Escape Pod

Reviews For Escape Pod

I have been a long time devotee if Escape Pod and love the stories they have brought to me over the years. That being said the near constant battering of identity politics has soured me to their content. I want fiction for escape from the crazy world for a while. I am sorry to see them go as they have been a big part of my life on the road, but I need to for my sanity.
This podcast helps me through my brainless day job, which I do 6days a week. Love the wide range of themes in sci-if. Any chance this may come to Spotify?? Cheers!

5/5

Good, well-read and interesting science fiction.
Dangerous decibels of star-shattering surf-rock. Fresh stories of improbable futures. Better than breakfast with whats-her-name.
One of the best science fiction podcast out there.
This was one of my favorite podcasts, but the new editors have an agenda and good storytelling is not the first item on the list. I was once a supporter but now feel I am not welcome to listen.
I am a longtime subscriber and I just love getting new, innovative science fiction every single week, right to my phone. The stories make you THINK and the narration is superb.
Escape Pod has had a long history of choosing bad stories with stupid endings, but it’s really accelerated over the past few years. After the original host went crazy (because reading a story into a mic once a week is apparently super stressful) and left things really started going downhill. From the irritating Mur Lafferty, who uses the most ridiculously pretentious sign-off (“Be mighty”) since Dan Rather’s “Courage,” to the vapid musings of Alasdair Whatshisface on the stories, to the series of nasal dweebs that read story feedback (and whom I always envision as fedora wearers), there’s not much to recommend the podcast. Not even the Voice of God himself, Norm Sherman, could save it. At this point, maybe one in twenty of the stories is worth listening to. Your time would be way better spent with other fiction podcasts—particularly Sherman’s “Drabblecast." UPDATE: The podcast continues to get worse. Now there's something called "Dibbeya" or "Dibya" reading feedback. It sounds "special" if you know what I mean. The stories are just awful and the production values are getting even more amateurish.
Every episode I am blown away by the quality of the selection and the narrators. The bonus occasional literary analysis and listener feedback it a treat too. I usually save up for a few weeks at a time so I can spend a whole day with escape pod.
Though I don’t like all the stories, they are all well written and well read in my opinion. Any stories I didn’t like were because of my personal preference. The only issue I have is that the sound level is too low on quite a few episodes so it’s hard to listen while driving. I love the show!
Gorgeous. Simple as that.
I started listening to Escape Pod in grad school, it was excellent entertainment on days I had mindless research tasks to perform. But more than just offering a way to help time pass, EP really opened my eyes to sci-fi lit that was sooooo good, I didn't know what I had been missing all my life! From classics to new talent, thanks EP for helping me survive grad school - excellent authors, stories, and readers!!
Now that the rest of the world has caught up to podcasting, I hope they'll come check out one of the original heroes of the genre. This is truly a listener-supported, community-made labor of love, and it's still going after a dozen years!
This is a must listen podcast for anyone who likes short science fiction. Seriously, why don't you already listen to it?
Sometimes not so much.
Captain Drake Learns his lines AUTHORS: Amy Sisson & Kate Suratt NARRATOR: Christopher Cornell HOST: Alasdair Stuart This story takes me back to my childhood love for reading. It is is as well written as any short story I've read recently. Amy and Kate's descriptive writing and Alasdair's narrative are par to the visuals one later remembers of George Lucas's scenes in Chalmun' Cantina or a 1930-40's scene from a movie showing conversations between characters. They're full conversations without going longer than a page or two. My favourite. Run AUTHOR: C. R. Hodges NARRATOR: Eden Royce HOST: Alasdair Stuart An original storyline and a very nice short story
I wish I could just hear well crafted short stories, that don't have to be so liberal. To listen to escape pod or pseudopod or to a lesser extent pod castle is to hear liberal agendas in story form. More and more often I find myself deleting stories after listening to a few minutes because it so obviously has a gay agenda, and is political instead of good.
There are plenty of free sci-fi short story podcasts out there. This one needs to be at the top of your list!
Amazing stories, scary, funny, thought-provoking, bizarre... Also much respect for actively promoting women and non-binary authors thru "Artemis Rising." What I always wanted when I used to read sci-fi and wish for more relatable, diverse voices.
The best part about short audio fiction? You'll actually get through it! As a kid I had stacks of unread anthology mags and fanzines that scold/tuanted me well into my 30's now I just load up a bunch of Escapepod episodes and listen on the road.
This has been one of my go-to SFF podcasts for the past decade. The stories they share help keep the short story community alive, and they bring some of the best writers, old and new, in the field.

5/5

By Kalthia
This is a staple pod cast for me. I am always excited when I get a new episode to listen to and I come back to this one again and again. I love the stories and the story tellers. This is the way story telling should be done, keep up the great work!
They present an excellent variety of scifi short stories. I love this pod cast
Do yourself a favor and start this show all the way at the beginning. Listen to Jonathon Sullivan’s “Imperial” from May of 2005, then go forward in time, and you’ll hear new forms of SF being born. This show’s greatest strength is the amazing variety of authors and styles they’ve been able to present, from works by the old masters, to tales from new authors that may well become your next favorites, to stories that went on to win international awards. Until they were spun off into their own shows, EscapePod also featured a bit of fantasy and horror in its earlier years. If you’re not charmed by a particular episode, don’t worry; The next one will be completely different.
This is a great place for some of the best science fiction short stories anywhere. Perfect for my commute to and from work.
Escape Pod is consitently one of the best short sci-fi podcast out there and they've been around since forever. The editors choose great stories that set this podcast apart from most others. I've been listening for almost 10 years and donating for the past 5 or 6 years. I've enjoyed so much great material from these guys over the years that it's ridiculous.

5/5

By gnosk
One of the best podcasts out there. Been listening since its inception. Be sure to check out podcastle also.
Been listening for a good two years now. Love this podcast. I am concerned for the future of this podcast... They are pushing the identities of the author over the relative quality of the work. Only time will tell if this is a wise decision, but I hope the podcast remains enjoyable…
Do you like sci-fi? Then listen to this podcast. Period.
I’ve always been a huge science fiction buff, and it has been immensely gratifying to find a wide variety of short stories in audio format so I can listen while driving, crafting, or practicing my insomnia. So many narrators lack a life-like tone but I especially enjoy Kate Baker’s emotive renderings. However… she does have a tendency to become quieter and quieter the further into the story she goes, until I simply can’t catch some of what she is saying. Please, Kate, speak up with that engaging voice you have!
I like this podcast. Interesting stories, every once in a while I will skip one. Good audio quality. Love the intro and exit music. Worth your time to listen if you like Sci-Fi.
This is so goodest
Love the different stories and the intro and conclusion by the staff is always good.
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…and still the best. Escape Pod has gone through several editorial changes over the years, but maintains a very high quality. Great stories every week, from both EP and it’s sister podcasts Podcastle and Pseudopod.

5/5

By LesaRF
One of the best Sci-Fi podcast I've heard!!!
Escape Pod is my favorite thing all week. The quality and variety of stories is fantastic. Every story is handpicked and it really shows. Keep up to good work guys!
Are you interested in hearing a variety of Science Fiction from a variety of authors and eras? Do you enjoy having talented narrators read those stories? Would you like to enjoy the aforementioned features on a weekly basis? Well then you should subscribe to Escape Pod and start downloading from its large catalog of podcasts now. From time-traveling to hunt dinosaurs (Ep397, To Hunt Dinosaur), to a member of a space cruise ship who makes first contact with aliens (Ep 422, Deshaun Stevens' Ship Log), and a poet who uncovers the secret of the dying Martian people (A Rose for Ecclesiastes, EP437) and more, this is a podcast that has what you are looking for in intelligent futuristic and fantastic fiction. Trust me, I've spent hours listening to Escape Pod, and I will spend many more with this podcast in the future.
If you are a science fiction fan, you need to subscribe to Escape Pod - the producers do a great job of selecting top-notch short stories, and their commentary is never dry or overly long. This podcast has gotten me through many long drives, and I've never recommended the podcast to someone who ended up disliking it.

5/5

By JEC 30
So far no story podcast has come close to this one.
I've never been much for hard boiled sci-fi...bad science turns me off to fiction of all sorts, and a few bad reads early in my life prejudiced me against the genre in general. However, I tried escape pod after becoming thoroughly embroiled in its sister podcasts (podcastle and pseudopod). While not every story is a home run for me, I have found something I enjoy out of all of their offerings I've heard so far. They've awakened a new appreciation in me for the genre, and exposed me to more facets of it than I knew were out there. It's great entertainment, whether you're a current science fiction devotee or not.
This is the best SciFi fiction podcast I've found. Consistent quality by a great organization.
I've never really considered myself a scifi nerd but Escapepod has changed that. I found Escapepod through Pseudopod and am so very very glad. These stories are all wonderfully produced and end up spinning your mind in a thousand what if directions. The story selection and the loving production are both superb. If you even tangentially like scifi it is incredibly entertaining :)
This is the podcast I listen to first each week. It is my audio treat.
It is wonderful to hear a story, especially the fine quality, cleverly crafted stories such as on this podcast.
Escape Pod and its sister podcasts, Pseudopod and Podcastle have reliably and consistently provided me with brilliant new fiction on a weekly basis. Because of these podcasts I have been blessed to discover fresh voices in sci-fi, fantasy and horror fiction: Cat Rambo, Erin Cashier, Eric Czuleger, Tim Pratt and Ken Liu amongst others. Thank you Escape Artists for rocking me to sleep every night and providing meditation on my daily dog-walks.