Escape Pod is a (more or less) weekly podcast featuring original short fiction by a variety of authors, from the well-known to folks who are just starting out. I've been listening to it for just under a year now, and while I definitely enjoy some stories more than others, the sheer variety of styles, themes, plots, and characters presented never ceases to amaze me. Much thanks to host Steve Eley for hosting Escape Pod and keeping it going for the past few years.
Anyway, I am mentioning Escape Pod not just to go all fangirl on it, but to draw attention to the story Friction, by Will McIntosh, which aired February 8, 2008. It's a fairly simple story, with few characters and (seemingly) simple settings, but everything about it just fits together brilliantly and the overall effect is (at least for me) difficult to put into words.
It doesn't exactly correlate with any of the things I usually blog about here, and in some respects it's a bit of a mournful tale, but it's also quite hauntingly beautiful. I don't take life for granted to begin with, but this story made me feel even more the fierce awe of conscious existence. It might not be to everyone's taste but I liked it a lot, and figured I'd point it out.
Other Escape Pod stories I've quite enjoyed (stories quite different in style from Friction, and from each other, for that matter) include:
- Start the Clock, by Benjamin Rosenbaum
- Impossible Dreams, by Tim Pratt
- Anyone Can Whistle, by David Walton
- Save Me Plz, by David Barr Kirtley