This week on the Oddcast we talk with short-story author Richard Butner, who describes himself as a writer, occasional performer, and shipwrecked jester. He runs the annual Sycamore Hill Writers’ Conference, an extraordinarily successful and long-running peer-to-peer workshop hidden deep in the mountains of western North Carolina. Some of his unusual fiction is available in a collection from Small Beer Press.
This week on the Liars Club Oddcast, a conversation with Nebula, World Fantasy, and Theodore Sturgeon Award-winning short science-fiction-and-fantasy fiction author Andy Duncan. His short stories are currently available in two collections, Beluthahatchie, and The Pottawatomie Giant, to be joined by a third, An Agent of Utopia, this fall from Small Beer Press.
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.