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Silent Night

This is an alternate universe story, where Petunia married a scientist. Harry enters the wizarding world armed with Enlightenment ideals and the experimental spirit. Updated every Wednesday.

Chapter 1 is below, everything else can be found at the Table of Contents. If you would like to get a taste of rationalist fiction in shorter forms, the Other Audio page has a number of smaller works available.

The full original text can be found at HPMoR.com

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Red Legacy, part 1

Trying to do science in a hostile environment.

Original Text is available in the February 2015 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction, and isn’t available free online right now.

Credits (in order of appearance):
Alexia – anonymous
Ivan – Steven Zuber
MI6 Agent – Brian Jones
Uri Pushkin – Mike Ellis
Technician – Drewy Nucci

Music: Overgrowth, Espionage, Losing All Control, Far Above The World, ChillOut

SFX: Klaxon, Boom Rumble, Body Drop, AK47, Pistol,  Alarm, Zap, Window Slide

(Red Legacy, pt 1) Production Notes

It occurred to me that I am the proud possessor of the audio rights to a story that’s appeared in Asimov’s SF, and that I have a podcast, and the next step was obvious. :) I’ve already posted twice about the story (although the second link contains spoilers for part two!! Be ye warned!), but there was one thing I learned that I forgot to include in the TIL post, so I’ll say it here instead:

I’ve lived my life in a world where childhood leukemia isn’t a death sentence. It still sucks hugely, please don’t think I’m saying it’s not a big deal, it’s awful. But all the common forms have very good survivability rates nowadays (nearly 90%!). So I thought I would have my work cut out for me to find a fast-acting and hard-to-cure terminal disease that strikes in childhood, when I started writing this. I was very wrong. As recently as a handful of decades ago (certainly in the time period Red Legacy is set in) leukemia killed the shit out of kids. :( It was almost invariably fatal, and could kill in a matter of months or even weeks. I didn’t realize what a scourge this was, and I’m glad we’ve become so good at fighting it now. Fuck cancer, and huzzah for science.

BTW, no-hassle tweets re my fiction writings, if you’re interested.

(103) Production Notes

I knew this would probably happen eventually, and now it has… the podcast project has altered how I read HPMoR. It’s much harder to get wrapped up in a chapter than it used to be. Before, I was in the world by sentence 2. Now I keep thinking “How am I going to phrase this? How will this sound? What sound effect should I insert here? Who all will I need to contact to do the voices? How long before they can get the recordings back to me?” It’s made it a little less enjoyable to read. I got past it eventually and finally lost myself in the story again (yay!), but it took me more than halfway through the chapter to do it.

On balance, I’m glad I started the podcast when I did. It’s led to a lot of other great things in my life, and I’m now 103 chapters closer to finishing it than I would have been if I’d waited until it was fully published to start. But there’s a tiny bit of regret mixed in, that now there’s this process working in my head, distracting me, putting a touch of distance between myself and this awesome fic. Can’t have everything, I guess. :)

But daaaaaaaaaaaamn am I excited to see the final arc!!!!!  So… hard… to… wait!!

sam513 & Valuable Humans In Transit

Two stories by Sam Hughes.

Sam Hughes writes and blogs at qntm.org, and may be best know for Ra.

Note: I AM PUBLISHED!! Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Feb 2015 issue. The story is “Red Legacy” on page 48. Some notes, as well as links to different e-formats, are over at my personal blog.

Original Text:
Valuable Humans In Transit

SFX: Incoming Android, Violent Landing, Sirens, Helicopter

(Production Notes) sam513 & Valuable Humans In Transit

If only I hadn’t bought this house, I would have enough extra time to keep doing the podcast *and* insert the new voices! :( I’m sorry to let everyone down. In the meantime, here is some other rationalist fiction which I wanted to put into audio format, only to discover that someone else had already beat me to it! Hopefully it will help cover some of the time that I’m not producing anything. All three are very good.

The Cambist and Lord Iron

The Secret Number

The Dragon Tyrant

And did I mention that I managed to get published? :) It’s not available in audio, but if you’re into reading text, I have written some down.