Failed Cities Monologues 04: Truck

The news webs call him The Conductor. He’s responsible for the disappearances of at least thirty young women, all prostitutes. Their bodies are never found. And oh, yes, you’re about to discover why…



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Written by Matt Wallace
Narrated by Ian Jones
http://www.variantfrequencies.com

Copyright 2006 Rick Stringer and Matt Wallace
March 2006

Failed Cities Monologues 03: Sterne

Walk the streets between the Stacks with Sterne, a pit fighter that splits his nights between brawling for cash and spinning tales of old school tough guys and detectives. The Stacks is considered nothing more than a neo hippie ghetto. But to the folks that live here, the eve trippers and broken artists and freaked out Rastafarians, it’s a dreamland. And Sterne has his tiny crumbling place in it, filled with obsession, imagination, and some fresh wounds waiting to scar….



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Written by Matt Wallace
Narrated by Tom “DevoSpice” Rockwell
Music: “Caution” by Rick Gerics
http://www.variantfrequencies.com

Copyright 2006 Rick Stringer and Matt Wallace
March 2006

Podcasts We Like

This list isn’t going to be all inclusive, we just wanted to give a shout out to some of the ones we’ve listened to and liked. It’s a helluva community out there, and we’re proud to be part of it. Our encounters with other podcasters (Podders? Casties? Is there a nickname?) have been awesome. We’ve been very impressed with how much help other podcasters have been. Tim Robertson helped troubleshoot the feed. Evo Terra advised. Dave Hamilton gave us advice on getting our name out there. Our intro and promos have been played on a number of shows. DevoSpice said some nice things in his journal.

So on with the names. I found The Secrets, Michael A. Stackpole’s podcast about writing, at TSFPN, the science fiction podcast network, and tuned in. He’s got a fabulous voice, we should see if he’ll read for us! If you’re a serious writer, listen to Michael. He’s got excellent advice and seems like a genuinely nice guy.

Three of Rick’s favorites are MyMac by Tim Robertson and Chad Perry, The MacCast by Adam Christianson and The Mac Geek Gab by Dave Hamilton and John Braun. Anybody see a pattern here? All of them give reviews of the latest Mac products, so they’re a good source of information. He’s always learning something from these guys. And their presentations are entertaining.

Rick admires Escape Pod for their impressive presentations of good spec fiction, much like our own Variant Frequencies, except they have the audience we’d love to have. I’ve also listened to several of their stories and have been inspired.

Rick also listens to Dragon’s Landing Inn by Chuck Tinsley and Lonnie Ezell, Slice of SciFi by Evo Terra and Michael R. Mennenga, Manic Mondays by Tom Rockwell of Sudden Death, a comedy rap group. (He REALLY likes podcasts.) Also a couple of Firefly ‘casts, The Signal and Firefly Talk, keeping the Serenity spirit alive.

Matt likes Shadowdance: interviews, commentary and articles about fringe culture, like vampires and magic. He also listens to Velcrotroupe and Manic Mondays for their humor. He also believes that Wil Wheaton did, in fact, invent podcasting. Wheaton’s site is currently In Exile, but Matt is positive he will return.

Evelyn

At least Mom doesn’t walk me all the way to the door. That would be so embarrassing!… They can be stolen away and terrible things can be done to them… I used to be that little girl, the one walking with her mom… What does she think is gonna happen in this dumb neighborhood?… I think she watches the kids walking to school… I wonder if I’ll make it until spring….

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Written by Anne Stringer
Narrated by Stacey Griffith
http://www.variantfrequencies.com

Copyright 2006 Anne Stringer and Rick Stringer
March 2006

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