Friday, October 11th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 299, The Revelation of Morgan Stern, by Jerel DyeIt is July 31, your birthday, and I can’t reach you. I’ve been trying all day, but the cell networks are down, the internet is down. I even tried a pay phone–there are two left in town that I know of, and I collected all of my change and walked to the 76 in the village. It was on fire. I watched it for a while from a distance as it painted a brown, toxic streak across the sky. It was a long walk back to the house, or what’s left of it. My feet hurt, and it was too quiet.

 

 

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First appeared in Shimmer #16, January 2013.
Episode Art:  Jerel Dye

Twabble:  “The tortured screams of the people dying in agony are muffled by thumping Swedish disco music, here in my ABBA-ttoir... ”  by  Chris Munroe

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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
Warning:  Some explicit language

Cover for Drabblecast episode 294, Partial Inventory, by John DebergeThe air conditioning only worked when the speedometer crept past 70 MPH which the lumbering GMC van (on loan from a friend of a friend who took pity on the family and their situation) rarely did. November in the South is hardly hot, but thirteen hours in any vehicle with nearly a half dozen relatives and mismatched belongings, each one trying to both curl and crowd themselves into their claimed seats had left the air warm and slick and smelling faintly of musk.

 

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A Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  John Deberge
Read by:  Hananel Mavity

Twabble:  “Slowly. Quietly. I creep down the tube. I sense the open air. My eight legs leave the vacuum cleaner; I run. Now. Revenge. ”  by  Lyda

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Monday, July 15th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 289, The Cold Equations, by Rodolfo ArredondoHe was not alone.

There was nothing to indicate the fact but the white hand of the tiny gauge on the board before him. The control room was empty but for himself; there was no sound other than the murmur of the drives — but the white hand had moved. It had been on zero when the little ship was launched from the Stardust; now, an hour later, it had crept up. There was something in the supply closet across the room, it was saying, some kind of a body that radiated heat…

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Originally published in Astounding Science Fiction, 1954
Episode Art:  Rodolfo Arredondo
Read by:  Bryan Lincoln- Narrator, Stephen Granade as Barton, Rebecca Rinas as Maralyn, Dan Kelly as Delhart, Alex White as Gerry Cross, Michael Stokes as Man from Group 2, Hugh O'Donnel as Ships Records, John Riendeau as Man on the Stardust

Twabble:  “My soap dish broke. It had a lifetime warranty, so I called it in. Soon, axe men smashed my door. "You know what we must do." ”  by  Algernon Sydney is Dead

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Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 285, Doubleheader XIII, by Matt WasielaSamuel sat on the balcony, enjoying the fading light of day. When the ventilator pushed air into his lungs, he savored the salt brine from the sea.  He pretended that he had control over breath, but it was much a fantasy as adjusting his wheelchair….

 

 

 

 

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"Locked In" was originally published in Apex Digest (#9). "The Clockwork Chickadee" was originally published in Clarkesworld Magazine (June, 2008).
Episode Art:  Matt Wasiela
Read by:  Ray Sizemore

Twabble:  “Odd laws are on the books because someone tried it once. So if you're going to fling piranhas, keep your pants on, please. ”  by  Varda

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Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 279, The Country Doctor, by Roo VandegriftGardner was drowning, and strangers were laying hands on the bones of my forebears. I felt obligated to see that liberties weren’t taken with my grandmother, my great-grandmother, and other good, God-fearing ladies, so I put the business on auto pilot and made the drive as if on auto pilot myself.

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Originally published in Asimov's Science Fiction, October 1993. Ghost Seas by Steven Utley
Episode Art:  Roo Vandegrift
Poem:  Taunting the Sea  by  Steven Utley

Twabble:  “We stood outside the news station in protest against miscommunication. I still don't think our message got through... ”  by  Scarecrow

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 278, The End of the World as We Know It, by Adam S. DoyleBetween 1347 and 1450 AD, bubonic plague overran Europe, killing some 75 million people. The plague, dubbed the Black Death because of the black pustules that erupted on the skin of the afflicted, was caused by a bacterium now known as Yersinia pestis. The Europeans of the day, lacking access to microscopes or knowledge of disease vectors, attributed their misfortune to an angry God. Flagellants roamed the land, hoping to appease His wrath. “They died by the hundreds, both day and night,” Agnolo di Tura tells us. “I buried my five children with my own hands . . . so many died that all believed it was the end of the world.”

Today, the population of Europe is about 729 million…

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Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, October-November 2004. Alex Rudy/DJ Al-X's radio station
Episode Art:  Adam S. Doyle
Read by:  Alex Rudy

Twabble:  “The End of the World wasn't all bad… I elected myself President yesterday & will be the 1st Pope to win an Academy Award. ”  by  Astroguyz

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  •  Feature:  Amid the Words of War  by  Cat Rambo
  •  Drabble:  Take Me To Your Leader  by  Eric Marsh
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Drama  Sci-Fi

Friday, March 8th, 2013
Warning:  Some references to sex

Cover for Drabblecast episode 274, Amid the Words of War, by Alyssa SuzumuraEvery few day-cycles, it receives hate-scented lace in anonymous packages. It opens the bland plastic envelope to pull one out, holding the delicate fragment between two forelimbs. Contemplating it before folding it again to put away in a drawer. Four drawers filled so far; the fifth is halfway there.

“Traitor,” say some of the smells, rotting fruit and acid. “Betrayer. Turncoat. One who eats their own young.” Others are simply soaked in emotion: hate and anger, and underneath the odor of fear. It lets the thoughts, the smells, the tastes fill it, set its own thoughts in motion. Then it goes downstairs and sits with the other whores, who make room uneasily for it.

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Originally published by Lightspeed Magazine, September 2010.
Episode Art:  Alyssa Suzumura

Twabble:  “She prayed, "On Earth as it is in Heaven." Sure enough, the Earth was soon a cold, airless void, full of lethal radiation. ”  by  Algernon Sydney is Dead

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