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The Audio File: Changes

For his last column for Amazing Stories, Sam reviews some podcast short stories that contain the theme of change.

Book Review: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist is an excellent example of the true magic that happens when literary fiction and genre fiction work together.

Comic Review: Arrowsmith

Arrowsmith is one of the best alternate history and fantasy comics out there.

The Audio File: Settling the Final Frontier

Lots of really great audio stories are reviewed in this edition of The Audio File.

The Audio File: Religion in Speculative Fiction

Want to hear an audio version of a short speculative fiction story about religion? Sam McDonald has chosen some good ones for you to consider from a wide variety of religious perspectives.

The Audio File: The Four Loves

What is love? Sam tackles the age old mystery.

Comic Review: After Twilight

A Texas-sized dystopia

Comic Review: Seekers of the Weird

What better way for Marvel and Disney to work together than making comics based around Disney Park attractions?

Book Review: The Ear, The Eye and The Arm by Nancy...

The Ear, The Eye and The Arm combines traditional African culture with science fiction technology

The Audio File: Feast of Fiction

Can you eat an audio file? Maybe. But you'll want to have some nibbles on hand when you sit down to read about these gustatory delights.

Book Review: Flatland by Edwin A. Abbot

Flatland - characters are two dimensional.

Book Review: Hover Car Racer by Mathew Reilly

Greek myth and a quirky treatment of French characters informs this Formula 1 plus Hogworts novel.

Book Review: Rip Tide by Kat Falls

Life in a western under the sea

Book Review: Dark Life by Kat Falls

A novel about deep sea living isn't the deepest, but then it's a Western too....

The Audio File: Christmas Special

It's Christmas in July - in January!

The Inspiration Gap

Where will our children find their inspiration?

The Audio File: Camp Myth, Phoenix Watching by Chris Lewis Carter

There are some exciting things going on in the world of Podcasting.

Book Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow & Bone a Twilight/Potter mashup in an analog of 18th century Russia

The Audio File: The Moonlit Road

A special Halloween-themed edition of The Audio File

A Decade of Demigods: Percy Jackson’s 10th Anniversary

Happy Tenth Anniversary to all Percy Jackson fans!

The Audio File: Military Science Fiction

A selection of audio Military Science Fiction, from the classic to the new

Book Review: Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

Shades of Earth, the final book in the Across the Universe series is a mixed bag.

Book Review: A Million Suns by Beth Revis

A review of the audiobook of the second novel in the Across the Universe series.

Book Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

In a YA market saturated by dystopias and supernatural romance, one novel dares to be something different.

The Audio File: Superheroes

Sam takes a tour of free audio fiction on the web.