All Good Things…

We have had five awesome seasons of Variant Frequencies. However, in recent months my work life has gotten to be more challenging than in the past. It is harder to concentrate on the podcast.

All good things must come to an end. On May 30, 2010 we will be doing a live show at Balticon 44. That will be the final episode of Variant Frequencies. We hope that any of you who will be at Balticon 44 will come join us for this farewell performance. It is an opportunity to celebrate and say goodbye, instead of simply fading away.

We can’t thank the Farpoint Media family enough. It has been an honor and a privilege to be associated with this wonderful group of people. We will keep the site going as long as FPM is willing to let us. That will keep all of the stories available. It will also leave open the possibility of one day returning if I get the bug again.

Then we have the amazing writers: A.R. Yngve, Adrian Grey Marsden, Bryn Sparks, Carmelo Rafala, Christa Faust, D.K. Thompson, Darren Reid, David Tallerman, Dennis Egan, D.J. Burnham, James P. Hogan, Jason McDowell, Jonathan C. Gillespie, Johathan McGoran, Michael Natale, Ray Banks, Scott Sigler, Seth Harwood, Matthew Warner, Jack Mangan, D. M. Moehrle, Michael A. Stackpole, Ray Banks, Jack Westlake, and of course the two authors for which this podcast was originally started, Anne Stringer and Matt Wallace.

Variant Frequencies could not have existed without the incredible voice talents of: Stacey Griffith-Livingston, Tom “DevoSpice” Rockwell, Ian Jones, Anne Stringer, Maia “KnitWhitch” Whitaker, Anton Buntic, Heidi Jones, Jan Dalton, Evo Terra, Neil Stringer, Adrian Grey Marsden, A.R. Yngve, Jeff Frank, Scott Sigler, Ali Groves, Rich Sigfrit, Dani Cutler, Nan Worthington, Tee Morris, Mur Lafferty, Michael R. Mennenga, Chuck Tomasi, Leann Mabry, J. Marcus Xavior, John Cmar, Jack Hosley, Tony McCartney, Matthew Wayne Selznick, Will Hoffacker, Phil Rossi, Jack Ward, Lonnie Ezell, Ciaran O’Carroll, Nobilis, Paul S. Jenkins, Lorrie Mennenga, TD-0013, P.G. Holyfield, Seth Harwood, Thomas “cmdln” Gideon, Marck Pearlstone, Matthew Warner, Heather Welliver, Kreg Steppe, Matt Wallace, J.C. Hutchins, Chris Lester, Marilyn Taylor, Michael A. Stackpole, Sean “Dogg” Robertson, Benjamin Grundy, Christopher Mott, and Alasdair Stuart.

We also had some beautiful artwork by: Deena Warner, Paul Drummond, and Vincent Chong.

A major part of Variant Frequencies has been the music. We have been honored to feature music by: Abney Park, Cagey House, Evan Tate, Greg Seaman, Mue Sephei, Neil Stringer, and the Traverse Symphony Orchestra.

Finally, we want to thank you, the listeners. Without you, Variant Frequencies would have had no reason to be. It has been truly an honor to have you listen to our stories. We can only hope that we entertained you, and distorted your reality…

for just a little while.

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Creature of God

A botched deal. A quietly menacing, unholy, fatherly crime boss. A waking nightmare of small-time criminals, gothic bars, and neon churches. Johnny finds himself immersed in a dark, sinister underworld, struggling desperately to hold on as his humanity slips away.
Written by Jack Mangan
Voices: Heather Welliver, Kreg Steppe, John Cmar, Matt Wallace, J.C. Hutchins, Chris Lester, Seth Harwood, Neil Stringer, Scott Sigler, and Rick Stringer


Adventures in SciFi Publishing

JT’s Indie Christian Music

Creature of God
Copyright 2009 Jack Mangan

Variant Frequencies
Copyright 2009 Rick Stringer and Matt Wallace

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The End of Flesh – Part Two

Pacs has been put on the trail of cannibal killers who’ve claimed a high-profile victim: the son of a controversial city councilman. His investigation brings “Busboy” face-to-face with Rosalie Barello, sister to the deceased. Beautiful and enigmatic, will she prove to be his strongest ally . . . or his prime suspect?
Written and narrated by Matt Wallace

The Next Fix

Playing For Keeps

Scott Sigler’s “Contagious”

The End of Flesh
Copyright 2008 Matt Wallace

Variant Frequencies
Copyright 2008 Rick Stringer and Matt Wallace

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Help Sigler

Order InfectedOur friends J.C. Hutchins and Seth Harwood put together this audio file specifically for the Variant Frequencies listeners. They are trying to help Scott Sigler make it onto the New York Times Best Seller List. The thought behind this push is that if we can get Scott Sigler’s Infected onto the NY Times list, then that is going to help all fiction podcasters.

Scott Sigler


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Birth and Death

Birth rules the life of a midwife, but she has also seen plenty of death. When she realizes she is immortal, birth and death begin to look the same. She knows that any new baby she helps bring into the world will die, in time. But she learns to look beyond the spectre of death when she sees the look of bliss on a new mother’s face and gains the wisdom to live in the moment.
Written and narrated by Anne Stringer

Cello music by Christine Williams

Scott Sigler’s Infected

Seth Harwood’s Jack Wakes Up

Matt Wallace’s The Next Fix


Birth and Death
Copyright 2008 Anne Stringer

Variant Frequencies
Copyright 2008 Rick Stringer and Matt Wallace

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Precision Pictures buys two stories by Matt Wallace

July 10th, 2007 — Precision Pictures Pty Ltd. announced today it has acquired the film rights to Parsec Award winning author Matt Wallace‘s acclaimed experimental podcast novel The Failed Cities Monologues. The Sydney-based production company has also purchased the rights to Wallace’s short story “Delve.” The author will adapt both properties for the screen himself.

“It ain’t Rogue Pictures,” Matt says, referring to fellow Podiobooks author Scott Sigler, whose novel Infested was recently optioned by the Universal Studios subsidiary, “but I’m definitely excited. Mostly because it excuses me from getting that job at Kinko’s for another couple of months, at least.”

Matt is currently scripting an as-of-yet unnamed project for another Australian production team. He expects to begin working on the adaptations within the next few months.

Precision Pictures is the brainchild of Australian producer Simon Smithers, who, in 2006, began developing a feature film project based on Matt’s Detective Jon “Busboy” Pacson character. That project is progressing steadily.

When reached for comment, Smithers had this to say: “I have read many books and the screenplays that evolve from them, often with disappointing results. Matt, on the other hand, has the unique talent to take a script that one step beyond where his story left off. It’s a little disturbing, but luckily for me it takes an Aussie to recognize true American talent. I am truly looking forward to seeing ‘The Failed Cities Monologues‘ and ‘Delve‘ rendered to the big screen.”

The Failed Cities Monologues are set in a dystopian version of New York City and combine elements of cyberpunk, noir, and gothic horror. It is notable for its multi-perspective storytelling technique, which shifts between the point of view of eight different protagonists. Delve is set on a small space station in the distant future and concerns a small group of people working to reconstitute the human race after it has been decimated by a bizarre plague.

Both The Failed Cities Monologues and Delve originally appeared on the award-winning Variant Frequencies podcast.

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The Dead Man and The Berserk

We know transhumanism as a philosophical concept, but in one techno-genetic future they’ll come to know it as a plague. And if you think the disease is deadly, wait until you meet the cure…
Written by Matt Wallace
Narrated by Scott Sigler


Murky Depths

Copyright 2007 Rick Stringer and Matt Wallace

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Bloody Monday

Today is Monday, Bloody Monday, and we’re celebrating with a special
episode to tell you, our fans, all about it.

I know that many of you are familiar with Scott Sigler, one of the
pioneering voices in podcast fiction and author of the hit podcast
novels Earthcore, Infection, and The Rookie. Now Scott’s most
subversive work, Ancestor, is coming out in print. And on April 1st,
2007, Scott wants to help prove the worth of podcasting to the
literary publishing industry by seeing Ancestor hit number one on To help bring you to the cause, Scott is offering Ancestor
in its entirety as a free .pdf download. It’s his hope, and ours, that
this will entice you to buy the novel when it’s released.

Ancestor is horror and suspense at its most raw, a manic fusion of
Michael Crichton and William Burroughs. On behalf of the entire
Variant Frequencies team, I want to encourage all of our fans to
support Scott by logging into Amazon on April 1st and purchasing a
copy. And in the meantime, enjoy Scott’s gift of this free Ancestor
.pdf. Read it, distribute it, blog about it. Help all of us who
podcast fiction show the world that what we’re doing works.

Thank you.

Get Scott Sigler’s “Ancestor” as a FREE PDF file!

Then buy it on April 1, 2007.

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Failed Cities Monologues 18: Operative 853

You’re not the only one invested in the story of The Failed Cities. The Nicodemus Consortium is very interested in what’s been happening on both sides of the river, and one of their best operatives is about to give them a full report.

Be warned that the Consortium protects their secrecy with a vengeance. Eavesdrop at your own risk . . .

Written by Matt Wallace
Narrated by Benjamin Grundy

Scott Sigler’s The Rookie:

Copyright 2006 Rick Stringer and Matt Wallace
November 2006

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