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What others are saying about the Drabblecast


I’m really quite impressed by the job Norm Sherman did narrating, which is higher praise than you’d think, because I’m extremely resistant to interpretations of my work that differ in any way from how it sounded in my head. But Norm’s interpretation works beautifully, and it taught me something about my own creation.
-Michael Swanwick

Over the years I’ve heard various books and stories of mine read by perhaps a dozen professional actors and at least that many amateurs. Some were okay, some were pretty awful. Until now there had only been one brilliant reading — by actor William Windom, some years ago. Then I listened to Norm’s rendition of “Blue” — and now there are two. I can’t imagine it being done any better. Thanks for a truly wonderful job.
-Mike Resnick

A powerful reading and good example of how a story can be transformed when told out loud and told out loud well.
-William Gibson

Drabblecast is one of those magazines that swings for the fences. My impression is that they rarely miss.
-Terry Bisson


What we are saying about ourselves

The Drabblecast is a weekly podcast featuring flash fictions from a variety of genres. Its singular message is that of off beat, funny, eclecticism. It is a paying fiction market, accepting submissions (see the submissions page for more information). The Drabblecast is the winner of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Parsec Awards for Best Speculative Fiction Audio Magazine.

The tip of the spear is Norm Sherman, our charismatic host, producer, and primary narrator. Norm is a musician and also occasionally hosts fellow speculative fiction podcasting favorite EscapePod. He is assisted by managing editor Nicky Drayden, submissions editor Nathan Lee, editor at large Matthew Bey, art director Bo Kaier, and interactive manager and archivist ‘Saint’ Tom Baker.

The Drabblecast ran its first episode in February of 2007. In the early days, Norm and college friends and then editors Kendall Marchman and Luke Coddington wrote most of the episodes. But soon a listenership grew, and the Drabblecast began publishing stories contributed by its fans. Later, professional authors got involved. Names like Tim Pratt, Mike Resnick, Ben H. Winters, and Mur Lafferty have appeared on the podcast.

As the future unfolds The Drabblecast continues to assert itself as a standard-bearer amongst fiction podcasts, always searching for the next great story, and to keep its audience trapped somewhere between ecstatic joy and unfathomable confusion.