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 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:  Unique Chicken Goes in Reverse  by  Andy Duncan
  •  Drabble:  Prosopagnosia  by  Ken Liu
  •  Genre:  Comedy  Strange

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 286, Unique Chicken Goes in Reverse, by David KrummenacherFather Leggett stood on the sidewalk and looked up at the three narrow stories of gray brick that was 207 East Charlton Street. Compared to the other edifices on Lafayette Square—the Colonial Dames fountain, the Low house, the Turner mansion, the cathedral of course—this house was decidedly ordinary, a reminder that even Savannah had buildings that did only what they needed to do, and nothing more.
He looked again at the note the secretary at St. John the Baptist had left on his desk. This note read:
OCONNORS
MARY
PRIEST?
CHICKEN!

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Originally published in Eclipse One, (Oct 2007, ed. Jonathan Strahan, publ. Night Shade Books).
Episode Art:  Dave Krummenacher

Twabble:  “I think my cell phone might be sentient. When I charge it, it bleats! Is it just me, or do Androids dream of electric sheep? ”  by  Varda

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Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 285, Doubleheader XIII, by Matt WasielaSamuel sat on the balcony, enjoying the fading light of day. When the ventilator pushed air into his lungs, he savored the salt brine from the sea.  He pretended that he had control over breath, but it was much a fantasy as adjusting his wheelchair….

 

 

 

 

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"Locked In" was originally published in Apex Digest (#9). "The Clockwork Chickadee" was originally published in Clarkesworld Magazine (June, 2008).
Episode Art:  Matt Wasiela
Read by:  Ray Sizemore

Twabble:  “Odd laws are on the books because someone tried it once. So if you're going to fling piranhas, keep your pants on, please. ”  by  Varda

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Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
Warning:  Some strong language

Cover for Drabblecast episode 283, The Man Who Drew Cats, by Christine DennettOld Tom was a very tall man. He was so tall he didn’t even have a nickname for it. Ned Black, who was at least a head shorter, had been ‘Tower Block’ since the sixth grade, and Jack, the owner of the Hog’s Head Bar, had a sign up over the door saying ‘Mind Your Head, Ned’. But Tom was just Tom. It was like he was so tall it didn’t bear mentioning even for a joke: be a bit like ragging someone for breathing…

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Was originally published in Dark Voices 2, (Oct 1990, ed. David Sutton, Stephen Jones, publ. Pan Books). Donate to illustrator Christine Dennett
Episode Art:  Christine Dennett
Read by:  Barry Northern

Twabble:  “As I type, revelations pour onto the screen. I realise I've selected "Absolute Truth Serif"- the font of all knowledge. ”  by  seani

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
Warning:  Violent imagery, some explicit language, sexual encounters.

Cover for Drabblecast 261, The People of Sand and Slag, by John Deberge“Hostile movement! Well inside the perimeter! Well inside!” I stripped off my Immersive Response goggles as adrenaline surged through me. The virtual cityscape I’d been about to raze disappeared, replaced by our monitoring room’s many views of SesCo’s mining operations. On one screen, the red phosphorescent tracery of an intruder skated across a terrain map, a hot blip like blood spattering its way toward Pit 8.

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Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, February 2004.
Episode Art:  John Deberge
Read by:  David Robison, Naomi Mercer, and Mike Boris

Twabble:  “I gave my cat a tinfoil hat and could no longer hear his voice. But, all nearby people collapsed like stringless puppets. ”  by  Algernon Sydney is Dead

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Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Cover for Drabblecast episode 259, The Last of the O-Forms, by Jacob Wayne BrynerAt the sack’s bottom, beneath an empty donut box, he found the beef jerky. It tasted mostly of pepper, but underneath it had a tingly, metallic flavor he tried not to think about. Who knew what it might have been made from? He doubted there were any original-form cows, the o-cows, left to slaughter…

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Originally published in Asimov's Science Fiction, September 2002.
Episode Art:  Jacob Wayne Bryner
Read by:  Ken Jordan

Twabble:  “I could feel her eyes on the back of my neck. Then I turned around and her green eyestalks adjusted, pushing into my chest. ”  by  loyaleagle

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