Monday, November 18th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 303, Hero the Movie pt. 1, by Joe BotschThis romantic comedy begins where all low-budget ’50s creature-features ended: The mutant insects born of atom-bomb radiation (or invaders from space, or monsters from the sea, or fifty-foot women) have at last been defeated and our small-town hero, with girlfriend Janie or June or Betty at his side, must now face the rest of his life. Didn’t we wonder what his life would be like after the final credits rolled? After you save the world, what’s left? You can marry the Professor’s daughter, sure. You can sell the rights to your story. Be on national talk shows. Hold onto fame a little longer. But then what?

 

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Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July 2005. The Village Sang to the Sea The Girl Who Loved Animals: And Other Stories
Episode Art:  Joe Botsch

Twabble:  “Jenifer never brushes her hair Which is why I now live there Since my roots reached her brain Jen's not been quite the same ”  by  MonsierMoustache

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Friday, November 15th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides episode 33, Free Range, by Haley GrunlohAfter she lost interest in the green eggs—yes, green chicken eggs (taste the same, look dyed, so what’s the point?)—my neighbor Johanna started raising black chickens. Yes, black ones. They’re popular in China for reasons ranging from nutrition to superstition, and she’d gotten three hens and a rooster from a guy in Chinatown—in exchange for the last two green-egg chickens she had.

“Green is good now in China,” he said. “Helps make a man’s pole longer.”

“Right,” she told him. “Don’t need to kill rhinoceros and go to jail for long pole anymore.”

Originally published in Asimov's Science Fiction, June 2012.
Episode Art:  Haley Grunloh

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  •  Feature:  The Next Logical Step  by  Ben Bova
  •  Drabble:  Exponential Growth  by  Derek Manuel
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Drama

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 302, The Next Logical Step, by Philip Pomphrey“I don’t really see where this problem has anything to do with me,” the CIA man said. “And, frankly, there are a lot of more important things I could be doing.”

Ford, the physicist, glanced at General LeRoy. The general had that quizzical expression on his face, the look that meant he was about to do something decisive.

“Would you like to see the problem first-hand?” the general asked, innocently.

The CIA man took a quick look at his wristwatch. “O.K., if it doesn’t take too long. It’s late enough already.”

“It won’t take very long, will it, Ford?” the general said, getting out of his chair.

“Not very long,” Ford agreed. “Only a lifetime.”

 

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Originally published in Analog, May 1962.
Episode Art:  Phil Pomphrey
Read by:  Paul Harrington

Twabble:  “Just at shift change, when the crowd at the fire station would be extra large, Jonathan rushed in and screamed, "MOVIE!" ”  by  Strawman

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Saturday, November 9th, 2013
Warning:  Explicit language and violence

Cover for Drabblecast episode 301, Everything Ravaged Everything Burned, by Brent HolmesJust as we were all getting back into the mainland domestic groove, somebody started in with dragons and crop blights from across the North Sea. We all knew who it was. A turncoat Norwegian monk named Naddod had been big medicine on the dragon-and-blight circuit for the last decade or so, and was known to bring heavy ordnance for whoever could lay out some silver. Scuttlebutt had it that Naddod was operating out of a monastery on Lindisfarne, whose people we’d troubled on a pillage-and-consternation tour through Northumbria after Corn Harvesting Month last fall. Now bitter winds were screaming in from the west, searing the land and ripping the grass from the soil. Salmon were turning up spattered with sores, and grasshoppers clung to the wheat in rapacious buzzing bunches.

 

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Originally published in Fence, Fall 2001/Winter 2002. www.lonemopper.com
Episode Art:  Brent Holmes
Read by:  Graeme Dunlop
Music by:   "Still Alive" by Jonathan Coulton

Twabble:  “Wiping my own piss off the back of my head, I stormed out of the men's room. It was time to take the portal gun away from Drew. ”  by  kentblue82

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Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Drabblecast B-Sides episode 32, Headlife, by R. J. Smuin“Everything on the list,” says Quentin.
“Expensive,” says Dr. Derwent. “You’re sure?”
“Dave, I own this fucking place,” says Quentin. He’s taken to swearing more as the decades have worn on. An inhibition thing disappears out of the brain with age, he’s read that somewhere. Angry old men capering around in their institutional PJs, dribbling pee and yelling at the nurses. That won’t be me.
“So, everything?” says Dr. Derwent, smiling his unctuous ass-kissing smile. He seems nervous. Hope he’s not on drugs, wouldn’t want those pricey fingers to slip.

Originally published in Shadow Show: All New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury, edited by Mort Castle and Sam Weller.
Episode Art:  R.J. Smuin

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Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 300, Bloodchild, by Soren JamesMy last night of childhood began with a visit home. T’Gatoi’s sister had given us two sterile eggs. T’Gatoi gave one to my mother, brother, and sisters. She insisted that I eat the other one alone. It didn’t matter. There was still enough to leave everyone feeling good. Almost everyone. My mother wouldn’t take any. She sat, watching everyone drifting and dreaming without her. Most of the time she watched me.

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Originally published in Asimov's, June 1984.
Episode Art:  Soren James
Read by:  Veronica Giguere, Delianne Forget, Ray Sizemore

Twabble:  “Waking with her arm draped across him, he smiled recalling the night. Gently lifting it, he wondered where the rest was. ”  by  Farseeker

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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides episode 31, The Black and White Animals Trilogy, by Bo KaierThe complete Black and White Animals Trilogy, uncut. Written by Kendall Marchman, Luke Coddington and Norm Sherman, produced by Norm Sherman. Originally appeared as episodes 11, 22, and 24… Part 1: Secret Weapons, Part 2: Vengeful Hearts  and Part 3: Chromatic Conclusions.

A Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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