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Welcome to Pseudopolis, a space station filled with people just trying to get through the work day without breaking anything important. Join an ensemble cast of characters as they overcome such classic sci-fi sitcom problems like forgetting one's keys on a spacewalk, cooking food with a rocket, and tracking down a missed connection in virtual reality! Transcripts of every episode and minisode can be found on our website.
 
Monthly readings and dramatizations of stories by the world’s leading writers of suspense chosen from the magazine’s archives. The full range of the genre is represented in these riveting audio renditions, from the drawing-room mystery to urban noir—including police procedurals, private-eye tales, psychological suspense, and locked-room and impossible-crime stories. Visit TheMysteryPlace.com for more stories, book reviews, subscription info, and more.
 
KQED’s award-winning team of science reporters explores climate change, water, energy, toxics, biomedicine, digital health, astronomy and other topics that shape our lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a trusted news source, KQED Science tackles tough questions facing humanity in our time with thoughtful and engaging storytelling.
 
Archer Mayor's Open Season is a full-cast audio drama adaptation of chapter one of the first book in the bestselling Joe Gunther murder mystery series. Open Season concerns a mysterious man in a ski mask who forces the police to reopen an old murder case by compromising all the members of the old jury. Vermont detective Joe Gunther soon realizes that his department is being used as a stalking horse to flush out the real murderer. He must discover who that person is, before the man in the ski ...
 
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Dale L. Roberts of Self Publishing with Dale discusses the pros and cons of using an aggregator such as Draft2Digital or Findaway Voices versus going direct to platforms such as Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. He gives tips on how to assess which approach best meets your business goals, and, if those goals change, describes the considerati…
 
Bestselling novelist Steven James discusses the difference between action and tension, how twists do (and don't) work, the reader's desire to be both surprised and satisfied, and the importance of being alert to the messages your story is trying to send you. Steven James is a national bestselling novelist whose award-winning thrillers continue to g…
 
Derringer Award winner Josh Pachter is a translator, editor, and short-story writer. His translations and tales appear regularly in our pages—the former in the Passport to Crime department—and his recent editorial work has been published in anthologies from Untreed Reads, Mysterious Press, and Akashic Books. Here he reads his story "The Secret Lago…
 
Joshua Tallent, acclaimed expert on the role of data in publishing, discusses changes Amazon has made to how it uses keywords, and how authors can capitalize on those changes; the value of the long tail search; and when authors need to focus on producing more content rather than on tweaking metadata. Joshua Tallent is a vocal advocate for high qual…
 
Hey everyone, Alex here. While we’re in our mid-season hiatus I thought you might enjoy hearing the first episodes of the shows we’ve done crossovers with for the first half of season 5. An audio drama about ghosts, cats, and the slightly odd people who look after them. There is a world that runs parallel to ours, a world filled with ghosts. They c…
 
Bestselling author Jenna Moreci discusses creating a compelling villain. She talks about how cartoon villainy doesn’t work outside of cartoons, the importance of knowing your villain as well as you know your protagonist, and how Greek mythology provides lessons in portraying a villain that are still applicable today. Jenna Moreci is a half-human, h…
 
Hey everyone, Alex here. While we’re in our mid-season hiatus I thought you might enjoy hearing the first episodes of the shows we’ve done crossovers with for the first half of season 5. Three adventurers travel the world of Kalanthus, uncovering hidden mysteries lost to the ravages of time in this story-driven, D&D based podcast. Here’s the first …
 
EDICT ZERO – FIS – Season 5 Episode 3 – “Weather Tis Nobler” #CREDITS# VOICES: James Keller, Julie Hoverson, Phil Rossi, Tanja Milojevic, Russell Gold, Robert Cudmore, Chris Barnes, David Collins-Rivera, Caitlin Sneddon, Fiona Thraille, Owen McCuen, Austin Beach, Sarah Golding, Dayn Leonardson, Stefan Rudnicki, Bill Walsh, and Jack Kincaid. EXPANDE…
 
Hank Phillippi Ryan, multi-award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of 12 mystery novels, talks about how her "day job" as an investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV has influenced her work at a crime novelist. She discusses the essence of conflict (a secret someone doesn't want you to know), how the endings of her novels surprise her as …
 
Hey everyone, Alex here. While we’re in our mid-season hiatus I thought you might enjoy hearing the first episodes of the shows we’ve done crossovers with for the first half of season 5. Greater Boston is a bi-monthly full-cast audio drama set in the Boston metro area, blending the real and the unreal, the historical and the fantastical. It all beg…
 
Author and Sisters in Crime New England president Connie Johnson Hambley discusses how important it is for writers to engage in communities that can provide craft, business, and emotional support, and how to go about finding them. She talks about the idea of paying it forward, and how to shift the me-focus of networking into the you-focus of commun…
 
Hey everyone, Alex here. While we’re in our mid-season hiatus I thought you might enjoy hearing the first episodes of the shows we’ve done crossovers with for the first half of season 5. Welcome to Pseudopolis, a space station filled with people just trying to get through the work day without breaking anything important. Join an ensemble cast of ch…
 
Science fiction author Joshua Howell discusses the graphic novel he created based on the first novel in his Fierce Saga, The Fierce are Fading, including his collaboration with illustrator Ilaria Apostoli, the technical challenges that graphic novels pose, and how preparing his story for this visual medium gave him the inspiration he needed to comp…
 
This year's Shamus Award for Best Short Story went to Louisiana author O'Neil De Noux for his tale "Sac-a-Lait Man," from EQMM's September/October 2019 issue. The author also won the 2017 Shamus Award and has won a Derringer Award for Best Novelette. De Noux is the author of over thirty novels. The sixth book in the Lucien Caye series, to which thi…
 
Hey everyone, Alex here. While we’re in our mid-season hiatus I thought you might enjoy hearing the first episodes of the shows we’ve done crossovers with for the first half of season 5. In a city that never sleeps, the veil between waking and dreaming can fray at the edges. Enter Lucifer Kane, an academic whose knowledge of the other side is unpar…
 
Diane Vallere, author of over twenty-five traditionally and indy-published cozy mysteries, discusses reader expectations for different genres and when and how authors can push those boundaries. We also talk about ways to engage fans, including the promise of a story that extends beyond a single book, an email newsletter that connects on a personal …
 
Hey everyone, Alex here. While we’re in our mid-season hiatus I thought you might enjoy hearing the first episodes of the shows we’ve done crossovers with for the first half of season 5. Superstition is a southwestern Gothic mystery audio drama about a private eye, a bartender, a cop, a missing girl, an old mystery and one very spooky town in Arizo…
 
Elizabeth Sims, author and contributing editor to "Writer's Digest" magazine, discusses tips on where the frugal writer can save money, and where money-saving should not be the highest priority. We talk about the benefits of writers' groups and conferences; how you can access premium-level resources without paying premium-level fees; and the import…
 
Hey everyone, Alex here. While we’re in our mid-season hiatus I thought you might enjoy hearing the first episodes of the shows we’ve done crossovers with for the first half of season 5. Jason Cawfield, known as the global tinker, has been imprisoned in the Confederacy Supermax Prison for a crime he claims he didn’t commit. He’s a tinker, a biohack…
 
EDICT ZERO – FIS – Season 5 Episode 2 – “The Man in the Box” #CREDITS# VOICES: James Keller, Julie Hoverson, Phil Rossi, Tanja Milojevic, Russell Gold, Robert Cudmore, Chris Barnes, Jennifer Dixon, David Collins-Rivera, Caitlin Sneddon, Fiona Thraille, Michael Hudson, Owen McCuen, Austin Beach, Stefan Rudnicki, and Jack Kincaid. EXPANDED VOICE CRED…
 
Bruce Robert Coffin, the award-winning author of the bestselling Detective Byron mystery series and a former detective sergeant with more than twenty-seven years in law enforcement, talks about how to avoid the inaccuracies regarding the portrayal of police procedures that can take the reader out of your story. We talk about whether an author must …
 
Academia has a race problem. There are signs, also, that academia wants to improve. As the societal reckoning over systemic racism reaches into the halls of universities, two researchers, who are heads of ecology and Earth science labs, wrote a paper with recommendations for how professors can take steps to protect their students and create a more …
 
Hey everyone, Alex here. While we’re in our mid-season hiatus I thought you might enjoy hearing the first episodes of the shows we’ve done crossovers with for the first half of season 5. Glamour spell gone wrong? Astral projection got you untethered? Want to know why your angry dead rich father is haunting you? Consider Kalila Stormfire’s Economica…
 
Video content creator Dale L. Roberts shares tips on how to reach readers and followers, and how to monetize your efforts, through video. He discusses how to maintain your content over time to ensure your viewers continue to get value from it, how to ensure engagement through discussion, and ideas for how fiction as well as non-fiction authors can …
 
Hey everyone, Alex here. While we’re in our mid-season hiatus I thought you might enjoy hearing the first episodes of the shows we’ve done crossovers with for the first half of season 5. It's an alternate 2016, and Watchtower 10 sits in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, keeping lonely watch over the Transcontinental Bridge. Each watchtower sits hun…
 
In this episode, New Jersey author David Dean reads his moving and suspenseful tale "The Duelist" from the May/June 2019 issue. The story, which won that year's EQMM Readers Award contest, is a historical one that brilliantly recreates the antebellum period in the United States.By Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
 
Rachael Herron, the internationally bestselling author of more than two dozen books, including thriller (under R.H. Herron), mainstream fiction, feminist romance, memoir, and nonfiction about writing, discusses the barriers that can block our creativity and strategies and tactics we can use to overcome them. We discuss the idea of trusting that you…
 
Hey everyone, Alex here. While we’re in our mid-season hiatus I thought you might enjoy hearing the first episodes of the shows we’ve done crossovers with for the first half of season 5. Slumberland invites your ears to visit Slumberland, a small island town in the US. Come along with Thomas Edward M, the freelance soundman. He's been hired to meet…
 
At the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, Margo Henderson ordered a lot of takeout pizza and quesadillas. But she worried that the greasy comfort foods she indulged in at the pandemic’s outset had nudged her down a slippery slope. For most of her 29 years, Henderson has grappled with an eating disorder that caused a deep aversion, even disgust, f…
 
Julie Mulhern, USA Today bestselling author of the (traditionally published) Country Club Murders and the (indy published) Poppy Fields Adventures, discusses her career as a hybrid author and how she went the traditional route first in order to build a platform and traction for later self-publishing. We talk about the tangible and intangible benefi…
 
Edict Zero – FIS – Teaser Preview – EP502 Here’s the teaser preview for the upcoming feature episode of Edict Zero – FIS, EP502 – “The Man in The Box”. Date of release for the episode is TBA soon. In this preview you’ll hear the voices of James Keller, Russell Gold, Julie Hoverson, Robert Cudmore, Fiona Thraille, Chris Barnes, Caitlin Sneddon, Mich…
 
Hey everyone, Alex here. While we’re in our mid-season hiatus I thought you might enjoy hearing the first episodes of the shows we’ve done crossovers with for the first half of season 5. The Earth Collective is a sci-fi audio drama delivered as a first hand account from the eyes of Joseph Crane, Humanity's 'last historian', as he attempts to chroni…
 
Becca Syme discusses common advice writers receive--like "you can't edit a blank page"--and shares advice on how to decide if it's right for you. She explores the importance of questioning the premise, and provides guidance on how you can best match your abilities and preferences to the approach you take to your creative work.…
 
Wildfire season is not going to wait for the COVID-19 pandemic to subside. After a winter of lackluster rainfall, Northern California is facing a worse-than-average outlook. Preparing for these inevitable fires is extra important right now. First responders and emergency managers this year will not only have to cope with the already difficult task …
 
Zach Bohannon shares the personal and creative benefits he gained by living a life of digital minimalism. He asks us to question our assumptions about whether online interactions are really necessary to create community with our fans and to reach new readers. We also discuss what fodder for our work we miss if we're focused on our devices rather th…
 
In this month's episode, we turn our attention to poetry. EQMM has a long history of including occasional poems in our pages. From humorous limericks to serious free verse, poetry gives another lens through which to view the crime and mystery genre. Here we include a story in epic verse by John F. Dobbyn and poems by James Sallis, Stephen D. Rogers…
 
EDICT ZERO – FIS – Season 5 Episode 1 – “Everything Changes (III)” #CREDITS# VOICES: James Keller, Julie Hoverson, Phil Rossi, Tanja Milojevic, Russell Gold, Robert Cudmore, Chris Barnes, Jennifer Dixon, David Collins-Rivera, Caitlin Sneddon, Fiona Thraille, Michael Hudson, Sarah Golding, Dayn Leonardson, Owen McCuen, Austin Beach, Corey McCrea, Bi…
 
Common wisdom is to write what you know, and incorporating your day job into your books is an obvious method. But how do you do that and maintain confidentiality and professionalism when your job is as sensitive as a funeral director and undertaker? Todd Harra describes how he has walked that fine line in this episode.…
 
As California cities and counties begin a gradual loosening of restrictions on daily life, researchers around the state and nation are ramping up efforts to track the coronavirus’ evolution. Monitoring changes in its genetic code will help contain the virus on two fronts: pointing toward areas for therapeutic drugs or vaccines to target and aiding …
 
Podcasting safely from home, we're back with Alix (actor in such games as Assasin’s Creed: Origins, Dragon Age Inquisition, Origins, and Awakenings, Mass Effect 3, The Last Story, Deponia I, II, and II) and Erin (actor in games like The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Tales from the Borderlands, Oxenfree, Firewatch, 2064: Read Only Memories, After…
 
Firstly, thank you so much for continuing to listen to Ostium. With everyone going on right now, Team Ostium hope it provides a nice warm light during these pretty bleak times. That being said, we will be going on our first mid-season hiatus with the release of the next episode after this one. I want to give all our future crossover shows every opp…
 
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