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Science Fiction Podcasts


“Clarkesworld is a monthly science fiction and fantasy magazine first published in October 2006. Each issue contains interviews, thought-provoking articles and at least three pieces of original fiction. Our fiction is also available in ebook editions/subscriptions, audio podcasts and in our annual print anthologies. We are a two-time winner of the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine and our fiction has been nominated for or won the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Sturgeon, Locus, Shirley Jackson, WSFA Small Press and Stoker Awards.”


The Drabblecast is a weekly podcast featuring flash fictions from a variety of genres. Its singular message is that of off beat, funny, eclecticism. It is a paying fiction market, accepting submissions (see the submissions page for more information). The Drabblecast is the winner of the 2010 and 2011 Parsec Awards for Best Speculative Fiction Audio Magazine.

Escape Pod

“Escape Pod is the premier science fiction podcast magazine. Every week we bring you short stories from some of today’s best science fiction stories, in convenient audio format for your computer or MP3 player.”

Flash Pulp

Flash Pulp is an experiment in broadcasting fresh pulp stories in the modern age – three to ten minutes of fiction brought to you Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Lightspeed Magazine

Lightspeed is an online science fiction and fantasy magazine. In its pages, you will find science fiction: from near-future, sociological soft SF, to far-future, star-spanning hard SF—and fantasy: from epic fantasy, sword-and-sorcery, and contemporary urban tales, to magical realism, science-fantasy, and folktales. No subject is off-limits, and we encourage our writers to take chances with their fiction and push the envelope.

Linux Centric Podcasts


News, reviews, rants, raves, chit-chat, geekspeak and more – a new TuxRadar podcast all about Linux and free software will be posted here every two weeks for free download. All TuxRadar podcasts are released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 licence. Music by Brad Sucks.

ubuntu uk podcast

The Ubuntu Podcast covers all the latest news and issues facing Ubuntu Linux users and Free Software fans in general. The show appeals to the newest user and the oldest coder. Our discussions cover the development of Ubuntu but aren’t overly technical. We are lucky enough to have some great guests on the show, telling us first hand about the latest exciting developments they are working on, in a way that we can all understand! We also talk about the Ubuntu community and what it gets up to.

The show is presented by members of the UK’s Ubuntu Linux community. Because it is covered by the Ubuntu Code of Conduct it is suitable for all.

The show is broadcast live every fortnight on a Tuesday evening (British time) and is available for download the following day.

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All contents of this site (including audio) are released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license.

Full Circle Magazine

The independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community.

The About sections are direct quotes from the Podcast sites.



Kindle 3

Kindle 3

My Kindle is probabley the best bit of Tech that I have bought in the last year. Since I bought it I’ve read many more books than I normally do. It has cut down on the amount of luggage I take on holiday as it stores hundreds of books for a very small weight allowance. I have the Kindle 3 which I think Amazon is now calling the Kindle keyboard, it’s the Wifi only edition with a 4 GB memory. The other good thing about a Kindle is that it uses a Linux operation system as many ereaders do and therefore works well with the Linux File Manager which can then be used to copy and paste books to the Kindle. Amazon books can be emailed direct to your Kindle as long as you are within a Wifi area or to your PC for transfer later to your Kindle by USB lead. The Amazon Kindle reader app works OK when installed within Wine if you wish to use it on your Linux PC. Calibre is also a very good program to manage and convert books from one format to another, it can transfer books via the USB lead or email them direct to your Kindle. Calibre is in some Linux repositories but for the most up to date version it is better to instal it from their site at

If you want an internet site to keep up with the latest books, track the books you are reading, have to read or want to read check out Goodreads

For a site that will email you a list of Amazon books that are currently being offered free by Amazon try the ereaderriq site at

tsMuxeR video conversion for Sony Bravia

Convert a video file to the .m2ts format to stream to the Sony Bravia Tv from a miniDNLA server using Handbrake and tsMuxeR. This gives you a much smaller file than the .mpg file which is the other option. If you wish to use .mpg then the only way I have managed to get this working is to use ffmpeg from the command line using.

$ ffmpeg -i input.m4v -target pal-dvd output.mpg

This will use various input file extensions just amend the input file.

tsMuxer is a Transport Stream muxer which will convert .mkv video formatted files created in Handbrake to .m2ts files suitable for playback on the Sony Bravia. First convert your video to a .mkv video file using Handbrake making sure you select the Audio codec as AC3 (ffmpeg) in the [Audio] Tab and the [Framerate:] as 25 (PAL Film/Video) or any other option you prefer except the (Same as source) option. Handbrake is available in both Debian and Ubuntu repositories, stMuxeR is available by download from here: Download the Linux version [currently tsMuxeR_1.10.6.tar.gz] into your home directory. Then create a directory in /usr/lib by opening a Terminal and entering the following;

$ sudo mkdir /usr/lib/tsmuxer

move into the tsmuxer directory with;

$ cd /usr/lib/tsmuxer

now extract the archive you downloaded with;

$ sudo tar -xvzf ~/tsMuxeR_1.10.6.tar.gz

if you list the contents with

$ ls
you will have 4 files in the tsmuxer directory including


make sure they are both executable with;

$ sudo chmod +x tsMuxeR


$ sudo chmod +x tsMuxerGUI

now add a shortcut to /usr/bin with;

$ sudo ln -s /usr/lib/tsmuxer/tsMuxerGUI /usr/bin/tsMuxerGUI

now you can run the program by typing tsMuxerGUI in a Terminal or create a menu launcher with tsMuxerGUI as the command.

Open the program and on the Input Tab select [add] to add the .mkv file you have transcoded with Handbrake, in the [General track options] section, select [Change fps:] 25 and [Change level:] 4.0. Then in the [Output] section select M2TS muxing and browse to an output folder if you wish to change the default. Now select the [Start muxing] button. The output file should now play on your TV.

HAUPPAUGE WinTV Nova-T Digital Terrestrial TV Stick

I wanted to record some Digital TV [freeview] using my PC running [Linux Mint Debian XFCE] so that I could watch it later on my Sony Bravia TV which is hooked up to my homegrown server running [Xubuntu]. After a little Google search I found the HAUPPAUGE WinTV Nova-T Digital Terrestrial TV Stick recommended on a few posts which needed no extra drivers adding. I bought the above from PC World [UK] for £49.99 and located a spare USB slot, plugged it in and connected it to the House Digital aerial. I then re booted the system and added the programs ME TV and Kaffeine to the system and then ran update before rebooting. Both programs found the Nova-T out of the box and scanned the channels with no problem. Kaffeine’s default output file format is .m2t which can be served on the miniDNLA server  [ see here and is picked up by the Sony Bravia.

[ Edit ]

Having now installed Debian Squeeze with an XFCE Desktop I found the above no longer worked out of the box, typing $ dmesg | grep dvb in a Terminal after plugging in the WinTV stick I got;

$ dmesg | grep dvb
[ 668.441506] dvb-usb: found a ‘Hauppauge Nova-T Stick’ in cold state, will try to load a firmware
[ 668.441514] usb 1-5.2: firmware: requesting dvb-usb-dib0700-1.20.fw
[ 668.450267] dvb-usb: did not find the firmware file. (dvb-usb-dib0700-1.20.fw) Please see linux/Documentation/dvb/ for more details on firmware-problems. (-2)
[ 668.450336] usbcore: registered new interface driver dvb_usb_dib0700

shows it is missing the firmware, after a little Google searching I found the Debian package called firmware-linux-nonfree has this firmware in it so as long as you have the deb squeeze main contrib non-free enabled you can install it with;

$ sudo apt-get install firmware-linux-nonfree

Then either reboot or just remove the WinTV stick and plug in again and running

$ dmesg | grep dvb
[ 5.083029] dvb-usb: found a ‘Hauppauge Nova-T Stick’ in cold state, will try to load a firmware
[ 5.083031] usb 1-5: firmware: requesting dvb-usb-dib0700-1.20.fw
[ 5.121021] dvb-usb: downloading firmware from file ‘dvb-usb-dib0700-1.20.fw’
[ 5.824025] dvb-usb: found a ‘Hauppauge Nova-T Stick’ in warm state.
[ 5.824053] dvb-usb: will pass the complete MPEG2 transport stream to the software demuxer.
[ 5.824342] DVB: registering new adapter (Hauppauge Nova-T Stick)
[ 6.026890] DVB: registering adapter 0 frontend 0 (DiBcom 7000PC)…
[ 6.239918] input: IR-receiver inside an USB DVB receiver as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:12.2/usb1/1-5/input/input8
[ 6.239946] dvb-usb: schedule remote query interval to 50 msecs.
[ 6.239949] dvb-usb: Hauppauge Nova-T Stick successfully initialized and connected.
[ 6.240113] usbcore: registered new interface driver dvb_usb_dib0700

now all is well.