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Cloysterpeteuk
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Escape Pod

The Science Fiction Pod-cast magazine

Project Status - Ongoing
Type - Podcasts of sci-fi short stories
Cost - Free
Available Downloads - A new story is added each Thursday. All previous stories are still available.

hackoff.com by Tom Evslin

Larry Lazard, CEO of hackoff.com, takes his company public and watches its stock price soar and collapse. Following a hostile takeover attempt, Lazard is found dead in his office of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Author Tom Evslin, a serial CEO, also took a company public in the Internet bubble and fought off hostile takeover attempts in the subsequent rubble. Unlike Larry, Evslin lived to tell what may be the definitive story of those strange times.

The mystery moves backwards and forwards around the time of Larry's death. Sex, power, money, farce, and tragedy mix in boardrooms and bedrooms, the parties of the World Economic Forum in Davos, and the smoky stairway of the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

hackoff.com - not a porn site - provides anti-hacker protection for e-commerce. Larry Lazard started the business after his release from prison to which he was sentenced for a confessed hacker attack on banks.

The folks at hackoff track the company's stock price with fatal fascination; an online chat board provides a Greek chorus of contradictory explanations and expectations; analysts spin golden fantasies from websites and eyeballs; traders conjure real fortunes at their trading desks; and everyone who can clamors for "friends and family" stock.

hackoff.com's characters include CFO Donna Langhorne, Larry's ex-lover and classmate from Harvard Business School and a former swimsuit model; Chief Technical Officer Dom Montain, who dropped out of Caltech to write video games; Detective Mark Cohen, NYPD, who's investigating Larry's death; Larry's wife Louise, who is certain her husband was murdered; and Ahmed Qali, who represents a group of Palestinian programmers in Jenin to which hackoff out-sources work. Along with the bankers, CEOs, and CFOs of dotcom America, are eavesdropping limo drivers and waiters, venture capitalists, hackers, terrorists, and the victims and heroes of 9/11.

If you've ever wanted to be a fly on the wall of the boardrooms, private jets, and ornate meeting rooms of brokerage firms, hackoff.com gives you your chance. You'll be better prepared for the next bubble if you read this book but that's not why you'll eagerly download each online episode. You'll do that because the cleverly woven mystery will have you dying to know whodunit.

Project Status - Ongoing
Type - Mystery novel
Cost - Free

Amber Page and the Legend of the Coral Stone by Stacey Cochran

On the island of Maui in Hawaii, a sixteen-year-old international spy named Rio Kayenta discovers a two-thousand-year-old coral stone. Legend has it that the stone is meant for a girl named Amber and that with it, she can stop the evil S.H.R.O.U.D. organization.

Amber Page lives in the Arizona desert and wants one thing more than anything else in the world: to see her mom and dad back together again. Amber's mom is a school bus driver who has split with her dad, but Amber believes the two still love one another.

When a strange old man stops at nothing to tell Amber that the legendary stone is meant for her, it frightens her and her family deeply.

It is a race against the clock to get the stone to Amber and to see if she will realize its legendary powers. For with the stone strengthening her, Amber may be able to save her family and the world.

Project Status - Ongoing
Type - Podcast Young Adult Novel
Cost - Free

Brave Men Run by Matthew Wayne Selznick

Presenting an alternate history where the sudden appearance of people with remarkable powers promises to change the course of human destiny!

"Brave Men Run" is the story of Nate Charters. Born different, unsure of his origins, he's an outcast at Abbeque Valley High School, a self-proclaimed "boy freak" with few friends and low self-esteem. When the Sovereign Era dramatically dawns, Nate finds himself on a quest to discover the truth: is he more than he seems, a misfit in a miraculous and powerful new minority... or something else entirely?

Fans of Silver Age comics and "Brat Pack" movies from the eighties
will find a lot to love in "Brave Men Run." It's "The Breakfast Club"
with super-powers!

Project Status - Ongoing
Type - Podcast Sci-Fi Novel
Cost - Free

How To Disappear Completely by Myke Bartlett

Part film noir detective story, part fantasy adventure, part East End gangster tale, How to Disappear Completely concerns Theo Braithwaite, a failed actress and worse waitress, becoming involved in an unseen world populated by history's rejects and runaways from a secret society known as The Footmen. A stranger to London, waiting for life to come and find her, she is instead found by a part-time thief called Kilbey Salmon who, along with his rockabilly-obsessed partner, is attempting to eke out a living stealing things that have already been stolen and finding people who don't want to be found.

An episodic narrative, Kilbey and Nero's capers will drag Theo through the forgotten parts and people of London, hunted by ancient sects, carnivorous shadows, cannibalistic butchers and off-duty policemen. Along the way she'll meet the Eternal Footmen, blow up Hammersmith Bridge, reach the end of history and quite possibly disappear completely.

If Theo is to survive, she'll need to get her life sorted before all of our futures catch up with her.

Project Status - Ongoing
Type - Podcast Fiction Novel
Cost - Free

Marwan by Alex Schefrin

How did an Egyptian city planner, a Yemeni religious fanatic, a boy from the United Arab Emirates who worshipped sex, not Allah, and a young student of aircraft design who went to a Christian school in Lebanon- four very different men with very different ideas- get involved in flying the 9/11 planes? How did the plot develop, and who developed it?

"Marwan," a novel by Aram Schefrin, puts the reported facts together and fills in the details- from the group's first coming together in Hamburg, Germany, to the moments before the jets they were to hijack took off. You'll come to know the participants, and how they were motivated, what their personal lives were like and the roles they played in the plan. You will learn to know them as people- not simply as "terrorists"- because, as the author sees it, you have to understand your enemies if you want to defend yourself.

Project Status - Completed
Type - Podcast Fiction Novel
Cost - Free

Stories to Go

Project Status - Site regularly adds new content, they aim to add one new story every other day.
Type - Short stories available as podcasts
Cost - Free
Available downloads - Each story comes complete as one download, all previously posted stories are still online.

The Public Domain Podcast
Great works read out loud in a weekly podcast

Project Status - Ongoing, Site regularly adds new content, one podcast a week with occasional bonus podcasts.
Type - Short stories, novels and poems from the public domain
Cost - Free
Available downloads - Most short stories and poems come complete as one podcast. Novels are serialized. Podcasts are available indefinitely.

Completed Projects include:

The Master of the World - Jules Verne
A Dog's Tale - Mark Twain
After Twenty Years - O. Henry
Jabberwocky - Lewis Carroll
Divination - Lafcadio Hearn
The Gateway of the Monster - William Hope Hodgson
The Black Cat - Edgar Allen Poe

Welcome to the Beehive by Robert J Safuto
A beginners guide to conquering the world of business

Welcome to the Beehive addresses the core of the lessons the author has learned while achieving success in his life. These lessons represent a starting point on which to build your entire business philosophy. Each lesson includes practical examples from the author's life and the lives of people who've achieved success in business. Inspirational passages amplify the message delivered with each lesson. All the lessons contain exercises designed to stimulate personal thought and help reinforce the topics covered in the book. Welcome to the Beehive is a street level business book providing the reader with a back-to-basics approach. It gets to the point and provides the reader with a solid tool that they can refer to time and again for inspiration and empowerment while making their way in the world of business.

Project Status - Ongoing
Type - Podcast self help
Cost - Free

Earthcore by Scott Sigler

Deep below a desolate Utah mountain lies the largest platinum deposit ever discovered. A billion-dollar find, it waits for any company that can drill a world's record, three-mile-deep mine shaft.

EarthCore is the company with the technology, the resources and the guts to go after the mother lode. Young executive Connell Kirkland is the company's driving force, pushing himself and those around him to uncover the massive treasure.

But at three miles below the surface, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting ... and guarding. Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out first-hand why this treasure has never been unearthed.

Project Status - Completed
Type - Podcast science fiction novel
Cost - Free

Also available is a 'Lost Chapter' read by SoccerGirl, this was cut by Time Warner from the original manuscript for it's graphic content (read rape scene). Grab it at soccergirls blog.

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