Here are a few good things I have been listening to of late.
First up we have The Writer and the Critic, featuring Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond from Australia. They only have two episodes up this far, but they are doing really good in-depth book discussions. Personally I wish they were less hung up about spoilers, but they still manage to find lots of good things to talk about.
The next one should need no introduction, as it is part of the great io9 plan for galactic domination. This is The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy, featuring John Joseph Adams and David Barr Kirtley. The first part of the show is always an interview, and they have had some really high profile guests. For the latest episode, however, they talk to Jennifer Finney Boylan about her new YA book, Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror. The book is all about kids at a school for monsters where they have to learn to pretend to be ordinary people so as to fit in with society. Jenny talks about her life and how the book relates to her experiences growing up trans.
Finally back to Australia and the latest episode of Galactic Suburbia. The second half of this show is all about life as an indie publisher. Obviously that’s a subject close to my heart, but the conversation is well worth a listen.
And one more thing. If you do podcasts yourself and, like me, you record off Skype, you may well have trouble with different sound levels on different people’s voices. If you do, you need The Levelator. Sadly it doesn’t take MP3 inputs, so you need a format converter as well, but those are pretty common. Having it has made producing The Salon so much easier. I can’t remember now who I saw recommend it — I think it was Patrick Hester — but whoever it was, thank you!