Saturday, January 08, 2011

Narrator's Workshop - Level 1

As most of you know, I've been doing 'narration' - reading my own and other people's stories - on the StarShipSofa for about two years. Last year I was voted 'Best Narrator' in the podcast's annual "Sofanaut" Best-Of awards.

On Saturday, February 5, 2010, I'll be one of the resource speakers - teachers, if you like - at the StarShip's first "webinar." This narrator's workshop is being designed to be help people who would like to begin to narrate and record for podcasts.

I mention this because at this writing, there are less than 20 seats remaining for this event. Click on the title, above, or copy and paste the url, below, and sign up.

Here's that url:

I'm also including a bit of video featuring the host himself, Tony C. Smith, explaining a bit about the event.

Hope to you can make it.

Friday, January 07, 2011


The 2011 Hugo Award Nomination period is now open.

As you may or may not know the StarShipSofa won the Hugo last year for the Best Fanzine. The first ever podcast to be nominated. The good ship then went on to win the Hugo.

Nothing has gone slack aboard the good ship and the year ahead promises to be more interesting than ever. So I see no reason to not nominate her again for BEST FANZINE.

There is one episode in particular, however, I think should be singled out for special note. The episode contains an extended interview bwtween the host, Tony C. Smith, and Jack Vance and Frederik C. Pohl. Click on the title of this post, above, or on the URL below to listen:

In particular this episode should be singled out for a nomination in the BEST RELATED WORK category. Both in their 90s, Vance and Pohl were leaders in the field when I was a kid. They remain so today. Their conversation was beyond interesting and not entirely about writing and science fiction, this was two guys who helped create a literary genre talking about life and age and time. This was history speaking.

I recommend at least you have a listen.