•  Feature:  The Four Generations of Chang E  by  Zen Cho
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Sci-Fi

Thursday, April 21st, 2016
Warning:  Some foul language.

Drabblecast cover for The Four Generations of Change E by Caroline ParkinsonIn the final days of Earth as we knew it, Chang E won the moon lottery.

For Earthlings who were neither rich nor well-connected, the lottery was the only way to get on the Lunar Habitation Programme. (This was the Earthlings’ name for it. The moon people said: “those fucking immigrants”.)

 

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Episode Art:  Caroline Parkinson

Twabble:  “It looked small, disturbingly out of place, and altogether too moist. "What is it?" He asked. "My heart" She responded. ”  by  Gedankenexperiment

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  •  Feature:  Unreliable Witness  by  Jo Walton
  •  Drabble:  Missing Things  by  Ben Kapitz
  •  Genre:  Drabbleclassics  Drama  Sci-Fi

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Cover for Drabblecast episode 235, Unreliable Witness, by Kathleen BeckettI don’t know if this is the same tape as last time, because They keep moving things around and stealing them. I don’t know who does it. It may be the staff here, or my own family when they come to visit, or the aliens, but somebody’s always doing it — taking my glasses, my tapes, my TV remote, anything I put down for a second. I don’t think it’s the other residents. I used to think that, but I don’t think they’re that organized. Some of them are a bit senile, to tell you the truth…

In this episode of the Drabblecast, Catherine is an 89-year-old nursing home resident plagued by someone who keeps taking her things and a son and daughter-in-law who treat her like a child. When she gets a visit from an alien named Tom, they strike a bargain: He will tell her who the thief is if she tells him the secret to longevity. His race does not live to old age, they die after reaching breeding age and having children (the human equivalent of about 40 years old); he is trying to learn how to extend their lifespan. Despite her insistence that there is no secret he doesn’t believe her, but does tell her no one is taking her stuff – she just can’t keep track of it. Catherine thinks he is lying because he didn’t like that she didn’t have an answer for him and becomes convinced that the people who are taking her stuff are actually looking for alien, looking for clues about their existence among her possessions. She makes a tape recording of her experience, hoping that when they inevitably take the tape and listen to it they will realize they have no reason to continue stealing from her since she will freely tell them everything she knows. In the drabble, a young girl wakes up with a new set of stitches and doesn’t stop searching until she finds the quarter the kidney fairy has left her.

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Originally published in Strange Horizons, January 2001.
Episode Art:  Kathleen Beckett
Read by:  Delianne Forget

Twabble:  “Even they don't fully understand the butterfly effect, yet they seem to love flapping those delicate and deadly wings. ”  by  TroyStJames

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Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Drabblecast cover for Giraffe Cyborg Cleans House by Skeet ScienskiA plate, a plate, another plate burst upon the kitchen tile. This one broke into three large pieces and assorted ceramic crumbs. Giraffe closed her long-lashed eyes and prayed to her many makers. Why in the world would the people make one hard thing that was so likely to smash into a second hard thing?

“Another one?” Ms. Mtombe yelled. “Get out of my kitchen immediately!” She seemed to have been lurking near the kitchen entrance in anticipation. Giraffe didn’t bother to look. That unshining face made guest appearances in her night terrors. It was Tuesday, so it would be the zebra print dress, the long strand of Moroccan beads, and those slapping gold sandals.

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Produced by Adam Pracht, Story first appeared on Diabolical Plots
Episode Art:  Skeet Scienski
Read by:  Amy Sturgis
Music by:   incompotech

Twabble:  “I’m so cold, spinning all alone through the dark. All I ever wanted to be was somebody’s home, but I am too far from the sun. ”  by  Niboree

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Friday, December 18th, 2015

Drabblecast Cover for Jump and I'll Catch You by Bo KaierAnton drew his legs up underneath him. The car seat was huge and puffy, and the leather made a breathy creak when he moved. It sounded like it was sighing.

‘How much longer?’ he said.

For a while, nobody answered. He thought maybe they hadn’t heard him, but then his mother said, ‘We’ll be there soon.’

There meant the place where our new friends lived. When people talked about them, you could hear something extra in the words. Like they were names: Our New Friends. Anton was trying to look forward to it, because it was good to make new friends, but he sometimes got nervous when there were a lot of new things, different things, to take in. But his mother said they all had to get used to things being different now, so he was trying. He was trying hard.

 

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Guest Produced by Adam Pracht
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

Twabble:  “Burying his dear mother that morning had made the day very difficult. Still, a couple more hours and she’d run out of air. ”  by  ChrisFletcher

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Monday, November 30th, 2015

Drabblecast Useful Objects KFHDaySato lay on the cement floor of the workshop in a pool of his own blood and tried desperately to get Kuro-4’s legs working again. The robot, in turn, tried to deal with the gaping wounds in Sato’s smashed leg and pelvis.

 
 

 

 

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Episode Art:  KFHDay

Twabble:  “The safety coffin bell still rang. The sexton sent another apprentice to check the grave. Soon, he would run out of them. ”  by  Nevermore_66

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Monday, November 16th, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast episode Old Dead Futures by Oskar KunikThere are two things I love, and one is the tiny grey owl outside my window. He is not afraid of me. He hoots and hops to my windowsill so I can stroke his downy head and feed him worms I’ve saved in my pocket.

It is hard to get the worms from my pocket, the way my left arm jerks up behind me and my right hand shakes. Often fat mister owl gets a half a worm, but he doesn’t mind. Mother minds picking the half-worms from my pockets, but I see how she looks at me when I calm my tremoring hand long enough to pat mister owl; I see how she loves me then.

 

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Episode Art:  Oskar Kunik
Read by:  Hugh O'Donnel

Twabble:  “"They live inside the walls!" my daughter whispers. I quiet her, avoiding the truth. I wish they only lived in the walls. ”  by  Kestaa

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Sunday, July 12th, 2015

Drabblecast Cover for This Secular Technology by Ruth LoweLeah woke up, said the blessing upon waking, then turned on her overlay with a mental command. She hissed with displeasure — it was a _gevurah_ day, again. She was supposed to contemplate restriction, discipline, withdrawal. She was beginning to wonder if her teachers were doing this on purpose; the assignments were said to be random, but she no longer believed in randomness. Her soul root was in _chesed_, the diametric opposite of _gevurah_, and she found _gevurah_ days draining at best, excruciatingly painful at worst.

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Guest Produced by Andy Gray. First published Mirror Shards Volume Two
Episode Art:  Ruth Lowe
Read by:  Colleen Cherry

Twabble:  “The last living creature in the world sat alone in a room. He smiled as he heard the click of heels in the corridor outside. ”  by  SpareInch

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