Tag: Ken Plume

There's a Zombie in My Treehouse!

By Phil Plait | July 26, 2012 10:12 am

My friends Ken Plume, Len Peralta (from Geek-A-Week), and John Robinson have created a fun and creepy children’s book called There’s a Zombie in My Treehouse! Poor Johnny wants to have adventures in his treehouse like he does every day after school, but today there’s a zombie in it – so he claims – and no one in his family believes him.

They learn the truth, though. One by one.

Ken, John, and Len printed this book on their own, and now they’ve put together a Kickstarter to a) make an iBook version with celebrity readers for the audio version, and 2) fund the sequel (called Conquest of the Snowmen). This twisted book made me laugh when I first read it, so I was very pleased when Ken asked me to be one of the "celebrity" voices!

Yes! If the book gets to the $6000 funding level, they will unlock my own dulcet tones reading the book in the audio version. I had fun recording it, and yes, I did all the family voices, including the mom and sister. That was interesting, since of course my overwhelmingly manly speaking timbre was difficult to scale back.

And look at the other readers: Bill Corbett! Trace Beaulieu! Kevin Murphy! (all three from Mystery Science Theater 3000)! Jonathan Coulton! John Hodgman!

And if they get to the $42,000 funding level, the sequel will be read by none other than the genius that is Neil Gaiman.


So go throw fistfulls of cash at them and then warp your kids’ minds with zombie lit. It’s win-win.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Cool stuff, Geekery, Humor, SciFi

A Bit of a Chat, part 2

By Phil Plait | March 9, 2012 1:55 pm

Last week, I was interviewed by my friend Ken Plume for his "A Bit of a Chat" series (which has a pretty stellar list of geeky guests, I must say). That interview is online for your earball pleasure. We talked Dragon*Con, quiz shows, being a little dirty, Bill Corbett (hi Bill!), and then NASA. Oh boy, and then NASA. I spouted off pretty good on that particular topic.

And if hearing me blather for way over an hour isn’t enough, you can also listen to the time he interviewed me back in May 2010.

Dramatic reading of DEATH

By Phil Plait | June 9, 2010 9:00 am

kenplumeHey, remember my interview with Ken Plume from A Site Called Fred? Well, tonight at 20:00 Eastern time (midnight UT), I will be doing a reading from my book Death from the Skies! as part of the Reading Room series Ken does on his site.

He’ll be streaming the reading live, so be sure to tune in and hear me talk about The Asteroid and the Dinosaurs (spoiler alert: it goes badly for the dinosaurs). Afterward there’ll be a Q&A so you can ask me personal questions and I’ll mock you. Should be fun.


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