•  Feature:  Testimony Before an Emergency Session of The Naval Cephalopod Command  by  Seth Dickinson
  •  Drabble:  The Toymaker's Dilemma  by  Rachael K. Jones
  •  Genre:  Action  Drabblecast  Sci-Fi  Strange

Friday, December 6th, 2013
Warning:  Explicit Language

Cover for Drabblecast 305, Testimony Before an Emergency Session of The Naval Cephalopod Command, by Bo KaierThe squid is a solipsistic psychopathic God with a lust for submarine hull and a mandate from Ronald Reagan branded on its hunting tentacles. It sweeps east from Iceland in the cold under the
thermocline, alone in the dark, solitary lord of a solitary place.

 

 

 

 

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A Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

Twabble:  “The embers ignited the birch, ice water rushed in and Nanook realized that you just can’t have your kayak and heat it too. ”  by  Kbilly

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Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides episode 34, Drabblecast Interview: Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette, by Bo KaierA special Drabblecast interview with authors Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette, Authors of Mongoose, Boojum, and The Wreck of the Charles Dexter Ward.


Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 304, Hero the Movie pt. 2, by Joe BotschRick takes the money the Mayor of Corkscrew has wired him and flies to Florida, feeling his oats, full of hope.  He’s met at the airport by one of Mayor Delameter’s staff and driven to his hotel, the old but clean and dry Swamp Hotel in downtown Corkscrew.  The next morning he’s out at the edge of town where Main Street runs along the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and he’s surveying the marching battalions of Gecarcoidea natalis—little, red, forest-dwelling crabs about the size of your palm that are migrating, as they do each year—though not usually in such numbers—through the town, back to the swamp to breed . . . and taking their sweet time doing it. .

 

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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:  “Finally I asked ”So what do the crop circles mean?“ The alien smiled ”Well you know how humans draw penises everywhere?" ”  by  Spindaddy

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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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