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I read. A lot. But I also like reading aloud. Welcome to Sometimes I Read, where I read some of my favourite stories aloud for your pleasure, and discuss them with my mates from time to time.

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I read. A lot. But I also like reading aloud. Welcome to Sometimes I Read, where I read some of my favourite stories aloud for your pleasure, and discuss them with my mates from time to time.

    Episode 7 - Tune In, Drop Out by Ann Babe

    Episode 7 - Tune In, Drop Out by Ann Babe

    Hello listeners, today we're doing something a little different. Instead of a sci-fi short story, we're reading a non-fiction, longform article instead. This one is about South Korea and the culture of hanjok, or 'alone tribe', where, exhausted by the demands of modern Korean society, some Koreans have chosen to retreat into a den of solitude, reducing societal interaction to a bare minimum, almost as if preparing for the COVID-19 pandemic. How does it all work Find out when you listen.

    Read the full article on Rest of World.org here https://restofworld.org/2020/south-korea-honjok-loneliness/

    Music used:

    Lonely Fish by Sascha Ende

    Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/4655-lonely-fish

    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 21 min
    Episode 6 - Selkie Stories Are For Losers by Sofia Samatar

    Episode 6 - Selkie Stories Are For Losers by Sofia Samatar

    Welcome back! You're listening to episode 6 of Sometimes I Read, where I'll be reading Sofia Samatar's Selkie Stories Are For Losers, which was nominated for the 2014 Hugo Award For Best Short Story. It's another brown author, and while it's not outrightly sci-fi/fantasy, it takes on the traditional European myths of selkies (seal women) to discuss ideas of absent mothers and the trauma inherited in their daughters. Slightly queer, relatively short, and very digestible. Enjoy!

    Read the full story here: http://strangehorizons.com/fiction/selkie-stories-are-for-losers/

    Music used:

    Music for Manatees by Kevin MacLeod

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4102-music-for-manatees

    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 16 min
    Episode 5 - And Now His Lordship is Laughing by Shiv Ramdas

    Episode 5 - And Now His Lordship is Laughing by Shiv Ramdas

    It's been a while, but here's episode 5, and we seem to be on a trend with authors of South Asian descent. This time we're featuring a really new piece, by Shiv Ramdas, which was written in late 2019 and is up for a Hugo Award for best short story. Hope you're all taking care amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and as always, if you like what you hear, tell your friends and share! 

    Read the story in full on Strange Horizons http://strangehorizons.com/fiction/and-now-his-lordship-is-laughing/

    Music used:

    Deep Relaxation Preview by Kevin MacLeod

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5726-deep-relaxation-preview

    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 38 min
    Episode 4 - Fandom For Robots by Vina Jie-Min Prasad

    Episode 4 - Fandom For Robots by Vina Jie-Min Prasad

    It's not a queer episode at last, but it's about fanfic! And robots writing fanfic! Written by a Singaporean author! Fandom For Robots was nominated for both the 2017 Nebula Award For Best Short Story AND the 2018 Hugo Award For Best Short Story. How cool is that? It's also a shorter story than usual, and a lot more light-hearted. Super fun, and I really enjoyed reading this one. I think I'm finally getting the hang of it!!!

    Fandom For Robots by Vina Jie-Min Prasad, published in Uncanny Magazine https://uncannymagazine.com/article/fandom-for-robots/

    Music Used:

    Inspired by Kevin MacLeod

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3918-inspired

    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 22 min
    Episode 3 - Bridesicle by Will McIntosh

    Episode 3 - Bridesicle by Will McIntosh

    It's episode 3! We're reading another queer sci-fi short story! It's got almost dead but not quite women in cryogenically frozen states hoping that a man revives her! Sounds icky? Yes! But has a fantastic ending, and it's completely understandable why this won the 2010 Hugo Award For Best Short Story! Enjoy. 

    Music used:

    With the Sea by Kevin MacLeod

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4638-with-the-sea

    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    Sovereign by Kevin MacLeod

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4397-sovereign

    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    There is Romance by Kevin MacLeod

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4520-there-is-romance

    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 35 min
    Episode 2 - The Water That Falls On You From Nowhere by John Chu

    Episode 2 - The Water That Falls On You From Nowhere by John Chu

    Today, we're reading The Water That Falls On You From Nowhere by John Chu, winner of the 2014 Hugo Award For Best Short Story. From Tor.com:

    In the near future water falls from the sky whenever someone lies (either a mist or a torrential flood depending on the intensity of the lie). This makes life difficult for Matt as he maneuvers the marriage question with his lover and how best to “come out” to his traditional Chinese parents.

    Yes, just like Episode 1, this is ALSO a very queer story, but also mostly about families, and truth and lies. It's great honestly. 

    Read the full story on Tor.com https://www.tor.com/2013/02/20/the-water-that-falls-on-you-from-nowhere/

    “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” copyright © 2012 John Chu

    Music used:

    Touching Moments One - Pulse by Kevin MacLeod

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4537-touching-moments-one---pulse

    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    We Wish you a Merry Christmas by Kevin MacLeod

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4612-we-wish-you-a-merry-christmas

    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    Scheming Weasel (faster version) by Kevin MacLeod

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4326-scheming-weasel-faster-version-

    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    Holiday Weasel by Kevin MacLeod

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5517-holiday-weasel

    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    Deep Relaxation Preview by Kevin MacLeod

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5726-deep-relaxation-preview

    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    Dark Times by Kevin MacLeod

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3611-dark-times

    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 33 min

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