Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Drabblecast Alienated / The Front Line by Mary MatticeAlone — but not lonely.

Three days, we’ve been on this planet. Over a year, Earth-time. But we don’t talk about Earth-time anymore. It weakens morale, says Sir Overgeneral Halfish.

My morale went out the window when I found out that I was sentenced to be transported off planet.

 

 

 

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Alienated first appeared in Nature Physics, October 2014.
Old Flames first appeared in Daily Science Fiction, November 2012.
Episode Art:  Mary Mattice
Read by:  Naomi Mercer

Twabble:  “The alien evolved to be cute and cuddly as a reproductive strategy. That explained the wave of immaculate conceptions. ”  by  groomporter

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Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast episode 352, Primrose or Return to Il’maril, by E.C. Ibes“I will not leave this cavern,” the voice said as soon as I stepped into the cave mouth. A baritone decaying into vibrato, an old man’s voice, full of dignity and pride.

I tried to pinpoint its source, but the air was thick with fog. The haze seemed to originate from inside the chamber, where a mysterious current of cold wind blew from underground. All around me, where the vapour met the pink light, it glowed, the colour of the primrose buds in my terrarium back home. The thought of missing them in full bloom this year, pricked at me. Focus, Virginia, I told myself. Don’t be so bloody addled. There are lives on the line.

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This story first appeared in Apex Magazine, Oct. 2014.
Episode Art:  E. C. Ibes
Read by:  Gabrielle deCuir

Twabble:  “The nightclub's disco ball isn't really made of tortured souls, but I can see you in there, a thousand times, screaming. ”  by  Robert Lach

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Drabblecast Cover for Snow Day by Caroline ParkinsonThe shovel bit through the foamy snow on the top stair of my front porch, then stopped with a clang. I scraped away the snow to see what was beneath. Ice. Serve me right for not shoveling after the snow had fallen last night. It had thawed, then the temperature had dropped into the deep freeze, and now the steps and the sidewalk were frozen solid.

 

 

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First broadcast on CBC Radio, in 2005, as part of the Canada Reads project.
Episode Art:  Caroline Parkinson
Read by:  Marguerite Kenner

Twabble:  “He heard voices in his hard drive's white noise, and shivered in the cold after the furnace fan told him what he must to do. ”  by  Groomporter

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Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast DoubleHeader of Camille Griep, by Alex ClawThe fiery orange sun hung high over the Bangkok skyline to the south. Professor Tina Montri rearranged her skirt and adjusted the alligator skin briefcase on her lap which held the presentation and research notes from her talk at the university. A breeze stirred on the back of her neck, warm and relaxing. She could almost fall asleep if it weren’t for her precarious perch at the top of a tree.

 

 

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The Spider first appeared in On The Premises, July 2012
One Night In Bangkok first appeared in Every Day Fiction, March 2013.
Episode Art:  Alex Claw

Twabble:  “We found the secrets to eternal life. No more ageing, no more death. The only problem now is, we are running out of brains. ”  by  drewdidthis

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Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast episode 350, Something Fishy Trifecta, by Bo KaierIzam’s fingers moved on their own. They found his sunken chest. And counted his ribs.

His father would have slapped his hand away. A stupid habit of a stupid boy. A stupid starving boy who counted his ribs when he was hungry even though it only made him hungrier. Izam knew it was stupid
but he could not help it. He was so hungry.

The ocean was silent. The boat was still, the fishing line as motionless as ever. The last rays of sun sparkled on the waves. There would be no fish today. No food. Izam’s fingers brushed his chest and began counting his ribs again. No food for another day.

The line tugged. The rod tore from his hand.

 

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Cover art photo credits Mary Galloway, Ayeshamus, and Juan Gonzalez.
Kinda Like Salmon first appears here, in The Drabblecast.
In the Eyes of the Needy first appeared, as Mermaid, in Daily Science Fiction, February, 2014.
Sea Changes first appeared in Ideomancer, September 2008.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier
Read by:  Nathan Lee, Tina Connolly

Twabble:  “Forms combine and break apart, only to rejoin. Again and again. What is that place where I gasp for breath, above the sky? ”  by  pondspider

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Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast episode 349, The Island of White Houses, by Susan ReagelToday I am going to the island.

I climb the slick wood stairs down to Whitmuth beach. The wind blows fierce through the town like usual and swirls back out to sea, smoky with our coal fires and smacking with hot oil from the fry shops up and down the boardwalk.

 

 

 

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This story was originally published in Flytrap #11, edited by Heather Shaw and Tim Pratt.
Episode Art:  Susan Reagel

Twabble:  “At the crescendo of his cruelty, he rotted away and died. The portrait of Dorian Button became that of a newborn baby boy. ”  by  Rhett Khan

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Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast episode 348, LiAnn Yim DoubleHeader, by Bo KaierThe fish were restless. They spun the water mossy dark until the pond was the color of crushed bottles.

Pey held onto her sister’s hand. They peered down at the water.

This morning, their mother opened her eyes and said she was too cold to get out of bed, so their father said they would spend the afternoon at the hot springs.

 

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Both of these stories are Drabblecast originals.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

Twabble:  “She's alive but they'd dress me up too; and then tea parties and doilies 'til we die. But I want her. I need her. She's mine. ”  by  beachbum21k

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