Posts Tagged ‘audio fiction’
If you are in the mood for some audio fiction, may I direct you over to Subterranean Press to listen to an audio book I recorded, Elizabeth Bear’s “The Tricks of London.”
An ambitious young policeman with a dangerous secret. A scandalous woman who also happens to be a Crown Investigator. A series of gruesome murders in the benighted rookeries of a 19th-century London not quite our own….
You can hear the whole thing at Subterranean Press: The Tricks of London by Elizabeth Bear.
WOOT! Today is release day for the audio anthology METAtropolis: Cascadia. I love audio fiction and have been waiting to get my hands– er… ears on this for months now. I’m happy on every release day, but there are some anthologies that I would anticipate and want copies of even if I didn’t have a story in it. This is one of those.
The provocative sequel to the Hugo and Audie Award-nominated METAtropolis features interconnected stories by today’s top speculative fiction writers, performed by a galaxy of Star Trek ® stars.
As the mid-21st century approaches, the Pacific Northwest has been transformed — politically, economically, and ecologically — into the new reality of Cascadia. Conspiracies and secrets threaten the tenuous threads of society. The End of Days seems nearer than ever. And the legend of the mysterious Tygre Tygre looms large.
METAtropolis: Cascadia is the creation of Hugo and World Fantasy Award nominee Jay Lake; Mary Robinette Kowal, winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer; New York Times best-selling author Tobias S. Buckell; Hugo Award winner Elizabeth Bear; Aurora Award winner Karl Schroeder; and critically-acclaimed author Ken Scholes.
The team of narrators is any sci-fi fan’s dream: Star Trek’s Rene Auberjonois (“Odo”), Kate Mulgrew (“Capt. Kathryn Janeway”), Wil Wheaton (“Wesley Crusher”), Gates McFadden (“Dr. Beverly Crusher”), Jonathan Frakes (“Cmdr. William Riker”), and LeVar Burton (“Geordi La Forge”). Jay Lake, who also served as Project Editor, introduces this stunning sequel, written and produced exclusively for digital audio.
You can check it out at METAtropolis: CASCADIA | audible.com AND they have really nifty extras, like the cast talking about the recording process.
One thinks of shiny as being a visual thing but lo! it can refer to audio as well. For instance: I have the first five minutes of Kate Mulgrew reading my my audio novelette, “Water to Wine.”
The full story is part of the audio anthology METAtropolis: Cascadia from Audible. It comes out on November 16th, but in the meantime. Shiny! I’m sooooooo very happy with her reading.
As an added bonus, Tobias Buckell also has an audio sample of Wil Wheaton reading his story.
Shades of Milk and Honey is available through Audible.com as a digital download. Since they knew I narrated audio books, MacMillan asked me if I would be interested in recording my own book. Yes, very much so.
I’m sitting at the Portland Airport (yay free wifi!) waiting for a redeye to Michigan where I will record An Artificial Night, the third book in (Campbell nominee) Seanan McGuire’s October Daye Series. (She’s written a weeper, I’ll tell you that right now. When you get a copy, have kleenex handy.)
Meanwhile, I’ve been thinking that I’ll get home Saturday night and get to see Rob. Only I forgot that he’s going to IPNC this week and it will be Monday night, at the earliest, that I get to see him. Given how much I’ve been gone recently, this shouldn’t see like an unbearable separation but I am surprisingly melancholy right now.
Otherwise, all is well. I’m looking forward to sleeping on the plane.
I was supposed to fly out of town tomorrow to to go Michigan and record Seanan McGuire’s An Artificial Night. May I say that a major perk of this job is that I get to read books like this before you do? You just wait until you see what Toby is up to next.
Meanwhile, we just rescheduled because I came down with a head cold yesterday.
One of the problems with recording audio is that things like this show up as changes in my voice. Besides needing to pause more often for sneezing and nose blowing, my voice is sitting lower than it normally does and a little more gravelly. For a short term project, I could get around this but for an audio book I record for eight hours a day over the course of several days. Now, there’s a fair chance that my voice would give out faster while ill, it is a muscle after all. But even if that weren’t the case, the sound of my voice won’t match the previous books and will change over the course of the week as I heal.
As timing goes, this would have been worse if it hit while I was there, since that would lead to me being sick in a hotel room. As it is we just bumped the schedule back so that I’ll fly on Tuesday and record Wednesday through Sunday.
I spent another 4 hours locked in the box last night, recording Shades of Milk and Honey. When I came out of the booth, my voice was morphing between my natural voice and my British narrator voice. It was very odd.
Even odder, and frankly disconcerting is that, as I am writing this, my voice in my head is stuck in British mode. I haven’t spoken yet today and wonder what will come out of my mouth. Curious.
I’ve not had this experience before but then, I’ve never spent this long speaking with another voice before either. This is not to say that I don’t still need a dialect coach in the room, but by the end of the evening Roz was needing to stop me less. The bath-trap split still gives me trouble occasionally, but is starting to become a bit more instinctive.
Overall, this is going slower than previous books largely due to dialect corrections. I am hopeful that as I settle into the voice the pace will pick up.
Good heavens. I think even my syntax in writing is shifting. Odd.
I should probably go write some witty banter in a detective novel while I’m stuck like this.
One of the other odd things about recording one’s own work is that I can’t blame my stumbles on anyone other than me. Why are some of these sentences so long? Did I really have to choose words that I have never said aloud? Why are there so many characters in some of these scenes? I dread the straw-berrying picking party already… Ten characters? Really? What was I thinking?
Edited to add: I just greeted Rob and sound mostly normal, although perhaps my voice is placed slightly farther to the front of my mouth. Slight vowel shifts but overall, I still sound American.
There’s going to be an audio book of Shades of Milk and Honey from MacMillan Audio.
Want to know something that makes me giggle with delight?
I’ll be the narrator for the audio book.
It’s set for simultaneous release with the hardcover of Shades of Milk and Honey on August 3rd. I’ll be recording it in June here in Portland and we’ll be offering sneak previews, bloopers, and some behind the scenes video of the recording sessions.
The last couple of days have been really good ones. I’ve been recording Seanan McGuire’s Rosemary and Rue, which I’m having a great time doing. I really like October Daye, the main character, and since the book is first person it’s fun to “be” her for a couple of days.
Yesterday evening, I went out with M– one of the fine folks at Brilliance, who also turns out to be a writer. She and I hung out a Jumpin Java and wrote for a couple of hours. It was a very nice break from the routine.
After work today, I went out to dinner with J– at Kirby’s and it was so nice to just hang out and shoot the breeze. It helps with the whole mental fatigue that comes from reading for hours.
It is surprisingly tiring. I mean, on the face of it, all I’m doing is sitting in a chair and talking, but I have to be word perfect and that requires a weird sort of concentration. I’ll do a post at some point about what that focus is like.
For the moment, I’m heading to bed. We’ll wrap up the book tomorrow.
We put these up on a private page for Jay Lake as a get well present, but he’s asked me to share the readings.
What readings, you ask? Why full-cast recordings of two of Jay Lake’s Nebula eligible stories, read by Jeff Soesbe, M. K. Hobbson, Dave Goldman, David D. Levine, Camille Alexa, and me in front of a live audience at Orycon..
So please, give a listen to “Golden Pepper” and “The Future by Degrees” plus audio that proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the entire audience is wearing Hawaiian shirts in his honor.
Charlie Jane Anders has given my audio recording of Evil Robot Monkey a gloooooowing review at io9.
It’s a great examination of art and the creative process, and what it feels like to be an artist who’s looked at merely as a curiosity or as a momentary amusement for child barbarians. And art as a containment device for impotent rage.
Also, you have to check out the illustration that goes with the review.
- 12:30 Finished recording the latest project, now I just have to edit out the icky bits. #
- 18:08 Finished recording and editing, but dang, the upload is taking forever. #
- 23:43 Weird. I didn’t have to go to the theater today. I’m actually starting to catch up on things. Next thing you know I’ll clean my office. #
Actually, it turns out that John Nichols posted all of the stories we read in neatly discrete chunks. Very exciting!