Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 304, Hero the Movie pt. 2, by Joe BotschRick takes the money the Mayor of Corkscrew has wired him and flies to Florida, feeling his oats, full of hope.  He’s met at the airport by one of Mayor Delameter’s staff and driven to his hotel, the old but clean and dry Swamp Hotel in downtown Corkscrew.  The next morning he’s out at the edge of town where Main Street runs along the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and he’s surveying the marching battalions of Gecarcoidea natalis—little, red, forest-dwelling crabs about the size of your palm that are migrating, as they do each year—though not usually in such numbers—through the town, back to the swamp to breed . . . and taking their sweet time doing it. .

 

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Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July 2005. The Village Sang to the Sea The Girl Who Loved Animals: And Other Stories
Episode Art:  Joe Botsch

Twabble:  “Finally I asked ”So what do the crop circles mean?“ The alien smiled ”Well you know how humans draw penises everywhere?" ”  by  Spindaddy

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Monday, November 18th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 303, Hero the Movie pt. 1, by Joe BotschThis romantic comedy begins where all low-budget ’50s creature-features ended: The mutant insects born of atom-bomb radiation (or invaders from space, or monsters from the sea, or fifty-foot women) have at last been defeated and our small-town hero, with girlfriend Janie or June or Betty at his side, must now face the rest of his life. Didn’t we wonder what his life would be like after the final credits rolled? After you save the world, what’s left? You can marry the Professor’s daughter, sure. You can sell the rights to your story. Be on national talk shows. Hold onto fame a little longer. But then what?

 

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Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July 2005. The Village Sang to the Sea The Girl Who Loved Animals: And Other Stories
Episode Art:  Joe Botsch

Twabble:  “Jenifer never brushes her hair Which is why I now live there Since my roots reached her brain Jen's not been quite the same ”  by  MonsierMoustache

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Friday, November 15th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides episode 33, Free Range, by Haley GrunlohAfter she lost interest in the green eggs—yes, green chicken eggs (taste the same, look dyed, so what’s the point?)—my neighbor Johanna started raising black chickens. Yes, black ones. They’re popular in China for reasons ranging from nutrition to superstition, and she’d gotten three hens and a rooster from a guy in Chinatown—in exchange for the last two green-egg chickens she had.

“Green is good now in China,” he said. “Helps make a man’s pole longer.”

“Right,” she told him. “Don’t need to kill rhinoceros and go to jail for long pole anymore.”

Originally published in Asimov's Science Fiction, June 2012.
Episode Art:  Haley Grunloh

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