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November 03 2006

Nathan Fillion appears in podcast novel. Fresh from the first-ever launch party for a novel in the online community Second Life, the 7th Son podcast novel trilogy has achieved another "first" in podcast history: Actor Nathan Fillion, star of the TV sci-fi series "Firefly" and film "Serenity," will appear in the free audionovel 7th Son, Book Two: Deceit on Nov. 14 as a special guest reader.

Info received via email.

This is the first time Fillion has appeared in a podcast novel, and may be the first time the actor has recorded original content for any podcast.

"It's an absolute honor to have Nathan on the podcast," Hutchins said. "Folks best know him as a well-grounded hero in a science-fiction epic. 7th Son -- a reality-driven sci-fi thriller -- is a good fit for his cameo. Current listeners of 7th Son will love his 'previously on' reading ... but this also provides a terrific reason for new listeners to hop aboard."

Fillion's appearance is the latest in a series of "very special" guest readers for Book Two: Deceit. Best-selling science fiction, fantasy and comic book writers have also appeared on the podcast, including: Robert J. Sawyer (Mindscan, the Nebula-award winning Neanderthal Parallax trilogy), Mike Resnick (Santiago, the Starship series), Tracy R. Hickman (Dragonlance series), Jeph Loeb (writer/co-executive producer for NBC's "Heroes," Batman: The Long Halloween) and Mark Waid (Superman: Birthright, Kingdom Come). Patrick Lussier (film editor for the "Scream" horror trilogy, and film director for "Dracula 2000") also recently read a recap for the novel.

7th Son, a free weekly podcast, is the most popular "podiobook" series in history. More than 11,000 listeners currently tune in each week to
hear new chapters of the thriller. 7th Son is the #1 most popular program at the podcast directory PodcastPickle.com, and is listed in iTunes as one of the Top 25 podcasts in Literature category. The first novel in the series -- titled Descent -- was nominated for numerous awards for excellence in podcast fiction. The novel has also been featured on such popular blogs as BoingBoing.net and MissSnark.com.

7th Son is a free weekly podcast novel. The story chronicles the lives of seven strangers who have been brought together after the recent assassination of the U.S. president. These men quickly discover they all appear to be the same man, with identical childhood memories. Unwitting participants in a human cloning experiment, these "John Michael Smiths" have been assembled to catch the man who murdered the president. Their target? The man they were cloned from.

7th Son, Book Two: Deceit and Book One: Descent can be found at www.JCHutchins.net, and at www.Podiobooks.com.

Podcast novel? Is that the Internet's answer to an audiobook?
Yeah. Podcast novels or podiobooks are serialized novels, usually delivered in easy to listen to chunks (usually 30-60 minutes). Some are written specifically to be podiobooks. Some are written as print novels and then released as podiobooks. Usually it's a fairly new author trying out a different media format. Lots of great stuff out there. I get most of mine through www.podiobooks.com.

I'm currently listening to 7th Son and have really enjoyed it. Usually I wait for a book to be fully released and then listen to all of the chapters over a short period of time (often while on travel and away from my home computer and the ability to update my podcasts) but with Deceit, I'm listening to it as it comes out. I've really enjoyed it and look forward to hearing The Captain give "The story so far".
*Grumbles* Note to self.. must get new PC speakers..
*Grumbles* Note to self.. must get new PC speakers..

Why ever would you need new speakers, Khei? Did Anthro Nathan burn them out with some crazy antics we will get to see in the future via comics?

;)
""It's an absolute honor to have Nathan on the podcast," Hutchins said. "Folks best know him as a well-grounded hero in a science-fiction epic. 7th Son -- a reality-driven sci-fi thriller -- is a good fit for his cameo. Current listeners of 7th Son will love his 'previously on' reading ... but this also provides a terrific reason for new listeners to hop aboard."

Where does this appear on the website you link to?
The episode that Nathan has recorded for has not been released yet. It is due out Nov 14th. When it is released, it will be in the main blog section of jchutchins.net with a title like "Book Two: Episode 8" (but that may not be the right chapter number, I'm just guessing here), and later in the "Book Two: Deceit archive" on the right hand section of that same page. After release it should also be available from the book's podiobooks.com page.
That really doesn't answer my question as to where the information you quote comes from.
"Why ever would you need new speakers, Khei? Did Anthro Nathan burn them out with some crazy antics we will get to see in the future via comics?"

hehe yeah he blew em out playin Halo XP
Ah, I misunderstood your question Simon. I received the information in an email. Its also posted to other websites like Slice of SciFi.

http://www.sliceofscifi.com/2006/11/01/firefly-star-nathan-fillion-appears-in-podcast-novel/
Thanks for that lhoward, I tweaked your info to let people know. It sounds really good btw.

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