•  Feature:  The Destiny of Man  by  Drew Arrants
  •  Drabble:  Death at the Bowling Alley  by  Keith Burnett
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Sci-Fi

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Cover for Drabblecast 48, The Destiny of Man, by Kathleen Beckett

I know what they teach you in school, Bobby, but don’t let anyone tell you that the human race isn’t the greatest, most glorious of all earth’s creatures…

Norm presents his one-minute review of the monster movie, “Cloverfield.” The Drabble speculates on the Bleak Reaper’s off-duty recreation activities. The feature story, originally published in the print magazine “Futures,” is a “facts-of-life” monologue from a father to his son on an Earth crushed under the legless boot-heel of a strangely dehumanizing alien occupation. Concluding that no matter what heights humanity reaches, in the end we’re all worm fodder. Feedback for Episode #42, “40 Quarters,” was sparse and mixed, although the listeners certainly did emendate our vocabularies. Norm concludes with reminders that the “People’s Choice” award voting and the first annual Nigerian Scam Spam contest are both still wide open.

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Originally published in Futures #26, date unknown.
Episode Art:  Kathleen Beckett

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Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Cover for Drabblecast episode 40, Marbles, by David Steffen

“Michael…” his mother said, smiling and bending toward him. “Don’t you think we should invite your new neighbor over to play?”

In Drabble News:  the field of Taxidermy triumphs with the successful recovery of a famous cryptozoological (mystery) animal. This week’s Drabble, “Shark attack,” provides a surprising role reversal. The feature story, also by author Ayn Sauer, continues the theme of vicious youth. “Marbles” tells the tale of young Michael and a precocious young collector named Alice. It details a kiddie cross, the sort of thing that scars for life, or elicits a frightful smile. Head-scratcher feedback for Episode #35, “The Guilt Trader,” follows.

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A Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  David Steffen

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Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Cover for Drabblecast episode 27, Crazy, by Bo KaierMa called it the crazy. She always had. The old lady called it something else.  Most of the time, before I- touched one- I used the word Ma used, or sometimes I called it the weirdness, to myself…

On this episode of the Drabblecast, the mother of a unique child must guide him towards greater knowledge of the powers he possesses.

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A Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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  •  Feature:  A Day With Daddy  by  Brian J. Smith
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Strange

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Cover for Drabblecast 20, A Day With Daddy, by Bo KaierA man and his daughter encounter trouble at the local grocery store….

On this episode of the Drabblecast, an eccentric parent takes his ‘child’ out for a day of shopping… complications ensue.

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A Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Cover for Drabblecast episode 019, Sredni Vashtar, by Mary MatticeSredni Vashtar went forth, His thoughts were red thoughts and his teeth were white.
His enemies called for peace, but he brought them death.

Sredni Vashtar the Beautiul…

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Originally published in Uncanny Stories, (1936).
Episode Art:  Mary Mattice

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Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Cover for Drabblecast episode 10, A Little Black Death, by Matthew CowensHe kept them in jars in his garage.  Row after row of mayonnaise jars, each one containing a small, shiny blob of instant death….

In its tenth episode, the Drabblecast presents Lance Arthur’s story ‘A Little Black Death’ – a spider story, not recommended for the squeamish. Norm encourages listeners to vote in the Super Animal Deathmatch, and to take advantage of the new comment feature of the site.

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This story originally appeared in the author's collection of short stories, title unknown.
Episode Art:  Matt Cowens

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