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 on: Yesterday at 04:31:38 PM 
Started by rendall - Last post by rendall
That's a really good point.

 on: Yesterday at 03:59:14 PM 
Started by rendall - Last post by Ocicat
Yup, this place is starting to gather cobwebs. I think there are a lot of factors. Back when Escape Pod started, over 10 years ago, the social internet was a very different place. Specifically, there wasn't nearly as much of it. Now you have a lot more facebook, a lot more twitter, a lot more demands on your internet time. Escape Artists are using those mediums too - particularly twitter, where we post about episodes and people do respond and comment quite a bit - though not in at the depth we often see in the forums. I don't think a lot of twitter users are bothering to come out here and add another site to their routine.

Also, just from my personal experience, a lot of my friends have reached social networking overload, and have turned their back on it entirely. Deleted their facebook, gotten off twitter, and things like online forums are going to go down with them as people adjust their lives to focus on in-person interactions.

 on: Yesterday at 02:50:33 PM 
Started by rendall - Last post by rendall
I made a quick-n-dirty data visualization of forum participation trends over time, which you can explore at this link:  and of which I have made a screen capture below.

The horizontal axis represents the episodes in chronological order, with each point on the axis representing one episode, from Episode #1 Imperial on the far left to Episode #612 The Sixes, the Wisdom and the Wasp on the right. The left y axis represents the number of comments made on the episode in its respective "Episode Comments" thread, and the right y axis represents its number of views.

For example, Episode #248 "Spar" received 194 replies in its comments thread and 52,057 views of that thread, the most of any episode ever.

We can see, at the very beginning there was relatively little commentary, until Episode 87 Blood of Virgins when there was an explosion of participation that pretty much sustained itself at least through at least Episode 400 and later. Then, at some point thereafter, there has been a steady decline in both comments and views all the way to the present. In former times, it was rare for the number of views to dip below 5,000 and they often reached twice that or more. Recently, however, a view count above 2,000 is quite rare. The number of comments per episode follow a similar pattern of sharp decline.  

Seeing this steady decline leads one naturally to wonder what's going on.

 on: Yesterday at 11:11:22 AM 
Started by Ocicat - Last post by jenni4096
It's funny, you know?  This story's hero could almost have been the kind of person who is smarter than the jocks, solves everything with a slide-ruler and sarcasm,  and never bothers to examine his relationship to the "normal" world and why he feels rejected by it.  An internet meme might have him wearing a fedora.  Instead, we have someone who has basically traded all that in for sort of a modern path to enlightenment I guess.  Non-attachment to ego, and a self-knowledge and acceptance that allows him to bring compassion (albeit a charmingly world-weary version of compassion) to his interactions with the beings of the world.

I like this story.  The guy's a good role model.

 on: Yesterday at 07:28:46 AM 
Started by danooli - Last post by danooli
Added "Silver Things" by Dagny Paul

Added "Smokedancing" by Natalia Throdoridou

 on: Yesterday at 07:28:02 AM 
Started by danooli - Last post by danooli
Added "If Only Kissing Made It So" by Jason Kimble

 on: Yesterday at 07:27:36 AM 
Started by danooli - Last post by danooli
The following Cast of Wonders stories are 2018 first publications:

Ep. 291: If Only Kissing Made It So by Jason Kimble
Ep. 292: Silver Things by Dagny Paul
Ep. 292: Smokedancing by Natalia Throdoridou

 on: February 20, 2018, 10:50:37 PM 
Started by eytanz - Last post by jenni4096
Wow.  Just finished listening to this story.

Great reading -- he treated what could be a heavy story with just the right amount of lightness.

Where is the line between allegory and metaphor?  The one can feel like a sunday school lesson (like the Narnia books) whereas the other can maybe ... just maybe.. help someone completely outside one's own perspective understand what it's like to be *you*.

This story wanders, teasing that edge for a while before striding definitively over to the side of real, honest, emotional communication.

As a trans person I recognized parts of my own story in this one -- and while I can barely draw a smiley-face myself, it's no coincidence that there are so many web-comics devoted to telling the story of growing up (or growing old) trans.  So it felt fitting that this is how the protagonist finally decides to let his dads into his world.

Also, as one who reliably cries at the cup-of-coffee-and-a-blanket scenes, the way the last-ditch signal of a comic strip was received hit me right in the feels.

Thanks for a great story.

Edit: was the author really"taking back" the attack-helocopter meme?  Awesome.

 on: February 20, 2018, 08:58:46 PM 
Started by Ocicat - Last post by Ocicat
PodCastle 510: My Heart is a Prayer

Content warning for the death of a child.

Previously published by Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores.

Ryan Row’s fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, and elsewhere. He is a winner of the Writers of the Future Award. He holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, and is pursuing an M.A. in Creative Writing at the University of California, Davis. He lives in Sacramento, California with a beautiful and mysterious woman. You can find him online at

Tina Connolly is the author of the Ironskin trilogy from Tor Books, and the Seriously Wicked series from Tor Teen. Her novels have been finalists for the Nebula and the Norton. Her very first Escape Pod appearance was in #209, when “On the Eyeball Floor” was narrated by Norm Sherman, and she’s been providing narration for PodCastle since our miniature episode 23, about 8 months prior to her first publication with Escape Pod. Her stories are collected in On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories, from Fairwood Press. She is one of the current co-hosts of Escape Pod, and her narrations have appeared all over.

She is extremely delighted to have had both her stories and her narrations featured on all four Escape Artists podcasts. Find her intermittent, Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast at Toasted Cake, or find her at

Listen to this week’s PodCastle!

 on: February 20, 2018, 08:06:22 PM 
Started by Bdoomed - Last post by harrietpodder
good point cog. I forgot she was immersed overseas.

scuba-what made u think 1 dude was a vet?

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