Thursday, February 12th, 2015
Warning:  Really Sad

Cover for Drabblecast episode 93, Blue, by Richard K. GreenI had a dog, his name was Blue
Betchya five dollars he’s a good one too.
Come on Blue!
I’m a-comin’ too.

Glum weather in Baltimore inspires Norm to treat us all to a pair of melancholy stories. In Shane Shennen’s Drabble, “Ancient Apple Tree,” the passing of an old, faithful robot is mourned by nary an organic eye. Next, accomplished writer Mike Resnick (who appears in Drabblecast #67, “Malish,” and #102 “The Last Dog”) bases a sad tale of attrition and mourning on the traditional song “Old Blue.” Accompanied by Norm’s gentle rendition of the song, the story describes the mutual loyalty of a hermit and his canine companion in a harsh season. A grateful Norm confesses to his love of dogs after the song and story conclude. This is followed by feedback for Episodes #88 (“The Toys of Peace”) and #89 (“Starry Night”), which is generally positive.

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Originally published in Hunting Dog magazine, 1979.
Heaven's Bones by Samantha Henderson
Episode Art:  Richard K. Green

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Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 216 , The Book of Eternity, by Jan DennisonHis name was Marvin Kasselmeier, though he changed it to Marcus Magnus
because he thought it sounded more impressive. He’d been a bright student,
solitary and humorless, with no friends, and a single obsession: he wanted to live forever…

Is eternal life real worth it? A demonic tale from Mike Resnick explores the question in the final week of Lovecraft months Story features In Search of the Brain-Eating Nandi Bear Part V.

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A Drabblecast original story. Evan Quinlan's Drabbleshire
Episode Art:  Jan Dennison

Twabble:  “As children flock to their deranged god, his great purple lips flap open. I love you and You love me. We're a happy family. ”  by  Tesseract

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Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast episode 102, The Last Dog, by Matt WasielaHe was panting now, his breath coming in a never-ending series of short spurts and gasps.  His sides ached, his eyes watered, and every now and then he would trip over the rubble of the decayed and ruined buildings that lined the torturously fragmented street…

This episode opens with the announcement of the three drabbles and five features stories nominated for the Drabblecast People’s Choice Award. In the Drabble, the narrator muses on the nature of his fatalistic precognition. In the feature, The Last Dog, the titular ultimate canine and his master, the last man on Earth, form a strong bond helping one another to survive on a war-ravaged planet. When they encounter an alien assassin, they are forced to make hard choices.

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Originally published in Hunting Dog magazine, 1977.
Episode Art:  Matt Wasiela

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Thursday, December 11th, 2008
Warning:  Really Sad

Cover for Drabblecast episode 93, Blue, by Richard K. GreenI had a dog, his name was Blue
Betchya five dollars he’s a good one too.
Come on Blue!
I’m a-comin’ too.

Glum weather in Baltimore inspires Norm to treat us all to a pair of melancholy stories. In Shane Shennen’s Drabble, “Ancient Apple Tree,” the passing of an old, faithful robot is mourned by nary an organic eye. Next, accomplished writer Mike Resnick (who appears in Drabblecast #67, “Malish,” and #102 “The Last Dog”) bases a sad tale of attrition and mourning on the traditional song “Old Blue.” Accompanied by Norm’s gentle rendition of the song, the story describes the mutual loyalty of a hermit and his canine companion in a harsh season. A grateful Norm confesses to his love of dogs after the song and story conclude. This is followed by feedback for Episodes #88 (“The Toys of Peace”) and #89 (“Starry Night”), which is generally positive.

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Originally published in Hunting Dog magazine, 1979.
Heaven's Bones by Samantha Henderson
Episode Art:  Richard K. Green

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  •  Feature:  Ephemeroptera’s Lament  by  Craig Watson
  •  Feature:  The Crack in the Cosmic Egg  by  Mike Resnick
  •  Feature  No Strings Attached  by  Thane Thompson
  •  Genre:  Comedy  Drabblecast  Sci-Fi

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Cover for Drabblecast episode 75, Trifecta 4, by Jonathan WilsonWe’re lying in the sun, letting our wings dry, when a thought suddenly occurs to me. “Do you think it’s fair” “What’s that?” says Bob. He’s sitting there beside me, fat and lazy, with his three tales flickering lightly in the spring breeze.

The fourth of the Drabblecast’s Trifecta episodes gives us three different views of the beginnings and endings of life. In “Ephemeroptera’s Lament,” mayflies look for love in their one-day life cycle. In “The Crack in the Cosmic Egg,” B.J. Harrison of “The Classic Tales Podcast” reads us a story of the end, and beginning, of everything. “No Strings Attached,” read by Steve Eley from Escape Pod, shows us the beginnings of a man’s new life. The show concludes with one of Norm Sherman’s original bbardle songs, “75 Lines,” a catchy tune referencing each of the first 75 episodes of The Drabblecast.

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"Ephemeroptera’s Lament" by Craig Watson is a Drabblecast original story. "The Crack in the Cosmic Egg" by Mike Resnick was originally published in Argos: Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine (Spring 1988). "No Strings Attached" by Thane Thompson is a Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  Jonathan Wilson
Read by:  Norm Sherman, B.J. Harrison, and Steve Eley
Music by:   Norm Sherman [75 Lines] - A bbardle.

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Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Cover for Drabblecast episode 67, Malish, by David SteffenHis method of running was simple and to the point:  he was usually last out of the gate, last on the backstretch, last around the far turn, and last at the finish wire…

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Originally published in Pulphouse: A Weekly Magazine, June 1, 1991.

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