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« on: June 08, 2011, 03:33:55 AM »

I'm curious to see which pod is everyone's favourite. Do you like to delve into the dark and musty depths of Pseudopod? Do you like to soar among the stars with Escape Pod? Or do you like to wonder the world of magic with Pod Castle? Or do you not mind particularly?

Personally, I love Pod Castle. I enjoy the other two, but I find Pod Castle tend to leave me most satisfied. This might be because i'm studying history, so pseudo-historical settings appeal to me, or it might be that I mostly read fantasy fiction above anything else in my formative years.

What's your favourite and why?
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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2011, 03:43:41 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2011, 10:31:18 AM »

EP, if for no other reason than I love sci-fi stories.  Podcastle is great as well.  I'm not into horror, so Pseudopod is out for me, but that's just personal choice.
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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2011, 09:28:32 AM »

I'm not going to vote, but I'll say this: while each cast has its merits, I think from an editorial basis I get the most from Podcastle -- these days, they have the most stories that I actively enjoy.

As the casts have changed editors over time (I started 3/07 with EP #98), I've found that my enjoyment of them has changed over time as well. Every editor brings his/her own unique stamp to the stories that are published. If you'd asked me during the early days of PC, I would've said my favorite is EP because I didn't care as much for the story selection of early PC. And there was a period of PP somewhere between 100-200 where it was consistently my favorite of the three.
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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2011, 02:02:09 AM »

Pseudo, tho' Escape was a very close second...
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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2011, 10:36:54 AM »

I love EP and PP equally. I've never heard PC. That' no comment on them, I'm just not into fantasy enough to listen to it regularly.
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« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2011, 03:38:46 PM »

I'm just not into fantasy enough to listen to it regularly.

I often wonder how many people never try PC because they don't like elves and dragons and knights, when in fact it's more often urban or a minor twist on history - like the recent stories set during hurricane Katrina, the Russian revolution, and 50's surfer culture.

The recent Conan story was quite remarkable in that it was so unlike most of PC's content.
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« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2011, 06:13:09 PM »

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« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2011, 06:05:32 PM »

I love EP, it was my first love and I'm a "faithful listener". That and science fictions stories kick ass. I don't listen to PP, mainly because scary stories are, well, scary.  There is enough fear on the other podcasts to satisfy my need for scary. I have listened to PC since its beginning days, and while I have always enjoyed fantasy stories, sci fi stories is where its at.
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« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2011, 11:15:58 AM »

I listen to Escape Pod actively and as often as possible. I am gradually making my way through Podcastle stories. I don't subscribe to Pseudopod because horror, as a genre, bores me.
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« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2011, 01:27:42 PM »

I love EP and PP equally. I've never heard PC. That' no comment on them, I'm just not into fantasy enough to listen to it regularly.

There's a lot of distance between "never heard" and "listen to regularly". You may well be ... no, I will go so far as to say you are depriving yourself of some kick-ass stories. Including some science fiction and horror that have snuck their way in.
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« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2011, 02:18:47 PM »

There's a whole bunch of folks in this thread and others who've said things like "I like A and B, but don't care for C". With the editorial decisions and courage to push genre boundaries and wander farther off the path into spec fic, I think it would be worthwhile to start a couple threads for "if you like PodCastle, try these [10] stories on PseudoPod and these [10] on EscapePod". Folks that like multiple 'casts could really contribute and maybe help grow or deepen the listenership for all. Would anyone else want to participate?
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« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2011, 03:00:05 PM »

sadly I am not familiar enough with the back catalogues of any of the pods to really assist, but i think it would be a great idea.
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« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2011, 03:50:35 PM »

There's a whole bunch of folks in this thread and others who've said things like "I like A and B, but don't care for C". With the editorial decisions and courage to push genre boundaries and wander farther off the path into spec fic, I think it would be worthwhile to start a couple threads for "if you like PodCastle, try these [10] stories on PseudoPod and these [10] on EscapePod". Folks that like multiple 'casts could really contribute and maybe help grow or deepen the listenership for all. Would anyone else want to participate?

Sounds like fun! I'd be interested in trying, anyway.
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« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2011, 10:56:45 PM »

The only real crossover I can think of would be the Corey Doctorow story from Bordertown, which appeared in Escape Pod even though it was definitely Podcastle material through and through.
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« Reply #15 on: July 29, 2011, 07:53:25 AM »

I'm sorry, I meant to say I love all of the 'casts and genres equally for all literature is blessed in my eyes.

For the love of marshmallow fluff, what do you do in your spare time, preach on street corners? I'm sorry I don't listen to PC, I have so many other podcasts on subscription that I don't have time to listen to music anymore. I mean, I realize that not knowing sanskrit is also probably hampering me from reading some really great stories, so I'll put that on my to-do list too, right before "listen to PodCastle. </good-natured sarcasm>

Seriously, as I said, it's no comment on their fine work. I would gladly recommend them to friends of mine that dig the genre based solely on the level of quality EA requires. If it will satisfy, I will upgrade my 'never' to 'when I get to that point on my priority list.'
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« Reply #16 on: August 06, 2011, 05:17:23 PM »

I started with EP around episode 60 maybe, can't quite remember, and have stuck with it since although my interest isn't what it used to be.  I started listening to both PP and PC when they started but gave up on them after 10 or so episodes.  I would check in once in a while when I thought a story would interest me but that's about it.  I guess I'm more in to the harder sci-fi.
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« Reply #17 on: December 30, 2011, 03:32:27 PM »

I love EP and PP equally. I've never heard PC. That' no comment on them, I'm just not into fantasy enough to listen to it regularly.

There's a lot of distance between "never heard" and "listen to regularly". You may well be ... no, I will go so far as to say you are depriving yourself of some kick-ass stories. Including some science fiction and horror that have snuck their way in.

Wilson, you are not helping us keep our secrets secret!

Hypothetical conversation which probably does not occur at regular intervals during our editorial meetings in the cavernous great hall of the PodCastle, while wolfhounds gnaw bones before the hearth:

Me, or Dave:  It's an awesome story, right?  We should totally run that story.

Dave, or me:  Yeah.  But... well, you know it's science fiction, right? 

Me, or Dave:  Right.  But who will notice?  Let's just play it with a straight face and be all 'What? OF COURSE WE THOUGHT IT WAS FANTASY!' if anyone asks.

Dave, or me (mostly me): Anyway, science fiction is just a subset of fantasy.

Dave:  Don't say that out loud.

Me: Ok.  I won't.
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« Reply #18 on: December 31, 2011, 02:42:04 AM »

@Anarkey, lovely! I just just imagine those conversations Wink
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« Reply #19 on: December 31, 2011, 08:20:13 PM »

Mostly me: Anyway, science fiction is just a subset of fantasy.

Dave:  Don't say that out loud.

Me: Ok.  I won't.

It's okay, John Scalzi (an sf writer if there ever was one) thinks so too:

Quote from: John Scalzi
Science fiction is the branch of fantasy storytelling (and it is a branch of fantasy storytelling, make no mistake about it) that gives itself the responsibility of presuming a rational basis for its fantastic elements.

Happy New Year!

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