Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
Warning:  Several Instances of the F-Bomb

Cover for Drabblecast episode 91, Gifting Bliss, by Kelly MacAvaney“When I first met Jason he was sitting cross-legged in the middle of the studio, surrounded by burning candles. The air smelled like flowers and a sort of a fog hung in the room and I’m thinking- this dude is a little off…”

This podcast begins with a content warning, beware the “f-bomb.” Norm takes the occasion of Thanksgiving to politely thank civilization and his listeners. The feature is a faux documentary from Josh Roundtree, a contributor to “Realms of Fantasy.” Its subject is a record called “Gifting Bliss” from fantasy musician Jason Avery, whose band “Broken” has a magical healing power to listeners. The reading includes fake commercial breaks and Norm’s hysterical imitations of several sub-standard bands and clueless musicians. Lastly, Norm reads the feedback for the recent Halloween story, “The Box Born Wraith.”

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Originally published in Can't Buy Me Faded Love (Wheatland Press), May 2008.
Episode Art:  Kelly MacAvaney

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  •  Feature:  A Memory of Seafood  by  Tina Connolly
  •  Drabble:  A Traveller From a Distant Land  by  Nathan Lee
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Sci-Fi

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 316, A Memory of Seafood, by Kelly MaCavaneyThis week’s column is not about a restaurant, exactly, but about a memory. A distinct and painful memory, like a softened tooth you can’t help but poke at with your tongue to see if it still hurts.

A memory of seafood. (That sounds like one of those divine collections, doesn’t it, like a flight of starlings or a murder of crows? I remember when I was a mere seventeen, a slight but fully breasted slip of a girl, my best girl chums and I used to entertain the governor as he waited for his tea at the old tea house on Front Street—you Oolong afficionados, you remember it—and he affectionately called us “a flirtation of jailbaits”—but that’s neither here nor there.)

 

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First appeared in Yog's Notebook, 2007
Episode Art:  Kelly MacAvaney
Read by:  Angela Lee

Twabble:  “Midget zombies tore at the doors, their groans filling the bunker. “That’s the last time I read from the Micronomicon!” ”  by  Kbilly

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Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 276, Hullabaloo, by Kelly MacAvaneyThe Town Council meeting was split down the middle — Hullabaloo colonists on the one side and Fenella Elane Tyne on the other. Jerram stood in the back and admired the way Fenella strove to convince the tired farmers. Pacing around the podium, she brought to bear the power of unmatched intelligence, impeccable honesty, and polished verbal skills. In the discordant discussion that followed, Jerram studied her serious face. She was magnificent, but hopelessness coursed through him. She didn’t have a chance of winning anyone over to her side. And he did not have a chance of winning her.

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Originally published by Analog Science Fiction and Fact, July-August 2000. castofwonders.org
Episode Art:  Kelly MacAvaney
Read by:  Marguerite Kenner

Twabble:  “His crime was subject to the jurisdiction of Poseidon. As is tradition, he chose his means of punishment: firing squid. ”  by  Horst Ragnarok

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  •  Feature:  When You Visit the Magoebaskloof Hotel Be Certain Not to Miss the Samango Monkeys  by  Elizabeth Bear
  •  Drabble:  Cloud and Sky  by  Chris Schryer
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Sci-Fi

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Cover for Drabblecast episode 236, When You Visit the Magoebaskloof Hotel Be Certain Not to Miss the Samango Monkeys., by Kelly MacAvaneyIn the place where I was born, stones had been used to mark boundaries for four hundred years. We harrowed stones up in fields, turned them up in roadcuts. We built the foundations of houses from stones, dug around and between them. We made stone walls, and our greatest poet wrote poems about those walls and their lichen-speckled granite. The gift of glaciers, and the wry joke of farmers. “She’ll grow a ton and a half an acre, between the stones.” The people who lived there before mine made tools of them, made weights and currency.

This episode of the Drabblecast opens with a Drabblenews story about the resurrection of an ancient human vaginal yeast once used to make a fermented drink fittingly dubbed “vag yeast moonshine” by Norm. In the drabble, while Shouting Cloud has correctly read the signs predicting the return of the Sky Father, there isn’t only one – and they are armed and dangerous. The feature explores the need to adapt to new environments. Humans have fled a ruined Earth to find themselves on a planet where they can’t digest the plants or communicate with the oddly amiable natives, and their preserved supplies are dwindling. While reflecting on memories from a visit to Africa on Earth and desperate to discover some clue about how to survive, a xenobiologist risks exhuming the corpse of a juvenile native for dissection even though one of her colleagues was brutally slaughtered for doing so. When she is discovered by a group of natives, she is sure she will be murdered as well, only to find herself forced into nursing from one of them. As she drinks its milk, she realizes that the intelligent natives, after dissecting rather than slaughtering her colleague to learn about human biology and digestion, have likely theorized that the microscopic flora in their milk may allow humans to finally be able to digest the alien crops on their planet.

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Originally published in Interzone, #195 November-December 2004.
Episode Art:  Kelly MacAvaney

Twabble:  “"Grampy, have you heard of the Grandfather time travel paradox?" she whispers. I can only nod, because of the duct tape. ”  by  Zedaysi

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  •  Feature:  Gifting Bliss: Fifteen Years Later, Jason Avery’s Magic is Still Saving the World  by  Josh Rountree
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Strange

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
Warning:  Several Instances of the F-Bomb

Cover for Drabblecast episode 91, Gifting Bliss, by Kelly MacAvaney“When I first met Jason he was sitting cross-legged in the middle of the studio, surrounded by burning candles. The air smelled like flowers and a sort of a fog hung in the room and I’m thinking- this dude is a little off…”

This podcast begins with a content warning, beware the “f-bomb.” Norm takes the occasion of Thanksgiving to politely thank civilization and his listeners. The feature is a faux documentary from Josh Roundtree, a contributor to “Realms of Fantasy.” Its subject is a record called “Gifting Bliss” from fantasy musician Jason Avery, whose band “Broken” has a magical healing power to listeners. The reading includes fake commercial breaks and Norm’s hysterical imitations of several sub-standard bands and clueless musicians. Lastly, Norm reads the feedback for the recent Halloween story, “The Box Born Wraith.”

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Originally published in Can't Buy Me Faded Love (Wheatland Press), May 2008.
Episode Art:  Kelly MacAvaney

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