Thursday, March 7, 2013

Uncanny Valley 0002 is here.

Hey guys, Uncanny Valley 0002 is here! (So is Molly, our cat.) We'll be shipping out the preorders tomorrow. But also, because we love you, and because the magazine shipped a lot faster than we were told it would, we're going to extend the preorder deal for one more week: buy the issue before next Friday, and you get our first issue free as well. Of course, if you don't want the first issue (because you already own one, for instance) that's fine. But you could always give it to a friend.

Anyway, check it out! Buy the issue! It's really good!

Also, while we're here: there are two more episodes of the podcast. One is about First Knight, and the other is about Battleship. The Battleship episode is one we're especially proud of. You should check it out! And subscribe to the feed. And tell your friends. And buy the issue?

Monday, February 18, 2013

Pimp My Fic Episodes 7, 8, and 9

We've been hesitant to post something that would push our last post down the page (yes, you can and should still pre-order issue 0002 of the magazine and get a copy of Uncanny Valley 0001 for free) but we have indeed been podcasting regularly over the last several weeks. Our most recent episode, and I think the best of the three, is about the 2004 Reese Witherspoon version of Vanity Fair. We also talk a little about the weird and in many ways upsetting impact of Netflix on how we watch and talk about film and television.

The previous episode was about Treasure Planet, Disney's x-treme makeover of Treasure Island, and the one before that was about The Adventures of Tintin and imperialism. Of course, if you're keeping up at the podcast's page, or subscribed to its RSS or iTunes feeds, you already know all of this.

I keep myself intentionally ignorant about the podcast's listenership right now, because I suspect it's quite small. You can help us grow the podcast by listening, by telling your friends, by sharing it on Twitter and Facebook, and by reviewing us on iTunes. At this point I feel pretty good about the show -- I think it's both funny and a good way to exercise your writerly muscles in narrative, structure, drama, and characterization. It's definitely got a few dedicated fans, now, but it could use more. Maybe you should be one of them.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Uncanny Valley 0002 is (almost) here

Uncanny Valley issue 0002 is now available for preorder. If you order it now ($14 with free shipping), we will mail it to you as soon as the issues arrive late this month or early next. Last year we wrote you sticker-notes and defaced your copies; we're trying to think of something fun for you this year. In fact, here's something I forgot: Preorder now and we'll throw in a copy of Issue 0001.

Here's the awesome stuff you'll find inside:

John Colburn : The Story of the Second Husband, The Two Witches
Rachel B. Glaser : The Moody Pencil
Tyler Gobble : Three Poems
J. A. Tyler : My Brother Came
Shome Dasgupta : MudGone Went the Rabbit
Rachel Yoder : Partial History of a Parallel World
Kathleen Rooney & Elisa Gabbert: Three Jokes
A. D. Jameson : The Woords
René Georg Vasicek: The Improbability of Being Here Now
Michele Harris : Two Poems
Justin Anderson : Box Trap
Lindsay Hunter : The child the mom the dad the girl

The work in Issue 0002 is as ambitious as Issue 0001, but with, I think, a wider range of surreal worlds to explore. It's also an issue that covers a lot of emotional ground. We're confident you'll find something that stirs you.

Check out the preorder page now, and spread the word. We'll be bringing you more news and more ways to check out the magazine soon.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Pimp My Fic 6: Prometheus

So I was all ready to tell you that this might just be the episode of Pimp My Fic where Tracy and I got the formula, found our chemistry as podcasterinos, learned to edit a smooth transition, and finally made the sort of product that you would completely want to tell your friends about. In other words I was going to tell you, "We're pros now, guys. We got this. Please spread the word and help us get Internet famous." 

Then I listened to the final podcast file to make sure all was well and discovered a six-second gap in the audio at the 2:36 mark. 

I'm pretty sure I know how this happened, which means that I can probably avoid it next time, but there's no fixing it now. If you're curious what happened in those six seconds, I believe that was the portion where I explained that this episode's subject (Prometheus) is, in some ways, better than most movies that came out in 2012, the year of its release. We then proceeded to elaborate on that though! You'll hear those elaborations. And then jokes about this ridiculous cinematic search for God, and how it could have easily been better.

So maybe this isn't the episode where you should direct new listeners first, but we do hope you'll listen to the new episode and subscribe to the iTunes feed.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Pimp My Fic 5: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987-1996)

So this week Tracy and I decided to mix it up a little and 1) upload the podcast on Monday, because no one is on the Internet on the weekend apparently, and 2) talk about something good (the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon) and what makes it good, instead of talking about something that sucks. We were honestly pretty surprised by how good the show is! My brothers and I watched it obsessively when we were kids -- the ones we had on VHS, anyway -- but I was pretty sure it would suck now that I'm an adult. It doesn't! It's pretty fun!

You can stream the podcast here, but as always we recommend subscribing to the iTunes feed here.

Here's the song we start with; the song in the middle and the song at the end are Special Surprises! (One of the surprises is German, and the other is orchestral.)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Pimp My Fic 4: Finding Forrester

This week on the podcast we fixed Finding Forrester. I'm busy this week (and every week, forever) making cool stuff for you and your pals, so I'll keep this short: listen to this episode to learn about our agreement with Hollywood that Literally Everyone can get laid, among other important ideas. Here's the iTunes feed.  Tell your friends. Give us love. Etc.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Pimp My Fic 3: Star Trek: Nemesis

This afternoon I'm going to finally design Uncanny Valley 2's interior (or at least a lot of it; the rest I'll do tomorrow). Then we'll have announcements! For now, sate your thirst for Mike + Tracy content with the third episode of Pimp My Fic, our podcast wherein we fix movies and other stuff so they don't suck so bad. This time, we're fixing Star Trek: Nemesis, the Trek movie so bad it guaranteed we'd never see the Next Generation cast in another film ever again. Our cat Molly makes a rather heated appearance, and, for true fans, we've included a coda with additional Star Trek facts!

Have a listen, subscribe on iTunes, and let us know if you're enjoying (or hating) the show.

This episode features Marina and the Diamonds' "I Am Not a Robot," which, sadly, I could only find embeddable in this form: