Science Fiction Podcasts

SCy-Fy posted a list of science fiction podcasts last month, and more recently has been running a series of interviews with sci-fi podcasters.

Despite being a regular consumer of audio content, I haven’t started listening to podcasts yet. A friend recommended a non-fiction podcast, Hardcore History, and I became aware of several of the sci-fi podcasts on SCy-Fy’s list through their Goodreads groups or twitter feeds, but I never followed through and became a listener.

I always seem to have a backlog of audiobooks to listen to, which is probably the main reason I haven’t investigated alternate forms of audio content. It’s possible there’s a technical solution to the other reason for my reluctance: most podcasts appear to cover multiple topics in each episode, and I don’t think that there’s a convenient method for skipping over topics if one of them isn’t of interest. (I use an Ipod shuffle, which has no display, so fast-forwarding and rewinding can be frustrating.)

Do you listen to podcasts? Should I start listening to them? Let me know in the comments section.

In unrelated news, I’ve just returned from a road trip; I plan to catch up on my reviews and respond to award nominations over the next couple of weeks.


  1. Hey PDC.
    Glad you found my posta stimulating.

  2. Reblogged this on SCy-Fy: the blog of S. C. Flynn and commented:

    Planetary Defense Command calls up the podcast army!

  3. I listen to a lot of podcasts, both within SF and without.

    So, obviously, yes. I humbly point you to Skiffy and Fanty, which I know you are aware of, even if not listening. Also SF Signal, Tea and Jeopardy, Galactic Suburbia, Coode Street, SFF Audio…

    1. Yes, I was aware of Skiffy and Fanty, and I’ll be sure to make it one of the first podcasts I try out. I’ve also heard of some of the others you mentioned, but not all, so thanks for the info.

  4. I’ve just started listening to podcasts. I’m having a hard time not getting overwhelmed by the amount of content out there. At the moment, my favorite is Writing Excuses.

    1. I hadn’t considered writing-related podcasts, I’ll have to look into them as well. Fortunately/Unfortunately, I’m in a short-commute situation at the moment, so I have less listening time.

  5. The Future and You podcast is often interesting — a variety of future related topics from book publishing to war in space. The BBC’s In Our Time with Melvin Bragg has a large and varied background of philosophy, history, science, and literature.

    1. I’ll add them to my list, thanks.

  6. I haven’t got into podcasts, but that’s basically because I fell into audiobooks for commuting, and old-time radio for hanging around the house or work listening. Podcasts just haven’t quite got a niche for me.

  7. Daniel Cornwall · · Reply

    Reblogged this on Librarian From Alaska and commented:

    I don’t have much time for podcasts these days either, but will try to look at this list. Thanks to Planetary Defense Command for sharing.

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