•  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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  •  Feature:  Try My Shank  by  Kenton K. Yee
  •  Feature:  Morning Espresso at the Church of Me  by  Anthony J. Rapino
  •  Feature  Dead Jimmy and the Selkie  by  Iseult Murphy
  •  Genre:  Comedy  Drabblecast  Strange

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 280, Trifecta XXV, by Matthew MatticeYou’ve been one-legged since the lasso trap. Your personal ad says “Kids: undecided” even though you desperately want two.

When the maître d’ shows you to your blind date’s table, you are pleased with her prominent forehead and symmetric face. She has potential.

Before you can sit, her eyes drift to where your missing leg would be and snap back to your face. She forces a smile.

You talk menu.

She likes the braised shank.

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"Try My Shank" by Kenton K. Yee was originally published at PANK #7.05, May 2012. "Morning Espresso at the Church of Me" by Anthony J. Rapino was originally published in Space Squid, Summer 2011. "Dead Jimmy and the Selkie" by Iseult Murphy is a Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Matthew Mattice
Read by:  Mat Weller, Nathan Lee
Music by:   Gringo Motel

Twabble:  “My butcher offered me a hand with my parcels, but they never have enough meat to justify picking out all the little bones. ”  by  Laria Grey

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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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A Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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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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