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Felicia Day Issues a Geek Call to Arms

Monday, August 12th, 2013

In Episode 91 of my book podcast we interview Felicia Day and discuss the geekiest YouTube videos.

Alpha Workshop Readings 2013

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

If you’re in the Pittsburgh area, come out and see me at Barnes & Noble on July 14th & 17th. You’ll also have a chance to meet authors Tamora Pierce, Scott Westerfeld, and Justine Larbalestier.

The Shining Girls Is The Time Traveler’s Wife, Plus Stabbing

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Episode 89 of my book podcast is up now at! In this show we interview Lauren Beukes and talk psycho killers with guest geek Ross Lockhart.

Humans May Become Tentacled Monsters, and That’s OK

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Episode 88 of my book podcast is up now at! In this show we interview Annalee Newitz, editor of io9, and discuss rationalism in science fiction with guest geek Julia Galef.

Alaya Dawn Johnson’s The Summer Prince Blends Human Sacrifice, Samba

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Episode 87 of my book podcast is up now on! In this show we interview Alaya Dawn Johnson and discuss Star Trek Into Darkness with guest geeks E.C. Myers and Emily Asher-Perrin.

Penguin Bets Big That The 5th Wave Will Be the Next Hunger Games

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Episode 86 of my sci-fi podcast is up now at! In this show we interview Rick Yancey, author of The 5th Wave, and discuss science fiction podcasting with Mur Lafferty.

Austin Grossman Hopes You Will Reveal the Truth About the Game Industry

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Episode 84 of my sci-fi podcast is now up at! In this show we talk video games with Austin Grossman (writer on Dishonored) and Ted Kosmatka (writer at Valve).

Hugh Howey Goes From Bookstore Clerk to Self-Publishing Superstar

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

In Episode 83 of my science fiction podcast we interview self-publishing phenomenon Hugh Howey and discuss the pros and cons of self-publishing with guest geek Tobias Buckell.

Facebook Advertising Problems: Facebook Can’t Do Math

Monday, January 28th, 2013

So Facebook has a ridiculous new policy that promoted images can’t be comprised of more than 20% text. With that in mind I put together the image below. It’s 840 pixels tall. 20% of 840 is 168. The image consists of three text bars that are 74, 41, and 41 pixels tall, for a total of 156. So even if you count the entire height and width of each text bar as “text,” the image is still clearly less than 20% text. Nevertheless, this image was just rejected for being “more than 20% text.” Very frustrating.

Is There a Correlation Between iTunes Reviews and Podcast Downloads?

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy
7,000 downloads per episode

“Nerdist now gets 200,000 downloads per episode.”

Sound of Trance
“Roughly 120,000+ downloads per episode.”

Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe
“We are at about 110k downloads per episode. We get 7-8k listeners on XM.”

Mac Power Users
“The Mac Power Users enjoys a large audience regularly exceeding 100,000 downloads per episode and many shows receive downloads in multiples of that.”

“MuggleCast continues to maintain a listenerbase of over 50,000 downloads per episode.”

Escape Pod
“Escape Pod averages 27,000 downloads per episode.”

“Horror podcast Pseudopod averages 15,000 [downloads per episode].”

“Fantasy podcast PodCastle averages 12,000 [downloads per episode].”

Writing Excuses
“This podcast is popular and garners over 10,000 downloads per episode.”

Science Fiction Book Review Podcast
“The Science Fiction Book Review Podcast … regularly gets about 4,000 downloads per episode.”

SFF Audio
“For regular episodes though we seem to get about 1,400 downloads per before I can’t track them anymore.”