Category Archives: Site News


Making Old New Again!

Hello! In last week’s show we mention that our old episodes were going to be put back in the feed. At the time Monday was the date that was going to be done, but my schedule has opened up, so I’m going to get started now. Hopefully I’ll be done before the week is out. I hope it helps all those who wanted our previous shows but didn’t want to download them through the Archives page. Sorry for any confusion this causes.


We’ve lost our voice mail number again… (sigh)

Well, it’s happened again. We lost another voice mail line. If you’ve called recently (and by recently I mean within the past week or so), we did not get your call. I’m really sorry about that. We’re looking into other (and hopefully better) options, but thus far everything I’ve found costs $10 a month, and I’m not ready to pay that for the one call a month we average. So, until we figure this thing out we will be without a voice line. Sorry about that…


The Dead Robots’ Society is a Parsec Award Finalist!

I just saw that the DRS podcast has been made a finalist for the Parsec Awards. Our category is, of course, Best Writing-Related Podcast. Thanks go out to those who nominated us in the first place, and further thanks go out to the steering committee who placed us in the finalist column. That means a great deal.

[sally field]You like us! You really really like us![/sally field]

Terry here. Allow me to add my congratulations to all the finalists and to wish them the very best of luck. Special congratulations to our very own P.G. Holyfield for his success with Murder at Avedon Hill in the selection process. The same goes to those who have been guests on our show at one time or another. To all, well done. 

I’m also adding the complete list of finalists for the 2009 Parsec Awards to Justin’s announcement. Here it is.

Parsec Award 2009 Finalists

Best Speculative Fiction Story (Short Form)

  • Best in Class by Jonathan C. Gillespie, Variant Frequencies
  • Eusocial Networking by Scott Sigler, 7th Son: Obsidian
  • Gestalt by J. C. Hutchins, Playing For Keeps
  • The Goodbye Party by Christiana Ellis, 7th Son: Obsidian
  • St. Darwin’s Spirituals by D.K. Thompson, Variant Frequencies
  • Under The Bed by Michael Natale, Variant Frequencies

Best Speculative Fiction Story (Novella Form)

  • Eden by Phil Rossi
  • The End of Flesh by Matt Wallace, Variant Frequencies
  • Nemesis by Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff, 7th Son: Obsidian
  • Pallas & Stan by Matt Wallace, Playing For Keeps
  • Prophet of Panamindorah Book3: Fire and Flood by Abigail Hilton

Best Speculative Fiction Story (Novel)

  • Contagious by Scott Sigler
  • Double Share by Nathan Lowell
  • FETIDUS – The Foundation for the Ethical Treatment of the Innocently Damned, Undead and Supernatural by James Durham
  • Fractured Horizon by H.E. Roulo
  • Metamor City: Making the Cut by Chris Lester

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form including Independents)

  • Age of the Zombies
  • The Dixie Stenberg and Brassy Battalion Adventure Theater – Pendant Productions
  • Dr Who – BrokenSea
  • Star Wars, Codename: Starkeeper – The Adventures of Indiana Jim
  • The Radio Adventures Of Dr. Floyd

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form including Independents)

  • Amazing Pulp Adventures Starring Mister Adventure
  • Metamor City: Making the Cut
  • Murder at Avedon Hill
  • The Leviathan Chronicles
  • The Takeover – Mur Lafferty

Best Speculative Fiction Video Podcast

  • 7th Son: Obsidian
  • MODSonline
  • Stranger Things
  • The Totally Rad Show
  • The Underdevelopment Podcast

Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast

  • Bloodcast, Season 2
  • Erotica a la carte
  • 19 Nocturne Boulevard
  • Pseudopod
  • Variant Frequencies

Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast

  • Bell’s in the Batfry
  • Christiana’s Shallow Thoughts
  • comedy4cast – Comedy Podcast
  • Geek Pantheon and Your Moment of Kim
  • Geek Survival Guide

Best Speculative Fiction Fan Podcast

  • The 9th – A Heroes Podcast
  • The Babylon Podcast
  • The ScapeCast
  • The Signal
  • Tuning Into SciFi TV

Best Speculative Fiction News Podcast

  • (Cool) Shite on the Tube
  • Dial P For Pulp!
  • Galactica Quorum
  • Rangercast
  • Skepticality

Best Writing-related Podcast

  • The Dead Robots’ Society
  • I Should Be Writing
  • Irrevent Muse “Get Published”
  • Movie Mantras
  • Writing Excuses

Best “Infotainment” Cast

  • The 365 Days of Astronomy, the daily podcast of the International Year of Astronomy 2009
  • Geek Survival Guide
  • Geologic Podcast
  • Movie Mantras
  • Tuning in to SciFi TV

Best Gaming Podcast

  • All Games Considered
  • Brilliant Gameologists
  • City of Heros Podcast
  • The Game Kennel
  • The Podge Cast

Best Anime Podcast

  • Anime 3000 Panel with Sean Russell
  • Anime Diet
  • Anime Roundtable
  • Anime World Order
  • Star Rabbit Tracks

Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team

  • Antithesis, Book 1: Predestination and Other Games of Chance
  • FETIDUS – The Foundation for the Ethical Treatment of the Innocently Damned, Undead and Supernatural
  • Gypsy Audio
  • The House of Grey
  • 19 Nocturne Boulevard

Best Speculative Fiction Music Podcast

  • FETIDUS – The Foundation for the Ethical Treatment of the Innocently Damned, Undead and Supernatural
  • The FuMP
  • The GeekSpin
  • Radio Free Hipster
  • Wander Radio

New Voice Mail Number

Hey, everbody, I wanted to let you know that we’ve had to get a new voice mail number. We use a free service, but it requires the line to actually be used every once in awhile, and sadly we don’t get enough calls to qualify for that. Subsequently, our old number was deactivated. But, I do have a new one, so if you’re interested in calling us and leaving a message that WILL get played on the show, here it is:


Please give us a call and leave a message. We love hearing from you.


Is anyone having a problem with the site?

Recently we received a message from a listener who uses AVG and Avast for their virus protection. Their message said that they got a message when trying to visit our site saying there was malware here. Other than this one report, we haven’t heard anything similar from anyone else, nor have we seen it happen ourselves. Can any of you let us know if you’re getting a malware message when you visit the site? Please send an email to letting us know if you did. Thanks so much.


No New Episode Next Week

Folks, I’m sorry to say this, as we haven’t missed a week in some time, but next week there won’t be a new episode. Ryan, PG, and I all had things come up that precluded us from recording, which left only Terry to shoulder the load, and we all know you don’t wanna hear him natter on and on by himself. PG and Ryan will also be gone the week following that, but hopefully my calendar will stay clear enough for Terry and I to do something together, possibly an interview. So, I apologize for the late notice, but that’s how life goes on occasion.

Oh, and if you think about it, please send my mother your good wishes. She needs it. Thanks.

Anyway, we’ll see all of you in two weeks.


The Dead Robots’ Society and Ray Gun Revival Join Forces! Universe quakes in fear!

That’s right, the Dead Robots’ Society – the podcast all of you have come to know and love – and online-magazine Ray Gun Revival have teamed up to try and bring a little bit of that old time space opera magic back into your lives. Starting today, we will be offering their monthly issues via our RSS feed, making it that much easier for you good folks to get and enjoy their fine publication. And, of course, it is completely free.

Now, some of you might remember that we interviewed Mr. Paul Glenn of Ray Run Revival on our show back on August 9th of last year. He talked about the passion his magazine had for reviving space opera, his love of science fiction, and his desire to bring new talent to the world. A month later, in issue #46, they published my short story entitled “Dark Running,” and soon they will be publishing my four-part short story series “Tales Of The Breaking Dawn: The Ties That Bind.” We believe deeply in what Ray Gun Revival is about, and they believe in us, so this is a perfect match. Please, join me in thanking Paul, Johne, and Lee of Ray Gun Revival for their support, and make sure to give their magazine a read, as well as your submissions!

And with that, let me also say thanks to all of you for listening and for being a part of this endeavor. We wouldn’t be here without you, and if you weren’t listening we’d just be talking to ourselves in the dark. Isn’t that a depressing thought? Thank you so much.

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We’re in our new home!

Well, it looks like the server move went off nearly without a hitch. Matt Selzick has been a dream to work with on this, and I know we didn’t pay him nearly enough for all the effort he put in (though don’t tell him that, ’cause we can’t afford for him to know it). The only stumbling block we encountered was that the URL for the forum had to change. I hope that didn’t prove to be a problem for anyone, and if it did, I hope it didn’t take long to figure out how to get back. The link in the above bar works perfectly.

Anyway, I would greatly appreciate it if those who read this could make sure they can see “this space for rent” at the bottom of the main page. If you can, post here letting me know that, and also what country you’re in. That’ll let me know how far out the change over has gone. Thanks, and take care!


Server Move Coming

Hey, everybody! Justin here. Well, it looks like we’re about ready to move the site and the forums to a new hosting location. Hopefully, if the techno-gods are pleased with my offerings, then you shouldn’t notice anything. If you do, and the gods were kinda sorta pleased, what you notice should be minimal. Hopefully they won’t poo-poo my offerings and decide to trash us. Either way, we’ll all know how it goes starting tomorrow evening. We’ll start the move process at 5PM Central Time. What happens after that is… well, we shall see. Let’s all hold hands and pray that everything goes according to plan.

Also, if you have any old tech gear you’re not using, go burn it in our name. Perhaps that will appease the e-lords above.


Happy Thanksgiving!

To all of our American listeners, let me wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you take this opportunity to remind yourself what you’re thankful for, and that you share your love with those around you. Eat well, love well, and live well.

Also, continue to keep Tobias Buckell in your thoughts. He recently had to go back into the hospital, and I know he needs all of our best wishes and kind thoughts. Please get well soon, Tobias.

And, on a more personal note, pray for a Cowboy victory!