hollaback Girls Feel Good” was mashed-up by Arty Fufkin. You can find it and other mash-ups by putting “arty fufkin” into Google, since I can’t seem to find a website.

“99 Luft Problems” was mashed-up by Jay Zeezer. You can download it and other mash-ups at www.jay-zeezer.com

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net.

Direct download: Episode_94-Mash_of_the_Titans.mp3

Episode 95: Feedback Explains It All

Another Friday, another Feedback Friday!  Panda returns to the podcast to say hello and help me answer feedback.  Some of the topics discussed:

Tea.
Panda’s emotion-lifting capabilities.
The amount of tea currently in the house.
Waistcoats, and who needs them (hint: Panda).
Panda promises to update his Flickr more.
Confusing language.
Hermione Granger and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Panda’s size (hint: little).
Teatime!

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net.

Direct download: Episode_95-Feedback_Explains_It_All.mp3

Episode 96: Like A Stone

“Hey, neighbor!” Chawly called down from across the way. He had a pint glass of something that looked like red wine in each fist. I knew it couldn’t be–not in Topside–but Chawly had his ways. Chawly yanked the line-suspended basket that served as dumbwaiter between his window and mine over to him and placed a glass in. He gave the basket a shove, sliding it across the expanse. “Taste somma this!…”

Special thanks to Chris Loeffler and Russell Collins for reading this episode.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net.

Direct download: Episode_96-Like_A_Stone.mp3

Episode 97: What Could Be More Human?

 

Having just come back from a Make:Philly meeting and wowed by the art of Chris Vecchio, I find myself artistically inspired and contemplating the nature of technology, and how it makes us human.  Also, I built a prosthetic ego—not that I need one.

Make Magazine: www.makezine.com
MakePhilly: www.MakePhilly.com
The Hacktory: thehacktory.org/
The Hackory in the City Paper: text story http://www.citypaper.net/articles/2008/03/27/hack-to-the-future video story: http://www.citypaper.net/articles/2008/03/27/the-hacktory

Chris Vecchio: www.noisemantra.com

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net.

Direct download: Episode_97-What_Could_Be_More_Human_.mp3

Episode 98: Nonsense Cookery

Our listeners will be interested in the following communications from our valued and learned contributor, Professor Bosh, whose labours in the fields of Culinary and Botanical science, are so well known to all the world. The first three Articles richly merit to be added to the Domestic cookery of every family and we are happy to be able through Dr. Bosh’s kindness to present our listeners with his discoveries…

“Nonsense Cookery” was written by Edward Lear.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_98-Nonsense_Cookery.mp3

Episode 99: Panda Takes Charge

Ummm…helllo.  This is Panda.  Jared seems to be passed out on the floor here, so…um..I guess it’s up to me to do his show.  He did leave me a list of songs he wanted to play, so here goes!

“Winners” was performed by Solare and was made available courtsey of the of the Podsafe Music Network. You can find out more about them at solare3.com/.

“Five Easy Pieces” was performed by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and was made available courtesy of the of the Podsafe Music Network. You can find out more about them at clapyourhandssayyeah.com/.

“Without You” was performed by Verbatim and was made available via Creative Commons Music Sharing License.You can find out more about them at verbatimband.com/.

My Flickr is over here: www.flickr.com/photos/teatimewithpanda/

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_99-Panda_Takes_Charge.mp3

Episode 100: The Human Human, Jonathan Coulton

It’s the hundredth episode of the Voice of Free Planet X, so I brought over some friends to celebrate.  Namely, Jonathon Coulton and Paul & Storm.

I feel I should note that in this context “brought over” means “went to a concert.”  I also got some cool interviews.  Thanks, guys.

“Opening Band” and “Nugget Man” were written by Storm & Paul and performed by Paul & Storm.  You can find out more about them at www.paulandstorm.com

“Mr. Fancypants,” “Dance, Soterios Johnson Dance,” “Still Alive,” and “Re: Your Brains,”were written and performed by Jonathan Coulton.  You can find out more about him at www.jonathancoulton.com

Thanks again, guys.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_100-The_Human_Human_Jonathan_Coulton.mp3

Episode 101: Feedback Strikes Back

This week’s Feedback is the strongest ever.  Luckily, I am prepared with the magic of…polite responses.  Seriously, I say “I really appreciate that,” like, a dozen times.

Some of the things mentioned in this episode.

A 1926 maytag gas engine.  Damn, that looks cool.

The Zendrum.  Also, a cool-looking device. Jonathan Coulton uses a Zendrum Laptop, slung guitar-style.

On The Podcast

Podcast Junky

And, just incase you don’t have enough Axelrod in your life, here’s my LiveJournal: planetx.livejournal.com/

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net
Direct download: Episode_101-Feedback_Strikes_Back.mp3

Episode 102: Spanner In The Gears, Part 1: Drudgery in Czech

After that fateful night at The Gears, everyone asks how I met Archer, if I picked him out from the agency’s catalogue or if he was recommended to me by someone else and other such questions, when in truth I must confess that I had never met him before he showed up upon my doorstep. I had merely requested a valet from the agency, and they said one would be sent, and gave no further description other than he would be up to their impeccable standards.

He rang the bell at exactly the second upon the hour he was to arrive, and I found myself unexpectedly worried. Had the agency sent a robot?

Special thanks to Dr. John Cmar, for providing the voice of Archer

“Something She Said” was performed by the Two Star Symphony and was made available courtesy of the of the Podsafe Music Network. You can find out more about them at www.twostarsymphony.org.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_102-Spanner_In_The_Gears_Part_1.mp3

Episode 103: Can I Ask You A Question?

A panhandler came up to me the other day and said “Can I ask you a question??

I answered no, he couldn’t ask me a question. I knew what the question was, and I didn’t want him to ask it.  So I told him that he couldn’t ask me a question.

Faced with a “no,” he then proceeded to threaten my life.

When it was all over, I did what anyone else would have done in such a situation:

I picked up the phone, and called Alison Buck, my sociologist.

Special thanks to the men and women who shared their experiences with panhandlers.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net.

Direct download: Episode_103-Can_I_Ask_You_A_Question_.mp3

Episode 104: Devotion For Mechanics

“I knew the Chief went to Japan, I just didn’t know he picked up a new wife,” Bedford said. Bedford removed her welding mask and wiped the sweat from her face with an oily rag. She adjusted herself in the crook of the mech’s kneecap, letting her repair work cool.

“Pretty too,” Armijo said. He slipped his arms out of his coveralls and tied them around his waist, his chest shiny from accumulated sweat. He tossed a Bedford up a cold soda. “She’s a 400 model.”

Special thanks to Richard Kalwaic for reading this episode.

This episode featured “Circus Train” bySkeletonbreath. You can find out more about Skeletonbreath at skeletonbreath.com.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net.

Direct download: Episode_104-Devotion_For_Mechanics.mp3

Episode 105: Feedback Is In The Air

Ah, Feedback Day, the time when young men’s hearts turn to…feedback.  And tea, apparently.  About half this week’s feedback was addressed not to me, but Panda.  So, Panda’s helping me out with this one.

A few things we talk about this episode:

  • Tea
  • The 100th Episode
  • Why Panda won’t be teaming up with Cap’n Stilton
  • Tea
  • Jonathan Coulton’s opinion of the 100th Episode (“Awesome”)
  • Hip ways to spell “genius”
  • Tea again
  • What exactly tea in bags actually is, according to Panda
  • Reasons why my podcast is better than NPR

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net.

Episode 106: Shake Your Bones

Poor Ol’ Laz’rus shake your bones
You come from the world of water and stone…

“Laz’rus” was written and performed by John McCutcheon.  You can find more work and information about this artist at www.folkmusic.com

“Control Freak” was written and performed by Saul Williams, and was made available courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network. You can find more work and information about this artist at niggytardust.com

“Dig, Lazarus, Dig” was written performed by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and was made available courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network.  You can find more work and information about this artist at www.nickcaveandthebadseeds.com

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net.
Direct download: Episode_106-Shake_Your_Bones.mp3

Episode 107: Things We Say About Our Friends, In Bed

Continuing the “Things We Say…In Bed” series (you didn’t know it was a series?  Neither did we), J.R. Blackwell and I lay around in bed and talk about how amazing our friends are.

Also mention is Yoda, Eistein, the book Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters: Defending the Earth with Ultraman and Godzilla,” the skill of Command Line, the Command Linage, monkies, the generosity Sci-Fi Laura, proper sword handling, Andrea’s charm, the attractiveness of both the Wii and our toys, and the razor-sharp wit of Dr. John Cmar.

It was a packed weekend, clearly.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_107-Things_We_Say_About_Our_Friends_In_Bed.mp3

Episode 108: The Most Fun

Before I got the job I have now, I applied to work at the Prometheus Radio Project.  Because I thought this was a hip, alternative group of people, I put a few things on my resume that I normally leave off.

For example, the work I did with the Industrial Strength Freak Show and the Lulu Tech Circus.

It’s something special when your job interview starts with “So you’re the circus man…” and ends with “You were the most fun.”

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_108-The_Most_Fun.mp3

Episode 109: What The Damned Owe

Barry Sturgeon calmly put down the file his accountant had given him, carefully cut the ring finger on his left hand, and drew a summoning circle on the floor in his own blood.  As the hardwood inside the circle crumbled and fell away to reveal the pit of flames beneath, Sturgeon sighed inwardly.  His demon would know what to do about this tax mess.

“Goblin Attack” was performed by the Two Star Symphony and was made available courtesy of the of the Podsafe Music Network. You can find out more about them at www.twostarsymphony.org.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_109-What_The_Damned_Owe.mp3

Episode 110: When You’ve Swung From A Hook…

While at the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention I was lucky enough to get to speak with some suspension artists from around the country about suspension, why they do it, and what they get out of it.

Special thanks to:

Spliff, Ji Ji, and Genj of the DisGraceland Hook Squad, disgracelandfamily.com/

Joe and Amato of Skin Mechanics Suspensions, www.myspace.com/smsuspension

Jared and Tracie of Nu Ethix, www.myspace.com/nuethixsuspensions and their bmezine.com gallery

Stitch of Ascension Suspension, www.ascensionsuspension.com/

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_110-When_Youve_Swung_From_A_Hook.mp3

Episode 111: Pros and Cons

On the road and more than a little delirious, I decide to compare and contrast the differences between the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention and New York Comic Convention.

Both are celebrations of commercial art and the commercial artist, but one seems to be, well, cooler than the other.

And not just because tattoos hurt more.

As for details about what I was doing while at NYCC, you’ll have to wait for next episode..

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_111-Pros_And_Cons.mp3

Episode 112: The Readyness Is Nothing

“The readiness is all,” says Hamlet, but is it really? How do we know we’re ready, really?  The catch is, the only way to know you’re ready is to throw yourself out there, and see if you are.

I didn’t feel I was ready, this weekend.  I wasn’t ready to pitch a comic, and certainly not at a convention as nuts as New York Comic Con.  I didn’t feel like what I had to show was “good enough.”

But, as listeners of this show know, “Crap is published all the time.”

Or, as Molly Crabapple, founder of Dr. Sketchy’s put it: “There’s no way to know if something is publishable, until it’s published.”

This episode featured “Shrink Proof” by Wicked boy. More information and work by this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_112-The_Readiness_Is_Nothing.mp3

Episode 113: Mash And Burn

I say it’s high time we had somemore mash-ups around this place.

After all, listening to more than one song at once can be considered multitasking.

“Together As One” was mashed-up by DJ Earworm. You can find it and other mash-ups at djearworm.com

“Standing In The Way Of Contact” was mashed-up by A plus D. You can download it and other mash-ups at aplusd.net

“Burn Your Radio” was mashed-up by Instamatic. You can download it and other mash-ups at www.mutantpop.net

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net.

Direct download: Episode_113-Mash_And_Burn.mp3

Episode 114: God Of War

There’s blood up to the windows. It must have seemed like a good idea at the time, to stack the bodies in the Mercer Building, to get ‘em off the Rail. But I can’t help wondering if the allusion to gore behind those art-deco panes is worse the actual carnage.

At least they’re off the Rail. At least there’s that.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net.
Direct download: Episode_114-God_Of_War.mp3

Episode 115: The Remarkable Journey of the Duncan Brothers

I sit down with genius internet filmmakers Brant and Ian Duncan, creators of such instant classics “Overdrift,” “Assassinz,” “The Crystal Tape,” and “The Remarkable Journey of Higgins Von Higgins.”

We talk about how their movie about drift-racing and dinosaurs came to be, the perils and bonuses of working in a short-film format, and the beauty of putting your entire first act into one sentence.

The Duncan Brothers website: www.theduncanbrothers.com

The Duncan Bros’s Channel on YouTube,www.youtube.com/user/duncanbros and on Myspace.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net.

Direct download: Episode_115-The_Remarkable_Journey_of_the_Duncan_Brothers.mp3

Episode 116: Feedback…From The Future!!!

Big news this episode, as I reveal I’m going on a brief hiatus until next Thursday–by when a new Aliens You Will Meet episode will be on the feed–but before I go, I gotta clean out the inbox and go through some feedback!

I’m not one to leave you unentertained, so here’s some suggestions for daily content elsewhere:

Cristiana’s Shallow Thoughts: shallowthoughts.libsyn.com
Mur Lafferty’s News From Poughkeepsie: murverse.com
Distorted Veiw Daily: www.distortedview.com/show
100 Word Stories: podcasting.isfullofcrap.com
Feast Of Fools: www.feastoffools.net/

And, just because you should be listening to it anyway, J’s Indie/Rock Mayhem: qfsmayhem.blogspot.com

Also, Panda’s Flicker: www.flickr.com/photos/teatimewithpanda

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net
Direct download: Episode_116-Feedback…To_The_Future.mp3

Episode 117: Even In Arcadia, Part 1

The thin man’s eyes were cold.  They reminded Sir Edward of nothing so much  as the moon that poked that shown through the window.  The moon was bright tonight, and it’s glow made the thin young man seem unearthly.

“This is a frightfully good letter of recommendation,” Sir Edward said.  “Frightfully good.  Lord Smitters speaks very highly of you. Almost higher than he spoke of Cogs. Cogs, you know Mr. Leroy here, back when you were with Smitters?”

Cogs, Sir Edward’s butler, knew that Lord Smitters has been deceased for quite some time.  He also knew that there was a man now living in Lord Smitters house, who looked like Lord Smitters, sounded like Lord Smitters and, most importantly, signed references with a signature indistinguishable from the one used by Lord Smitters….

“The Marionette” was performed by the Two Star Symphony and was made available courtesy of the of the Podsafe Music Network. You can find out more about them at www.twostarsymphony.org.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_117-Even_In_Arcadia_Part_1.mp3

Episode 118: Even In Arcadia, Part 2

The rest of the staff echoed Molly’s warm sentiments, and greeted Leroy pleasantly, and although he still wasn’t sure of all their names–he already confused the cook Anatole with the hallboy Eustace, and no idea the kitchen girls names, though they each just told him–he felt very familiar with all of them.  Cogs had warned him not to get too familiar, as he would be spending most of his time with the family, but Leroy couldn’t help it, and told Cogs so.

“I’m only human, after all,” Leroy said.  That got a chuckle out of Cogs.

“The Marionette” was performed by the Two Star Symphony and was made available courtesy of the of the Podsafe Music Network. You can find out more about them at www.twostarsymphony.org.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_118-Even_In_Arcadia_Part_2.mp3

Episode 119: Feedback Returns

It’s Feedback Friday once again, and once again I respond to your emails.  In the wake of The Great Deletion (I explain it in the episode) feedback of this sort is wonderful to read.

Discussed this episode:

  • The tattoos Panda may or may not have
  • How awesome JR and my lives are (again)
  • The London subway bombings
  • The Great Deletion
  • “Tea In Bags”
  • The nature of internet relationships
  • The Sartorialist, at thesartorialist.blogspot.com

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_119-Feedback_Returns.mp3

Episode 120: The Proper Preperation Of Children

The first assumption is that you can procure a whole, fully-dressed child. In some parts of the country this might be easier than in others. Figure on about 1.25 to 2 lbs per person of dressed child. For the wedding we had a 160 lb child (husky fella, that one)to feed about 100 people. This was supplemented with thighs, (a trackstar, naturally) and many other dishes. At another event, the child weighed 60 lbs and fed about 30 people.

Another assumption is that you have a safe environment for storing the child from the time you abduct it to the time you begin cooking it. It doesn’t matter how good something tastes or what sensations a food item gives you, if it isn’t safe to eat, you’re going to be in serious trouble. Fortunately, the FDA provides some simple guidelines you can follow to help ensure safe storage….

Special thanks to Richard Kalwaic for reading this episode.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_120-The_Proper_Preperation_of_Children.mp3

Episode 121: Mash Up My Heart

In the Spring, a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.

Well, love and mash-ups.

“Shut Up On A Blue Monday” was mashed-up by ComaR. You can find it and other mash-ups at www.myspace.com/comarbootlegs

“Closer To Business Time” was mashed-up by Dan Dickinson. You can download it and other mash-ups at vjarmy.com

“Nelly Furtado’s Crazy” was mashed-up by A plus D. You can download it and other mash-ups at aplusd.net

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net.

Direct download: Epsiode_121-Mash_Up_My_Heart.mp3

Episode 122: We’re All Standing Right Here

C.A. Sizemore, all-around good guy and long-time listener of the show, lost his wife Kelly this morning.  I only know him through the internet, through Twitter and through his calls to show, but this has still hit me hard.  Maybe it’s because the third anniversary of my father’s death was only a few weeks ago.

Or maybe no one should have to loose a loved one.

But we do.  And in times like these, it’s good to know that someone like C.A., who was just nicest guy you’ll meet, has engendered such goodwill that a fund in his name has reached over $1000: casizemoregift.chipin.com/ca-sizemore

That, my friends, is all the faith in humanity one needs.

“Hold On” was written and performed by Tom Waits, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network.  You can find more work and information about this artist at Epitaph.com.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net.

Direct download: Episode_122-Were_All_Standing_Right_Here.mp3

Episode 123: Things We Say About Movies, In Bed

With Panda holding the microphone, J.R. Blackwell and I discuss the finer points of fantasy entertainment as exemplified by three films we watched recently:

Iron Man: ironmanmovie.marvel.com
Speed Racer: speedracerthemovie.warnerbros.com
Hogfather: www.hogfatherdvd.com

Also discussed is the level of violence appropriate for children, why life-and-death situations get me upset and the glorification of materialism in modern, over-the-top summer cinema.

And, yes, all three of us were in bed.  But Panda’s always there.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net.
Direct download: Episode_123-Things_We_Say_About_Movies_In_Bed.mp3

Episode 124: Message From The Future

Many years into the future, I will try to get Skype working again.  And on that faithful day, a millennia from now, Paul Fischer will be on the other end of the line.

The more things change….

Special thanks to Paul Fischer, of the Balticon Podcast for being on the other end of the line.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net.
Direct download: Episode_124-Message_From_The_Future.mp3

Episode 125: Chatter

Gravity.
Astronauts.
Socialism.
Hufflepuff.
Filking.
“I ain’t sayin’ she’s Death Eater”

Laughter.
Frogs.
Fucking frogs.
“Don’t you forget about me.”
Mathew Wayne Selznick.
Brave Men Run.
“Music is like math in the air.”
Intervals.
Inflation.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net.

Direct download: Episode_125-Chatter.mp3

Episode 126: Site Specific Stories, Jockey’s Ridge

There’s a part of the horizon where the sand meets the sky, and the clouds look low and tangible.  You can’t touch them–you know you can’t touch them, but they look so close.  So ready.

“It’s a fool’s errand, you know,” the wise man says. “The air is for the birds, and the bees.  To do otherwise would be something akin to madness.

But I stay here, and I try.  I’ve built my wings of lighter and stronger material every time.  And everytime I crash into the sand, I see that, for a moment, the sand flies into the air too.

This is the first in a series of Site Specific Stories, impromptu fiction created in response to a specific environment.  It was written and recorded at Jockey’s Ridge State Park.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net.

Direct download: Episode_126-_Site_Specific_Story_Jockeys_Ridge.mp3

Episode 127: Is It Better To Feared, Or Respected?

Robert Downey Jr, as weapons manufacturer Tony Stark, poses that question in the visceral opening to IRON MAN. Stark goes on to say that you can have both, and indeed, that’s been the American Way since we dropped the bomb on Hiroshima

This summer’s other cinematic offering from Marvel Comics, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, tackles the atom bomb through an angry, green metaphor, but IRON MAN goes at it direct.

It’s not an unusual premise to hoist a superhero movie–it was one of the many themes playing out in the over-stuffed SPIDER-MAN 3, for example–but Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, the writing team that also gave us last year’s CHILDREN OF MEN, have something more bleak in mind…

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net.

Direct download: Episode_127-Is_It_Better_To_Be_Feared_Or_Respected.mp3

Episode 128: Even In Arcadia, Part 3

Bingo awoke the next morning to find himself in bed, the middle of a field.  Mr. Leroy was there, sitting on the edge of his bed looking smug.  He was holding Bingo’s copy of “Off On A Comet,” and chuckling to himself.  Bingo wasn’t able to form exact words, but he was able to sputter out a “Wwwwhhhhhaaa?”

“Oh, you’re awake,” Leroy said, snapping the book shut. “Quite an imagination on this Mr. Verne, eh?  You have his other stuff? Absolutely fascinating.”

“The Marionette” was performed by the Two Star Symphony and was made available courtesy of the of the Podsafe Music Network. You can find out more about them at www.twostarsymphony.org.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_128-Even_In_Arcadia_Part_3.mp3

Episode 129: Things We Can’t & Won’t Feel Sorry For

Inspired by a recent THIS AMERICAN LIFE episode about people who won’t apologize, I thought about doing a VoFPX show with people who WILL apologize, people who apologize for things the have nothing to do with.  A series of apologies about things we cannot possibly feel sorry for, because they are literally not our fault.

We’re not sorry.  We can’t be sorry.  We won’t be sorry.

But we’ll say it anyway, if it makes you feel better.

“Five Easy Pieces” was performed by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and was made available courtesy of the of the Podsafe Music Network. You can find out more about them at clapyourhandssayyeah.com/.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_129-Things_We_Cant_And_Wont_Feel_Sorry_For.mp3

Episode 130: The Duncan Brothers, Stage 2

Genius internet filmmakers Brant and Ian Duncan return to discuss their upcoming film “Overdrift: Stage 2,” the sequel to their immensely popular film about dinosaurs and drift-racing, “Overdrift.”

We talk about working with their largest cast yet, the creative influences of this film, the importance of family both in front and behind the camera, and the fabled release date of “OD:S2″ itself.

The Duncan Brothers website: www.theduncanbrothers.com

The Duncan Bros’s Channel on YouTube,www.youtube.com/user/duncanbros and on Myspace.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net.

Direct download: Episode_130-The_Duncan_Brothers_Stage_2.mp3

Episode 131: Feedback To Front

Balticon is over, but before we can enjoy its audio bounty, we must first take care of some pre-Balticon business.  Namely, feedback.

Just about every episode of the past week was commented on, which is nothing short of astounding.  Clearly, I’m doing something right.  Some of the noteworthy elements:

  • I am an enabler
  • Mash-ups are a moral gray area
  • Some feedback is better responded to in character
  • Our meat, and how we treat it.
  • Backup daily to avoid data loss!
  • The races of fantasy characters
  • The laughter of Nobilis
  • The Duncan Brothers deserve money!

Also, long time listener Christ the Fixed Kitty of the Adult Space Child Free Podcast has a request.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net.

Direct download: Episode_131-Feedback_To_Front.mp3

Episode 132: Panda’s Big News

Panda shares his recent news, both about Tea Con and the brand new Voice of Free Planet X shirt featuring him.

You should buy one.

You know you want to.

Go on.  They’re available at Free Planet X Apperal.

I mean, look how cute Panda is in his Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/teatimewithpanda

Yep.  That’s pretty cute, all right.

Maybe you should buy a shirt.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_132-Pandas_Big_News.mp3

Episode 133: My People Need A Place To Go

The leader is the party
The party is the leader’s mind
He said: “My people need a place to go!”

“Down At McDonnelzz” was written performed by Electric Six, and was made available courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network.  You can find more work and information about this artist atwww.myspace.com/electricsixmusic

“None Shall Pass” was written and performed by Aesop Rock, and was made available courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network. You can find more work and information about this artist at www.myspace.com/aesoprockwins

“Young Folks (Disco Mix)” was written and performed by Peter, Bjorn & John. and was made available courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network. You can find more work and information about this artist at www.wichita-recordings.com

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net.
Direct download: Episode_133-My_People_Need_A_Place_To_Go.mp3

Episode 134: Drawn In INK

Russell Collins–yes, that Russell Collins, the one I talk about at the end of each episodes, that one–turns the tables and interviews me for a change.  But not just me.  You see, it is the eve of Wizard World, and myself and my good friend and artist Steve Walker are going to to continue to hock our wares to the good publishers temporarily residing here in Philly.

Yes, it shall be Damn Epic.

So Russell interveiws myself and Steve about the comic, about the research we’ve done for the comic, and about how awesome we are.

Luckily, we like talking about all of those things.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_134-Drawn_In_INK.mp3

Episode 135: Short-Short Slam

Recorded at Balticon 42, the Short-Short Slam panel included readings by

J.R. Blackwell: www.jrblackwell.com

Jared Axelrod: www.jaredaxelrod.com

Steve Wilson: www.prometheusradiotheatre.com

James Patrick Kelly: www.jimkelly.net

Bill DeSmedt* www.billdesmedt.com

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net.

*Bill DeSmedt was unfortunately seated too far from the microphone to be properly recorded, so his reading is not included on this podcast.
Direct download: Episode_135-Short_Short_Slam.mp3

Episode 136: It’s Called A Power Suit For A Reason

After listening to NPR story about the demise of the necktie, I find myself thinking about my own sartorial sense. What does wearing, or not wearing a tie say about us?  What does wearing or not wearing a suit say?

Does wearing less clothes make us more authentic, or are we just lying to and about ourselves in different ways?

I will say that now, I intend to wear more ties.

The original NPR story

Lord Whimsy’s Rebuttal

Lord Whimsy’s neckwear guide

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_136-Its_Called_A_Power_Suit_For_A_Reason.mp3

Episode 137: Feedback And Forth

Feedback’s packed tight tonight, as I talk about alot of things, but mainly extend Episode 136, only a little more rambley.  Most of the rambling is directed toward Chris Lester’s excellent essay which comes really close to being right, and then misses the point completely.  Close, though.  Real close.  You should read it.

Also, the recipe for Irish Nachos:

1 bag kettle chips
6 ounces finely grated Cheddar, approximately 2 1/4 cups
4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
2 cups sour cream 
Set 1 of the oven racks on the lowest shelf and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Lay the chips on a baking sheet. Sprinkle the chips with the Cheddar cheese and the bacon. Bake in the oven on the bottom rack for 7 minutes or until the cheese begins to bubble. Spoon sour cream on top, and sprinkle green onions
The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_137-Feedback_And_Forth.mp3

Episode 138: The Importance of Being Dada

We are indebted to Tristan Tzara and his followers for the newest and perhaps the most important doctrinary insistence as applied to art which has appeared in a long time. Dada-ism is the latest phase of modernism in painting as well as in literature, and carries with it all the passion for freedom of expression which Marinetti sponsored so loudly in his futuristic manifestos. It adds likewise an exhilarating quality of nihilism, imbibed, as it is said, directly from the author of Zarathustra. Reading a fragment of the documentary statement of Dada-ism, we find that the charm of the idea exists mainly in the fact that they wish all things levelled in the mind of man to the degree of commonplaceness which is typical and peculiar to it.

Nothing is greater than anything else, is what the Dada believes…

–Marsden Hartley, 1921

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_138-The_Importance_Of_Being_Dada.mp3

Episode 139: What You Don’t Hear

You know what you don’t hear?

Bloopers.

Flubs.

Side Conversations.

Muttering.

Outtakes.

Most people delete them, toss’em, throw them in the trash.  Not the Voice of Free Planet X.  We save them.

We save them for YOU.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_139-What_You_Dont_Hear.mp3

Episode 140: D&D, Grimm Style

A rogue named Jack. Cinderella, a cleric who refers to her deity as “god-mother.”  A charming prince of a paladin.  Gretel, a witch hunter and all-around monster fighter.  A ranger with the skin of a bear and bottomless pockets.  A wizard with the preposterous name of Dr. Know-It-All.

Fairy tale tropes, or the greatest Dungeons and Dragons campaign ever?

Or possibly both.

It’s a idea I can’t see to stop thinking about, so, naturally, I’d thought I’d share it with you.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_140-DD_Grimm_Style.mp3

Episode 141: Self, And Its Perception

There’s been a lot of talk about who we are versus how we are seen on this podcast.  As fate would have it, famed photographers Katie West and Jack Scoresby were spending the weekend with J.R. Blackwell and myself here in Philly.  Who better than the internet’s most talented self-portraits artists to talk about how other people see ourselves?

No one, that’s who.

Katie West: www.katiewest.ca

Jack Scoresby: www.flickr.com/photos/jackscoresby

J.R. Blackwell: www.jrblackwell.com

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_141-Self_And_Its_Perception.mp3
Episode 142: Curiouser And Curiouser

And I must be insane
To go skating on your name
And by tracing it twice
I fell through the ice
Of Alice

“Bread and Butterflies” was created by Pogo. You can find more work and information about this artist at www.last.fm/music/Pogo.

“Alice in Wonderland” was written and performed by emma, and was made available courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network. You can find more work and information about this artist at www.iamemma.com.

“Alice” was written and performed by Tom Waits, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network.  You can find more work and information about this artist at Epitaph.com.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net.

Direct download: Episode_142-Curiouser_and_Curiouser.mp3

Episode 143: Danger…Feedback!!!

You ready for another feedback episode?  You better be, because this one is huge.  It was last seen destroying Tokyo.

Quite a few podcasts were mentioned this week:

J’s Indie-Rock Mayhem qfsmayhem.blogspot.com
I Motor Away www.imotoraway.com
RadioClash www.mutantpop.net/radioclash
Radio Free Hipster www.hipsterplease.com

Also, check out Selganor’s character sheet for Gretel, the Witch-Hunter,
and here’s the GRIMM RPG he mentioned: www.fantasyflightgames.com/hr02.html

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net.
Direct download: Episode_143-Danger…Feedback.mp3

Episode 144: I Want Candy

My good and well-read friend Dan joins J.R. Blackwell and I in a roundtable–or is it salon?  It may be a salon–about candy literature, comics and movies.

It is also revealed that J.R. and I saw Bumblebee on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus during the filming of TRANSFORMERS 2.

It’s okay to be jealous.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_144-I_Want_Candy.mp3

Episode 145: Christiana Talks About Stuff

I had a chance to sit down with one of the most talented, prolific podcasters around, Christiana Ellis, which is not something you turn down.  We discuss the demands of a daily project, writing comedy of audio, and use of female leads with  moral flexibility.

All things Christiana can be found here: christianaellis.com

But you might also want wander over to these places as well:
Nina Kimberly the Merciless
Space Casey
Christiana’s Shallow Thoughts

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_145-Christiana_Talks_About_Stuff.mp3

Episode 146: Chains Of Commerce

The fact remains, ladies and gentlemen, we have to meet the Geert price. We ought to do better than the Geert price, but due to the nature of our company, we’ll probably get by merely with meeting them. But I will tell you this, we lose this bid, we lose the planet…

Special thanks to Kate Eckert, Brendan Dalton, Benjamin Dyme and J.R. Blackwell for providing the voice talent for this episode.

This episode featured “” performed by Barry Phillips. More information and work by this artist can be found at www.magnatune.com

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_146-Chains_Of_Commerce.mp3

 Episode 147: The Middleman Dilemma

Yeah, J.R. Blackwell and I love our television, like any good nerds.  We love The Middleman.  We love Doctor Who.  But having long since deep-sixed the cable, we cannot watch them the moment the come on the boob-tube.

Also, we don’t live in the United Kingdom.

Naturally, as podcasters, we turn to the internets to solve all our problems.  But there is no legitimate way to download the shows we love.  We’d pay for it, if only we COULD.

But we can’t.  There is no way to legitimate get the shows we want in any reasonable amount of time.  Waiting months for the DVD is, quite frankly, unacceptable.

Forced by neglect, we do the only thing we can.  We turn to piracy.

And we aren’t happy about it, neither.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_147-The_Middleman_Dilemma.mp3

Episode 148: Made To Be Broken

Sergeant Ariel Odipo held back a grimace as her squadron approached the Sepch encampment. She doubted they could see her face through the mirrored visor of her helmet, but she wasn’t taking any chances. She loosened her grip on her rifle as well. The tension was thick enough as it was. This was a peacekeeping mission, after all.

Besides, these people weren’t the problem. Odipo had grown fond of their crabby little faces and way they waved their eyestalks when she approached. They were not her problem…

Special thanks to Christiana Ellis and J.R. Blackwell for their voice talent this episode

This episode also featured “Srvival In A House Darkening” by Micheal Masley.  More information and work by this artist can be found at magnatune.com

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_148-Made_To_Be_Broken.mp3

Episode 149: My Battle With The Editor Hat

 I’ve been working on a beast of a story, and the reason it’s a beast of a story is that until very recently, I was trying to write it with my Editor Hat on.

The Editor Hat is a powerful tool, but nothing stops your writing dead quite like it.

It certainly did in my case.

As I say in the show, you can’t build and polish at the same time.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_149-My_Battle_With_The_Editor_Hat.mp3

Episode 150: The Secret of Matthew Wayne Selznick

What is the secret of Matthew Wayne Selznick, author of Brave Men Run?  You’ll have to listen to the interview to find out, but may have something to do with this stuff he posted on his website:

“Ladies and gentlemen, on Sunday, July 13, 2008, every hour on the hour for eight hours10:00 AM Eastern / 7:00 AM Pacific time beginning at , I will present a brand new, original short story set in the first year of the Sovereign Era universe. These stories “official Sovereign Era canon” are from some of the most respected authors of podcast fiction:

I’ll be reading each story aloud, on camera, absolutely live, in random order. So be sure to check in every hour so you don’t miss your favorite author!”

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_150-The_Secret_of_Matthew_Wayne_Selznick.mp3

Episode 151: After Twenty Years

When about midway of a certain block the policeman suddenly slowed his walk. In the doorway of a darkened hardware store a man leaned, with an unlighted cigar in his mouth. As the policeman walked up to him the man spoke up quickly.

“It’s all right, officer,” he said, reassuringly. “I’m just waiting for a friend. It’s an appointment made twenty years ago. Sounds a little funny to you, doesn’t it? Well, I’ll explain if you’d like to make certain it’s all straight…

“After Twenty Years” was written by O. Henry.  It is currently in the public domain.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_151-After_Twenty_Years.mp3

Episode 152: Epic Mash Rock

Are you ready to rock?

I can’t heeeeeaaaaaarrrrrrr yyyyyyooooooouuuuuu….

“I Told You To Beat It” was mashed-up by Divide And Kreate. You can download it and other mash-ups at divideandkreate.com

“Unpretty Today” was mashed-up by A+D You can download it and other mash-ups at aplusd.net

“Epic Black Rock” was mashed-up by D.J. Lobsterdust.  You can download it and other mash-ups at djlobsterdust.com

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net
Direct download: Episode_152-_Epic_Mash_Rock.mp3

Episode 153: Total Panda-monium

Panda returns!  And not a moment too soon!  He’s here to talk about his new forum, his currant favorite song, answer a voicemail, and reveal what book he totally not reading.  Not at all.

It totally isn’t “Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer.  Totally not.

Panda’s Forum is located at panda.oxfoot.com “Oxfoot” is the canary.  All forums have canaries.

Panda’s currently favorite song, “Cup of Brown Joy,” was performed by Elemental and produced by Tom Caruana, from the album ‘rebels without applause.’  You can find more information and work by these artists at www.myspace.com/mcelemental.  The astounding video for “Cup of Brown Joy” can be found on YouTube here.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_153-Total_Panda-monium.mp3

Episode 154: The D-List of the Spandex Set, Part 1

I sit down with Jason Adams of Random Signal to talk about the losers who pepper superhero universes.  D-List heroes and villains, whose existence is a vital part of the metahuman culture.

Seeing as how Jason shares my love for the weird, uncommon characters that make up the D-Lists of both Marvel and DC comics, I knew this would be an epic discussion.  But could I foresee that it would be so epic to require 2 episodes?  No sir, I did not.

Here’s what we talked about:
Hypno Hustler 
Monster By Mail
Jawbone Radio
Red Ghost and the Super Apes

Ambush Bug
Keith Giffin
Warren Ellis “On Mining Marvel”

Gamecock
Brother Voodoo

Rocket Racoon
Monark Starstalker
Nextwave
The Stranger
The In-Betweener
The Phantom Stranger

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_154-The_D-List_of_the_Spandex_Set_Part_1.mp3

Episode 155: The D-List of the Spandex Set, Part 2

Part 2 of my talk with Jason Adams of Random Signal about the losers who pepper superhero universes.  D-List heroes and villains, whose existence is a vital part of the metahuman culture.

Seeing as how Jason shares my love for the weird, uncommon characters that make up the D-Lists of both Marvel and DC comics, I knew this would be an epic discussion.  But could I foresee that it would be so epic to require 2 episodes?  No sir, I did not.

Here’s who we talked about:
Rocket Racoon
Mike Mignola
Legion of Super Pets
Comet
Ace the Bat-hound

Power Girl’s cat
Lockheed
Falcon
H.E.R.B.I.E.

Inhumans
Lockjaw
Black Bolt
Karnak
The Red Bee
Black Panther

Catman
Suicide Squad

Blue Devil
Slipknot
Thunderbolts
American Eagle
Paste Pot Pete
The Wizard
Starman
Ragdoll
Solomon Grundy

Congorilla & Congo Bill

Forgotten Heroes
Cave Carson
Sea Devils
Challengers of the Unknown

Task Force X
Doom Patrol
Deathstroke the Terminator

Adam Strange
Elongated Man
Dr. Psycho
Angle Man

Cheetah
Circe
The Fishermen

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_155-The_D-List_of_the_Spandex_Set_Part_2.mp3

Episode 156: Feedback To The Wall

Feedback day!  At long last!  But the joy of returning to listener comments is tempered by this grave reality:

I will not be daily next week.  Nor the week after.  Nor any of week succeeding, until Dragon*Con.

Did I mention I’m a guest this year?  I’m guest at Dragon*Con this year.

In any case, lots to do before the big day, so in order to get everything ready, I’m going weekly until after the con.  Just one episode on Wednesday, and the an Aliens You Will Meet ep on Thursday.  It’ll be rough, but I think we can both make it.

In the meantime, you can go put a photo of yourself in your finest at Clothes of Free Planet X Flickr group. Panda and I have already done so.

Internet sites of note mentioned in this episode:

Can of Spiders: toomanylegs.vox.com
The Poet’s Passage Podcast: thepoetspassage.libsyn.com
Have Games Will Travel: www.havegameswilltravel.net
Utilikilts: www.utilikilts.com
Tea & Chat Podcast: teaandchat.com
Into The Dark with the Computer King: www.computerkingonline.com

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_156-Feedback_To_The_Wall.mp3

Episode 157: It’s Never Just A Game

I chat with Nathan Paoletta about game writing, mechanics, theory, and his excellent games “Carry” and “Annalise.”  If you’re thinking about writing your own games, are dedicated gamer, or are just curious as to how a game about the wrenching era of Vietnam can lead to an afternoon of enjoyable entertainment, do not miss this interview.

Nathan’s gonna be at GenCon, so if you see him there, tell him “Hi” for me.

More info about Nathan’s games can be found at www.hamsterprophetproductions.com.  “Annalise” has her own corner of the web, annalise.hamsterprophetproductions.com.

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_157-Its_Never_Just_A_Game.mp3

Episode 158: Gimmie Shelter

The Voice of Free Planet X’s first video episode explores the experimental zombie-apocalypse role-playing game “Shelter In Place.” The game’s creator, J.R. Blackwell, is interviewed along with footage of the very first round of this scary, cinematic game.

Special thanks to the “Shelter In Place” players, and to Kae and Richard Kalwaic for the use of their home.

Title footage taken from the public domain film “Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe.”

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_158-Gimme_Shelter.mov

Episode 159: Meet Wigwam Bam

Tee Morris provides the talent and the skill to bring to life Wigwam Bam, one of the many alien puppets who will be at Aliens You Will Meet LIVE at Dragon*Con ’08.

Thanks, Tee.

Tee Morris can be found at teemorris.com

More aliens can be found at aliensyouwillmeet.com

Title footage taken from the public domain film “Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe.”

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_159-Meet_Wigwam_Bam.mov

Episode 160: The Final Episode

If you had asked me 3 years ago if I was ending the Voice of Free Planet X on Episode 160, I’d probably be impressed I stuck with it so long.  Its not been perfect–there’s some loose ends here and there, I’ll do my best to address them in other formats.  But the experiment that was the Voice of Free Planet X is over, and I call it success.  I set out to bring my fiction to a new audience, and while I did that, the downside was that I wasn’t writing as much fiction as I wanted.  So I’m ending the podcast, so I can do what I was doing before the podcast: writing stories.

The Voice of Free Planet X has allowed me to meet a variety of people I would have never met otherwise, some of whom I now count as close friends.  It’s allowed me to play with formats, to listen to new music, and to make things I never would have otherwise.  And for all these things and more, I am grateful.

More than that, it allowed me to connect with one of the most erudite, humorous and dedicated audiences in all of the podiosphere–this is true; I’ve listened to other podcasts feedback episodes.  Thanks for listening.  All of you.

This archive and feed will remaining up, as Aliens You Will Meet will continue.  Any guest appearances on other folks shows will appear here, as well.

As always, thank you for listening.

The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.
–Neil Gaiman

The Voice of Free Planet X theme was written and performed by Russell Collins of www.clockworkaudio.net

Direct download: Episode_160-The_Final_Episode.mp3