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Dealing In, Episode 11


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Welcome to the First of the Free Will/Next Ten Thousand Hours Feedback shows! This one is episode eleven of the Dealing In series of feedback shows, where I and several friends answer your emails and talk about whatever comes up. This time, I’m joined by Metamor City creator Chris Lester, my The Next Ten Thousand Hours cohost Kitty NicIaian, and composer Danny Schade. What do we talk about? An incomplete list, in roughly chronological order:
1) Introductions
2) Schadeys’ music
3) Physical types for Lantham and Joss Kyle
4) Meeting Caspar Van Dien
5) Heinlein’s politics
5) Where would you live on the moon?
6) What’s Earth like in the Antithesis Era, and what effect did the nuclear war have?
7) People living on the moon and its security implications
8) Silly Antithesis titles!
9) Eggs and food and the penises of birds
10) Feedback (finally!)
11) Computer Security in Antithesis
12) Quantum computing and cryptogrpahy
13) revolutionary cell networks and types of trust
14) codes vs cryptogrpahy
15) Alyssa Hartman, Catholicism, Suave Rob and Bi-Gendered Characters
16) Commercial availability of Free Will
17) Who are the best commercial audiobook companies?
18) The future of Metamor City
19) The NSA
20) Knitting needles as weapons

2014, Here We Come

Rather than a retrospective on the past year, I thought I’d kick off the new year in its wee hours with a look forward at the wider world.

In The Princess Bride, Fezzik the Giant says to Inigo: “I hope we win.”

It’s my favorite line from that movie. A small, whimsical hope uttered by a character who knows that he can’t possibly comprehend the size of the challenge in front of him–a challenge to which he is, nonetheless, committed.

The childlike courage of that line slays me every time. Every time I watch the film, a film that wants nothing more to make people laugh, I choke up just a little bit at that moment.

You see, I have a little secret. I think, in that moment, Fezzik is the whole human race, a small, determined voice in a big universe, beset by challenges too big to imagine, whispering to itself “I hope we win.”
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Lantham Holiday Bundle

**Cue the cheesy elevator music**

Ladies, Gentlemen, and Everyone Else Too:
Shopping for your mother or brother or daughter or husband or pet parakeet or sworn enemy this year? Torn between the latest in thermonuclear weaponry or that nifty auto-roasting coffee maker, between Fifty Shades and Tarantino and wholesome family fun? Fear not! Now you can get it all in one easy bundle guaranteed to provide hours of hilarious, creepy, puzzling entertainment to even the most discerning, mercurial reader.

That’s right. The Lantham Holiday Bundle is here!

Five entire books featuring my very own vaunted voyeur of neo-noir, the deranged detective with insurmountable insomnia and adroit alliterative abilities! The Clarke Lantham Mysteries will advise and accompany you in any conceivable situation. For example:
 
 

    Having trouble with your IVF provider?
    He’s got that covered in And Then She Was Gone.

 

    Stuck with relatives through the holidays and wish they’d just die?
    He’ll show you how to cope in A Ghostly Christmas Present.

 

    Still pining for your ex on long winter nights?
    Solved and sorted in Smoke Rings. Next case, please.

 

    Worried about international relations or alien abductions?
    Lantham gets to the bottom of what’s really going on in Silent Victor.

 

    Ever wonder if you can really trust your best friend?
    You won’t after seeing what happens in He Ain’t Heavy.

 

With adventures to suit any occasion, Lantham is truly the best holiday companion you could wish for. Lurid without being nasty, suspenseful without being gimicky, hilarious without being tasteful, his wry wit and stubborn nobility will leave you gasping, laughing, breathless for more (and secure in the knowledge that, however poorly life treats you, it could be a whole lot worse. You could be Lantham).

Order now, and receive all five paperbacks for the price of four–and, since shipping takes a while, you’ll also get all five ebooks free, in the format of your choice, to enjoy right away. An $80 value for $50.

 

Price: $50.00
 

Free Will, Episode 05

With Thanksgiving and crowdfunding behind us, it’s time to get back to business.

After an inexcusable silence, I present you with Episode 5 of Free Will and Other Compulsions, In which Voleish makes a confession, Joss makes an offer, and Ali holds all the cards.
 

 

Cast this week (in order of appearance):
Miss Kalendar as Alyssa Hartman
Kitty NicIaian as Fugitive’s AI and The Answering Service
 

 

 

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Holidays, Updates, Hints, and Treats

Hello, everyone!

A quick update to let you all know that I’m alive and (finally) well. A nasty cold took me out of commission for a week, which meant that it took another week and a half to catch up on all the stuff I fell behind on during the week I wasn’t able to work.

That means that some of you didn’t get scripts for Crudrat, or audio lines for readings, and the rest of you didn’t get a newsletter that was due out, or two podcasts that were similarly due (one Free Will, one Next 10k). For that, I can do nothing but humbly apologize, throw myself on your mercy, and beg your forgiveness. Either that or dress up as a clown and haunt your nightmares…

During that time, Schadey also suffered a computer glitch which delayed music tracks for Free Will ep05. That also is now corrected, and I have the tracks here in my grubby little hands.

Meantime, work here at AWP continues apace, with the construction of a new computer-controlled animation workstation (for photographed stop-motion and doodle art work), editing on Crudrat, editing on Free Will, proof fixes for Lantham 5, writing on a new Young Adult adventure novel called The Auto Motive, and editing and artwork for a short motivational book called Lessons From Bond–all projects you’ll hear more about in the very near future.

On the next The Next 10k (and on the blog) we’ll be announcing some Christmas goodies where the Lantham universe is concerned, and I’m contemplating putting together another special Christmas audio episode, so if there are any classic winter short stories or poems you’d like to hear me defile, drop me a note or leave a comment, and I’ll include it in my deliberations.

I hope those of you in the states have a marvelous Thanksgiving, and those of you overseas have a great weekend. Thank you very much for your patience–I’ll definitely make it worth your while ;-)
All the best
-Dan

The Next Ten Thousand Hours, Ep 04

This week on The Next Ten Thousand Hours, we have an update on the Crudrat crowdfunding campaign, and talk about how to manage rapid expansion when projects get too big to keep in your head. Documentation, wikis, war boards, how they work in a collaborative environment–and how not having them can kill you.

Within you will find:

  1. A conversation on documentation and collaboration.
  2. Reading: A selection from Chicken Noodle Gravity
  3. Kitty’s Corner: I Don’t Watch Television, Really…

We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it!

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Free Will, Episode 04

It’s late. I can’t even deny it. Far too late to even be funny.

Nevertheless, I present you with Episode 4 of Free Will and Other Compulsions, In which Joss makes a decision, Ali makes a discovery, Percy wakes up, and then wakes up a sleeping alien intelligence.
 

 

Cast this week (in order of appearance):
Miss Kalendar as Alyssa Hartman
Kitty NicIaian as Fugitive’s AI and The Answering Service
Nobilis Reed as Jordan, the Nurse
Steven H. Wilson as Percy Scott
Stephanie Sawyer as Cassy Orinthal
and Kim The Comic Book Goddess as VAL
 

This week’s promo: Tales From Sheepfather’s Grove, a progrock concept album from Johannes Luley, an up-and-coming composer who also does the production for Robin Hathaway, who plays the part of Marian Shelley in The Antithesis Progression.

 

 

 

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The Next Ten Thousand Hours, Ep 03

This week on The Next Ten Thousand Hours, we have an update on the Crudrat crowdfunding campaign, and the unexpected consequences of having all your hard work pay off exactly as you hoped–and how to survive them.

Within you will find:

  1. A conversation on dealing with post-project letdown.
  2. Reading: A selection from Ideas, Inc.
  3. Kitty’s Corner: Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere…

We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it!

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Furlough Bundle, Shutdown Fever

As those of you who read/listen to my stories might have guessed, I’m a very political animal, but I do not hew comfortably near the current position of either major party and I’m not close to any of the minor parties either. On one level, the current situation is a bit of theater, a routine part of American governance during contentious times, and I’m not terribly worried about it. At least, not in the long term.

On another, having watched the staggering incompetence that laid the groundwork for the current situation, I’m very disinclined to sling mud at any of the several major sets of actors currently trying to upstage each other. Some of them deserve a little more mud right now than others, but the fact is that we’ve been watching this game of chicken unfold for longer than some wars we’ve been in.

Let’s face it: this current shutdown has been coming for a while. As one of my co-conspirators works at a government facility, my household has faced the looming cloud of shutdowns and furloughs for the past five years (the last time the Federal Government had a budget), and every 60-90 days, we hold our breath when the Continuing Resolutions (euphemism for “Emergency Funding”) get voted on.

This time, we got lucky. The particular source of the government cash that props up our household budget is currently deemed “essential.” If this had happened last year, we would not have been. If it happens again next year, we probably won’t be.

In my opinion, the bureaucracy that administers our infrastructure is more essential than the elected bozos who create and tinker with it–and while there are bits of that bureaucracy I’d happily see end-of-life’d or devolved back to more local control, the fact is that the people who do those bureaucratic jobs keep one of our three essential institutions (Government–the other two being Markets and Courts) running along, allowing us all to access invisible capital and opportunity every day, whether we recognize it or not.

This is why, when Matt Wallace announced his furlough ebook bundle, I sent a note offering to toss a few titles of my own into the mix. If you’re currently sitting around needing something to cheer you up due to an unexpected unpaid vacation, you can get some giggles reading the first four Lantham mysteries for free. If you need some sardonic dark humor, the Antithesis books are also in there. And there are a whole bunch of other authors, like Mur Lafferty, Paul Elard Cooley, Scott Sigler, Chuck Wendig, Jaye Wells, Maria Alexander, Brand Gamblin, and (of course) Matt Wallace in there too. It’s operating on the honor system, so please be honest.

To get the bundle, email Matt Wallace at matt AT matt-wallace.com

Enjoy!

Free Will, Episode 03

Well, that’ll teach me to swear I’ll be on time…

Nevertheless, I present you with Episode 3 of Free Will and Other Compulsions, In which the Moon Girl confronts the search party, Bill Shelley has a chat with the President, Joss weighs his options, and a new character steps into our little drama.

 

 

Cast this week (in order of appearance):
Andrea Fender as The Moon Girl
Michael Lemonjello as The Fish Man (Search Team Leader)
Mark Smith as The Jet Pack Man (Search Team Assistant)
Nathan Lowell as Senator William Shelley
Benjamin Roberts as Shane
Kitty NicIaian as the White House Aide
Miss Kalendar as Alyssa Hartman
and J.R. Murdock as General Assange

 

This week’s promo: Crudrat kickstarter campaign. A kickass girl’s adventure sci-fi novel by Gail Carriger for which I’m producing the audiobook.

And this week in the post-show I tell you a bit about our new cast member, and explain a bit about my philosophy of science fiction–particularly young adult science fiction.

 

 

 

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