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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Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 198, Love in the Pneumatic Tube Era, by Matt WasielaWe discover old scrolls that we wrote to each other in high school, back in the Early Pneumatic Tube Era. That was back when a PT message took five minutes to get across the city.

We shake our heads. Now you can send a living butterfly to Dubai in ten seconds…

This Valentine’s Day episode of the Drabblecast’s theme is centered on odd love. Norm rattles off a staggering set of fart/love puns, and waxes on about the travails of staying together in the digital age. In the drabble, we experience love through a fighter’s eyes. In the feature story, two soul mates seperated by great distance negotiate an alternate, steampunk (tube punk?) future. In addittion the Drabblecast 2010 People’s Choice nominations are announced.

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Originally published in Darwin's Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow, (May 2010, ed. Zsuzsi Gartner, publ. Douglas & McIntyre). Pendragon Variety Podcast
Episode Art:  Matt Wasiela, Peter Diamond
Read by:  Kate Baker

Twabble:  “I scan his purchase, a boquette and a spade. Necrophiles need love too, he says. They just have to dig down deep for it. ”  by  Nevermore66

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Monday, February 7th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 197, Death Comes But Twice, by Phil PomphreyAs always, he took delight in my interest in the scientific pursuits. ‘My assistant took the journey yesterday, by way of a shot to the heart. Prior to that, our trials on convicts included strangling, drowning, and beheading. By Jove! That reanimation was a sight to see…

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Originally published in Talebones (#35, Summer 2007). Larry Santoro, Revolution SF
Episode Art:  Phil Pomphrey

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Friday, January 28th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 196, Moons Like Great White Whales, by Sean AzzapardiThe pilot and her companion skimmed through the atmosphere on organic wings. They had completed their survey and the planet sampling, so this flight out from the landing craft and back was purely for their own joy. They’d timed it exactly so they could see all three moons rise together…

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Originally published in Strange Horizons, 28 February 2005. Ray Sizemore
Episode Art:  Sean Azzopardi
Music by:   Norm Sherman, Curt Siffert, Carlos Reyes, Jennifer Galatis, The Cheebacabra

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  •  Feature:  A Matter of Size  by  Robert Jeschonek
  •  Drabble:  Ménage à trois  by  Liz Pennies
  •  Genre:  Action  Drabblecast  Drama  Mystery

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 195, A Matter of Size, by Arron Cambridge“Wow.” Tiny Tim shakes his head slowly. Peels off his crimson domino mask and slaps it down on the meeting table. “That makes three of us.”

“We’re marked men….” Dust Mite’s voice trembles. He tugs at the hood of his pale gray body suit. “Every costumed avenger with the power to shrink…”

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A Drabblecast original story. Orbital Maneuvers by RC Davidson {episode sponsor}
Episode Art:  Arron Cambridge
Music by:   Norm ShermanGringo MotelRichard CheeseVitamin String QuartetJeff Toyne, Mumford & SonsPhil CuneffHelen LongFlopsySteve Cornish

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Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides episode 13, Snuggle the Dead, by Arron CambridgeThe doctor, who insists that I cite him as “Dr. Franz,” has a habit of holding his hand over his mouth as he giggles. He wears a white lab coat like a scientist from the movies, but this is an affectation. Everyone at Snuggle Club wears the coats, the same way Walmart ‘partners’ wear blue shirts…

A Drabblecast original. The Least Deserving Campbell Award in History
Episode Art:  Arron Cambridge

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