•  Feature:  The Electric Ant  by  Phillip K. Dick
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Sci-Fi

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Drabblecast episode 273, The Electric Ant, by Skeet ScienskiAt four-fifteen in the afternoon, T.S.T., Garson Poole woke up in his hospital bed, knew that he lay in a hospital bed in a three-bed ward and realized in addition two things: that he no longer had a right hand and that he felt no pain.

They had given me a strong analgesic, he said to himself as he stared at the far wall with its window showing downtown New York. Webs in which vehicles and peds darted and wheeled glimmered in the late afternoon sun, and the brilliance of the aging light pleased him. It’s not yet out, he thought. And neither am I…

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Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, October 1969.
Episode Art:  Skeet Scienski

Twabble:  “I pull the paper slip out. It reads, "You will choke to death on a fortune cookie." If I could breathe, it would be amusing. ”  by  Algernon Sydney is Dead

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Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 212, Ancient Engines, by Matt Wasiela“Planning to live forever, Tiktok?”
The words cut through the bar’s chatter and gab and silenced them. The silence reached out to touch infinity and then, “I believe you’re talking to me?” a mech said…

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Originally published in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Vol. 23: No. 2, September, 1999.
Episode Art:  Matt Wasiela
Read by:  Mike Boris
Music by:   Eroica Trio, Gringo Motel, 19 Action News

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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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Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 184, HorrorWorld 2025 pt, 1, by Skeet ScienskiIt started in the cemetery, like these things usually do. Everyone knows being in a cemetery after dark’s a bad idea, which is exactly why Kyle had begged his grandpa to take him…

This episode of Drabblecast is a Halloween Special where our (g)host Norm gives us suggestions on how to simultaneously celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month (and Halloween). He also provides information on Phantom Claws, the ghost of a vengeful murdered Santa. The feature story follows Kyle on an escapism holiday to Horror World, an amusement park with violent sentient robot zombies and android wolf men.

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A Drabblecast original story. Night of the Living Trekkies Trailer, Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Episode Art:  Skeet Scienski
Read by:  Morgan Olson as Grandpa, Tom Baker as Ben, Michelle Ristuccia as Selena, Marshal Latham as Arnold, J. E. McNeil as The Cowboy

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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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  •  Feature:  The Observer  by  Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  •  Drabble:  The Miner  by  Travis Scott Greer
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Drama  Horror  Sci-Fi

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 164, The Observer, by Phil PomphreyAnd so we went in.
Combat formation, all five of us, me first, face masks on so tight that the edges of our eyes pulled, suits like a second skin. Weapons in both hands, back-ups attached to the wrists and forearms, flash-bangs on our hips.
No shielding, no vehicles, no nothing. Just us, dosed, altered, ready to go.

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Originally published in Front Lines edited by Denise Little.

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Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast 125, Little Brother TM, by Philip PomphreyThis year when Peter ran into the living room, there sat Little Brother™ among all the wrapped presents, babbling baby talk, smiling his happy smile, and patting one of the packages with his fat little hand. Peter was so excited that he ran up and gave Little Brother™ a big hug around the neck. That was how he found out about the button.

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Originally published in Strange Horizons, 30 October 2000.
Episode Art:  Phil Pomphrey

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