•  Feature:  The Relativity Prison  by  Igor Teper
  •  Drabble:  Coiffuture Conundrum  by  Jake Webb
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Sci-Fi

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast episode 118, The Relativity Prison, by Bo KaierIt took weeks for me convince myself that my condition is universal, and I’m still not entirely sure. It’s almost always something in the eyes, and sometimes also in the corners of the mouth. Resignation. I had to learn to look for it. Otherwise, the illusion of volition is perfect. Everyone looks as if they’re just going about their business, even as their business is going about them…

This episode of the Drabblecast begins with a hilarious Drabble News’cast – host Norm Sherman alerts us to the threat of monster jellyfish taking over the oceans. Is it time for government intervention? And what is this about mutant sea turtles? A Drabble follows featuring a time traveling alien and its special message for a hairy young man. The feature story is a thought-provoking exploration of reality, as we know it. If humanity was to be punished, would there be any punishment more fitting than to watch their lives unfold from a distance.

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Originally published by Abyss & Apex, October 2005.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
Warning:  Sexual Content

Cover for Drabblecast episode 117, The Curse of the Alien's Wife, by Bo KaierNow that his supernal caress has become the familiar sanctum of her nights, she fears that no mere human partner could ever satisfy her again…

This episode starts with Norm announcing the return of the Nigerian Scam Spam contest, now with a tight $100 prize! The Drabble concerns a Martian trying to deal with erratic human behavior. The Feature, preceded by a content warning from Norm (sexy times ahoy), concerns an alien and his human bride. The couple is vexed by the tribulation of their strange marriage, their poor finances, and privately, the bride suffers fears of public reprisal.

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Originally published at Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, August 1990.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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  •  Feature:  It's All in the Knowing  by  Mikal Trimm
  •  Drabble:  Tax Form Zero-G  by  Sonny Traylor
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Sci-Fi

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast 116, It's All in the Knowing, by Bo KaierKelly Lester, a soft-spoken, unassuming young girl, with lovely sparkling green eyes and a smile that seemed fresh-born each time she used it. I fell in love with her the day she started here, and I convinced myself she’d never have anything to do with me the day after.

Of course, I was not all-knowing at the time…

This episode of the Drabblecast begins with a Drabblenews segment on mind-controlled zombie fire ants in Texas. The drabble is yet another end-of-the world story (geez guys, lighten up!) about a man from Omaha, Nebraska toasting to his emanate demise as he’s missing a scheduled IRS audit, …so really, is it that bad? The feature introduces us to a young man who knows everything. Not a smart ass – a man who literally everything. Does he use it for love or profit? And is there such a thing as knowing too much?

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Originally published in Abyss & Apex, July/August 2004.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Cover of Drabblecast episode 110, Trifecta 6, by Tom MorgantiThe village of Kriegerwald on the shores of Lake Teufel high in the Swiss Alps couldonly be reached by foot or ski lift, which suited the villagers. Each villager possessed broadforeheads and flat noses with strange guttural accents even the people in the valley below barelyunderstood. They also had a singular tourist attraction, popular enough to fund villagemaintenance but not to flood them or stir a desire for greater accessibility.

This trifecta episode of the Drabblecast features three stories, each exploring humanity’s reaction to strange and threatening situations. In the first story, The Frozen People, Swiss villagers sustain their existence by selling views of their 7000 year old perfectly preserved frozen warrior. When lightening strikes, everyone’s life changes. In Sheltered, a fast approaching asteroid threatens to wipe out all of mankind. This sends many burrowing deep into the ground, while a few brave individuals stay above to revel in the cataclysm. Interactions between the groups take on an ironic twist. In Order to Conserve speaks to governments and people as they are threatened by the loss of the most precious of all natural resources…. and it’s not oil or water.

Of note: this episode marks the debut of Twit-Fic/Twabbles.

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"The Frozen People" by Danny Adams was originally published in Abyss & Apex #15, Third Quarter 2005. "Sheltered" by Ralph Gamelli is a Drabblecast original story. "In Order to Conserve" by Cat Rambo was originally Published in Eyes Like Sky and Coal and Moonlight
Episode Art:  Tom Morganti
Read by:  Frank Key

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast episode 109, Babel Probe, by John DebergeI have been sent to investigate one of the greatest mysteries of all time.  The identity of Jack the ripper, the fate of the lost colony at Roanoke, even the hidden story of the Crucifixion have all been revealed, but the truth–if any– behind the Tower of Babel myth, found in so many cultures, still lies shrouded in secrecy…

This episode of the Drabblecast features superbly narrated tale following a nano scale robot on its mission to the past. 6000 years earlier it uncover the myths surrounding the Tower of Babel. A thought-provoking story unfolds. Which came first, God or man?

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Originally published in Darker Matter #1, March 2007. Eisenbrauns Publishing, Josh Hugo
Episode Art:  John Deberge

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Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides episode 3, Celestial Breaststroke to Freedom, by Josh HugoIn America at the time, stuffed full as it was with young men looking for a draft dodge and housewives listless for the next wave of feminism, people needed an escape route.  There seemed nothing better than to join the flotilla of balloons, private planes and transcendental meditators who made the journey through the stratosphere…

A Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Josh Hugo

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  •  Feature:  Out of His League  by  Bruce Golden
  •  Drabble:  Sammy Has a Good Day  by  Josh Hugo
  •  Genre:  Comedy  Drabblecast  Sci-Fi

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast episode 103, Out of His Leagie, by Rodolfo ArredondoAn influx of uniformed combatants filed into the room, some mumbling, others grumbling– the sure sign of another loss.  In moments the place smelled of dirty socks and planetary jocks…

This episode opens with a reminder to vote for the Drabblecast People’s Choice Award on the Drabblecast discussion forums, which neatly segues into a Drabble News segment about a New Jersey couple who claim that their child’s Tickle me Elmo toy telephone asks “who wants to have sex?” In the Drabble, defeating gravity is a very different experience for a professor and a small boy. The feature story, Out of His League, puts a humorous spin on Pluto’s reclassification from planet to dwarf, envisioning it as a player on a celestial baseball team who has just been sent down to the minors.

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Originally published in OG's Speculative Fiction, March 2008.
Episode Art:  Rodolfo Arredondo

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