by Brenda W. Clough
This show was actually a script, read aloud by voice actors, which was staged at the World Science Fiction Convention in London in August. As you can see, it really is a reading — a couple of sound effects is all you got.
And boy, was it fun! You surely have heard of Girl Genius, the online graphic novel. It’s been in publication for years and years, and has won so many Hugo Awards that it’s becoming a habit. You can read all the issues on the web site from the beginning, but lay out a good block of time before you begin, because you won’t be able to stop and you can lose an entire weekend this way.
The radio shows are not in the comic’s continuity, which means they can be purely comedy, with lots of pirates (Arr!) and audience participation (Yay!). Agatha Heterodyne, the girl genius of the title, combats pirates, an encroaching biographer, and the resolute expectation of all her acquaintance that she is a Good Girl. Phil And Kaja Foglio, the creators of the comic, are the ringleaders of this madcap show and keep everything moving at a brisk pace. These things are probably a little opaque for anyone who hasn’t read the comic. But there are so few people who haven’t that this is not a problem.
The ebook version of my novel How Like a God is now available from Book View Cafe.
My newest novel Speak to Our Desires is out from Book View Café.