Escape Pod is the premier science fiction podcast magazine. Every week we bring you short stories from some of today’s best science fiction stories, in convenient audio format for your computer or MP3 player.

We pay our authors, but we will always be 100% free. We are supported through listener donations and sponsorship, so if you like what you hear, please consider donating through the PayPal button on our site!

Escape Pod is produced and distributed under a Creative Commons  Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

Theme music is by permission of Daikaiju.


As of 2015, Escape Pod is co-hosted by Norm Sherman and Alasdair Stuart.

Steve Eley hosted the show from its founding in 2005 until announcing his retirement on 26 April 2010. His last appearance was Episode 240 on 12 May 2010. Mur Lafferty assumed both producer and hosting roles at Escape Pod with Episode 241.

Effective 1 January 2013, Mur stepped down as editor, keeping her association with Escape Artists, Inc. On 18 December 2012, then-co-host Norm Sherman became the new editor with Alasdair Stuart serving as interim editor until Sherman assumed his new role.


The stories are the reason for all of what you see here. Escape Artists podcasts pay $0.06 per word for original fiction; $100.00 flat rate for reprints of any length. We are an SFWA qualifying market for original fiction and pay professional rates.

If you would like to submit a story to Escape Pod, submission guidelines are on the main website.

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