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.

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10 comments

  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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