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[Graham]: Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Rest in Peace

Graham wrote:

From BBC News:

British science fiction writer Sir Arthur C Clarke has died in Sri Lanka at the age of 90…

Sir Arthur’s vivid – and detailed – descriptions of space shuttles, super-computers and rapid communications systems were enjoyed by millions of readers around the world.

He was the author of more than 100 fiction and non-fiction books, and his writings are credited by many observers with giving science fiction – a genre often accused of veering towards the fantastical – a human and practical face.

I think there are few writers that I could name who have been more influential on my own worldview than Arthur C. Clarke. Although his writing has never really influenced mine – I tend to write in a different strand of his genre if at all – it did instil into me some basic rigours of the rule of writing: Be truthful, within your own universe; once you’ve set the rules for yourself, don’t break them and, most importantly of all, Science Fiction is about the people, not the science. The science is incidental.

I remember a line from his book of essays, Greetings, Carbon-based Bipeds!, specifically from his epitaph to Isaac Asimov. It went something like this:

I once introduced Isaac to a dinner by saying “Ladies and gentlemen, there is only one Isaac Asimov.” Well now there is no Isaac Asimov and the world is a poorer place for it.

I think that you could pretty much use his own words to describe how a lot of science fiction readers and writers feel right now.

And so one of the greats of our age passes into history. But, as always, his legacy remains.

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[Amanda]:

Amanda wrote:

Episode #27 of DRS has been successfully recorded and by recorded I mean we now have even more material for that bloopers reel we’re eventually going to do. 🙂 In all seriousness, though, it was a good show, despite any bullshitting that may have occurred beforehand…

As for me, I’m dreading this week. I’m working 37 hours and a good majority of those are probably going to be on the express lane from hell. Today was an absolutely glorious day off, but that doesn’t change the fact that I now have to go to bed and try and sleep with the knowledge that I’m going to be up at 7am tomorrow bleary-eyed and cranky just so I can go stand around in an empty grocery store on sore knees and twiddle my thumbs for eight hours. Yeah. Maybe I can convince them to let me go outside and push carts or something, so I’ll be too exhausted to care that I’m wasting valuable hours of my young life doing absolutely nothing amazing. XP

Anyway. I’ve still go laundry to fold and it’s cold down here. Good night, world.

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Episode 24 Is A Shot Straight To The Heart

Sorry this is late. We’ve been trying to get our episodes out by Sunday night, but this last week has had some challenges in it, so we’re a few days late. Mea Culpa. Blame Canada.

Now… Writers must manipulate their readers. It’s what we do. If we want to speak to a reader’s heart, their emotional core, then we do it through tone. Join the Dead Robots as they discuss tone, what they think about it, and how they use it themselves. We hope you enjoy the discussion, and please let us know how we’re doing.

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Episode 23 – Dirt Dished From The Other Side Of The Hill (aka, an interview with Kristopher Young of Another Sky Press)

Hey folks, we have another fabulous interview for you today. We had a chance to sit down and talk with Kristopher Young, who is himself a writer, but he is also the founder of Another Sky Press. Relax and listen in as we discuss the topics of Neo Patronage, what authors really make, and how the world of publishing is changing. The talk is long, but well worth it. Enjoy.

Please visit Kristopher Young and the rest of the fine people at Another Sky Press at the following URL:

http://www.anothersky.org

You can subscribe or directly download the episode here:

http://deadrobotssociety.podhoster.com/index.php?sid=886&pid=5792

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Talkin’ With Tee! Part Deux!

This is part 2 of our conversation with the great and powerful Tee Morris. In this continuation Tee spoke at greater length about the making of a podiobook, what the future of podcasting and podiobooks is, and how Canada is ruining film making. Come and join us as we sit around the fireplace and hear Grandpa Tee wax all sorts of philosophical on us.

As well as the links previously posted, Tee also mentioned the following places that might be of help to you. They were…

Imagine That! Studios

Podcasting for Dummies

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Talkin’ With Tee! Part Uno!

And here it is! Here’s the first part of our interview with the man, the myth, the legend – Tee Morris, podcasting guru, podiobooks.com founder, and a damn fine writer to boot. We had a great time doing this, and I know you won’t want to miss a second of it. Enjoy!

Also, here are some links for site that were mentioned during our conversation.

www.teemorris.com
www.morevi.net
www.podiobooks.com
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
www.apple.com/ilife/garageband/
www.digitaljuice.com
http://freesound.iua.upf.edu/
http://www.soundsnap.com/

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Quick Update

Well, we just concluded our interview with Tee Morris, one of the godfathers of podiobooks. It was a great discussion, and it ran so long that we’re actually going to make two episodes out of it. Look for the first part to be up and available in about a week. Can’t wait! We should have episode #21 up later tonight or tomorrow, as well, so be looking for that.

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Episode 19 – Jesse Alexander Interview

Join us as we interview special guest Jesse Alexander, writer/producer on hit television shows Alias, Lost, and Heroes. This interview was a very special treat for us, and Jesse was a joy to talk to. Please join us as we talk about writing in Hollywood, and all that that entails. But, if you’re hoping to learn what the smoke monster is or if Nathan is alive or dead, prepare yourself to be disappointed (just like Justin, who really knew better, but had to ask anyway).

Also, if you want to learn more about Jesse, he has a blog and a Facebook page. Below are the links to each:

Blog – http://globalcouch.blogspot.com/

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=549728912

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