•  Feature:  Twenty Ways the Desert Could Kill You  by  Sarah Pinsker
  •  Drabble:  Improved Stars  by  Chantal Beaulne
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Fantasy

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 295, Twenty Ways the Desert Could Kill You, by Jacob Wayne Bryner1. A poisonous snake could bite you, and you could die.
2. You could prick your finger on a previously undiscovered poisonous cactus.
3. The cactus isn’t poisonous, and neither is the snake, but the snake’s venom is a powerful anti-coagulant. You could bleed to death from the place you were bitten and/or pricked.

 

 

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Originally published at Daily Science Fiction. Full version of Jacob Wayne Bryner's episode art (prints available)
Episode Art:  Jacob Wayne Bryner
Read by:  Michelle Ristuccia

Twabble:  “"Geomancy. G-E-O-M-A-N-C-Y." In the crowd, proud wizards cheered for their apprentices. The Spelling Bee had begun. ”  by  Varda

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Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast 288, Bayou Witch, by K. MartinezCat’s tail flicked impatiently back and forth across Elle’s face. She resisted the urge to brush it away. Mud tugged at her feet, and putrid water soaked through her shoes. She ducked beneath a low hanging branch dripping with old man’s beard. It trailed over her shoulders, and evidently Cat, who dug his claws into her scalp slightly in payback. She bit her lip at the pain.

“Cat,” Elle said, trying to keep her tone calm. “Would you like to walk?”

After an indigent pause, Cat replied. “No… the view from here is much better…”

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A Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  K. Martinez

Twabble:  “Red. Red everywhere. I let it enter my house. I dab a finger for a taste. Jam. The peanut butter has gone feral. I am afraid. ”  by  Big Bad G

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Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides episode 23, Picobeasts, by Jonathan SimsMost Helpful Customer Reviews

5.0 Stars

“Technological marvel, and affordable too!!!”After disappointing experiences with related products, I decided to take a chance with the new Picobeast Remote Camera, Model TA-55. What a wonder! The set-up was easy, the instructions clear and concise. I’ve been trying to get my ten year-old son interested in the natural world, and this device has been a godsend. A wooded ravine runs next to our backyard, and while I assumed we had nocturnal neighbors, it was a revelation when just one night’s surveillance yielded images of raccoons and opossums and a red fox happily going about their lives. My son was so enchanted that he insisted on making treats for our wild friends. Within the week, our bait was bringing a parade of animals, including a badger and mink, and what looks for the world to be a wolf-dog hybrid, if not a pure Canis lupus. I don’t know which of my neighbors owns the beast, much less keeps it hidden…

A Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Jonathan Sims
Read by:  Mike Boris, Norm Sherman, Naomi Mercer, John Cmar, Renee Chambliss, Mat Weller, Rish Outfield, Big Anklevich, Veronica Giguere, Nathan Lee, Dave Robison and Ray Sizemore

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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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Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides episode 22, The Eyes Have It, by Greg CravensIt was quite by accident I discovered this incredible invasion of Earth by lifeforms from another planet. As yet, I haven’t done anything about it; I can’t think of anything to do. I wrote to the Government, and they sent back a pamphlet on the repair and maintenance of frame houses. Anyhow, the whole thing is known; I’m not the first to discover it. Maybe it’s even under control…

Originally published in Science Fiction Stories, #1 1953, (Jun 1953, ed. Robert W. Lowndes, publ. Columbia Publications, Inc.). More Greg Cravens: gocomics.com/thebuckets, moreontvcomics.com, gocomics.com/hubris, cravenscartoon.com
Episode Art:  Greg Cravens

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Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
Warning:  Some strong language

Cover for Drabblecast episode 283, The Man Who Drew Cats, by Christine DennettOld Tom was a very tall man. He was so tall he didn’t even have a nickname for it. Ned Black, who was at least a head shorter, had been ‘Tower Block’ since the sixth grade, and Jack, the owner of the Hog’s Head Bar, had a sign up over the door saying ‘Mind Your Head, Ned’. But Tom was just Tom. It was like he was so tall it didn’t bear mentioning even for a joke: be a bit like ragging someone for breathing…

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Was originally published in Dark Voices 2, (Oct 1990, ed. David Sutton, Stephen Jones, publ. Pan Books). Donate to illustrator Christine Dennett
Episode Art:  Christine Dennett
Read by:  Barry Northern

Twabble:  “As I type, revelations pour onto the screen. I realise I've selected "Absolute Truth Serif"- the font of all knowledge. ”  by  seani

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  •  Feature:  Liane the Wayfarer  by  Jack Vance
  •  Drabble:  And If You Gaze Into the Abyss  by  Derek Manuel
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Fantasy

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 282, Liane the Wayfarer, by John BlaszczykThrough the dim forest came Liane the Wayfarer, passing along the shadowed glades with a prancing light-footed gait. He whistled, he caroled, he was plainly in high spirits. Around his finger he twirled a bit of wrought bronze—a circlet graved with angular crabbed characters, now stained black.

By excellent chance he had found it, banded around the root of an ancient yew. Hacking it free, he had seen the characters on the inner surface—rude forceful symbols, doubtless the cast of a powerful antique rune . . . Best take it to a magician and have it tested for sorcery.

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Originally published as a section of The Dying Earth (1950).
Episode Art:  John Blaszczyk

Twabble:  “Four times they took him. Every time an anal probe. Now he was prepared. Every night he ate three fortune cookies. Whole. ”  by  Lyda

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