Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast episode 173, Go Beep, by LizI’m a fan of Nirvana.

I mean I’m a fan of the band rather than a fan of the concept. Although, hey, what’s not to like about the idea of being no longer subject to torture over the fires of greed, hatred and delusion? Free from all suffering – yes, that sounds pretty good. But if I really wanted to free of everything that makes us human then I probably wouldn’t dig bands like Nirvana any more, and that would be bad. Then I wouldn’t be me any more.

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A Drabblecast original story. Audio Market List, Square Two
Episode Art:  Liz
Music by:   Norm Sherman

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Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides episode 24, Answer, by Bo KaierHe straightened and nodded to Dwar Reyn, then moved to a position beside the switch that would complete the contact when he threw it. The switch that would connect, all at once, all of the monster computing machines of all the populated planets in the universe–ninety-six billion planets–into the supercircuit that would connect them all into the one supercalculator, one cybernetics machine that would combine all the knowledge of all the galaxies…

Originally published in Angels and Spaceships, 1954.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Cover for Drabblecast episode 229, Singularity Knocks, by Forrest Warner“You don’t have to talk like that to us, mister,” I said. “We know town-speak just fine.”

The man with the hat put it back on his head and smiled with a hint of embarrassment. “Sorry, folks. Sometimes it helps, you know, smooth the way.”

That man with the computer was lurking by the corner of our porch, holding it up and aiming some kind of camera at the eaves. He steered a pair of laser beams from one end to the other. I figured I’d let him do what he was doing if I didn’t see any harm.

“Smooth the way for what?” I asked. I knew what was coming next, what was always coming: talk of imminent domain, of making way for progress.

“Something exciting,” he said, lifting up a foot onto the lowest step. “Opportunity of a lifetime…”

This episode of the Drabblecast explores science of the future. In the drabble, a lab rat learns to speak but still cannot talk the scientists studying him out of his eventual dissection despite their similarities. In the feature, government agents try to convince a family of aging farmers to join the rest of humanity by being uploaded into the singularity, a virtual world where everyone can lead any life they can dream up. No one can be left behind..

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A Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  Forrest Warner
Music by:   The Avett Brothers

Twabble:  “David wished people would stop staring. After 500 years, he still wouldn't forgive Michel for not chiseling him a robe. ”  by  DutchessAlyssa

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Monday, November 7th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 222, Rules for Living in a Simulation, by Mike DominicNow if we, like those characters in recent movies, discovered specific clues in the world around us suggesting that we do in fact live in a simulation, we would of course consider those clues carefully to see what they say about how we should live our lives. — Robin Hanson

Norm begins this episode of the Drabblecast with an introduction to the new and improved Drabblecast.org, and thanks the many contributors who made this possible. The Drabble by John Murphy remembers a simpler time in video games, though a time not free of consequence. The feature by Aubrey Hirsch provides, as described in the title, a didactic set of rules for living in a simulation (a universe constructed especially for us).

Episode Sponsor: You Shall Never Know Security by J.R. Hamantaschen.

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Originally published in Daily Science Fiction. (September 2011) Geologic Podcast, Big Wonderful Press, Daily SF
Episode Art:  Mike Dominic
Read by:  George Hrab

Twabble:  “Bo waded through the mangled body parts and scattered office supplies to his cubicle. He really hated Casualty Friday. ”  by  Steven D. Lidster

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Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 174, The Fantasy Jumper, by Elan Trinidad“This is the one I wanted to show you,” Rando said to his blind date, Maya, who had an artificial eye that drooped slightly, but was otherwise very cute in a chipmunk sort of way.
“Make her blonde,” Rando said, while Maya peered over his shoulder. The woman’s hair changed from brown to golden blonde…

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Originally published in Black Static, Feb., 2008.
Episode Art:  Elan Trinidad
Read by:   Naomi Mercer

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Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 173, Go Beep, by LizI’m a fan of Nirvana.

I mean I’m a fan of the band rather than a fan of the concept. Although, hey, what’s not to like about the idea of being no longer subject to torture over the fires of greed, hatred and delusion? Free from all suffering – yes, that sounds pretty good. But if I really wanted to free of everything that makes us human then I probably wouldn’t dig bands like Nirvana any more, and that would be bad. Then I wouldn’t be me any more.

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A Drabblecast original story. Audio Market List, Square Two
Episode Art:  Liz
Music by:   Norm Sherman

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast 124, Ghosts and Simulations, by Phil Pomphrey“You’re looking for people to mind the ghosts?” I asked, as I signed for the co-pay…

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Originally published in Strange Horizons, 12 November 2007.
Episode Art:  Phil Pomphrey

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