Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 268, I Only Am Escaped Alone to Tell Thee, by Steve Santiago Whatever you do, don’t call me Ishmael.

Don’t call me anything at all. Give me my pint of piss-poor ale and leave me be in this yellowed corner where men relieve themselves when they are too lazy to make three extra stumbling steps to the streets of Nantucket. I am done. Finished. Come to this hole to die—and if you insist on speaking to me, I’ll find a deeper hole than this dying excuse of a whaling town can offer…

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Originally appeared in The Book of Cthulhu II, (Oct 2012). Escapepod, The Dribblecast, Guild of the Cowry Catchers, Norm's CD
Episode Art:  Steve Santiago
Read by:  Graeme Dunlop

Twabble:  “The cabin attendant said that Infant Buoyancy Devices Were Available. In the water, four babies kept me nicely afloat. ”  by  HR Duff and Stuff

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Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides episode 19, How the Moon Got Its Cousin, by Brian WalkerOnce upon a time, O my Best Beloved, when the world was one world with one moon and the stars did scintillate and sparkle in the sky, astronomers discovered a Beast of a Meteor flying through the vast black toward the Sun.

The scientists of the world realized that the Beast, in a veraciously voracious manner, would devour the hot yellow sun, and they did talk and squawk and look through long telescopes to watchwhat that Beast was doing. They crunched their magic numbers and they scribbled their special notes, and they filled their study rooms with piles of scritch-scratch paper…

Originally appeared in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Issue #53, February 2012.
Episode Art:  Brian Walker

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  •  Feature:  Pop Quiz  by  Curtis James McConnell
  •  Drabble:  A Good Magician  by  Lawrence Simon
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Drama  Sci-Fi

Thursday, December 6th, 2012
Warning:  Explicit Language

Cover for Drabblecast episode 265, Pop Quiz, by David Flett

“By the Earth-Stypei Treaty of The Twenty-third Local Year of Our Interaction, as amended, suspected Stypean sympathizers may be detained by duly empowered authorities only so long as the unbreachable sovereignty of the Stypean body-host is not violated, and only for the purpose of deportation upon confirmation of Stypean inhabitance. Tests to determine inhabitance are only permissible if they do not breach body-host sovereignty in any fashion. The breaching of a body-host as well as the deportation of a non-Stypean body host to Stypean space shall constitute an act of war and a resumption of hostilities between the two worlds”

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Originally published in First Contact: Digital Science Fiction Anthology 1, (Jun 2011). Episode Sponsor-- Frank Key's New Short Fiction Anthology "Brute Beauty And Valour And Act, Oh, Air, Pride, Plume, Here Buckle!" Buy it HERE
Episode Art:  David Flett
Read by:  Jacob Dahlke

Twabble:  “There is NO LIFE on any other planet. We are unique. Surely We are made in God's glorious image. Feathered upon hatching. ”  by  GreatNorthernTroll

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
Warning:  Violent imagery, some explicit language, sexual encounters.

Cover for Drabblecast 261, The People of Sand and Slag, by John Deberge“Hostile movement! Well inside the perimeter! Well inside!” I stripped off my Immersive Response goggles as adrenaline surged through me. The virtual cityscape I’d been about to raze disappeared, replaced by our monitoring room’s many views of SesCo’s mining operations. On one screen, the red phosphorescent tracery of an intruder skated across a terrain map, a hot blip like blood spattering its way toward Pit 8.

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Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, February 2004.
Episode Art:  John Deberge
Read by:  David Robison, Naomi Mercer, and Mike Boris

Twabble:  “I gave my cat a tinfoil hat and could no longer hear his voice. But, all nearby people collapsed like stringless puppets. ”  by  Algernon Sydney is Dead

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Saturday, September 29th, 2012
Warning:  Language and content unsuitable for younger listeners

Cover for Drabblecast episode 258, Brown Dust, by Amber Carky“Adao, no.”  Teo, the older boy’s second-in-command, lays a staying hand on his master’s arm.  “The stories I told you about this one… they’re true.”
“True?”  Adao casts a skeptic’s eye over Santos.  Can those flimsy ribs cage anything as fugitive as truth?

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Originally published in Starlight 2, (Nov 1998, ed. Patrick Nielsen Hayden, publ. Tor).
Episode Art:  Amber Carky

Twabble:  “His tears fell just like the rain: from 6,000 feet as he pulled frantically at the cord of a parachute that wouldn't open. ”  by  Emily

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Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Cover for Drabblecast episode 257, Judgement Passed, by Jerel DyeWe stared up at the sunlit peaks, each thinking our own thoughts.  I thought about Dessica.  We’d waited two months after landing to name it, but the decision was unanimous.  Hot, dry, with dust storms that could blow for weeks at a time– if ever there was a Hell, that place had to be it.  But eight of us had stayed there for two years, exploring and collecting data; the first interstellar expedition at work.  And then we had packed up and come back– at an empty Earth.  Not a soul left anywhere….

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Originally published in Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse, (Jan 2008, ed. John Joseph Adams, publ. Night Shade Books). Jerel's Etsy store
Episode Art:  Jerel Dye

Twabble:  “I reburied the zombies, packed away the ray gun and handed out pink slips to my minions. I hate the end of summer vacation. ”  by  Bugjackbarron

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Thursday, July 12th, 2012
Warning:  Some Instances of Explicit Language

Cover for Drabblecast episode 249, Jimmy's Roadside Cafe, by Roo VandegriftAfter the world ended, Jimmy set up a roadside cafe in the median of I-95, just north of the Fallston exit, in the grassy depression between the guardrails. His first cafe, nothing more than a plywood shanty, fell to the first thunderstorm that blew through. The second was better: he dug a sort of foundation and built the walls out of heavy plywood he’d harvested from an overturned Home Depot truck, reinforced the corners with steel joints, laid down a sheet of tin for the roof. He used a Hummer’s windshield for the front window, a thick yellow shower curtain for the door. And then he nailed an Open/Closed sign beside the doorway, flipped it to Open, settled down in his lawn chair, and waited…

This episode of the Drabblecast is post-apocalyptic. In the drabble, Santa’s list is put to unusually ominous use one Christmas. In the feature, after the world ends, Jimmy cobbles together a makeshift roadside café where he assists passersbys. Whether they need scavenged supplies, hard truths, or a place to rest and say goodbye, his simple kindness is an oddly uplifting oasis in a ravaged world.

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Originally published at Strange Horizons, 30 June 2008.
Episode Art:  Roo Vandegrift

Twabble:  “I saw myself buying new eyeglasses. For weeks, it's all my crystal ball showed me, every single time. It was a re-vision. ”  by  Algernon Sydney is Dead

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