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The Voices of the Snakes

“The Voices of the Snakes,” by Karina Sumner-Smith, read by Rachel Swirsky, and brought to you by Podcastle. Published in Issue #2 of Fantasy Magazine, February 2006. “Hello poison, hello grave-specter, hello nightmare,” the little green grass snake called, his tiny voice high and all his sibilants hissed. He flicked his tongue and uncurled his […]


In This City by Brian Dolton (audio)

In this city, there are glass sculptures that catch the light from stars as yet unborn. In this city, there are buildings made of woven silk and mirrorwood. They fold themselves around one another like lovers, and their passionate sighs are the wind in the subway. In this city, subway trains rattle on tracks of bone and ivory. In this city, the night is bright with the livid green of burning ectoplasm. In this city, darkness can be touched, and feels like heavy velvet. In this city, the night breathes.


Better Left Unseen: Justice League of America

With all of the weak pilots that make it to series on television *cough*BionicWoman*cough* have you ever wondered about the shows that didn’t make it?

Now that Time Warner/DC are trying to revitalize their comic book properties into successful film franchises, with talk of Batman vs. Superman and an ever-changing Justice League movie in various stages of development hell, I’m sure they would prefer if everyone forgot about their ill-fated 1997 pilot for Justice League of America. But like George Lucas and his legendary Star Wars Holiday Special, it’s hard to bury something this bad for long–the stink leads people right to it.


The Desires of Houses by Haddayr Copley-Woods (audio)

The floor is sulking. She almost always wears shoes in the basement, and the cement lies all day in agony listening to the first floor’s boards sighing loudly in ecstasy at the touch of her bare heels. All it can hope for in its slow, cold way is that the woman will scoop the cat boxes, squatting on her heels, after she starts a load of laundry. Today oh joy oh joy she does. The floor is practically writhing at the smell of her (she always showers after the scooping, so her scent is thick)—the tangy rich odor. The cement feels (or maybe it’s just wishful thinking) just a bit of her damp warmth.


Geek Flashback: Exo-Squad

These days most television viewers are familiar with the concept of shows with a plot arc running over an entire season or series, but in the early 1990s, this was rarely done–and almost never done in animation. Just as Babylon 5 preceded the trend to longer, more complex story lines in live action drama, a little known series called Exo-Squad emerged as an ambitious science fiction cartoon with a plot more challenging than your average Saturday morning fare.

Exo-Squad premiered in September of 1993, just edging ahead of Disney’s Gargoyles a year later, and broke the norm of cartoons that “reset” at the end of a 22-minute episode. Following the Able Squad, a team of Terrans armed with exoskeletons fighting in a way against the genetically engineered Neosapiens, the show featured a continuing storyline and complex character development, and tackled a variety of issues and themes in ways only science fiction can. Touted as the “American anime” in a time where access to Japanese animation was somewhat limited, this was simply one of the best cartoons on television–so it’s no surprise that it was canceled after only two seasons.


Audio Play Submissions Open Today

Just a friendly reminder that the submission period for audio plays is now open.  Check the guidelines here.  We’re open until November 15th, so keep an eye on the calendar!


When Slashfic Becomes Manifest In Real Life

Just because I know many of you out there are Stargate fans and ever more of you enjoy reading slash (yes, I see you) I thought this video might be of interest. It’s from San Diego Comicon and includes a beautiful moment when Ben Browder and Michael Shanks share a kiss.


Geek Flashback: Beauty and the Beast

In the 80s and 90s there were many shows that combined different and seemingly unrelated genres into one cracktasticly fantastic concept. It became pretty popular, for instance, to combine science fiction or fantasy with cop shows and crime dramas. My favorite was Alien Nation–a show that transcended the movie in a big way, similar to the way Buffy did several years later–followed closely by Forever Knight, the original emo vampire with a soul. Though those shows were more about action and cop stuff than they were about the tender love between a girl and her hairy, hairy boyfriend. That is to say, 1987’s own Beauty and the Beast.


“Ghetto Man” Roasts the Superfriends

Last week, author Karen Healey (who plays D&D) posted a link to the video clip below. It’s from Legends of the Superheroes, a live-action Superfriends variety show. You heard me.

There were only two one-hour specials, and it’s not surprising given the quality on display. The clip is from episode two: The Roast, and features one of the celebrity roasters: Ghetto Man.

You really just need to watch it for yourself. Then we can have a chat about it. Also, yes, that is the real Ed McMahon.


We Love Doctor Who

Since the Doctor Who finale aired in America this past Friday, the season is officially over for American, British (and possibly Canadian?) fans. No new series until 2010, but we have a Christmas episode to look forward to, at least. To stave off the withdrawal symptoms that are bound to come any second now, we’re collecting Doctor Who videos in a playlist over on YouTube. Check out a Doctor Who boom de yada clip, some fan-edited versions of the Time Crash special from last year, John Barrowman singing, and interviews with the actors.