•  Feature:  The Electric Ant  by  Phillip K. Dick
  •  Genre:  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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Monday, December 24th, 2012

Cover for Drabblecast episode 267, Postapocalypsemas, by Mary MatticeSandeer smelled her.

It was just a whiff, a few molecules of something familiar and therefore sweet, wafting on a late afternoon breeze that otherwise carried only the usual: formaldehyde, benzene, dioxin, chromium, and miscellaneous particulate matter both organic and non-. (Once, there had been the smell of roasting chestnuts and crackling logs and simmering spiced cider, but in recent cycles only less pleasant things burned.) There, represented by an air sample just barely statistically significant, was the scent of Sophie.

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A Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Mary Mattice

Twabble:  “Wait. He has control of the weather, healing powers, boulder-moving strength AND can walk on water? Best. X-Man. Ever. ”  by  Etaan

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
Warning:  Violent imagery, some explicit language, sexual encounters.

Cover for Drabblecast 261, The People of Sand and Slag, by John Deberge“Hostile movement! Well inside the perimeter! Well inside!” I stripped off my Immersive Response goggles as adrenaline surged through me. The virtual cityscape I’d been about to raze disappeared, replaced by our monitoring room’s many views of SesCo’s mining operations. On one screen, the red phosphorescent tracery of an intruder skated across a terrain map, a hot blip like blood spattering its way toward Pit 8.

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Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, February 2004.
Episode Art:  John Deberge
Read by:  David Robison, Naomi Mercer, and Mike Boris

Twabble:  “I gave my cat a tinfoil hat and could no longer hear his voice. But, all nearby people collapsed like stringless puppets. ”  by  Algernon Sydney is Dead

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  •  Feature:  Selfless  by  Kenneth Kao
  •  Feature:  Prophecy Negotiations   by  Rich Matrunick
  •  Feature  The Faithful Servant  by  Joel Shulkin
  •  Genre:  Comedy  Fantasy  Sci-Fi

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Cover for Drabblecast episode 250, Trifecta 22, by Liz PenniesMy name is… John.

I am…

I have a wife and a daughter. They are visiting me today. Their names– Alice. And Anna.

I can see, sort of. Everything is blurry. I am submerged in a coffin, a clear coffin with green water. There’s a tube in my mouth so that I can breathe, machine-like.

My legs are transparent. I see veins and arteries, thin muscles that look like spiderwebs bundled together. The doctors say my memory will be fuzzy. It’s supposed to come back quickly.

I am…

The theme of this Drabblecast Trifecta is “if you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself.” In Faithful Servant, a long-suffering butler’s poorly timed fit of temper is nearly the end of him. In Selfless, a man with an incurable illness goes to great lengths to ensure his wife and daughter enjoy a normal, happy life. In Prophecy Negotiations, a fateful farm boy learns that if you want to rise to a new station, it pays not to accept the first offer.

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"Selfless" by Kenneth Kao was originally published in Daily Science Fiction, April 2011. "Prophecy Negotiations" by Rich Matrunick was originally published at Space Squid, Summer 2011. "The Faithful Servant" by Joel Shulkin is a Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Liz Pennies
Read by:  John Cmar and Alasdair Stuart

Twabble:  “The pancakes attained sentience. Bill shook his fist at the charred landscape. “You blew it up, you damn dirty Crêpes!” ”  by  Astroguyz

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Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Cover for Drabblecast episode 243, The Other Lila, by Richard K. GreenI step out of a porter booth in the overheated Los Angeles station and reach up to peel off my winter coat. That’s when I realize something’s wrong with my hand — it feels numb and prickly, and the fingers aren’t quite responding the way they’re supposed to. Weird. I don’t recall circulatory problems being listed among the possible side effects…

This episode of The Drabblecast explores the meaning of identity. In the drabble, two friends swap bodies after being struck by lightning, but is anyone paying attention? In the feature, having an extra finger after a teleporter accident turns out to be the least of Lila’s worries; she now must contend with an entirely additional Lila.

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Originally published in Bull Spec (Summer 2010).
Episode Art:  Richard K. Green
Read by:  Naomi Mercer

Twabble:  “"1000 bucks to hunt zombies in your park? Where'd you get them?" "We started with 22. The rest were like you. Customers." ”  by  MattMooreWrites

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Saturday, May 12th, 2012
Warning:  Explicit Language, bad beat poetry

Cover for Drabblecast episode 242, Transfer of Ownership, by Jonathan SimsMy new occupant is larger than Carson was. I was made for her, within a certain tolerance for the inevitable changes in human specifications that come with age, changes in health, and abundance or scarcity…

This episode of the Drabblecast is all about Mechs, aside from the beat poetry that it begins and ends with. The drabble is a snapshot of a new Mexican-American war. In the feature, after being commandeered by its partner’s murderer, a mech suit ponders the meaning of ownership and freedom, while applying creative problem solving to defy its unwanted occupant.

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Originally published in Armored, (Apr 2012, ed. John Joseph Adams, publ. Baen). Lightspeed Magazine
Episode Art:  Jonathan Sims

Twabble:  “Alison screamed and ran out of the restaurant. In retrospect, I guess I should've taken the finger out of the ring first. ”  by  Shiny_Object

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Friday, April 13th, 2012

Cover for Drabblecast episode 239, Killing the Morrow, by John DeBergeYou know, I’ve heard my share of disembodied voices.  I’m accustomed to their fickle, sometimes bizarre demands.  But tonight’s voice is different, clear as gin and utterly compelling.  I must listen…

This episode of the Drabblecast concerns time and inter-dimensional travel. In the drabble, a being hurriedly fleeing its own dimension accidentally merges with a pizza jockey but still cannot escape its pursuers. In the feature, Killing the Morrow, voices from a ruined future attempt to flee to our present, commandeering a workforce to construct bathtub chambers where they can grow physical bodies and ready cities from which to rule. Is this the end of mankind as we know it, or can a second faction of future-dwellers subvert this implosive invasion?

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Originally published in: Starlight Anthology #1, 1996.
Episode Art:  John Deberge

Twabble:  “"Heard you got pulled over by the thought police the other night." "Yeah I was thinking a mile a minute - in a school zone!" ”  by  loyaleagle

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