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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.


SanDisk Sana ClipZip


SanDisk Sansa ClipZip

My latest mp3 player is the SanDisk Sansa ClipZip 8GB version in black or as they can it stealth black, it’s bigger than the iPod Nano and does not have a touch screen but to me they are both advantages. It has a large clip which makes it very easy to clip to any clothing and has a very simple button push system to work your way through the menu system. I use it to play mp3 music, podcasts and audio books all of which have their own menu options. The Clip works well with Linux which provided you switch USB mode to MSC sees the files system in a File Manager. You can then copy music, podcasts and books into their own folders on the Clip. Here are a few of the options I have found to work for me please note all my music, podcasts and audio books are either in mp3 or ogg format.

Volume too low?

If you chose Europe as you Region during initial set-up, there’s an EU restriction in place where you don’t have a High volume setting and the volume is capped. Reset your Factory Default Settings and choose ‘Rest of World’ to get the High and Low option on volume.

Album Art

I found some of my album art failed to show because although the file size was correct 96×96 pixels the resolution was very high making the file size large. I now make my images 72×72 ppi resolution 96×96 pixels in size which make the file size about 10kb. I name the file folder.jpg and store it in the same folder as song(s). I don’t embed the album art and remove any that is already there.


After I updated the firmware to v20 I finally got my Sansa ClipZip to recognize playlists in m3u format created in EasyTag on Debian.

  • Connect the Clip to the PC in MSC mode.
  • Browse to the music folder of the ClipZip and your music should show in the middle pane of EasyTag.
  • Highlight the Files you want to add to a playlist in the middle pane of EasyTAG.
  • Click on the [Write Playlist] icon in the toolbar.
  • The [Generate A Playlist] window should now open.
  • [M3U Playlist Name], select [Use mask]  and name it.
  • [Playlist Options] select [Include only the selected files].
  •  Then select [Use relative path for files in playlist].
  • and [Create Playlist in the parent directory].
  • and [Use DOS directory selector].
  • In [Playlist Content] select [Write info using filename].
  • Save the result which should save a playlist.m3u file in the root of your music folder on the ZipClip. Unmout the ClipZip and test.

You may need to experiment with these instructions if you have set-up your music in separate folders.


I normally use the GUI version of this program to level the gain on mp3 music files but I wanted to do the same job automatically in a small script to level out all my podcasts in their seperate folders prior to loading them onto my mp3 player.

The values I use are;

-c : ignore clipping
-p : preserve file modification time
-r : apply Track gain
-d 6.0: makes it 95.0 dB (defaults to 89.0)

The script I use moves to the main Podcast folder then line of script finds all mp3’s in the sub-folders with it.

$ cd /home/martin/Podcasts

$ find . -name *.mp3 -exec mp3gain -c -p -r -d 6.0 ‘{}’ \;

This then levels out the gain on all podcasts to 95db.