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An irregularly scheduled collection of readings, interviews, and other audio diversions from the Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated science fiction writer and international felon. From pop culture to religion to family, nothing is sacred to William Shunn.



Published: Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:13:13 -0500

Last Build Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:13:13 -0500

Copyright: Copyright © 2005-2013 by William Shunn.
 



ShunnCast #56: Glitter & Madness Fund Drive

Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:13:13 -0500

Help fund the fabulous GLITTER & MADNESS anthology from Apex Publications! Bill makes a pitch for your donation within the next two days, then reads a story request, "Care and Feeding of Your Piano."


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20130213.mp3




ShunnCast #55: Magick 4 Terri Auction: "The Accidental Terrorist" Could Be Yours!

Wed, 14 Dec 2011 10:47:00 -0500

Bill is auctioning off THREE print copies of THE ACCIDENTAL TERRORIST to benefit Magick 4 Terri. One could be yours if you bid before 5:00 pm PST, December 15, 2011. So hurry!


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20111214.mp3




ShunnCast #54: Mrs. Janokowski Hits One out of the Park

Mon, 06 Apr 2009 19:01:31 -0500

In which Bill, in celebration of the first Hugo nomination for John Klima's ELECTRIC VELOCIPEDE, reads the earliest of his four stories to appear in that fine little 'zine so far.


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20090406.mp3




ShunnCast #53: The Wenatchee Rap

Wed, 07 May 2008 14:11:52 -0500

In which Bill combs through the dusty vaults of his cassette collection to unearth a musical gem from his missionary days that might more profitably have remained buried.


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20080507.mp3




ShunnCast #52: Bail Order

Mon, 14 Apr 2008 17:44:23 -0500

In which Bill reads a restored and revised chapter from the brand-new draft of his memoir THE ACCIDENTAL TERRORIST.


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20080415.mp3




ShunnCast #51: I Don't Believe It

Mon, 17 Mar 2008 22:48:41 -0500

In which Donald William Shunn II remembers the original model (1936-2008).


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20080318.mp3




ShunnCast #50: Jolly Saint Nick Is Dead, Alas

Mon, 29 Oct 2007 23:55:11 -0500

In which Bill reads an original Christmas story in the Halloween spirit, written by and starring his unsavory alter-ego Perry Slaughter.


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20071030.mp3




ShunnCast #49: The Scouring of the Shelves

Sat, 20 Oct 2007 18:07:34 -0500

In which Bill, in an outtake from THE ACCIDENTAL TERRORIST, recounts the fate of the modest vinyl collection he'd amassed before leaving on his mission. Also, freethought is vigorously defended, in the context of gay weddings and dying fathers.


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20071020.mp3




ShunnCast #48: An Alternate History of the 21st Century

Sun, 26 Aug 2007 21:08:52 -0500

In which Bill attempts to convince you to order his brand-new six-pack chapbook—only five bucks!—and a definition for the term "chapbook" itself is sought.


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20070828.mp3




ShunnCast #47: The Missionary Imposition

Sun, 27 May 2007 03:37:04 -0500

In which Bill reflects on sex and the modern Mormon missionary, with illustrations from his own post-Canada mission service. Live from Balticon, more or less!


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20070529.mp3




ShunnCast #46: From Our Point of View We Had Moved to the Left

Sun, 13 May 2007 16:05:10 -0500

In which Bill reads his first published professional short story, "From Our Point of View We Had Moved to the Left," on WBAI 99.5 FM's "Hour of the Wolf."


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20070515.mp3




ShunnCast #45: Inclination, Part Three

Tue, 01 May 2007 12:56:30 -0500

In which Bill reads the third and concluding part of his Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated novella "Inclination." Plus, special violence, sex, profanity and music episode!


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20070501.mp3




ShunnCast #44: Inclination, Part Two

Sun, 22 Apr 2007 16:13:25 -0500

In which Bill reads the second of three parts of his Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated novella "Inclination."


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20070424.mp3




ShunnCast #43: Inclination, Part One

Sun, 15 Apr 2007 12:37:45 -0500

In which Bill reads the first of three parts of his Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated novella "Inclination."


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20070417.mp3




ShunnCast #42: The Accidental Terrorist, Epilogue

Wed, 04 Apr 2007 05:23:12 -0500

In which Bill attempts to tie off a few last dangling threads and bring the whole enterprise to a poignant yet thematically satisfying conclusion.


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20070406.mp3




ShunnCast #41: The Accidental Terrorist, Chapter Thirty-two

Sat, 31 Mar 2007 22:43:45 -0500

In which Bill, after only a brief taste of freedom, is told to sit down, shut up, take the money, get on the plane, and pretend the past week never happened.


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20070403.mp3




ShunnCast #40: The Accidental Terrorist, Chapter Thirty-one

Sun, 18 Mar 2007 22:02:56 -0500

In which Bill faces sentencing at the hands of a philosophical judge, while Joseph faces martyrdom at the hands of an angry mob. Plus, special cameo appearance by the guy who blows up planes!


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20070320.mp3




ShunnCast #39: The Accidental Terrorist, Chapter Thirty

Mon, 05 Mar 2007 10:07:03 -0500

In which Bill faces a bail magistrate, finds himself compelled repeatedly to pantomime his strip search, and contemplates the deep philosophical question of whether or not God protects missionaries. Special "existential dread" episode!


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20070306.mp3




ShunnCast #38: The Accidental Terrorist, Chapter Twenty-nine

Mon, 19 Feb 2007 21:53:13 -0500

In which Bill gets booked into Calgary's big downtown jail, encounters hardened criminals and guards, revises his opinion of both, and begins questioning some of his life's basic assumptions. Longest episode yet! (As if that's any reason for pride.)


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20070220.mp3




ShunnCast #37: Tenor of the Times

Sun, 11 Feb 2007 10:22:52 -0500

In which Bill, as threatened, pays tribute to late jazz great Michael Brecker. A special all-music edition! comprising: “Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight” by James Taylor (1972) “Still Crazy After All These Years” by Paul Simon (1975) “Some Skunk Funk” by Brecker Brothers (1975) “Confirmation” by Chick Corea (1981) “Loxodrome” by Steps Ahead (1983) “Your Latest Trick” by Dire Straits (1985) “Suspone” by Michael Brecker (1988) “The Meaning of the Blues” by Michael Brecker (1990) “Big Idea” by Brecker Brothers (1992) “Cabin Fever” by Michael Brecker (1996) “Virus of Love” by Hue and Cry (1997) “Delta City Blues” by Michael Brecker Quartet (1998) “Night Jessamine” by Michael Brecker Quindectet (2003) “I Can See Your Dreams” by Michael Brecker (2001) “Hejira (live)” by Joni Mitchell (1980)


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20070213.mp3




ShunnCast #36: The Accidental Terrorist, Chapter Twenty-eight

Mon, 05 Feb 2007 23:00:59 -0500

In which Bill, rather than beating a hasty and prudent retreat, takes more bad advice from the same wrong people and runs afoul of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Will the Mounties get their man? Snarkily recorded in stunning Rhinoviraphonic sound!


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20070206.mp3




ShunnCast #35: The Accidental Terrorist, Chapter Twenty-seven

Mon, 22 Jan 2007 23:47:39 -0500

In which Bill, against his better judgment, accompanies a runaway Elder Finn to the airport, where he experiments with phrases you must never use whilst frequenting such establishments. In other words, this is the episode you've been waiting for!


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20070123.mp3




ShunnCast #34: The Accidental Terrorist, Chapter Twenty-six

Tue, 16 Jan 2007 00:43:57 -0500

In which Bill finds his privacy violated by a heinous and despicable criminal act on the part of his mission president, only to head out on split-offs with Elder Finn and discover even darker and more shocking revelations. Plus, they SHOT Joseph Smith?!


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20070116.mp3




ShunnCast #33: The Accidental Terrorist, Chapters Twenty-four and Twenty-five

Mon, 01 Jan 2007 15:39:20 -0500

In which the link between Mormonism and Masonry is explored, while Bill and his companion strike living gold in the last happy days they'll be destined to share.


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20070102.mp3




ShunnCast #32: The Accidental Terrorist, Chapter Twenty-three

Fri, 22 Dec 2006 13:31:06 -0500

In which Bill and his companion engage in a war of practical jokes with the sister missionaries, with hilarious, painful, and sometimes terrifying results. And the zero hour creeps ever nearer...


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20061222.mp3




ShunnCast #31: The Accidental Terrorist, Chapter Twenty-two

Wed, 06 Dec 2006 03:31:20 -0500

In which Bill takes up the life of a more diligent missionary than has in the past been his wont, does battle with elderly Jehovah's Witnesses, and tries to get a few things off his chest, with embarrassing results.


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20061206.mp3




ShunnCast #30: The Accidental Terrorist, Chapter Twenty-one

Thu, 23 Nov 2006 14:31:38 -0500

In which Bill receives a dire warning, meets his new companion, discusses biracial families, breaks more rules, and poses for blackmail photos. Plus, Laura picks a lock. Happy Thanksgiving!


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20061123.mp3




ShunnCast #29: Not of This Fold

Mon, 06 Nov 2006 01:03:24 -0500

In which Bill reads his unpublished Mormons-in-space novelette "Not of This Fold," while the World Fantasy Convention in Austin remains pointedly undiscussed.


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20061107.mp3




ShunnCast #28: The Accidental Terrorist, Chapter Twenty

Tue, 24 Oct 2006 14:40:55 -0500

In which Bill likens himself to Luke Skywalker of old, returning to the Death Star that is Calgary to do battle with Darth Vader and the Emperor, striving mightily not to be turned to the Dark Side of the Force.


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20061024.mp3




ShunnCast #27: The Accidental Terrorist, Chapter Nineteen

Tue, 10 Oct 2006 12:00:06 -0500

Live from the breakfast table! In which the fugitive Bill makes good his border crossing, but runs afoul of unexpected complications in a bus station men's room.


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20061010.mp3




ShunnCast #26: The Accidental Terrorist, Chapter Eighteen

Mon, 25 Sep 2006 00:19:03 -0500

Live from the Delaware shore! In which Bill makes good stage one of his escape, whilst plagued by memories of blood oaths in a granite temple. Plus, special guest commentary by Paul Fischer.


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20060926.mp3




ShunnCast #25: The Accidental Terrorist, Chapters Sixteen and Seventeen

Mon, 11 Sep 2006 12:42:08 -0500

In which a cold, lonely Christmas comes to the Alberta plains, telephonic miscommunication ensues, and Bill executes a daring missionary escape plan. Plus, an observance of September 11th.


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20060912.mp3




ShunnCast #24: The Accidental Terrorist, Chapters Fourteen and Fifteen

Mon, 28 Aug 2006 21:56:50 -0500

In which the soft tissues of the male body are held up for examination and misidentification, revenge is thereby extracted, and a terrible and uncommon sin is revealed to be not so uncommon after all. Plus, frontier prophet weds double sets of sisters!


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20060829.mp3




ShunnCast #23: The Accidental Terrorist, Chapter Thirteen

Mon, 14 Aug 2006 07:40:37 -0500

In which the propriety of Debussy is called into question, an impertinent hooker preempts Oingo Boingo, and the merits of harvesting one's own Christmas tree are put to the test and found wanting. (And a happy birthday to me!)


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20060815.mp3




ShunnCast #22: The Accidental Terrorist, Chapter Twelve

Mon, 31 Jul 2006 06:41:33 -0500

In which Bill meets his new companion Elder Dedman, learns a novel new approach to tracting, and discovers the true meaning of the word "bucket."


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20060801.mp3




ShunnCast #21: An Inclination Toward Readercon

Mon, 24 Jul 2006 07:59:27 -0500

In which Bill reads an excerpt from his novel-in-progress INCLINATION to a live audience at Readercon. Plus, a week-long power outage!


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20060725.mp3




ShunnCast #20: The Accidental Terrorist, Chapter Eleven

Mon, 17 Jul 2006 07:52:06 -0500

In which at least two people are rendered dripping wet, one senior companion braces for a return to reality, and Bill unexpectedly learns the true meaning of death. Plus a bedtime horror story!


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20060718.mp3




ShunnCast #19: The Accidental Terrorist, Chapter Ten

Tue, 04 Jul 2006 15:21:44 -0500

In which boldness leads to a first discussion, the possible hues of areolae are considered, and Bill receives instruction as to when women's jewelry is not women's jewelry. (Step back, son -- give the man some whacking space.)


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20060704.mp3




ShunnCast #18: The Accidental Terrorist, Chapters Eight and Nine

Mon, 19 Jun 2006 13:31:22 -0500

In which Joseph Smith and his followers become acquainted with tar and feathers, while Bill hears things he wishes he hadn't from Katrina, his parents, Elder Fowler, and Sister Youtz.


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20060620.mp3




ShunnCast #17: The Accidental Terrorist, Chapter Seven

Tue, 06 Jun 2006 11:04:16 -0500

In which Bill travels many precious kilometers to the town of Medicine Hat, where he learns important lessons in teenage drinking, misogyny, and the correctness of ratting out one's companion.


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20060606.mp3




ShunnCast #16: The Accidental Terrorist, Chapter Six

Tue, 23 May 2006 11:00:43 -0500

In which Bill learns that, even when hand-delivered, not every message comes with a happy ending, and the vigorous application of common dust is considered as a harbinger of fiery doom.


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20060523.mp3




ShunnCast #15: The Accidental Terrorist, Chapters Four and Five

Mon, 08 May 2006 14:29:33 -0500

In which a young boy named Joseph spins a tall tale about angels, warriors, and golden treasure, and all and sundry learn why it's rarely the wisest of ideas to entrust the only copy of your manuscript to someone who doesn't like you.


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20060509.mp3




ShunnCast #14: The Accidental Terrorist, Chapter Three

Mon, 24 Apr 2006 16:13:29 -0500

In which Bill and his trainer Elder Fowler knock on many doors in search of elusive gold, stumbling at last upon a fairytale cottage and the irresistible enchantress within.


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20060425.mp3




ShunnCast #13: The Accidental Terrorist, Chapter Two

Mon, 10 Apr 2006 13:41:04 -0500

In which Bill and his trainer Elder Fowler take charge of missionary work in the lonesome prairie oil town of Brooks, Alberta, and many naughty words are uttered as a result.


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20060411.mp3




ShunnCast #12: The Accidental Terrorist, Chapter One

Mon, 27 Mar 2006 22:24:55 -0500

In which Bill flies to Canada for his first day of service as a Mormon missionary, but before departing performs amazing feats of transubstantiation upon an ordinary chewing gum wrapper.


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20060328.mp3




ShunnCast #11: The Accidental Terrorist, Prologue

Wed, 22 Mar 2006 20:44:34 -0500

In which Bill begins the serialization of his memoir THE ACCIDENTAL TERRORIST, and God commands him to confess which parts are embellished.


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20060322.mp3




ShunnCast #10: Inclination

Tue, 07 Mar 2006 02:07:56 -0500

In which Bill reads an excerpt from his new novella "Inclination," available now in the April/May 2006 double issue of ASIMOV'S SCIENCE FICTION on newsstands across the U.S.A.


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20060307.mp3




ShunnCast #9: Heddatron

Tue, 21 Feb 2006 10:20:00 -0500

In which Bill is interviewed for a segment on BBC WORLD UPDATE about the new science fiction play "Heddatron," running now in New York City.


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/sc-20060221.mp3




ShunnCast #3: What's New

Tue, 22 Nov 2005 07:19:01 -0500

In which Bill appears on WBAI's "Hour of the Wolf" in 2003 to chat with host Jim Freund about the stories he's published since his last visit to the show.


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/hw-whatsnew-40.mp3




ShunnCast #2: The Day Pietro Coppino Spoke to the Mountain

Tue, 08 Nov 2005 07:33:02 -0500

In which Bill appears on WBAI's "Hour of the Wolf" in 2002 to chat with host Jim Freund and read a new short story entitled "The Day Pietro Coppino Spoke to the Mountain."


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/hw-20020810-full-40.mp3




ShunnCast #1: The Strip Search

Tue, 25 Oct 2005 06:14:20 -0500

In which Bill, in a rare recording from 1988, relates an episode from his arrest as a Mormon missionary on charges of public mischief in Calgary, Alberta.


Media Files:
http://www.shunn.net/podcast/mp3/mm-stripsearch-40.mp3