The Classic Science Fiction Podcast: Free Audio Short Stories
I’ve started a podcast where I read science fiction and fantasy short stories from before the year 2000. I’ve got a library of thrifted magazines, collections and anthologies that I’ve been wanting to read for a while, so this project is a kick in the pants to get going.
On a planet plagued by perpetual war, where a mech is a prerequisite for survival, there is one simple rule: Be bigger than the other guy or get your ass kicked.
At just seventeen measly tons, Shorty doesn’t measure up. His enemies can level cities and punch holes through mountains. They can reshape the world on a whim. They wouldn’t be caught dead in an overgrown trashcan like Shorty.
But Shorty isn’t interested in the rule of size.
He knows heart isn’t measured in pounds of steel. Bravery isn’t found in the finest machined parts. Glory isn’t just for giants.
Shorty has a new rule, and he’s about to teach it to everyone.
Those two stories led me down the rabbit hole to finding this amazing gallery of the evolution of US space suits. I’m excited to share it: https://imgur.com/a/SoFGa. Be sure and click on the “See more Images” to get the whole gallery. There are probably 75 images.
This suit, built in 1935 by BF Goodrich, was the third such suit made for aviator Wiley Post. The first practical design, it featured an inner rubber bladder and a rubberized fabric outer layer which was glued to a frame with joints to facilitate movement. Post used his suit to fly to an altitude of 50,000 feet, where he discovered the jet stream. Post’s suit is the predecessor to all modern pressure suits, which operate on the same basic principes.
My first book with Variant Publishing (Renegade Star, Ruins of the Galaxy and the Last Reaper Series) is in the editing pipeline. After three years of working with Mal Cooper and Aeon 14, it’s an interesting experience to work with a new team and get a feel for how they make their books the best they can be. I’ll be working with two editors on this project. In Aeon 14, I’d work with Mal, then an editor, then back with Mal.
The new series is called Galactic Law, and features some elements of Judge Dredd but with more humor and adventure. Some of my six years’ experience with a police department went into the characters, so I’m really exited about this one.
I’ve also finished a first draft on a novella I plan to give away for free in January. It’s a space opera featuring a vagabond spacer and an ex-military AI (who may be a recovering psychopath). I’ve got an energy-based alien species in the series, so that’s been a lot of fun to think through. If folks like the story, I plan to continue with novels in between these other projects. I’m loving the characters, so I’m looking forward to writing more.
I hope December is treating you well. Thanks for being a reader!