Episode 114: Giving Birth by Philip Roberts

When a household mishap causes Rudy to lose his finger, he discovers more than just dead tissue: something alive about the severed digit. How could that happen? What does it mean? Where is it going? I just can’t put my finger on it…

Also, Rish about Big say a word or two about the unknown, and many more words about constructive criticism and trying to get better at creative endeavors.

Special thanks to Bryan Lincoln for producing today’s story, and Veronica Giguere for lending her voice to the episode.

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Related Links:
Philip Roberts’s Website
Bryan Lincoln’s Fullcast Podcast…er, I mean, Parsec Award winning Fullcast Podcast
Veronica Giguere’s Site
10 Toys That Made You Gay
Music was Melancolic Suffering by And Summer Dies.
Some sound effects were provided by freesound.org.
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4 Responses to “Episode 114: Giving Birth by Philip Roberts”

  1. Up The Ying Yang Says:

    Speaking of using strange things to make gross sounds and sights. Years ago I talked to a guy I met at a con who made low budget horror films. He needed a shot of someone being gutted by a chainsaw. So he used a close up shot of a chainsaw cutting into a deep dish of lasagna. He showed the clip of it and DAMN, it worked. That was F*ing gross!!

  2. So, the story didn’t totally thrill me – that’s ok. I like body horror just fine; I just couldn’t connect to the main character. I thought that his (and his wife’s) actions were a little too irrational. I can’t imagine my wife behaving this way, no matter how weird my physiology turned out to be.

    What I really wanted to write about, though, was in the comments after the story. I fully support the Dunesteef publishing and saying whatever the heck they want. Go to town. This is your podcast. You know what you call a magazine that follows the audience’s preferences without commentary? Completely lacking in vision and integrity. You guys are so full of vision and integrity that it must get uncomfortable at times :-P.

    In fact, I fully support you ignoring all jerkface listeners – including myself! You publish what you like, and if I don’t like it, I’ll go somewhere else.

    Which I won’t. Because I do.

    Most importantly, I enjoy the fact that you play what you like, which means that I get to be exposed to all sorts of interesting stuff that I might not have sought out on my own.

    That said, though, it’s a good thing to hear that you want to learn from your experiences, both positive and negative. The results can only be good for the podcast – and therefore, the world of podcasting – on the whole.

  3. Rich, one of the rules of my life is this. “It’s better to be hated for who you are, than loved for who you ain’t.”

    Make your show the best you can, by making it the way you damn well want. Naysayers? Let ’em go screw.

    I am continuously entertained.

  4. It’s not about making the show better, or making perfect art, one of the points of art is that people are allowed to think about it and have their opinion; and in this medium that usually has more to do with the original story than the job you did casting it.

    If people are actively discouraged, and afraid to hurt your feelings and make you stop doing the show, from having their opinion about a certain sub-genre or a specific story then there’s no point listening; and especially no point commenting.

    I’m sorry, but you are never going to have that ideal situation where the only comments you get are pats on the back, or horrendous jerks that you can write off. People read novels and stories to have opinion on them.

    I’d happily sign a demonic pact promising to never give critical analysis or commentary of your audio work; I just can’t possibly imagine listening to stories and commenting on them without having an opinion on the themes, on the genre, on the author’s work.

    Part of the great fun that your hard work making the podcast does, is that allows me – the listener – to bitch about some science fiction author whose story didn’t work for me. That’s not a criticism of you, I’m happy that you gave me something to be mad at – I wouldn’t go back in time and not listen to a story that pissed me off, I listen to stories and read stories as much to be angered by them as to be delighted at them.

    You’ve dissected the very nature of the medium to a point of deconstructionism – people have always bought books or pulp magazines in order to have their opinions on them, good or bad. When people feel afraid or worried of upsetting you, where they can’t have an opinion, then THAT is how you lose readers/listeners.

    You guys are so vocal in your opinions on the cyberpunk genre, on cats, on Canadians; you can’t seriously be this disjointed about the nature of opinions.

    When you guys go see a movie, you come back and talk about it. That’s what people want to do about your stories, and you are telling them NO, STOP! How would you like Marvel Studios to threaten to not make any more superhero movies because you, Big and Rish, had a critical opinion?

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