Escape Artists
September 24, 2018, 02:37:53 PM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
News:
 
   Home   Help Search Login Register  
Pages: [1] 2  All
  Print  
Author Topic: EP617: A Cure for Homesickness (Artemis Rising)  (Read 2352 times)
eytanz
Moderator
*****
Posts: 6067



« on: March 02, 2018, 11:16:53 AM »

Escape Pod 617: A Cure for Homesickness (Artemis Rising)

AUTHOR : S. L. Scott
NARRATOR : Erik Luke
HOST: Mur Lafferty

---

Krem was dead.

Well, not exactly, yet, but he knew death when he saw it, and the scavenger holding a plasma shotgun three feet from his face sure looked like death. The Torqu might have exoskeletons strong enough to keep hardened steel from piercing, but that wouldn’t stop the ensuing explosions from ripping him apart. They’d just be nice big chunks instead of tiny pieces. Not that Krem was surprised he’d go this way. He’d signed up for glory and adventure traveling the galaxy, and what that really meant was boring travel time followed by constant near-death experiences. The former he’d learned to live with; the latter, it seemed, would be harder to ignore.


Listen to this week’s Escape Pod!
Logged
Katzentatzen
Matross
****
Posts: 191



« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2018, 08:40:30 PM »

First of all, Eric Luke is one of my favorite narrators. I did really love this crew, definite fan fiction potential for speculating how they came together and where they will go from here. I loved Krem as the straight man next to Max's human impetuousness and risk-taking behavior for seemingly nonsensical reasons.  The plot twist reminded me of this tumblr post.
Logged

"To understand a cat you must realize that he has his own gifts, his own viewpoint, even his own morality."
--LILIAN JACKSON BRAUN
DerangedMind
Peltast
***
Posts: 103


« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2018, 10:27:56 AM »

I loved this story as well, the world building - giving us the information we needed, but still allowing us enough freedom to speculate on the hows and whys of this world.

And Krem was the perfect straight-man for Max.

I look forward to hearing more from the author.
Logged
InfiniteMonkey
Lochage
*****
Posts: 483


Clearly, I need more typewriters....


« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2018, 10:11:46 PM »

I'm with Mur on this one: MORE PLEASE!!!!
Logged
Father Beast
Lochage
*****
Posts: 515


« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2018, 06:47:16 AM »

Artemis Rising, AKA business as usual.

This was an awesome story. Despite the general bad-assedness of the human in the story, it clearly showed that war weariness can come upon the most hardened of vets. I was originally quite skeptical when Dell said, "I've got this". I was sure that he was overlooking some detail of human psychology.

But, Omigosh, he did indeed "have it". Then I laughed continuously for the last five minutes of the story. I had to rewind and listen again, and it was even better. This is exactly the kind of fun Steve Eley was looking for when he started this podcast.

Thumbs up! (as if you couldn't tell).
Logged
danooli
Moderator
*****
Posts: 1479



WWW
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2018, 10:14:34 AM »

I also want more! This world (galaxy? universe?) is so rich with potential, and I want to see the bond  grow between Max and her new raok.
Logged
Father Beast
Lochage
*****
Posts: 515


« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2018, 09:08:13 PM »

Who's a good Psychopathic Homicidal Jungle cat? That's right, You Are.
Logged
acpracht
EA Staff
*****
Posts: 214


« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2018, 01:09:46 AM »

I know I'm not supposed to have favorites, but, well, let's be honest... You love all your kids, but there is that one who has you wrapped around their finger, yes?

This is the story version of that... Smiley

Eric Luke I could listen to all day, and the characterization was spot-on.

But what really did this one for me was that the alien species felt, well, alien... They don't get each other, but they respect each other and, dare I suggest, even love each other.

Not much S-F does this well. This one blew it out of the water.

-Adam
Producer
Logged
CryptoMe
Hipparch
******
Posts: 1016



« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2018, 08:51:54 AM »

I really enjoyed this one, too. It's weird, because it almost seemed like 2 stories in 1. First you had the action adventure flick and then you had the touchy-feely story. I usually would have found this very jarring, but here it somehow worked.
Logged
Fonzie
Extern
*
Posts: 4



WWW
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2018, 09:35:26 AM »

THIS WAS GREAT!!!!

I loved every single thing about this story.  The world building, the character interaction, the plot development, the narration, and the even the cute "pet" at the end.
Cool guns, cool aliens, comradery, killing bad guys, narrow escapes and cool science stuff!!!
Love love love.

More in this world! Please!
Logged
Onikaze
Extern
*
Posts: 8



« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2018, 01:56:09 PM »

I enjoyed this one, mostly because of the crew's cohesion despite being from different species. I was a fan of Farscape and Firefly for similar reasons... I like stories were people come together as teams, stronger together than they would be solo.
Logged

“You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means.”
-Inigo Montoya

“When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less."
-Humpty Dumpty \
statisticus
Palmer
**
Posts: 33



« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2018, 01:34:47 AM »

Reading the comments I see that I'm in the minority here, but this one really rubbed me up the wrong way.  Some clever ideas and good world building, but the story came across as incredibly patronising and condescending.  The human female hurt herself?  Patch her up and she'll be as good as new!  The human female is lonely?  Give her some weird animal and she'll be happy again!  Nobody understands why human females like these hideous creatures, but if it keeps her happy we can put up with it, and maybe she'll turn out to be a good team member after all.  No real attempt to sympathise or empathise with the human female, just to find out whatever weird things are needed to keep her happy.

I know, not what the author intended and not what anyone else here heard, but I found this story seriously annoying.  Not what I expected from Artemis Rising at all.
« Last Edit: March 25, 2018, 01:36:28 AM by statisticus » Logged

I am a Statistician.  One false move and you're a Statistic.
Jen
Palmer
**
Posts: 40



« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2018, 01:29:14 PM »

I didn't find it patronizing, but I did find it boring. I found the alien-ness of the aliens (or the human) over-explained and the story non-existent. Person gets wounded, person gets healed, person gets an alien cat and is now happy? Krem was an interesting character, but that's about it.
Logged
Fenrix
Curmudgeonly Co-Editor of PseudoPod
Editor
*****
Posts: 3723


I always lock the door when I creep by daylight.


« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2018, 10:42:03 PM »

This story is easily my favorite Escape Pod of the year, and quite possibly, after a few listens, may be one of my favorites ever. Space marines with good action plus KITTIES! I was completely locked in and had a wash of anxiety when Max took a bullet when the cover fire slacked off for a moment. I was super excited by the appearance of Commodore McFlufferton, and really appreciated the fine craftsmanship that allowed cat people to project cat onto the critter and dog people to project dog onto the critter.

This gives me the same warm fuzzies of the good run of Captain Marvel, including Chewie.




The human female hurt herself?  Patch her up and she'll be as good as new!  The human female is lonely?  Give her some weird animal and she'll be happy again!  Nobody understands why human females like these hideous creatures, but if it keeps her happy we can put up with it, and maybe she'll turn out to be a good team member after all.  No real attempt to sympathise or empathise with the human female, just to find out whatever weird things are needed to keep her happy.


The way I heard it, is Max was presented as a human. Not a human female. I don't think gender was even a consideration for Krem. Doing a word search in the story, the word "female" never shows up. "Woman" only appears twice in this context: "With more care than finesse, Krem snatched up the woman sitting on a table in front of Sovad with two claws and deposited Max in her place with the other two. The woman gave Krem an indignant expression that didn’t make him feel bad for interrupting."

I think it might be worth considering what you're projecting into the story, and what is on the page. The appearance of the pet is crafted with the same care, as I pointed out above. I am totally a cat person, so Commodore McFlufferton was a kitty for me. I am willing to place a wager that dog people will defend it being a dog. [Insert meme: RAOKS ARE DOGS -- CHANGE MY MIND]

Readers are always well served to consider what they are bringing to their reading experience.
Logged

All cat stories start with this statement: “My mother, who was the first cat, told me this...”
Fenrix
Curmudgeonly Co-Editor of PseudoPod
Editor
*****
Posts: 3723


I always lock the door when I creep by daylight.


« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2018, 10:48:51 PM »

Ooh! Another awesome thing about this story that I forgot in the last post. It's about two friends with no romantic subplot. Their affection is real, but there is no need for romantic love anywhere in this story. Underrepresented themes in storytelling in the house!
Logged

All cat stories start with this statement: “My mother, who was the first cat, told me this...”
danooli
Moderator
*****
Posts: 1479



WWW
« Reply #15 on: April 06, 2018, 06:12:48 AM »

Ooh! Another awesome thing about this story that I forgot in the last post. It's about two friends with no romantic subplot. Their affection is real, but there is no need for romantic love anywhere in this story. Underrepresented themes in storytelling in the house!

I think that underlines a major point of why I was drawn in so hard. As a woman who has had a few successful and strictly platonic close friendships with men, it is great to see it represented in fiction.
Logged
kylefiction
Extern
*
Posts: 3


« Reply #16 on: May 16, 2018, 04:03:19 PM »

I really enjoyed this story.
I'm a sucker for adventure stories, and space pirates. But this story was just so darn sweet!
Well done, and excellently narrated!
Logged
Ichneumon
Matross
****
Posts: 188


« Reply #17 on: May 16, 2018, 04:04:15 PM »

I didn't find it patronizing, but I did find it boring. I found the alien-ness of the aliens (or the human) over-explained and the story non-existent. Person gets wounded, person gets healed, person gets an alien cat and is now happy? Krem was an interesting character, but that's about it.

Maybe this story didn't have the most complex plot, but the details and world building make it vibrant and engaging. You didn't like the multitasking doctor, or the centuries old bioluminescent captain? Because I did. Although, I do feel like the idea that humans are the special glue that holds the mismatched crew together gets overused in science fiction, and fantasy stories for that matter.

I am totally a cat person, so Commodore McFlufferton was a kitty for me. I am willing to place a wager that dog people will defend it being a dog. [Insert meme: RAOKS ARE DOGS -- CHANGE MY MIND]
I'm a cat person, but the goofy tongue convinced me the roak is a doggie.
Logged
kylefiction
Extern
*
Posts: 3


« Reply #18 on: May 17, 2018, 10:21:01 AM »

I'm a cat person, but the goofy tongue convinced me the roak is a doggie.

Totally agree. The description of the roak made me think it was dog-like. (Didn't the story describe them hunting in packs?)
Logged
TrishEM
Matross
****
Posts: 173



« Reply #19 on: May 30, 2018, 11:46:51 PM »

Well, lions hunt in packs. I heard both catlike and doglike elements and really liked that -- it's an alien critter, so it shouldn't necessarily be directly analogous to any earthlike species.

I'm a cat person, but the goofy tongue convinced me the roak is a doggie.

Totally agree. The description of the roak made me think it was dog-like. (Didn't the story describe them hunting in packs?)
Logged
Pages: [1] 2  All
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.21 | SMF © 2015, Simple Machines Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!