mightytwix wrote: ↑Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:17 am
I remember this one from years ago. Mur was sky rocketting in the pod sphere, and it seemed every story podcast I went to, she was there. These two stories really point out why for me. For such short pieces they have this ability to bring you into the weirdness, placing a bleek future where feral humans hunt for feral pies. I was driving as I re listened to this and had a big dumb grin on my face the whole time. Great choice for a drabbleclassic
That's awesome that you remember that. It was definitely a crazy time in audio fiction online back then, that's for sure. Recency effect plays such a big part in terms of our thinking about podcasts and podcast consumption these days. Theses 2 stories ran literally a decade ago, and like you said, Mur was killing it and making a happy living by podcasting her fiction for free, along with Sigler and a bunch of other folks back then. Drabblecast had been purchasing and producing stories, cranking out over 100 episodes by then-- and Escapepod had done more than twice that many-- but it was authors like Mur, Scott and other taking advantage of the new opportunities through syndicated feeds and amazon that were really all over the place.
And I definitely agree that Mur's greatest strength (imo) has always been her ability to pack a punch in terms of weirdness. If you've read her books you know that she has a lot of other amazing strengths too-- I think her characters are always very gripping-- but I go back to flash fiction like this when I think about what I most appreciate in her writing.
This Doubleheader wasn't long before my taking over for her as Escapepod's Editor, and it really seemed like a seamless transition in terms of story picks, since we loved the same kind of thing.
Now my hosting style, that was a little less seamless, but that's a different story.