Sunday, April 7th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 278, The End of the World as We Know It, by Adam S. DoyleBetween 1347 and 1450 AD, bubonic plague overran Europe, killing some 75 million people. The plague, dubbed the Black Death because of the black pustules that erupted on the skin of the afflicted, was caused by a bacterium now known as Yersinia pestis. The Europeans of the day, lacking access to microscopes or knowledge of disease vectors, attributed their misfortune to an angry God. Flagellants roamed the land, hoping to appease His wrath. “They died by the hundreds, both day and night,” Agnolo di Tura tells us. “I buried my five children with my own hands . . . so many died that all believed it was the end of the world.”

Today, the population of Europe is about 729 million…

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Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, October-November 2004. Alex Rudy/DJ Al-X's radio station
Episode Art:  Adam S. Doyle
Read by:  Alex Rudy

Twabble:  “The End of the World wasn't all bad… I elected myself President yesterday & will be the 1st Pope to win an Academy Award. ”  by  Astroguyz

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Saturday, December 24th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 227, The Star, by Adam S. DoyleIt is three thousand light years to the Vatican. Once, I believed that space could have no power over faith, just as I believed that the heavens declared the glory of God’s handiwork. Now I have seen that handiwork, and my faith is sorely troubled. I stare at the crucifix that hangs on the cabin wall above the Mark VI Computer, and for the first time in my life I wonder if it is no more than an empty symbol.

This episode of the Drabblecast concerns creation and destruction. In the drabble, creation after creation questions its creator’s role in its existence before wandering off into cyberspace. In the feature, a Jesuit priest, also an astrophysicist, aboard a space exploration vessel struggles with a crisis of faith. While investigating the remains of a planetary system destroyed when its sun went supernova, the crew unexpectedly discovers one planet that was distant enough to survive the explosion. There, they find an enormous vault containing the complete records of an advanced civilization that, realizing years ahead of time that their sun was going to explode, hoped to preserve their history and culture for someone to find so that their existence and destruction would not be in vain.

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Originally published in Infinity Science Fiction, 1955.
Episode Art:  Adam S. Doyle

Twabble:  “Joy to the World the Beast is come! It's time for reckoning. Let every heart prepare for doom and crime upon nature bring. ”  by  Algernon Sydney is Dead

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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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Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 193, Scales, by Adam S. DoyleOne day when a surge of dying summer heat roiled through the waterways, spoiling my fishing, I punted home to find Mama running down the grassy swell towards my docking-place. Hope died in her face when she saw my punt empty and I knew then what had happened…

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A Drabblecast original story. AuralSpice: Professional Narration
Episode Art:  Adam S. Doyle

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Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast episode 126, Dagon, by Adam S. DoyleAs I crawled into the stranded boat I realized that only one theory could explain my position. Through some unprecedented volcanic upheaval, a portion of the ocean floor must have been thrown to the surface, exposing regions which for innumerable millions of years had lain hidden under unfathomable watery depths…

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Originally published in The Vagrant, issue #11, November 1919.
Episode Art:  Adam S. Doyle
Music by:   Bbardle- The Heartache Over Innsmouth
Poem:  The Fungi from Yuggoth  by  H.P. Lovecraft

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