Most Memorable Podcasts of 2011By Carma Spence
Looking back over the past year, my first full calendar year of “airing” The Genre Traveler Podcast, I’ve found that I’ve had some very memorable conversations. Listed below, in as close an order of preference as I could manage, are the top 10 most memorable podcasts I posted this year.
This is very personal list. These episodes were memorable for me … as were many that didn’t make it to this list. I just felt the need to keep it to 10. If I had to give some “honorable mentions” they would go to Bud Sparhawk and Jennifer Brozek (just off the top of my head).
I’m more of an intellectual speculative fiction fan, so many of these episodes I found intellectually stimulating, which is why I so fondly remember them. Others were just plain fun and you’ll probably hear a lot of laughter during the episode. And many were both at the same time!
|1. Robert J. Sawyer
Podcast Episode 30, April 18, 2011
I found Sawyer to be a very interesting conversationalist, filled with lots of historical and literary information. In addition, he was personable and just plain nice. I bet he makes a very good friend.
|2. Matt Cardin
Podcast Episode 50, September 6, 2011
I was talking about this episode for days after recording it. I generally like this topic, but Cardin really made it pop. He is smart, knowledgeable and was really fun to talk with.
|3. Fiona Broome
Podcast Episode 64, December 12, 2011
The information Broome shared about paranormal activity was really interesting, and new, to me. It also gave me some seeds of ideas for stories I might write in the future.
|4. Mark McLaughlin
Podcast Episode 65, December 19, 2011
McLaughlin is a very funny man … and he writes horror! I really enjoyed this conversation, especially all the stuff about slime.
|5. Gabrielle Faust
Podcast Episode 27, March 28, 2011
My conversation with Faust was just plain interesting. We waxed philosophical about vampires, artificial intelligence and horror literature in general. I had a great time recording this episode.
|6. Jonathan Ball
Podcast Episode 39, June 20, 2011
This episode is definitely not for everyone. Ball writes some cutting edge stuff and our conversation got kind of philosophical and esoteric. I had a great time!
|7. A.P. Fuchs
Podcast Episode 45, August 1, 2011
I’ll admit it … Fuchs made it to this list in part because I think he’s cute. But he was also an interesting conversationalist with a lot of knowledge beyond his years. I bet he’d be fun to hang out with.
|8. Carol and Adam Kunz
Podcast Episode 38, June 13, 2011
This mother and son team is inspiring … and a lot of fun to talk with. I had such a great time talking with them that we continued the conversation past the recording. I look forward to reading their book.
|9. Joseph Picard
Podcast Episode 21, February 14, 2011
Picard has a quirky way of looking at the world and it shows in his fiction, as well as conversation. We had a fun time talking about nanite zombies, people made out of fish and not getting pigeon holed as the guy who writes lesbian protagonists. Good times!
|10. Jonathon Rosenthal
Podcast Episode 34, May 16, 2011
I’m not a big Harry Potter fan, but Rosenthal made looking into this particular fandom fascinating. Who knew that Quidditch was becoming such a popular sport outside of the Harry Potter universe?