This week’s Liars Club Oddcast is a very special Noir at the Bar, with bite-sized readings from Jon McGoran, Merry Jones, Bill Lashner, Robb Cadigan, Gregory Frost, Don Lafferty, Edward G Pettit, Bernard Schaffer, Erik Arneson, Dennis Tafoya, and William L. Myers Jr.
The show is a fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, in memory of Evie Swierczynski, and the Liars and readers encourage all listeners to consider a donation in Evie’s honor at bit.ly/team-evie-chla-fundraiser. Your tax-deductible gift will help create hope and build healthier futures for many young patients and their families.
Novelist, video game writer, and convention wizard Genese Davis joins Oddcast hosts Jon McGoran, Merry Jones, Keith Strunk & Kelly Simmons, and me to talk about her books, writing for and about video gaming, comicon, and tips and advice on being a panelist and moderator.
My 1993 sf novel, The Pure Cold Light, is the special this week at Book View Cafe, where you’ll find the ebook available for just $.99.
“Gregory Frost’s dystopian adventure, [is] set in an unspecified future Philadelphia that has split in two. The rich and their servants live in the Overcity’s towers; the poor, addicted and disenfranchised nest in the Undercity, occupying derelict buildings, SEPTA catacombs and Box City, a sprawling morass of packing containers on Independence Mall. President Odie is a talk-show host and puppet of the world’s largest corporation, named (sans subtlety) ScumberCorp. They make the drug Orbitol, which has unexpected dimensional side effects, and infuse their Happy Burgers with masses-mollifying tranquilizers…. Frost’s predictions are all the more impressive given that his vision developed in the Internet’s nascent days — a decade and a half before Citizens United, seven years before Survivor and (arguably) before that blurry date when presidential candidates became media monkeys.” Mark Cofta, Philadelphia City Paper
In a future Philadelphia, the drug of choice on the streets will take you to another world…literally.