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.

The Failed Cities: Hath a Darkness – complete

The complete Failed Cities: Hath a Darkness in one episode!
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Written by Matt Wallace
Narrated by Philippa Ballantine, Rick Stringer, Jan Dalton, Tom “Devo Spice” Rockwell, Anton Buntic, Benjamin Grundy, Neil Stringer, Ian Jones, and Anne Stringer

Music

Digital Juice
http://www.digitaljuice.com

Mario Ajero
http://marioajero.blogspot.com

Neil Stringer

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The Failed Cities: Hath a Darkness
Copyright 2009 Matt Wallace
http://www.matt-wallace.com

Variant Frequencies
Copyright 2009 Rick Stringer
http://www.variantfrequencies.com

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The Failed Cities: Hath a Darkness 02 – The Maven

Your sins don’t forget you during the holidays, and for The Maven, master street mediator, sometimes they haunt you in the form of an urgent call to a life-or-death hostage crisis. They say old soldiers never really die. At least The Maven certainly hopes so…
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Written by Matt Wallace
Narrated by Jan Dalton

Music
Abney Park
Little Drummer Boy
http://www.abneypark.com

Digital Juice
http://www.digitaljuice.com

Neil Stringer

Promo
The Failed Cities Monologues
http://www.podiobooks.com/title/the-failed-cities-monologues/

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The Failed Cities: Hath a Darkness
Copyright 2009 Matt Wallace
http://www.matt-wallace.com

Variant Frequencies
Copyright 2009 Rick Stringer
http://www.variantfrequencies.com

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Gill Bando

Not one of the assorted politically motivated killers in this bar knows they’re about to die. But that’s the thing about suicide bombers: you never see them coming.
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Written D. M. Moehrle
Narrated by Jan Dalton

Promos
Cybrosis
http://www.cybrosisnovel.com/

Balticon 43
http://balticon.org/

Gill Bando
Copyright 2009 D. M. Moehrle

Variant Frequencies
Copyright 2009 Rick Stringer and Matt Wallace
http://www.variantfrequencies.com

Jailhouse Rock – part two

This is part two of Jailhouse Rock by James P. Hogan.
High above the stormy southern hemisphere of Mars, a routine cargo transport has turned into a high-stakes standoff between Skyguard soldiers and vicious mercenaries turned thieves.
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Written by James P. Hogan
Narrated by Rick Stringer
With Will Hoffacker, Phil Rossi, Jan Dalton, Jack Ward, Lonnie Ezell, Ciaran O’Carroll, Neil Stringer, and Nobilis

Promos
Jack Wakes Up
http://www.sethharwood.com

Nocturnal
http://www.scottsigler.com

Jailhouse Rock
Copyright 2007 James P. Hogan
http://www.jamesphogan.com/

Variant Frequencies
Copyright 2007 Rick Stringer and Matt Wallace
http://www.variantfrequencies.com

Jailhouse Rock – part one

High above the stormy southern hemisphere of Mars, a routine cargo transport has turned into a high-stakes standoff between Skyguard soldiers and vicious mercenaries turned thieves.
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Written by James P. Hogan
Narrated by Rick Stringer
With Will Hoffacker, Phil Rossi, Jan Dalton, Jack Ward, Lonnie Ezell, Ciaran O’Carroll, Neil Stringer, and Nobilis

Promos
Crescent
http://www.crescentstation.net

The Sonic Society
http://www.sonicsociety.org

Daughter of the Sun
http://www.lonnieezell.com

Starship Sofa
http://www.starshipsofa.com

Nobilis
http://www.nobiliserotica.com

Jailhouse Rock
Copyright 2007 James P. Hogan
http://www.jamesphogan.com/

Variant Frequencies
Copyright 2007 Rick Stringer and Matt Wallace
http://www.variantfrequencies.com

Failed Cities Monologues 26: The Maven

For street mediators and their watchers, life and death lives in a shot glass placed over a smashed steel slug. Only one among their ranks can wrap up the story of the Failed Cities.

The Maven is about to have the last word, and if you’ve come this far, you owe it to yourself to listen…

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Written by Matt Wallace
Narrated by Jan Dalton
http://www.variantfrequencies.com

Copyright 2007 Rick Stringer and Matt Wallace

The Gift

I’ve heard that the body becomes lighter at the moment of death. Just a little, but enough to measure. As if the soul could be weighed, its departure verified. I look closely, to see if I can detect its ascent…

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Written by Anne Stringer
Narrated by Jan Dalton
http://www.variantfrequencies.com

PROMOS
StarShipSofa: http://www.starshipsofa.com
Lipstick Aliens Podcast

Copyright 2006 Rick Stringer and Anne Stringer
November 2006

Failed Cities Monologues 17: The Maven

What do you do when your life and your livelihood both depend on words and your voice has been locked away inside your own head? For The Maven, the answer to that question lies inward. And the only thing worse than searching for it is finding out what’s waiting when he finally opens his eyes . . .

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Written by Matt Wallace
Narrated by Jan Dalton
http://www.variantfrequencies.com
7th Son
http://www.jchutchins.net

Copyright 2006 Rick Stringer and Matt Wallace
October 2006

Failed Cities Monologues 08: The Maven

When fevered streets reach their boiling point, you bring in a mediator. When it’s looking like back alley war, you need a maven. Tonight was already going to be his toughest mediation yet. Then his throat got put on the bargaining table…

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Written by Matt Wallace
Narrated by Jan Dalton
http://www.variantfrequencies.com

Copyright 2006 Rick Stringer and Matt Wallace
May 2006

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