The second season of the Kaleidocast has officially been released into the wilds of the internet. It's been a long journey -longer than expected- but for a very good reason. Producing the Kaleidocast is a daunting task. It's not just a story podcast, it's a collaborative piece of art as well as a teaching tool.
The initial goal of the Kaleidocast was a modest one, to help Brooklyn Speculative Fiction Writers improve their craft by giving them a high, yet attainable goal: write at a professional level. To that end, we purchased stories from well known professional authors and made their stories the standard to which our BSFW authors were writing. We kept our slush pile short, took resubmissions when we thought a story wasn't quite there yet, and gave personal feedback. It worked. Oh, how our authors rose to the challenge.
But that wasn't enough. To make the podcast stand out, we created a radio drama as frame structure for the stories we produced. That's where Meta-Brooklyn came in, a Brooklyn populated by living, breathing stories. We developed characters Senior Junior Lecturer Sam Spellingbound, Crypto-Provost Dawn Fairweather Jenkins, Professor Brad Overstreet, Emeritus Professor Calliope Da Gammawitz, and story hunter James Earl King II.
But to grow in Season Two, we needed to up our game and that meant $$$. With your help we ran a successful Kickstarter to raise enough money to pay our authors, actors, sound engineers, and artists. Even though we completed Season Two in half the time as Season One, it was twice the work.
Season Two was all about clarifying our vision and upping our game. That took more time, but I think it was worth it. Award winning authors and voice actors, a more ambitious audio drama, and gorgeous art came together in ways we couldn't imagine until we saw it on the page.
So here we are, late, but right on time for Readercon 29. This is only right since it was at Readercon 28, one year ago, that we launched the Kickstarter for Season Two.
On behalf of the rest of the production team; Bradley Robert Parks (founder), Sam Schreiber (story runner), Marcy Arlin (director), and Jessica Plumbley (assistant manager), I invite you to dive into our world and immerse yourself in stories that matter. Look for the Kaleidocast bi-weekly starting today, July 10th!
Kaleidocast Managing Editor