Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 285, Doubleheader XIII, by Matt WasielaSamuel sat on the balcony, enjoying the fading light of day. When the ventilator pushed air into his lungs, he savored the salt brine from the sea.  He pretended that he had control over breath, but it was much a fantasy as adjusting his wheelchair….

 

 

 

 

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"Locked In" was originally published in Apex Digest (#9). "The Clockwork Chickadee" was originally published in Clarkesworld Magazine (June, 2008).
Episode Art:  Matt Wasiela
Read by:  Ray Sizemore

Twabble:  “Odd laws are on the books because someone tried it once. So if you're going to fling piranhas, keep your pants on, please. ”  by  Varda

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Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides episode 22, The Eyes Have It, by Greg CravensIt was quite by accident I discovered this incredible invasion of Earth by lifeforms from another planet. As yet, I haven’t done anything about it; I can’t think of anything to do. I wrote to the Government, and they sent back a pamphlet on the repair and maintenance of frame houses. Anyhow, the whole thing is known; I’m not the first to discover it. Maybe it’s even under control…

Originally published in Science Fiction Stories, #1 1953, (Jun 1953, ed. Robert W. Lowndes, publ. Columbia Publications, Inc.). More Greg Cravens: gocomics.com/thebuckets, moreontvcomics.com, gocomics.com/hubris, cravenscartoon.com
Episode Art:  Greg Cravens

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  •  Feature:  Turning Point  by  Poul Anderson
  •  Drabble:  The First Wish  by  Phineas QB
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Sci-Fi

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 284, Turning Point, by Neil GoogePlease, mister, could I have a cracker for my oontatherium?”

Not exactly the words you would expect at an instant when history changes course and the universe can never again be what it was. The die is cast; In this sign conquer; It is not fit that you should sit here any longer; We hold these truths to be self-evident; The Italian navigator has landed in the New World; Dear God, the thing works!–no man with any imagination can recall those, or others like them, and not have a coldness run along his spine. But as for what little Mierna first said to us, on that island half a thousand light-years from home . . .

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Originally published in Conflict, (Aug 1983, Poul Anderson, publ. Tor).
Episode Art:  Neil Googe

Twabble:  “A mugger stops 2 guys for money. As they both take out cash, one guy hands the other a bill & says, "Here's that 20 I owe you!" ”  by  Algernon Sydney is Dead

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Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
Warning:  Some strong language

Cover for Drabblecast episode 283, The Man Who Drew Cats, by Christine DennettOld Tom was a very tall man. He was so tall he didn’t even have a nickname for it. Ned Black, who was at least a head shorter, had been ‘Tower Block’ since the sixth grade, and Jack, the owner of the Hog’s Head Bar, had a sign up over the door saying ‘Mind Your Head, Ned’. But Tom was just Tom. It was like he was so tall it didn’t bear mentioning even for a joke: be a bit like ragging someone for breathing…

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Was originally published in Dark Voices 2, (Oct 1990, ed. David Sutton, Stephen Jones, publ. Pan Books). Donate to illustrator Christine Dennett
Episode Art:  Christine Dennett
Read by:  Barry Northern

Twabble:  “As I type, revelations pour onto the screen. I realise I've selected "Absolute Truth Serif"- the font of all knowledge. ”  by  seani

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Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides episode 21, On the Return of Pabstus Tack, by Spencer BinghamPabstus Tack came back! He’d been away to sea. The sea was vast and wet. That is what he told them, at the symposium held to mark his return. He was not believed, at first. How could anything be so vast?, so wet?, they asked. He had an implausible air, and a ratty moustache. The moustache was new…

First appeared online at the author's website, Hooting Yard, October 27, 2012.
Episode Art:  Spencer Bingham

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  •  Feature:  Liane the Wayfarer  by  Jack Vance
  •  Drabble:  And If You Gaze Into the Abyss  by  Derek Manuel
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Fantasy

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 282, Liane the Wayfarer, by John BlaszczykThrough the dim forest came Liane the Wayfarer, passing along the shadowed glades with a prancing light-footed gait. He whistled, he caroled, he was plainly in high spirits. Around his finger he twirled a bit of wrought bronze—a circlet graved with angular crabbed characters, now stained black.

By excellent chance he had found it, banded around the root of an ancient yew. Hacking it free, he had seen the characters on the inner surface—rude forceful symbols, doubtless the cast of a powerful antique rune . . . Best take it to a magician and have it tested for sorcery.

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Originally published as a section of The Dying Earth (1950).
Episode Art:  John Blaszczyk

Twabble:  “Four times they took him. Every time an anal probe. Now he was prepared. Every night he ate three fortune cookies. Whole. ”  by  Lyda

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Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 281, Doubleheader XII, by Spencer BinghamPabstus Tack, Pabstus Sludge, Pabstus! Pabstus! Of him we sing. We sing his praises, it seems to me, for want of anything better to do. Pabstus Tack sits on his great golden throne, belching out light, a blinding light as gorgeous as it is uncanny. And yet it is an impure light, that is certain, for with Pabstus Tack comes Pabstus Sludge…

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"Pabstus Tack" was originally published at the author's website, Hooting Yard, September 2005. "The Breadcrumbs man" was originally published at the author's website, Hooting Yard, November 3, 2011.
Episode Art:  Spencer Bingham
Read by:  Tom Baker

Twabble:  “Jack had his head in the clouds & his feet on the ground. He wasn't a remarkable man. He just never saw that airship anchor. ”  by  Algernon Sydney is Dead

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