March 2, 2016 at 6:20 am #26125
We’re very proud of this episode – it’s been months in the works, getting this story from of the godfathers of cyberpunk and getting a film actor to narrate this cracker of a story. And of course the interview as well.
Main Fiction: “Black Swam” by Bruce Sterling
Originally published in Interzone, reprinted in Years Best SF 15.
Bruce Sterling, author, journalist, editor, and critic, was born in 1954. Best known for his ten science fiction novels, he also writes short stories, book reviews, design criticism, opinion columns, and introductions for books ranging from Ernst Juenger to Jules Verne. His nonfiction works include THE HACKER CRACKDOWN: LAW AND DISORDER ON THE ELECTRONIC FRONTIER (1992), TOMORROW NOW: ENVISIONING THE NEXT FIFTY YEARS (2003), and SHAPING THINGS (2005).
He is a contributing editor of WIRED magazine and writes a weblog. During 2005, he was the “Visionary in Residence” at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. In 2008 he was the Guest Curator for the Share Festival of Digital Art and Culture in Torino, Italy, and the Visionary in Residence at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam. In 2011 he returned to Art Center as “Visionary in Residence” to run a special project on Augmented Reality. He has appeared in ABC’s Nightline, BBC’s The Late Show, CBC’s Morningside, on MTV and TechTV, and in Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Fortune, Nature, I.D., Metropolis, Technology Review, Der Spiegel, La Stampa, La Repubblica, and many other venues
Narrated by: Paul Cram
Paul Cram’s young-with-a-touch-of-gravel voice is a bit newer to the world of audio than it is to other acting forms. Listening fans will hopefully be excited by several upcoming audio book titles in the next year being voiced by him. You can listen to his audio books that are currently available right now through Amazon, iTunes, and Audible.
Cram was most recently seen on set for the feature film WILSON opposite Woody Harrelson, and the indie film ANNIVERSARY shot in Maine, USA by movie director Jim Cole.
When not on a movie set or in a recording booth, Paul can be found deep-frying chicken wings with his sister in her kitchen, or quarreling about pop-culture with his little brother around one the 10,000 lakes of Minnesota. You can find his website Paul Cram Actor or IMDB.
Also, be sure to sign up for Paul’s monthly newsletter loaded with contest prizes, movie releases, and of course audio book narration details as they become available.March 10, 2016 at 11:15 am #26139
This was a fabulous episode! I loved the story by Sterling, sometimes I got the feeling it was just a little autobiographical, in a weird way. I’ve been to Turin and my husband being Italian means that I really appreciated the insight into Italians and Italian culture. It was funny, but not trite. I loved the narrator’s voice and style. But really, am I the only one who ever looks up how to pronounce things if I’m even a tiny bit unsure? I’ve gotten a bit more tolerant since it was pointed out to me that a mispronounced word is probably due to having only ever read it and not heard it. But if you’re going to say it yourself, preserved for posterity, maybe you should check it out? OK, gripe over. I did really enjoy the narration.
The interview with Jill Heinerth was so amazing! I learned so much. Jill is fascinating, informative and articulate – qualities I admire in an interviewee! Thanks for that!
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