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.

Saint Darwin’s Spirituals

Ghost inspectors and golems patrol the streets of Whitechapel. Prostitutes turn tricks for the fever-dream flesh lusts of the spiritual. And the statue of Saint Darwin, the scientist who broke the barrier between the natural and the supernatural, oversees it all. Now a disciple of Darwin – a woman of skin and bone – follows a trail of blood and corpses over cobblestone streets, hoping to unravel the devastating mystery of her own life.
Written by D.K. Thompson
Narration by Rick Stringer, Ali Groves, Dani Cutler, Maia Whitaker, and Anne Stringer
Music by Abney Park
Artwork by Vincent Chong commissioned by Murky Depths
Print version on Murky Depths

Matt Wallace’s The Next Fix

Saint Darwin’s Spirituals
Copyright 2008 D.K. Thompson

Variant Frequencies
Copyright 2008 Rick Stringer and Matt Wallace

Failed Cities Monologues 23: Fera

Fera’s past is written in her own scarred flesh. Tonight, watching her lifeblood run slowly into the gutters of the Failed Cities, hear that history recounted by Fera’s own mind as she battles the one enemy that has threatened her for so long like no other: Death . . .

Written by Matt Wallace
Narrated by Maia “KnitWitch” Whitaker

Billibub Baddings:
Sound Effects from The Freesound Project:

Copyright 2007 Rick Stringer and Matt Wallace
January 2007

Failed Cities Monologues 14: Fera

Fera and her brother have murdered, maimed, and massacred on every continent across the globe, but it’s the hard, ugly lessons she learned as a girl that command Fera’s pathology. When her intended victim for the night is snatched away by a resourceful pit fighter, it sparks a recall that can only lead to blood.

Written by Matt Wallace
Narrated by Maia “KnitWitch” Whitaker
KnitWitch Zone:
Evan Tate:
Spherical copyright 2006 Evan Tate

Variant Frequencies and The Failed Cities Monologues
Copyright 2006 Rick Stringer and Matt Wallace
September 2006

Failed Cities Monologues 09: Sally

If you’re new to the Failed Cities, there’s only one place to go if you want to be in the know, and it’s not some digital Orwellian info-matrix. It’s a tiny tarot den in the shadiest part of town. Psychic Sally is a palm-reader with a third eye on all the action, and for a fiver she’ll give you a glimpse into what’s happened so far on both sides of the river…

Written by Matt Wallace
Narrated by Maia “KnitWitch” Whitaker

Copyright 2006 Rick Stringer and Matt Wallace
June 2006

The Failed Cities Monologues 05: Fera

Fera, alpha female of The Feral Twins. Death lives inside her, and it’s a reality she shares with all those she meets, whether they want its secrets or not. But is Fera a predator… or just the ultimate survivor?

Written by Matt Wallace
Narrated by Maia “KnitWitch” Whitaker

Copyright 2006 Rick Stringer and Matt Wallace
April 2006

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