Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast episode 143, The Golden Age of Fire Escapes pt. 2, by Bo KaierThe crowd was lined up six deep along the parade route. They ignored the Deputy Mayor who sat, lightly sedated, between his doctor and nurse in the Santa sleigh. Instead, they chanted endlessly for the Marshall, who would not leave the stifling warmth of his coach, or even roll down a window to wave. Their applause echoed off the surrounding skyscrapers. “Take off your mask!” they cried..

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Originally published in Rabid Transit: Petting Zoo, (May 2004). In Search of the Monolian Deathworm: Part V, Dr. Seuss, Megabeasts
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier
Music by:   Music by Bela Fleck and the Fleck Tones, Cab Calloway, Glen Miller, Andre Hossein

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Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast episode 142, The Golden Age of Fire Escapes pt. 1, by Skeet Scienski

The Fire Marshall took office with a mask, a slideshow, and some compelling statistics…

The Comfort Guide
Monika Vasey

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Originally published in Rabid Transit: Petting Zoo, (May 2004). Bbardle - Mongolian Deathworm (Just Another Lonely Night)
Episode Art:  Skeet Scienski
Music by:   John Scott Trotter, Cab Calloway and Artie Shaw

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Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast Episode 130, Trifecta 9, by Bo Kaier

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"Dinosaur" by Bruce Holland Rogers originally appeared in Flash Fiction Online, February 2009. "Monster Talk" by Steve Calvert is a Drabblecast original story. "The Curse of the Android’s Wife" by Bruce Boston was originally published in Science Fiction Age, January 1994, (Jan 1994, ed. Scott Edelman, publ. Sovereign Media Co.

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Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast episode 114, Arms and the Man, by Alyssa SuzumuraCourtney had never considered squid love before.  She was an accountant for a Chicago restaurant chain, and not really looking.  After a bitter, acrimonious divorce, Courtney was burned out on romance…

In this episode of the Drabblecast, Norm Sherman presents a Drabble News segment on the Hubble, topped off with a now infamous bbardle on satellites and how best to pimp them. In the Drabble, a typical geek is ignored by the pretty popular girl, that is until a very atypical bomb throws unusual wrinkles. In the feature, Arms and the Man, a divorced woman, burned out to love, finds hope and love with a change of phylum – truly squidlicious!

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Originally published in Interzone, #130 April 1998.
Episode Art:  Alyssa Suzumura

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  •  Feature:  Cork Ringtone and the Break Dancing Pig  by  Mel Bosworth
  •  Feature:  Gerri's Sounds  by  Michelle Howarth
  •  Feature  Cupid  by  Ken Goldman
  •  Genre:  Comedy  Drabblecast  Fantasy  Horror  Romance  Strange

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast 100, Trifecta VI, by Bo KaierThe 100th episode of the Drabblecast opens with Norm thanking donors, contributors, and listeners for its success and growth. Norm announces the opening of nominations for the second annual Drabblecast People’s Choice Awards, now including a category for drabbles as well as feature stories. In Cork Ringtone and the Break Dancing Pig, a desperate, Jesus-costumed liquor store robbery, which may be wholly unnecessary when a loan shark experiences an alien-induced vision of god. In Gerri’s Sounds, the events occurring in a torture chamber are experienced in disturbing detail by its sounds alone. In Cupid, Playing, new love is cut short by a deranged cherub.

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"Cork Ringtone and the Break Dancing Pig" by Mel Bosworth is a Drabblecast original story. "Gerri's Sounds" by Michelle Howarth is a Drabblecast original story. "Cupid, Playing" by Ken Goldman was originally published in Horror Garage, #12, 2006.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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  •  Feature:  Daydream Nation  by  Paul Di Filippo
  •  Drabble:  Cryosleep  by  Jake Freivald
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Fantasy  Romance  Sci-Fi

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast 097, Daydream Nation, by Bo KaierFrom a small, dusty box similar to a contact-lens case, she took a fresh iDreams bindi, a self-adhesive circlet displaying the iDreams logo: a stylized human head wreathed in fluffy clouds and displaying a Third Eye…

This episode of the Drabblecast explores the relationship between technology and romance. In the Drabble, cryotechnology brings new dimensions to love, loss, and grieving. The feature, Daydream Nation, is a post-modern fairy tale exploring how the development of an iDreams caster, a device allowing users to broadcast crafted or purchased iDreams to one another, might affect courtship and relationships. After the story, Norm waxes poetic about the effect of our instant message society on “good old fashioned cheesy flirting.”

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Originally published in Cosmos: The Science of Everything, October 2005.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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  •  Feature:  Strange Love  by  Suzanne Vincent
  •  Feature:  Cookie?  by  Jim Bernheimer
  •  Feature  Forbidden Love  by  Ian Fossberg
  •  Genre:  Comedy  Drabblecast  Fantasy  Horror  Romance  Sci-Fi

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Cover for Drabblecast episode 85, Trifecta V, by Bo KaierThe fifth of the Drabblecast’s Trifectas gathers three stories about addiction to love. Due to the subject matter, Norm issues a warning about it’s kid unfriendliness.  First, the narrator of Suzanne Vincent’s story, “Strange Love,” discovers the erotic secret behind the popularity of tattoos among space alien visitors. Next, Jim Bernheimer, (who had previously contributed the story “Reality Bites!”), offers “Cookies,” a quixotic tale leaving listeners to ponder whether we raise our kids, or they raise us.  Finally, “Forbidden Love,” by Ian Fossberg, describes the final quest of a familiar love-lorn character from our shared childhood.

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"Strange Love" by Suzanne Vincent is a Drabblecast original story. "Cookie?" by Jim Bernheimer is a Drabblecast original story. "Forbidden Love" by Ian Fossberg is a Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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