•  Feature:  The Lemon-Green Spaghetti-Loud Dynamite-Dribble Day  by  William Tenn
  •  Genre:  Strange

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides episode 29, The Lemon-Green Spaghetti-Loud Dynamite-Dribble Day, by Bo KaierTestimony of Witness No. 5671 before the Special Presidential Investigative Commission. Leonard Drucker, thirty-one years old, unmarried, of 238 West 10th Street, New York City, Borough of Manhattan, employed as a salesman by the Har-Bern Office Partition Company of 205 East 42nd Street, New York City, Borough of Manhattan. Witness, being placed under oath, does swear and depose:
Well, I don’t know, the telephone woke me up about eight A.M. on that Wednesday morning. I grabbed at it, half falling out of bed, and finally managed to juggle it up to my ear. A girl’s voice was saying, “Hello, Lennie? Is that you, Lennie? Hello?”

Originally published in Cavalier, January 1967.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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  •  Feature:  Betty Flesh and the Meat Man   by  Damon Shaw
  •  Drabble:  My Wife, the Star  by  PhineasQB
  •  Genre:  Fantasy  Romance  Strange

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Cover for Drabblecast episode 263, Betty Flesh and the Meat Man, by Bo Kaier“Your suitor’s here!” Ma Flesh hurried into the back room of the butcher’s shop. “Are you presentable?”

Betty waited there amongst the swinging, marbled yellow cow carcasses. The wooden butcher’s table was smooth under her fingertips, and solid as the earth. Knives glinted from the walls, each reflecting a tiny, seated Betty and the thin figure of Ma Flesh standing over her.

“Sit up straight,” Ma snapped. “And don’t scratch. It could lead to tragedy. I mean it.”

“I won’t.” Betty didn’t dare ask why Ma was so against scratching. Her head itched but she didn’t lift her hand. Ma had cut off Betty’s hair to stop her from being so floaty. She hoped the suitor liked short hair. If he was blind, he’d like it, she thought. She could lay her head in his lap and he could tell her mood by the bumps on her skull. He could stroke behind her ears, let his fingers drift up to her crown, slide down her neck–

“It isn’t Saturday.” Ma rapped on Betty’s head with the back of her shining metal hook. “No going floaty today, girl.”

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A Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier
Music by:   Greenskeepers, Lotion (special closing music)

Twabble:  “She promised to show me her best trick that night in the bedroom. What a joke that was. She can't even guess the right card. ”  by  uncre8d1

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Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 210, The Alphabet Quartet, by Matt SchindlerAnother in the Drabblecast trifecta series. This time, we dip in to the Alphabet Quartet collection.

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P is for Parade was originally published in Daily Science Fiction, Apr 20, 2011. F is for Forever was originally published in Daily Science Fiction, Feb 9, 2011. C is for Crate was originally published in Daily Science Fiction, Jan 19, 2011. Escape Artists, In Search of the Brain-Eating Nandi Bear Part II
Episode Art:  Matt Schindler
Music by:   Preservation Blues Band

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  •  Feature:  Hokkaido Green  by  Aidan Doyle
  •  Drabble:  On the Inside  by  Kayla Bashe
  •  Genre:  Drama  Fantasy

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 208, Hokkaido Green, by Jerel DyeThe sound of running water came from ahead. The trail emerged from the woods and he looked up at the side of a rocky hill. A narrow waterfall trickled down the side of the rock, splashing into a pool of water.

His father claimed the water here was the most amazing color he’d ever seen – a vivid blue-green he’d dubbed Hokkaido green…

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Originally published in Strange Horizons, Nov 2010. Drabblecast Art Reclamation Project Sumi-e Painting Daddy Drinks Because You Cry Go the !#@% to Sleep
Episode Art:  Jerel Dye

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  •  Feature:  The Store of the Worlds  by  Robert Sheckley
  •  Genre:  Drama  Fantasy

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 188, The Store of the Worlds, by LizTompkins sighed. “What happens is this: You pay me
my fee. I give you an injection which knocks you out. Then, with the aid of certain gadgets which I have in the back of the store, I liberate your mind…”

This episode of Drabblecast starts with Norm recommending and playing an excerpt from Frank Key’s story anthology. In the feature we learn about Mr. Wayne, a man who visits the store of the world in order to discover his deepest desire. Is it simply an escape from a post-apocalyptic world, or is it something more?

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Originally published in Playboy, 1959. Audio rights were obtained through the author's estate. Episode Sponsor: Frank Key's Story Anthology "Impunged by a Peasant", Robert Sheckley, Forever Angels
Episode Art:  Liz
Music by:   19 Action News, special closing music: Pick up the Phone.

Twabble:  “I had heard that love is blind. Just before my son's viola recital, I prayed that it was deaf as well. ”  by  Ben Hathaway

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  •  Feature:  Daydream Nation  by  Paul Di Filippo
  •  Drabble:  Cryosleep  by  Jake Freivald
  •  Genre:  Fantasy  Romance  Sci-Fi

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast 097, Daydream Nation, by Bo KaierFrom a small, dusty box similar to a contact-lens case, she took a fresh iDreams bindi, a self-adhesive circlet displaying the iDreams logo: a stylized human head wreathed in fluffy clouds and displaying a Third Eye…

This episode of the Drabblecast explores the relationship between technology and romance. In the Drabble, cryotechnology brings new dimensions to love, loss, and grieving. The feature, Daydream Nation, is a post-modern fairy tale exploring how the development of an iDreams caster, a device allowing users to broadcast crafted or purchased iDreams to one another, might affect courtship and relationships. After the story, Norm waxes poetic about the effect of our instant message society on “good old fashioned cheesy flirting.”

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Originally published in Cosmos: The Science of Everything, October 2005.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Cover for Drabblecast episode 90, Far Far Away, by Jonathan WilsonThe bullet-riddled corpses of our dead crew-mates, all sixteen of them, are coffined up, and the coffins stacked as a makeshift ping pong table…

In Drabble News, Norm congratulates the Harper Collins Dictionary for adding the slang term “meh” (an utterance of indifference). For the Drabble segment, returning author and future editor Matthew Bey (responsible for Drabblecast #58, “Eggs,” among others) allows his strange nocturnal fantasies about pupating locomotives to cross into the listener’s daylight. Next, Norm reads from the work of Frank Key, the British surreal author whose ‘lopsided fiction’ has graced the Drabblecast on numerous occasions, including episode #190. The selection: “The Goat God.” The feature describes the Flying Dutchman space journey of the starship “Corrugated Cardboard,” and the strange transformations of its surviving crew. The crew’s destination: a tiny pink planet where blind, mute, magnetic love monkeys frolic. Do these wonderful mythical creatures even exist, or are they figments of the unreliable narrator’s imagination? Finally, Norm reads from the positive feedback heaped by readers upon Episode #86, “Half Sneeze Johnny.”

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A Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  Jonathan Wilson

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