Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Save Escape Artists

I have been an avid podcast listener for around six years and an SF fan for decades. One of the first podcasts I came across in 2006/2007 was a weekly SF magazine called Escapepod run and hosted by Steve Eley. Since then the company behind the podcast has grown and introduced both horror and fantasy podcasts all offering excellent genre fiction to their listeners for free.

Interestingly all three podcasts are paid markets in so much as they pay the authors of the story professional rates for their fiction and as such have created a new market for SF and fantasy writers to get to an audience. Escapepod is the fourth largest SF periodical in terms of 'readership' now.

They have a problem - financially they rely on listeners donations to make the podcast and business work and according to Metacast on the 13th of October the money will run out at the end of 2013 as subscriptions have dropped.

As a long time fan of these podcasts and weekly downloader I have today put in place a financial subscription via paypal and would ask you to do the same if you're a listener to the podcast - make sure your weekly fix of SF doesn't go away and for propective new listeners - check out the above link and listen to some of the stories that are there for free and then consider stumping up some cash yourselves.



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