•  Feature:  Amid the Words of War  by  Cat Rambo
  •  Drabble:  Take Me To Your Leader  by  Eric Marsh
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Drama  Sci-Fi

Friday, March 8th, 2013
Warning:  Some references to sex

Cover for Drabblecast episode 274, Amid the Words of War, by Alyssa SuzumuraEvery few day-cycles, it receives hate-scented lace in anonymous packages. It opens the bland plastic envelope to pull one out, holding the delicate fragment between two forelimbs. Contemplating it before folding it again to put away in a drawer. Four drawers filled so far; the fifth is halfway there.

“Traitor,” say some of the smells, rotting fruit and acid. “Betrayer. Turncoat. One who eats their own young.” Others are simply soaked in emotion: hate and anger, and underneath the odor of fear. It lets the thoughts, the smells, the tastes fill it, set its own thoughts in motion. Then it goes downstairs and sits with the other whores, who make room uneasily for it.

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Originally published by Lightspeed Magazine, September 2010.
Episode Art:  Alyssa Suzumura

Twabble:  “She prayed, "On Earth as it is in Heaven." Sure enough, the Earth was soon a cold, airless void, full of lethal radiation. ”  by  Algernon Sydney is Dead

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Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 223, Bearing Fruit, by Alyssa SuzumuraThis, of course, is what comes of being overly friendly with strange mangoes. One day you’re a wide-eyed virgin, with nary a care in the world; the next, you find yourself most unexpectedly and all but inexplicably burdened in a manner that afflicts virgins only once every two thousand years or so, to the best of your understanding. It isn’t fair, but folk tales rarely are to young maidens — this is the first thing that you really ought to have known.

This week’s episode of the Drabblecast podcast begins with Norm imploring listeners to chip in for the production of his highly anticipated second CD. The Drabble is Déjà vu, by Ben Parker, concerns old magics and old memories. The feature is a change of pace story, Bearing Fruit by Nikki Alfar, in which a naive lass learns of life and her burgeoning womanhood upon unexpected contact with the supernatural. The show closes with classic bbardle Radioactive Runaways.

Help support Norm’s New CD: The Esoteric Order of Sherman. Agree to contribute, guarantee yourself a copy – Pre-order the Order. Classic Norm Sherman penned and performed “bbardles,” done up proper with the full studio treatment, in a package featuring art work from man of mundane mystery Bo Kaier.

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Originally published in Fantasy Magazine, March 2010.
Episode Art:  Alyssa Suzumura
Read by:  Kimi Alexander

Twabble:  “I thought I could hold it, but when I reached the bathroom it was too late; the baby alligator’d already slipped my hands. ”  by  Travelin Corpse Feet

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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, June 26th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast episode 120, DoubleHeader 3, by Alyssa SuzumuraWe reach the rocky banks, out of breath. We do not speak. We can barely hear our voices over water raging against the rocks. Our breath makes white clouds. I buckle my helmet and cinch my gloves tighter…

Leading off this episode of the Drabblecast is a Drabble about a child drowning, or a child throwing a tantrum – it’s hard to tell? The feature is a double dip in to talented ind of author Jeremiah Tolbert. The first story, entitled The Fisherman, is about a father and son sharing a touching, early morning fishing moment (but for what?). The second feature, A Sandwich Shop in Chicago, 1AM is also a touching tale of a wounded talking four-legged animal with one last request.

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"Fishermen" was originally published at Daily Cabal, 14 January 2008. "A Sandwich Shop in Chicago, 1AM" was originally published at Daily Cabal, 18 June 2007.

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Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast episode 114, Arms and the Man, by Alyssa SuzumuraCourtney had never considered squid love before.  She was an accountant for a Chicago restaurant chain, and not really looking.  After a bitter, acrimonious divorce, Courtney was burned out on romance…

In this episode of the Drabblecast, Norm Sherman presents a Drabble News segment on the Hubble, topped off with a now infamous bbardle on satellites and how best to pimp them. In the Drabble, a typical geek is ignored by the pretty popular girl, that is until a very atypical bomb throws unusual wrinkles. In the feature, Arms and the Man, a divorced woman, burned out to love, finds hope and love with a change of phylum – truly squidlicious!

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Originally published in Interzone, #130 April 1998.
Episode Art:  Alyssa Suzumura

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