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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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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Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 191, Primary Pollinator, by Bill HalliarWhen Dr. Lopez came for me, I was plunging the geo lab toilet. She carried a red stickle suit in one hand and a spray can of anti-fungal lubricant in the other.

“Great news, Oliver! Big Spike is in season,” Dr. Lopez said. “He finally wants to fertilize Thick Root…”

The theme of this Drabblecast is propogation and legacy for future generations. The feature lets us into the world of Oliver as he imitates a bora monkey-bird and goes to fertilize a massive jerk of a tree. Norm recaps and wonders what we can learn from the story and it relates to state tax.

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Originally published in Space Squid, Issue #2. Frank Key's "Impugned by a and Peasant Other Stories" {sponsor}, Space Squid
Episode Art:  Bill Halliar

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Monday, November 15th, 2010
Warning:  Language

Cover for Drabblecast episode 187, Doubleheader 7, by Brent Holmes

The episode begins with a DrabbleNews segment on blow-up weaponry (it’s Nerf or Nothing!). Next, a drabble from Kelley Zanfardino. on What follows is a doubleheader from Hugo nominated, cognitive psychologist, author Lawrence M. Schoen (with author’s notes), as read by Phil Rossi. In A Fool’s Death we follow a man as he attempts a mime assisted death, jumping into a volcano. In Pidgin we witness the intense frustration arising from a culture clash as an alien tries to buy fruit from a hardware store.

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"Pidgin" was originally published in Pidgin in Aliens And AIs (2005). "A Fool's Death" was originally published in Abyss & Apex (2006). Inflatable Weapons of War, Phil Rossi's Crescent
Episode Art:  Brent Holmes
Read by:  Phil Rossi

Twabble:  “Every channel the same, nothing but people watching people watch the television. Reality shows had truly gone too far. ”  by  Liz Pennies

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Saturday, October 30th, 2010
Warning:  Language and violence

Cover for Drabblecast episode 185, Horrorworld 2025 part 2, by Bo KaierKyle lifted another lightsaber. “Want one? They’re not as random or clumsy as a flamethrower.”
“Sh*t. The geek is strong in this one. Sure, Jedi me.”
Kyle tossed it to her with a grin. Hang on Grandpa. We’re coming…

Norm starts this week’s Drabblecast starts with a bbardle about Phantom Claus, to get us in the Halloween spirit. The two part Horror World 2025 is concluded. We rejoin Ben to see if he is any closer to rescuing his grandfather from bedeviled robo-zombies.

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A Drabblecast original story.
Read by:  Morgan Olson as Grandpa, Tom Baker as Ben, Michelle Ristuccia as Selena, Marshal Latham as Arnold, J. E. McNeil as The Cowboy

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Friday, September 10th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 179, The Red Bride, by Skeet ScienskiYou are to imagine, Twigling, the Red Bride to be a human, such as yourself, although she is in truth a creature of the Var...

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Originally published in Strange Horizons, 5 July 2010. Gbase.com, Cast Macabre, United States Disc Golf Chapmionship
Episode Art:  Skeet Scienski
Read by:  Delianne Forget
Music by:   Music by Gringo Motel, Norm Sherman, Bruce Winter, Scott Shannon

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