Author: Carolyn Ducker

Wolf 359: Listen Before It’s Gone!

Wolf 359 is right in the middle of its fourth and final season. The Webby nominated sci-fi serial takes place aboard the USS Hephaestus. The story is told through the (often unreliable) communications log of officer Doug Eiffel. As the space station Hephaestus orbits the red dwarf Wolf 359 (also of Star Trek fame), it broadcasts out into the black of space, hoping to find signs of other intelligent life.  One of the most unique shows to come out of the podcast boom, this audio drama is not to be missed. Over the past four seasons, the crew of...

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BLACK MIRROR Recap: (S03E03) Shut Up and Dance

Put a piece of tape over your webcam before you watch this next episode of Black Mirror. Blackmailers have you. Spoilers ahead. A woman in a hoodie walks up to a car, sticking something under the rear tire well. She communicates something via her phone, and leaves. Cut to the interior of a diner. Its the midday rush. A young man is cleaning dishes into the trash. He notices a child has left a toy. He returns it to the child, offers a small smile, and returns to his duties. Meet Kenny This teenager, Kenny (Alex Lawther) returns from...

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5 Best New Fiction Podcasts of 2016

2016 was an incredibly creative year for fiction podcasts. NightVale Presents alone released three new podcasts, GE released two, and various independent producers took a crack at their own stories. Whatever a listener’s taste, they were likely to find it in 2016. From horror, to fantasy, science fiction, and others, 2016 delivered in a big way.  To make the list, podcasts had to be fiction, and had to begin in 2016. The season did not have to be completed in 2016. This is the list of the top 5 best new fiction podcasts of 2016. Life.After Life.After, one of...

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BLACK MIRROR Recap: (S03E02) Playtest

Imagine a world where horror gaming has reached new heights. Images can now be directly implanted into one’s brain. This is the world of Playtest, the second episode in the third season of the Netflix/BBC original, Black Mirror. Written by Charlie Brooker, this episode is not for the faint of heart (But are any Black Mirror episodes for the faint of heart?) Spoilers ahead. Globetrotter Cooper (Wyatt Russell) , an American citizen, has grown tired of his stagnant life at home with his mother. In an effort to escape, Cooper sneaks out of the house and onto a plane bound for Sydney, Australia. From there he...

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Podcast Review: 2 Girls 1 Pup Show

Love of dogs is as American as apple pie. In the podcast, 2 Girls 1 Pup Show, Monique Madrid hosts a talk show about people, and the dogs they love. As she boasts, “It’s the comedy show you can bring your dog to!” The owner of a dachshund named Comet, Madrid is passionate about dogs, owning dogs, and all the cuteness that entails. Madrid is a comedian from Kansas City. Each show is hosted at Tailwaggers, a pet superstore. Proceeds from tickets for the show ($5) benefit the Tailwaggers foundation! The studio contains a dog bed for guests (and...

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Episode Recap: Black Mirror [S3E01] “Nosedive”

Black Mirror series 3 (the first series done by Netflix in partnership with the BBC anthology series) opens with the episode “Nosedive”. This episode features guest performances from Bryce Dallas Howard and Alice Eve. Note, this recap is NOT spoiler free. Proceed at your own risk. In the world of “Nosedive”, Appearance really is everything. A ranking system of 1-5 designates privileges and prejudices in a society where social media posts can effect your ranking. Everything is ranked, interactions, skills, appearance, and overall cheerfulness. The episode opens on a woman named Lacie (we learn as she passes a group...

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Top 5 Podcasts to Inspire Writers

I am a writer. I know that will shock some of you. Outside of working at Geek Girl Authority, I also write plays, poems, and I’m working on a chapbook of short stories and a novella. But writing, like any profession, is hard. Many days I find it hard to sit at my computer or my desk and just, write. On days like that, I turn to podcasts to get my brain juices flowing. This month is NaNoWriMo, which is short for National Novel Writing Month. Millions of people participate in the challenge to write 50,000 words in just...

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First Impressions: The Orbiting Human Circus (Of the Air)

When I was a child, it was my dream to be in the circus. I wanted to fly on the trapeze, or juggle, or do just about anythig I could think of to get into the circus. Maybe that’s why I am so excited for The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air). A podcast about one of my childhood loves? Sign me up! The Orbiting Human Circus (Of the Air) presented by the podcast-world-prestigious Night Vale Presents, is a new podcast just two episodes old. A lot of buzz about this podcast makes it worth a listen to begin with. This...

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Top 5 Audiobooks to Add to your Library

Being a bit of an audio geek, my phone is full of audio content. I have subscribed to fifty podcasts. I have a library full of audiobooks, and an even longer wishlist on my Audible.com account. I listen to audiobooks in particular on long road trips, going to bed, or in the bath (Anywhere where a regular book would be slightly impractical). If you’ve been listening to audiobooks for awhile, or if you’re just trying the medium out (join us!), then here are 5 books you should add to your library right now. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of...

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Podcast Review: The Deep Vault

Life inside a vault or bunker has never been viewed as comfortable (Look at the recent The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmitt, 10 Cloverfield Lane, After the Dark, and various other shows and movies), but the new podcast from Dead Signals, The Deep Vault,  takes the squeamy-ness of being trapped underground or even in an enclosed space to the next level. Told in only 7 parts, this is not a podcast to miss. The Deep Vault is a story that begins during apocalyptic conditions. Our heroes, Carson, Jeremy, and Alex, are driving to escape a gas storm. The gas storm is an...

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