•  Feature:  Pop Quiz  by  Curtis James McConnell
  •  Drabble:  A Good Magician  by  Lawrence Simon
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Drama  Sci-Fi

Thursday, December 6th, 2012
Warning:  Explicit Language

Cover for Drabblecast episode 265, Pop Quiz, by David Flett

“By the Earth-Stypei Treaty of The Twenty-third Local Year of Our Interaction, as amended, suspected Stypean sympathizers may be detained by duly empowered authorities only so long as the unbreachable sovereignty of the Stypean body-host is not violated, and only for the purpose of deportation upon confirmation of Stypean inhabitance. Tests to determine inhabitance are only permissible if they do not breach body-host sovereignty in any fashion. The breaching of a body-host as well as the deportation of a non-Stypean body host to Stypean space shall constitute an act of war and a resumption of hostilities between the two worlds”

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Originally published in First Contact: Digital Science Fiction Anthology 1, (Jun 2011). Episode Sponsor-- Frank Key's New Short Fiction Anthology "Brute Beauty And Valour And Act, Oh, Air, Pride, Plume, Here Buckle!" Buy it HERE
Episode Art:  David Flett
Read by:  Jacob Dahlke

Twabble:  “There is NO LIFE on any other planet. We are unique. Surely We are made in God's glorious image. Feathered upon hatching. ”  by  GreatNorthernTroll

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Friday, March 11th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 200, The Last Question, by Adam S. DoyleIt all had a beginning in the original cosmic explosion, whatever that was, and it’ll all have an end when all the stars run down. The sun will last twenty billion years and maybe the dwarfs will last a hundred billion for all the good they are. But just give us a trillion years and everything will be dark. Entropy has to increase to maximum, that’s all…

On this special episode celebrating the Drabblecast’s 200th episode, we feature sci-fi milestone The Last Question by the ubiquitous genre giant Isaac Asimov. Norm takes listeners along for a thankful, whistful retrospective of the podcast’s history. The episode then moves in to a full cast, sweeping production of the sci-fi epic. The Last Question is an existential piece occurring over a grand timeline in the fullness of outer space, as mankind and artificial intelligence alike consider immortality, the end of all things, and what it means. The episode features chapter illustrations, and announces the 2010 People’s Choice award winners.

Winners of 2010 People’s Choice Awards!
Best Story: Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette
Best Drabble: Chris Munroe
Best Art: Liz

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Originally published in Science Fiction Quarterly, November 1956. The Dunesteef, Ray Sizemore, Mike Boris, Frank Key The Hootingyard, Escapepod, Cheyenne Wright, Phil Rossi, Mur Lafferty
Episode Art:  Adam Doyle, Liz, Jan Dennison, Broken Cyborg, Aimee Leonard, Skeet Scienski, Josh Hugo
Music by:   Norm Sherman, Gringo Motel, Clint Mansell, with special closing music by 19 Action News

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Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast episode 136, Hello Said the Stick, by Josh Hugo“Hello,” said the stick.

The soldier stopped, and looked around. He did not touch the hilt of his sword, but he adjusted his stance so he could reach it quickly, if need be. But there was nothing to be seen. The moors stretched flat and empty for miles about. “Who said that?”

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Originally published in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, March 2002. Escapepod, freemodemedia
Episode Art:  Josh Hugo
Read by:  Steve Eley
Music by:   Gringo Motel

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Friday, September 25th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast 131, Storm Comes a' Callin,' by Philip PomphreyI heft the axe. Lighter now, and warm in my palms. My old bones creak, I lift it over my head. I stare at the groove in the ground, beaten into the land. Many a storm been broke here. Too many, maybe…

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Originally published in Ideomancer Vol. 3 Issue 2, February 2004. In Search of the Mongolian Death Worm: Part One, Cheyenne Wright, Super Animal Deathmatch Season III
Episode Art:  Phil Pomphrey
Music by:   Big Bill Broonzy, John Campbell, Cheyenne Wright and Norm Sherman

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast episode 113, Charlie the Purple Giraffe, by Josh HugoA change came over Charlie then, like a cloud passing in front of the sun.  He placed his hands flat in his lap, straightened his neck, and took a deep breath.  “Us,” he said at last.  “They read us.”

A delightful Drabble evokes a sage summation of the style from Norm: the mark of a good drabble is the rolling of the eyes and sounds of chuckling. The feature is a unique tale set inside a televised cartoon world. Our main character, Charlie the purple giraffe, has a disturbing and profound view of his world, one not shared by his best friend Jerry the orange squirrel. Floating question marks, colored word balloons, it may not be as light, airy, and humorous as appears at first blush.

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Originally published in Realms of Fantasy, June 2004.
Episode Art:  Josh Hugo

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  •  Feature:  Squidges  by  Thomas Canfield
  •  Drabble:  The Night Sky  by  Wonko
  •  Genre:  Comedy  Drabblecast  Strange

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Cover for Drabblecast episode 94, Squidges, by Jonathan Wilson“Squidges?” This was a term I hadn’t heard before.  I was used to Maine brother colloquialisms, they had adopted a vocabulary largely unique to themselves, but this went beyond even that…

Norm rewards forum participant Wonko by reading his Drabble about an unwilling exposure to the majesty of nature. Rish Outfield and Big Ankelvitch, narrators of the Dunesteef podcast, assist Norm in telling Thomas Canfield’s story, “Squidges.” In it, an unsuspecting patron of eccentric auto-mechanics learns about the unseen gremlins plaguing cars the world round. Feedback from Frank Key’s surreal sci-fi piece, #90 “Far Far Away,” demonstrates the magnetic qualities of magnetic love monkeys to fans of the Drabblecast.

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A Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  Jonathan Wilson

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  •  Feature:  Overgrown Clump of Narcissists  by  Thane Thompson
  •  Drabble:  My Cat Was Killed By Fairies  by  Abigail Hilton
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Drama

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Cover for Drabblecast episode 82, An Overgrown Clump of Narcissists, by Bo Kaier“As you can see, this clump of daffodils is far too overgrown,” said the frail, blue-haired host.” The blooms in the center are starting to suffer as the younger bulbs challenge them for sunlight and nutrients…”

The episode begins with more from the world of the Mega-Beach Death-Match. The Drabble describes warring among fairies. The feature is a  grim tale of holiday angst, shame, and the potential for forgiveness (and unforgivable acts). Feedback is for episode 79’s “Low Carb Cheesecake.”

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A Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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