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Fiction author releases ‘Podcast-only’ novel

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By LC Angell

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Published: Thursday, March 24, 2005
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Fiction author Scott Sigler today announced the release of EarthCore as “the world’s first Podcast-only novel.” Sigler said he will release an hour of audio each week, creating a format similar to weekly drama TV shows with continuing storylines. The free Podcast feed will run for 20 episodes.

“EarthCore is the first Podcast novel because it is not available in any other format. Listeners can’t buy the book and peek at the last page, they have to wait each week for a new episode,” Sigler says.  “You can listen to them on your iPod or MP3 player, letting you enjoy the story while driving, at the gym, walking — anywhere you want to listen. Listeners don’t have to be in a specific place at a specific time. You listen whenever you want.”

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1

Weekly radio drama can be good… add portability and a sci-fi theme and I think I might have to check it out!

Posted by Nagromme on March 24, 2005 at 11:08 AM (PDT)

2

neat idea. Will have to subscribe to the podcast.

Posted by John Wilker in Southern CA on March 24, 2005 at 12:53 PM (PDT)

3

It maybe the first novel to only be reliesed as a podcast. But anyone that followed the i love bees had to wait each week for the next chapter of the exciting story. So the ovall concept isnt new.

Burn

Posted by digitalburn on March 24, 2005 at 2:32 PM (PDT)

4

I’m not familiar with “i love bees,” is it an audio drama? I hope everyone enjoys the podcast of EarthCore.

Posted by Scott Sigler in San Francisco on March 24, 2005 at 4:28 PM (PDT)

5

Original idea?  Not quite…

I may not have been alive when they first came around, but I did get to listen some of the better ones on tape in elementary school…

They were called “radio serials” I believe, and they got their start back in the 1940s/1950s. 

“Remember kids… only the Shadow knows!”

Posted by IDSmoker on March 25, 2005 at 6:31 AM (PDT)

6

Scott- If you go to ilovebees.com you can find out all you need. Or just do a search for it. Its whats callled an Alternate Realality Game, or ARG for short. It started out giving clues hiden all over the site. Then people would get a location of a payphone and at a certain time the phone would ring. You would here a section of that weeks Audio. Then once all of the audio was unlocked for that week you could listen to it.

After it was all done there was over 5 hours of an excillenct radio type drama. The story is set in the future based around the time of the Xbox game Halo. I would recomend anyone to check it out.

Burn

Posted by digitalburn on March 25, 2005 at 9:41 AM (PDT)

7

I love bees, that’s pretty cool. Of COURSE it’s modeled after radio dramas—there’s a reason those things were so popular back in the day. Hey stop by http://www.scottsigler.net/earthcore and vote for EarthCore on the Podcast Alley: all you have to do is use the link in the upper right-hand corner to vote.

Posted by Scott Sigler in San Francisco on April 6, 2005 at 12:33 PM (PDT)

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