Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides 39, Becca at the End of the World, by Forrest WarnerI nestle the video camera on its makeshift tripod, carefully centering my daughter’s image. She tucks her hair behind her ear and gives a strained smile. She is sixteen, and that hair is long and golden–kissed light brown and straight; she has the gangly grace only teenagers have, that sleek gazelle form. She is wearing khaki shorts and a striped tank top, and the bite mark on her arm is already putrefying.

Originally published at Apex Magazine.
Episode Art:  Forrest Warner

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  •  Feature:  Birds of the Air  by  Joe Pitkin
  •  Genre:  Fantasy  Strange

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast 311, Birds of the Air, by Spencer BinghamThomas takes his lunch outside the shelter, on one of the park benches that look out over the interstate and down all the way to the containment pond. He has wondered whether a passerby seeing him from the highway would know whether he worked at the shelter or was one of its clients. He has had this thought most days that he has sat here. Today, though, his attention has been arrested by a small patch of goose­like objects floating out on the containment pond. If they are geese, it will be the first time he has seen a living thing on that pond.

 

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A Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Spencer Bingham
Read by:  Joe Scalora

Twabble:  “Buy a tree shadow from Peter Pan's NeverLandScaping. All the summer shade you want without having to rake a single leaf. ”  by  Bejami

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Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides episode 38, Interview with Tim PrattA special Drabblecast interview with author Tim Pratt. Tim’s frequent appearances include Happy Old Year, Annabelle’s Alphabet, Morris And The Machine, A Fairy Tale Of Oakland, Cinderlands, Angel of the Ordinary and others.


Episode Art:  The Drabblecast

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Monday, January 27th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides 37, Parasite, by Spencer BinghamThere was a black, one-way window between me and my father, watching my interrogation. I imagined he was looking down at me with the rest of the generals on the second story. Their room looked down into empty cement room where I sat, alone, on a white chair, watching a black video screen. The decision to move them to another floor had been made recently after one of their interrogations became violent. That is, the person being interrogated became violent.

A Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Spencer Bingham
Read by:  Angela Lee

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Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast 310, The Ugly Chickens, by Bo KaierMy car was broken, and I had a class to teach at eleven. So I took the city bus, something I rarely do.

I spent last summer crawling through The Big Thicket with cameras and tape recorder, photographing and taping two of the last ivory-billed woodpeckers on the earth. You can see the films at your local Audubon Society showroom. This year I wanted something just as flashy but a little less taxing.

Perhaps a population study on the Bermuda cahow, or the New Zealand takahe. A month or so in the warm (not hot) sun would do me a world of good. To say nothing of the advance of science. I was idly leafing through Greenway’s Extinct and Vanishing Birds of the World. The city bus was winding its way through the ritzy neighborhoods of Austin, stopping to let off the chicanas, black women, and Vietnamese who tended the kitchens and gardens of the rich.

 

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Originally published in Universe 10, edited by Terry Carr, Doubleday 1980
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

Twabble:  “Mommy, I’m really missing Daddy a lot. I know Sweet-Pea, but that’s only because he runs so much. Just keep on reloading. ”  by  Kbilly

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  •  Feature:  All the Young Kirks and Their Good Intentions  by  Helena Bell
  •  Drabble:  Supply  by  Myles McDonough
  •  Genre:  Sci-Fi  Strange

Sunday, January 12th, 2014
Warning:  Some explicit language

Cover for Drabblecast 309, All the Young Kirks and Their Good Intentions, by Jonathan Wilson2249 A.D.

All the young Kirks in Riverside Public High School are assigned to the same Homeroom class. They sit together in the back corner on the far side from the door. They speak only to each other.

The young Kirk on the Moon goes to school with no one. Each of the colonists has a job and he or she is responsible only to the duties of that job. The others call him Fisher instead of James since he spends his days knee deep in the trout pond, allowing the fish to glide between his legs. When the fish become completely inured to his presence, he thrusts his hands into the water and grasps one around the belly. It fights and Fisher holds on. He is supposed to take it out of the water, to throw it into the white bucket by the shore, but Fisher never does. He lets the fish go and when he comes home, with nothing to show for it, his mother expresses her irrevocable disappointment and sends him to bed.

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First appeared in Clarkesworld, February 2012.
Episode Art:  Jonathan Wilson
Read by:  Zoe Kerr, Paul Huntington, Naomi Mercer, Bryan Lincoln

Twabble:  “Dear ancient roly poly king, Matured to stone and bone. You have outlived all the other things, and now you're all alone. ”  by  sigment

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  •  Feature:  Happy Old Year  by  Tim Pratt
  •  Drabble:  On My Birthday  by  Chelsea Voulgares
  •  Genre:  Drama  Fantasy

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

cover for Drabblecast 308, Happy Old YearThe night I met Elsie I was up on the roof of my apartment building with a bottle of Kentucky Gentleman, because it’s sort of like bourbon, but cheaper, and better at blotting out reality. Technically it wasn’t “my” building anymore since I’d been evicted and had to be gone by morning if I didn’t want sheriff’s deputies to dump all my possessions out on the sidewalk. Joke was on them — what possessions? Everything I could sell, I already had, in a vain attempt to keep up with rent. What remained was so crappy I couldn’t even give it away on Craigslist.

 

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A Drabblecast original. Pocket Pulp Project
Episode Art:  An anonymous art donor
Read by:  Matt Hayes

Twabble:  “Eternity was tedious. He would dream of oblivion. Friends was on TV again. It was the one where Ross & Rachel take a break. ”  by  ROU Killing Time

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