•  Feature:  In Search of The Burmese Floridian Python with Connor Choadsworth  by  Norm Sherman
  •  Genre:  Comedy  Strange  Video

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Drabblecast B-Sides cover 20, In Search of the Burmese Floridian Python with Connor Choadsworth, by Bo KaierPallid, oddly-accented Cryptozoologist  Connor Choadsworth and his slack-jawed, knuckle-dragging camera man Jeff journey deep into the Florida Everglades in search of the elusive and decidedly misplaced “Burmese” python…

 

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Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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  •  Feature:  The Country Doctor  by  Steve Utley
  •  Genre:  Drama  Mystery  Strange

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 279, The Country Doctor, by Roo VandegriftGardner was drowning, and strangers were laying hands on the bones of my forebears. I felt obligated to see that liberties weren’t taken with my grandmother, my great-grandmother, and other good, God-fearing ladies, so I put the business on auto pilot and made the drive as if on auto pilot myself.

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Originally published in Asimov's Science Fiction, October 1993. Ghost Seas by Steven Utley
Episode Art:  Roo Vandegrift
Poem:  Taunting the Sea  by  Steven Utley

Twabble:  “We stood outside the news station in protest against miscommunication. I still don't think our message got through... ”  by  Scarecrow

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 278, The End of the World as We Know It, by Adam S. DoyleBetween 1347 and 1450 AD, bubonic plague overran Europe, killing some 75 million people. The plague, dubbed the Black Death because of the black pustules that erupted on the skin of the afflicted, was caused by a bacterium now known as Yersinia pestis. The Europeans of the day, lacking access to microscopes or knowledge of disease vectors, attributed their misfortune to an angry God. Flagellants roamed the land, hoping to appease His wrath. “They died by the hundreds, both day and night,” Agnolo di Tura tells us. “I buried my five children with my own hands . . . so many died that all believed it was the end of the world.”

Today, the population of Europe is about 729 million…

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Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, October-November 2004. Alex Rudy/DJ Al-X's radio station
Episode Art:  Adam S. Doyle
Read by:  Alex Rudy

Twabble:  “The End of the World wasn't all bad… I elected myself President yesterday & will be the 1st Pope to win an Academy Award. ”  by  Astroguyz

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Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 277, Things, by Liz PenniesThe alien parked its car across the street from the shop and came and sat down in the waiting room. The mechanic must have seen this happen, peripherally. But he was busy settling the bill with a smartly dressed middle-aged woman, to whom he’d taken an irrational dislike. Those who deal with Joe Punter, day in and day out, especially Joe car-owning Punter, are prone to such allergies. He saw her start of concealed surprise, looked up, and there was the alien.

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Originally published in New Worlds 3, (1993, ed. David Garnett, publ. Gollancz).
Episode Art:  Liz Pennies
Read by:  Frank Key

Twabble:  “Sir Hugh secured his chastity armor. He learned the hard way that one takes no chances when fighting the dire armadildo. ”  by  Horst Ragnarok

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Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 276, Hullabaloo, by Kelly MacAvaneyThe Town Council meeting was split down the middle — Hullabaloo colonists on the one side and Fenella Elane Tyne on the other. Jerram stood in the back and admired the way Fenella strove to convince the tired farmers. Pacing around the podium, she brought to bear the power of unmatched intelligence, impeccable honesty, and polished verbal skills. In the discordant discussion that followed, Jerram studied her serious face. She was magnificent, but hopelessness coursed through him. She didn’t have a chance of winning anyone over to her side. And he did not have a chance of winning her.

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Originally published by Analog Science Fiction and Fact, July-August 2000. castofwonders.org
Episode Art:  Kelly MacAvaney
Read by:  Marguerite Kenner

Twabble:  “His crime was subject to the jurisdiction of Poseidon. As is tradition, he chose his means of punishment: firing squid. ”  by  Horst Ragnarok

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Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 275, A Riddle in Nine Syllables, by Jan DennisonAfter the attack, my team brought me straight to the med lab at base camp. They must have commed ahead, because as soon as the stretcher went through the door seals, Dr. Traynor was yelling orders…

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Originally published in Talebones #20, Fall 2000, (Nov 2000). Produced by Brian Lincoln
Episode Art:  Jan Dennison
Read by:  Veronica Giguere, Doc Coleman, Julie Hoverson, Obsidian Abnormal

Twabble:  “My bloody stumps drag over the pentangle, in-out, in-out, ETERNAL shaking. "THIS is what it's all about!", He cackles. ”  by  seani

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  •  Feature:  Amid the Words of War  by  Cat Rambo
  •  Drabble:  Take Me To Your Leader  by  Eric Marsh
  •  Genre:  Drama  Sci-Fi

Friday, March 8th, 2013
Warning:  Some references to sex

Cover for Drabblecast episode 274, Amid the Words of War, by Alyssa SuzumuraEvery few day-cycles, it receives hate-scented lace in anonymous packages. It opens the bland plastic envelope to pull one out, holding the delicate fragment between two forelimbs. Contemplating it before folding it again to put away in a drawer. Four drawers filled so far; the fifth is halfway there.

“Traitor,” say some of the smells, rotting fruit and acid. “Betrayer. Turncoat. One who eats their own young.” Others are simply soaked in emotion: hate and anger, and underneath the odor of fear. It lets the thoughts, the smells, the tastes fill it, set its own thoughts in motion. Then it goes downstairs and sits with the other whores, who make room uneasily for it.

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Originally published by Lightspeed Magazine, September 2010.
Episode Art:  Alyssa Suzumura

Twabble:  “She prayed, "On Earth as it is in Heaven." Sure enough, the Earth was soon a cold, airless void, full of lethal radiation. ”  by  Algernon Sydney is Dead

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