Monday, May 9th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 204, DoubleHeader 8, Kelly MartinezHere is the first joke of Betty L. Duncan. Why do the three-eyed aliens bank on the moon? Because there is not enough sun to go around. Press the blue button when you have finished laughing…

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"A Day Out" was originally published in Birkensnake #1, July 2008. "Hard Choices" was originally published in Brain Harvest, 7 June 2009.
Episode Art:  K. Martinez

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Monday, April 18th, 2011
Warning:  Some explicit language

Cover for Drabblecast episode 203, Boojum pt. 2, by LizThe first sign was the chief engineers frowning and going into huddles at odd moments. And then Black Alice began to feel it herself, the way Vinnie was… she didn’t have a word for it because she’d never felt anything like it before. She
would have said balky, but that couldn’t be right. It couldn’t. But she was more and more sure that Vinnie was less responsive somehow, that when she obeyed the captain’s orders, it was with a delay…

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A Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  Liz
Read by:  Naomi Mercer

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Friday, April 8th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 202, Boojum pt. 1, by Caroline ParkinsonThe ship had no name of her own, so her human crew called her the Lavinia Whateley. As far as anyone could tell, she didn’t mind. At least, her long grasping vanes curled—affectionately? — when the chief engineers patted her bulkheads and called her “Vinnie,” and she ceremoniously tracked the footsteps of each crew member with her internal bioluminescence, giving them light to walk and work and live by…

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A Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  Caroline Parkinson
Read by:  Naomi Mercer, Graeme Dunlop, Delianne Forget

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Friday, March 25th, 2011
Warning:  One instance of the F-Bomb

Cover for Drabblecast episode 201, Trifecta XV, by Alyssa Suzumura“Are these fiddlebacks ferns mommy?” Cindy asked. Fiddlehead honey. Margery said absently. “Fiddlebacks are nasty spiders.” It was only later that she would realize Cindy, for once in her vacuous, Barbie obsessed life, was right.”

The first episode of Women and Alien’s month 2011 featuring three stories, each exploring nasty, insectile alien menaces. Fiddleback Ferns, a space infestation sends a mother to her breaking point. Killipedes, a dark, humorous tale where a doctor breaks down a patient’s nasty parasitical infection. In The Difficulties of Evolution, a mournful parent contemplates her child’s anthropomorphic metamorphosis.

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"Fiddleback" Ferns by Sarah Monette was originally published by Flytrap, 9 (June 2008): 26. "Killipedes" by Jens Rushing was originally published by Space Squid, Spring 2009 "The Difficulties of Evolution" by Karen Hueler was originally published by Weird Tales #350, July/Aug 2008.
Episode Art:  Alyssa Suzumura
Read by:  Tina Connoly, Norm Sherman, Christiana Ellis

Twabble:  “when I was young I played with dolls. Now, I don't have any dolls, so I play with people. Soon I'll run out of people as well ”  by  Pure Chance

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Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides episode 14, Uneasy Lies the Head that Wears the Clown, by Brian WalkerThe book opens in New York where hedge-fund manager Tony Wolfe- completely convinced that his success proves him a superman straight out of an Ayn Rand novel- wakes up groggy and realizes his new hair transplant appears to have fallen out. If only.

 

A Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Brian Walker

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Friday, March 11th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 200, The Last Question, by Adam S. DoyleIt all had a beginning in the original cosmic explosion, whatever that was, and it’ll all have an end when all the stars run down. The sun will last twenty billion years and maybe the dwarfs will last a hundred billion for all the good they are. But just give us a trillion years and everything will be dark. Entropy has to increase to maximum, that’s all…

On this special episode celebrating the Drabblecast’s 200th episode, we feature sci-fi milestone The Last Question by the ubiquitous genre giant Isaac Asimov. Norm takes listeners along for a thankful, whistful retrospective of the podcast’s history. The episode then moves in to a full cast, sweeping production of the sci-fi epic. The Last Question is an existential piece occurring over a grand timeline in the fullness of outer space, as mankind and artificial intelligence alike consider immortality, the end of all things, and what it means. The episode features chapter illustrations, and announces the 2010 People’s Choice award winners.

Winners of 2010 People’s Choice Awards!
Best Story: Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette
Best Drabble: Chris Munroe
Best Art: Liz

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Originally published in Science Fiction Quarterly, November 1956. The Dunesteef, Ray Sizemore, Mike Boris, Frank Key The Hootingyard, Escapepod, Cheyenne Wright, Phil Rossi, Mur Lafferty
Episode Art:  Adam Doyle, Liz, Jan Dennison, Broken Cyborg, Aimee Leonard, Skeet Scienski, Josh Hugo
Music by:   Norm Sherman, Gringo Motel, Clint Mansell, with special closing music by 19 Action News

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Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 199, In the Octopus's Garden, by Bill HalliarI woke to this new darkness, swirling about me. A phrase sticking in my mind — “Lazarus Syndrome.” What happened to people when they had died, but, for some reason, some lack of death’s completion — some unfinished business — had rejoined the living.

In this episode of the Drabblecast, with a theme ‘Control,’ Norm speculates on zombies as dependents. In the drabble, we visit the zombie apocolypse. In the feature story, the consciousness of a slain man forms a being out of his remains, and the sea life around the. What is the nature of this entity, what is its place, and ultimately, what is its sinister purpose?

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Originally published in 69 Flavors of Paranoia, March/April 1999. Drabblecast Fan Archive
Episode Art:  Bill Halliar
Music by:   Norm Sherman, Hayfield, George Benson, Brian Reitzell

Twabble:  “When I was young I played with dolls. Now, I don't have any dolls, so I play with people. Soon I'll run out of people as well. ”  by  Pure Chance

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