EARTHCORE: A career time capsule

Ten years on, Scott begins the final rewrite

The editions of EARTHCORE

Last week, I began the re-write of my novel EARTHCORE. The first step of this journey, of course, is to create a new document (I use Scrivener for my writing). I needed to import the most-recent version of the story into this document, as this is a re-write rather than starting from scratch. When I went into my EARTHCORE folder to find it, though, what I saw stopped me cold. So many version. So many years. It was like looking at a time capsule of my entire writing career.

The purpose of the re-write is to bring the novel up-to-date so that it fits in the Siglerverse timeline and becomes part of the canon that connects all of my novels together. And, yes, this is what must be done before the hardcore Junkies can get what they have been waiting for for almost a decade — MT. FITZROY, the sequel to EARTHCORE.

Eighteen years of work on the same property can produce a rather cluttered folder. Not even sure what half of this stuff is anymore.

Eighteen years of work on the same property can produce a rather cluttered folder. Not even sure what half of this stuff is anymore.

I will go into detail about why we have to re-write this farther down this rambling blog post, but I know what some of you are saying.

  • “What about MT. FITZROY? Write that!” See above.
  • “What about CRYPT Book II?” Got to do this first.
  • “What about more Kissyman?” Got to do this first. Same for the ANCESTOR sequel, more HUNTER HUNTERSON & SONS, and more of whatever else you want besides EARTHCORE.

A FRICKIN’ DECADE? REALLY?
For you Junkies, yes. I launched EARTHCORE as the world’s first “podcast-only” novel in March of 2005. For me, though? Try two decades. Yeah, twenty years on this bad boy. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

I wrote the first draft of EARTHCORE in 1994. I was a customer support rep for Baseview Products in Ann Arbor, MI. I had the bomb-ass shift of noon to 7pm. I would get up at 7am-ish, write from 8am to 11am, then go to work. Because I was in my early 20s. I would then either play “Marathon” on the LAN with my co-workers until late at night, or join my co-workers at the bar until late at night. I could get by on 4-5 hours of sleep (did I mention I was in my 20s?).

The point being, I had a full-time job where I could also write uninterrupted for three hours a day. What luck that was for an aspiring writer. I wrote the first draft of what would become INFECTED, put that away, then started on my first big thriller (which was also horror, also scifi, a cross-genre cocktail that would cause many problems in launching my career).

THE iPUBLISH VERSION: 1997-2001
I started pitching EARTHCORE to publishers in 1997. I did what a brotha had to do in those days to get published: I sent out hundreds of queries to agents and publishers, I went to horror and scifi cons to try and meet editors, I banged my head against the wall for a long, long time. I finally got my first break when Paul Witcover  now-defunct company iPublish picked up the book for a May, 2001 mass-market paperback release. Woo-hoo! Money and beer, amiright?

Well, those of you who’ve followed me for awhile know the rest of the story. In the 9/11 recession, AOL/Time-Warner (the parent company of iPublish) scrapped a bunch of companies that weren’t profitable. iPublish was not profitable. The whole imprint, shut down in December, 2002, maybe a month before EARTHCORE would come flying off the printing press. Paul gave me a phone call to let me know. I did not react well. Later in life, now I realize he had to call several authors with the same news, even as he was dealing with co-workers who had lost their jobs, as well as with losing his own gig. I wish I could take moment back, but mistakes are a part of life and that was one of mine.

It took a few years to get the rights back. In the meantime, I kept working on it, trying to make it better.

THE PODCAST VERSION: 2005
Yep, this is the thing that officially launched my career. I started in March, 2005, back when few people knew what a podcast was, long before iTunes carried them. If you’re keeping score at home, we’re coming up on a decade of podcast. Woah

When I was podcasting this, I think I did some editing on the fly. I learned quickly that in many places in my work, I was writing to hear myself talk. A few parts of the story were long and boring. They bored me, and I wrote it. The effect on my writing style was instant and powerful: don’t make the reader wait for something to happen, don’t show the reader how wicked smaht you are by over-describing.

The biggest thing this podcast did, however, was introduce me to all y’all. I have the best fan base in the world. Every single day of my life, I take immense pride in knowing you Junkies are out there. I am a lucky man.

DRAGON MOON PRESS PAPERBACK: 2005
Thanks to a hookup from podiobook pioneer Tee Morris, I landed EARTHCORE with Gwen Geddes at Dragon Moon Press. Gwen had published several of Tee’s books and understood the burgeoning power of podcasting authors. We did a major edit of the book that incorporated what I’d learned from the podcast, producing a story that was much tighter that the original iPublish print version. Gwen made sure we had the book out a few episodes before the podcast completed. Many of you bought it. If so, you should go get yourself some ice cream. Right now.

Gwen did what promotion she could, but for a small publisher that wasn’t much. I went whole-hog, experimenting with advertising, mailing lists, sending copies to print magazines (they still had those back then), horror sites, anything I could find. It was like a whole ‘nother job, this marketing stuff.

I’m quite proud of the book that Gwen put out. I’m also crazy fond of the bloody blade cover done by Kevin Capizzi.

AUDIBLE & AUDIO CD VERSION: 2006
While ARealGirl and I love Audible now (they are a major partner of ours), that wasn’t always so. I had this grand notion that I could put the podcast episodes together and sell them on Audible. Audible was down for that, as long as they could take 88% of the profits. No thanks. I don’t think the company had been approached by indie authors at that point, because few indie authors had recorded their own audiobooks. So, Audible tried to emulate Big Publishing by offering a 12% royalty. That’s fine for print publishers (who have to hire story editors, copy editors, book and cover designers, pay salespeople to pitch the book at bookstores, pay to actually print the book, then for shipping and returns, etc.), but for a company that simply had to upload a digital file to existing servers, it seemed steep.

We tried telling the book in the iTunes store as a musical album. We got a cease-and-desist from Audible, who had the license as Apple’s sole provider of audiobooks. Man, Audible was playing hardball! The company definitely won that battle and kept us out of the iTunes store. Things have changed, though, and Audible recognizes the value of indie producers. We’re thrilled with our current relationship.

Finally, we made an actual audiobook CD. Rock band style! Silk-screened rocktopi on the disc and everything. We published that through Conquer the World Records, a small label out of Detroit. We didn’t make that many of them, and only sold them for a short while. Now they are out of print and, like, this totally awesome collector’s thingee. If you don’t have one, good luck getting one.

EARTHCORE TV SERIES BIBLE: 2007
Did you know? I wrote an entire series bible for the book. My friend Jeff Sass had a go at pitching new media entertainment properties at old media establishments. We tried to make EARTHCORE and a movie called VS. Neither happened. So now I have a finished, 30-page series bible for 22 episodes of EARTHCORE, and a finished one-location horror screenplay for VS. (which I describe as SAW meets GLADIATOR).

Will we ever see EARTHCORE as a TV series? Who knows. If the INFECTED series or the NOCTURNAL series ever happen, all things are possible. Some of these things I’ve worked so hard on just fade away, but they’re not gone: they are like little Alien eggs, sitting there, dormant for years, waiting for some poor fucker to walk by so they can pop out and hug her face. Hilarity ensues.

CROWN PUBLISHING VERSION: 2009
Here I was being all fancy and what-not. Big Publishing! Five-book deal! I had made it.

Crown was all gung-ho for me in the early days of INFECTED. They decided they wanted to be the only Scott Sigler store in town, so we bought all the rights for EARTHCORE and ANCESTOR back from Dragon Moon Press and paid to have the un-sold copies shredded (sorry, suckers, that’s the breaks of the biz). Crown was going to publish EARTHCORE, but I eventually opted to put out NOCTURNAL with them instead. A little lego presto-chango, and EARTHCORE once again belonged to me and me alone.

EMPTY SET ENTERTAINMENT VERSION: 2015 (or so)
And that brings us to where we are today. Yes, I’m still doing the Big Publishing thing, but also the Empty Set Entertainment thing with the most whoop-ass biz partner in the history of humanity. We’re all entrepreneurial and everything. We run our own shop and put out our own stories. The next big story we’ll put out, of course, is the book that started everything for me ten years ago.

I’m working away on a new, kick-ass, final version of this book. We’re going to write the living shit out of it and put it out as eBook, audiobook and paperback. And when that’s done, that’s it.

Once EARTHCORE is done, the sequel, MT. FITZROY, becomes an active project. I can’t write Book II until I finish Book I and see who lives and who dies (yes, there could be changes in that department, I don’t know yet — depends on how the story flows).

As for a print version, we’re probably waiting until MT. FITZROY is done (whenever the hell that will be) so we can do a pimped-out two-book boxed set. Oh, we’ve got ideas, my Junkies, we’ve got ideas.

WHAT ARE YOUR MEMORIES?
Some of you suckers have been with me for a decade now. Some just recently discovered my tasty bits of literary explosiveness. What I’d love to hear from you is, what are your memories of EARTHCORE? Do you remember what you thought when you first heard the podcast? Did you snag it as a book? If “Earthcrack” was your gateway drug to the evil pusher known as El Siglerisimo, tell me about that experience, will ya?

As I often said back then, the first hit is always free …

 

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  1. Profile photo of Vinson NicholsVinson Nichols

    About time! I have been waiting for part two for years. Earthcore is what got me hooked on Siglerism. Just like the dark lord let me main line Earthcore and then drag my ass alone for years. Burnt out on football, cannot wait for MT. FITZROY. It has been a great trip and I am sure the it will only get better.

  2. Gordon K

    Just started listening to Earthcore podcast. Delighted to hear you are planning a sequel. First heard of your work on the skeptics guide to the universe. Keep up the good work!

  3. Profile photo of Slossy

    It’s so frigging good I set it for required listening for all my first year geology students at university

  4. Profile photo of Slossy

    It’s so frigging good I set it for required listening for my First year geology students at university. Can’t wait for the re-write

  5. andy

    Wow, yea. So long ago. The names or dates, mp3 player (an iriver, maybe re-imaged to play ogg files), or rss source are foggy memories. I remember a long defunct Linux podcast talking about your book series and where to find it. You cannot beat word of mouth. One thing I’ll ask everyone here is, “Where were you when she was working that guy over in the van with her pliers?” I’ll never forget I was pulling into the JC Penny parking lot when she had the guy in the van and really getting *my* attention. After she was done, so was I. I turned off the car, collected myself and exhaled, “…holy shit….”

  6. Profile photo of earthtattooearthtattoo

    I can’t remember if my first was Earthcore or Infected. What I do remember is after listening to one, my whole world became the Siglerverse till the last chapter available was had.

    Well, actually I listened to everything except the GFL but was desperate and you recommended listening to the first 4 episodes of The Rookie before deciding. I now have all 5 GFL hardback copies on my shelf, ha! …and a t-shirt of course!

    I’m also another of the waiting-for-more-of-the-Crypt people but am very patient. Having said that, I “am” 50 so please don’t wait too many more decades to add to that. ;-P

    Is there a flow chart somewhere that shows the timeline of all the books from Earthcore to The Champion? Timeline in the siglerverse, not in our time, I mean.

    Sasha

  7. Profile photo of biff burrellbiff burrell

    Holy crap! I can’t believe it has been that long! An OJ since Earthcore, I can remember clearing brush and mowing the fields whilst listening on my trusty iPod. I even somehow won an autographed Dragonmoon imprint that I have kicking around somewhere. Your podcasts and audiobooks have always been top notch, and I look forward to many more to come!
    (As an aside, I literally laughed out loud at your mention of playing “Marathon” with your co-workers. Been there, done that a lot!)

  8. David Jacobs

    I will admit to starting with Infected, but quickly went back to the beginning for Earthcore. This is my favorite story and I’m so happy to be able to read a new, revised version. And Mt. Fitzroy will happen?! It’s a great day in the Siglerverse. Thanks Scott for going back and resurrecting this old classic. It’s totally worth it, Earthcore kicks ass.

  9. Joshua Berkau

    Earthcrack was my first hit. I was fifteen and had just got an iPod. I downloaded it and listened to it straight through except for when my parents made me go to church and leave the iPod behind. I have been listening ever since.

  10. Christopher

    Well, I shipped my car and my stuff, and rode the bike. Noise cancelling headphones and Earthcore made for a good trip. I listened straight through in one day – one loooong day. 🙂

  11. Christopher

    I have the Earthcore audio files from podiobooks.com.

    When I moved from Massachusetts to Arizona on my motorcycle in the summer of 2014, that story kept me entertained for nearly 1,000 miles straight. Great stuff. I re-listen every year since I first discovered it.

    Thanks!

  12. David

    Saw the Scott on the library bookshelf with “Infected”. Read it on a trip to Vegas. (On the plane, the city had…other things to keep me occupied.)

    A few months later I had an MP3 player and needed something for a long car ride. Got Earthcore off of Podiobooks.

    Been looking at the “real soon now” promos for Mt. Fitzroy ever since…

    The GFL series is good driving story, too.

  13. Profile photo of J-LanJ-Lan

    I was a technology director for a school district in 2005 and was constantly scouring the web for new technologies that might change the game for education. I had heard about podcasts from some online tech journal and went to check out some early podcast aggregated site. There were 8 podcasts available on the main page and and I downloaded all of them. Earthcore really stood out. There was nothing even close to it… One of them was actually a podcast about podcasting. Thats hard to hold up against Scott’s ear-crack torrent of killer alien octopi from outer space. I remember emailing Scott about how good the story was around episode 4 and was blown away by getting an email back.

    Watching Scott build an online community over the years has been just as interesting as his storytelling. It’s a nearly impossible journey to break out of the traditional publishing model of success. That road is littered with the bodies of really good authors and manuscripts over the past decade – many were even featured on Scott’s podcast. Scott remains the torchbearer. He’s being successful both inside their very small sandbox and on his very own playground that we all have the privilege of playing in every week.

    Thank you Scott and keep up the good fight.

    1. Profile photo of scottsiglerscottsigler

      @J-Lan: We will definitely keep fighting. That’s the only thing we know how to do. Some people get touched by the Publishing Gods and have great careers, but the vast majority have to slug it out year after year, slowly building an audience. We’re the latter. Nobody gave us nuthin’.

  14. Profile photo of mkazmkaz

    Started with Episode 2 of Earthcore and been an OJ ever since. Finding “The Sig’s” typos/booboos ever since ☺︎. Has it already been 10 years? You, sir, have done a fantastic job of achieving the American Dream, doing what you love to do as a living. My favorite work of yours is the GFL series!

    Keep the good words coming and can’t wait for Pandemic podcast!

    PS Bring back the Goreline calls…..

    1. Profile photo of scottsiglerscottsigler

      @mkaz: Proof that the American Dream is alive and well, my friend. I don’t drive 80s Camaros made of crushed rubies (yet!), but I do get to do exactly what I want to do for a living. And that is a glorious thing.

  15. Joe

    Earthcore!

    My favorite. Found it when I got a crappy 128MB, “MP3” player that I had to download to by using iPodder, (which Apple made them change to Juice receiver). I had to paste the OPML feed in directly. I had no iPod or iTunes back then for me.

    I think I found the podcast on PodcastAlley? It was recommended and was at about episode 10 I think.

    Got my brother hooked at the same time and we have been Junkies “Since the pumpkin shaped rock” as my brother says.

    I donated and got my name in the front of the book, but was too stupid at the time to by the dragon moon press copy (and the US dollar was like $1.50 AUD!) I have a copy now though, safely on my bulging Sigler Shelf!

    Met you at Supanova Brisbane where you promised to kill my brother Tony and I sometime in print. Thanks for that!

    And thanks for Earthcore Scott! I can’t wait to see it redone. And bring on Angus in his CoolSuit for Mt Fitzroy!

    1. Profile photo of scottsiglerscottsigler

      Joe: I remember iPodder and Juice! Good times, them old days. And Podcast Alley, too. Weird how most of that stuff and the shows on it have faded away. We’re still plugging along.

      The Australia trip was a highlight of my life. Can’t wait to go back someday.

  16. Profile photo of Renee JordanRenee Jordan

    I guess the Earthcore corporate offices are going to have to be somewhere other than the RenCen in Detroit in the rewrite, huh? I’m actually re-listening to the original audiobook right now. That’s right biatches, I saved that sucka to a CD because it’s like a piece of history & shit. Bootleg copies will cost you $29.95, but I promise to give Scott 15% of the profits because I’m way more generous than Audible, with their paltry 12%.

    (btw, that last bit was a joke. please don’t contact me asking for a copy. if you don’t already have one… well, life just sucks like that sometimes)

    1. Profile photo of scottsiglerscottsigler

      @PerfectDayForDying: I actually am vacillating between putting them in Denver, or in a rebuilt Detroit. Trouble is the timeline: we see Petra Prawatt starting the Detroit rebuilding process in a book (ROBOT UPRISINGS) that came out in 2014. If we stick to the usual timeline — which is the first day of the story is same date as the day the book comes out —that’s not enough time for a rebuilt D-Town.

      Got all the versions stashed away? Smart. Was great to meet you on tour and I hope we can see you again.

  17. Andrew

    Weird.

    I was quite literally a child with a paper route when I listened to Earthcore, probably definitely too young for it at like 10 years old. Congrats on all of that ^^, and on continuing.

    I remain a fan.

  18. Profile photo of scottsiglerscottsigler

    So fantastic to read all of your comments here. Means the world to me. Some of us have known each other for _ten freakin’ years_. That’s crazy to me. Soon I wil be dead. Yes, you can have my lamps.

  19. Stevie

    Found out about Earthcore when looking for something to listen to, was doing labwork and needed to look at a lot of slides. Think it was around episode 5 hen I found it. It’s nice to have something to listen to when counting cells 😀

  20. Connie Taylor

    I first came to podcasting listening to The Leviathan Chronicle, I was trolling the Internet looking for more podcasts. I was going through a major depression and was unable to sleep. I discovered that podcasts novels allowed me to relax enough and several years later I still listen to sleep. I happened on to podiobooks and started listening to Infected and became an overnight junkie. I next listened to Earthcore, the audio was pretty bad, but apart from your GFL series find it your best work by far. I can certainly see room for tightening the storyline but the concept is still very original and fresh even after 20 years. I can’t wait for the rewrite and the podcast…

  21. Profile photo of Lee_144Lee_144

    I got an iPod mini for my birthday in March of 2005 and downloaded iTunes for the first time. While poking around in the podcast area, I thought it would be cool if I could find something like books on tape or maybe some serialized science fiction like I used to listen to on AM in the 1970’s. I can’t remember what category I found it in. I just remember that it was odd like “art” or something. Anyway, I discovered Earthcore somewhere around episode 3 of your original run. It was exactly what I was looking for. I was surprised how few books existed at the time. I think I found Escape Pod around the same time and a little later, JC Hutchinnnnns.

    Scott, It has been an incredible adventure following your progress. Hearing you talk about personal journey trying to “make it”. Hearing your stories and your style, all I could think of is this guy is going to make it and make it big. The only question in my mind was time.

    One thing that continues to surprise me is how your skills have just gotten better and better. Keep up the excellent work and write your dang books in any order you please.

    OJ
    Lee

    1. Profile photo of scottsiglerscottsigler

      @Lee_144: The skills get better because we keep working hard. Knowing all y’all are out there spending your time and money on me makes a boy roll up his sleeves and earn it. You’ll never get a half-assed performance out of me, that’s for sure. So glad you’ve enjoyed the ride, we certainly have.

  22. Costyn

    I stumbled across Earthcore podcast on Slashdot I think it was. While you were about a third of the way through; I quickly downloaded all the episodes I missed and listened to them commuting by bike. I was then a junkie.

    I also bought the original Earthcore paperback. I think I might have two. Wasn’t there one in the lottery/competition prize when you were pitching Ancestor on Amazon? I won one of the prize packs with like signed books & stuff. I remember you whining on the announcement video about having to pay for postage to Europe. Haha. Sorry.

    Anyways, excited to see other than GFL books in the works by our Dark Overlord. As a European not into American football I never really got into that series. Keep up the good work Scott. I’ll definitely be buying Earthcore (again) and Mt Fitzeroy. And man, the Crypt II? Holy shit that would be something.

    1. Profile photo of scottsiglerscottsigler

      Costyn: A bummer we couldn’t snag you into the GFL, but thrilled you’re enjoying the rest of the stuff. I remember when getting on Slashdot was a huge freakin’ deal and how hard we worked to try and get the attention of sites like that. It all went into building the audience.

  23. Maureen Paolini

    I was given my first iPod in 2004 and wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with it. My husband loves music and had a huge collection of CDs, so as a gift it made a lot of sense to him. To me, not so much. Then I did some poking around and discovered podcasts. As someone who grew up messing around with my grandfather’s old shortwave radio so that I could listen to the BBC, podcasts were made for me. Instead of songs, I subscribed to the very earliest podcasts, rejoicing when there was more being offered than Adam Curry’s Daily Source Code. I listened to Slice of SciFi and Wingin’ It until Evo Terra left the show. That may have been where I heard about Earthcore, I’m not sure. I do know that I listened to its original podcast release and it led me to find Matthew J. Selznick’s Brave Men Run and J.C. Hutchins’ 7th Son podcasts. I am one of those who has a copy of the first Earthcore paperback, as well as a paperback copy of the very first release of Ancestor. You’ve signed books for me at ComicCon and Mysterious Galaxy and as a native San Diegan whose family has lived her for more than 100 years, I was happy when you moved to my hometown. I can’t believe that it has been ten years since I listened to that first episode of Earthcore. I owe you a belated thank you. You helped transform a very expensive gift from my husband that I couldn’t ever imagine using into one of the best presents that I’ve ever received. I now can’t imagine life without an iPod in one form or another and the access that it gives me to an entire universe of creative endeavors, including your own. Thank you for seeing the potential of that new medium and for so many hours of entertainment – kind of sick and twisted hours, I’ll grant you, but also frightening, exciting, funny, and heartbreaking. Here’s to many more.

    1. Profile photo of scottsiglerscottsigler

      Maureen: I know, the iPod/iPhone has become an extension of me as well. I never leave home without it. I always have an audiobook ready to go. The boost from Adam Curry definitely helped, as did cross-promotion with all those people you mentioned.

  24. Colin Walker

    WOW! Has it really been 10 years?

    I don’t remember how I first heard about Earthcore but I used to chat to various folks at the time as blogging was really starting to find its feet and podcasts were the new holy grail. Suddenly word spread that an author was going to do a podcast novel! I tuned in, was hooked from the word go and am proud to be an OJ even if most people couldn’t give a stuff.

    The Dragon Moon Press copy is safely tucked away along with the original Ancestor and I can’t wait to see/hear what you do with it.

    But, oh, I still look forward to The Crypt book 2 to see what my namesake gets up to flying that thing 😉

    Thanks for 10 years of entertaining my face Scott.

  25. Mycroft

    EarthGORE!! (My wife’s name for it) is where I jumped on this bandwagon. I did some debugging from this end of the first Scott Sigler website while becoming an OJ. I moved up to KISS (killed in Sigler Service – in Contagious)and finally SA of Sigler. My wife also became a SA of Sigler for helping with – of all things – cow facts.

    The super secret Sigler patch project was mine, as I had to have the patch that adorned my character in Contagious. Only 100 of the patches were ever made(stamped approved by the Sigler). I still have 5 or 6 of them, the rest went to the 4 corners of the earth, including to the Sigler’s office! The junkie that my brother became has another of the patches, along with a nephew. The last 20 or so patches became door prizes at a Sigler fest. Good luck finding one of these babies now!

    Along the way, I have now become an author myself, though in the world of trains.

  26. Ivor Grisel

    I remember first reading Infected and than being disappointed that the only Siglerism before that was Earthcore. And how strange that it only was available via podcast! Never have I felt the need to listen to a story… so that was a new experience, one I loved! So for all of you non-yet Junkies that are scared of listening to a story: give it a go! You will love it, as it is part of the complete Siglerverse. And you don’t want to miss out on Scott’s voice in his wee days 🙂

  27. Wolf

    ‘EARTHCORE’ is still my favourite. Not my favourite audiobook or my favourite podcast or my favourite Scott Sigler book or any other sub-catagory. ‘EARTHCORE ‘ is my absolute favourite book. Period.
    It not only introduced me to Scott Sigler and his magnificent ear crack, it introduced me to other Junkies. Some of whom are now my dearest friends.

    Wolf
    Original Junkie since 2007

  28. Mark Clancy

    I stumbled across earthcore on iTunes in the late 2000’s whilst I was on deployment in the Army and was pretty much hooked, I became an unofficial prophet, sharing Scott’s work with all of my friends in the military whether the wanted to know or not, and managed to annoy my wife by constantly listening to it, sometimes when I should have been listening to her. Keep up the good work Scott and cannot wait for your new work.

  29. Tammi D

    Earthcore was my first Sigler audio book on podiobooks.com! I loved it! Still do! I don’t get much of a chance to read paper books anymore, but listen to audiobooks while I drive daily. A friend recommended your stuff, and that’s how it started. I just finished the GFL series up to the Championship, and will be buying it off of audible in the next 2 weeks. Earthcore was such a great book, and I really can’t wait to see what you do to it! I went back and listened to Mr Kissyman. I haven’t listened to all of them yet, but I will! Good luck!

  30. Herne

    I first listened to EARTHCORE on Podiobook.com back in the early-2000s. I believe it was the first-ever audio book I listened to at work because I had just discovered that I could get free stuff like that over the Interwebs! I think it was the same time I discovered podcasts through iTunes.

    1. Profile photo of scottsiglerscottsigler

      Herne: Podiobooks and iTunes … those were the days. Now there is so much competition in iTunes people don’t really discover me there anymore, but they definitely use it for my stories when they do.

  31. Todd

    I came across the Earthcore podiobook a while ago and finally got the chance to listen to it. I finished it a few week ago and loved it!!! I can’t wait for Mt. Fitzroy to come out and am glad that I just recently listened to Earthcore and don’t have to wait 10 years! Now that I have become a fan I am halfway through Infected (ebook through Kindle). With a little luck by the time I finish the Infected trilogy and a few others Mt. Fitzroy will be released.

    By the way, I loved the metro Detroit references and just moved to the south after living there the last 15 years.

    Keep up the great writing and I look forward to your future projects!

  32. Midnght

    Earthcore the second I believe book I ever heard. Then I got hooked on GFL. As long ago as I heard Earthcore I [REDACTED BY NSA COUNTER-SPOLIER EMPLOYEE “MIKE FROM NEWARK”].

    Pleased me quite a bit to connect (spoiler alert here) that this [REDACTED BY NSA COUNTER-SPOLIER EMPLOYEE “MIKE FROM NEWARK”].
    Good stuff can;t wait for the re-write.

    Midnght OJ.
    Keeping it real.