Monday, January 12th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides 2, 2135: The Year Disco Came Back, by CRNsurfAnd with a mighty crack the sky opened up!  There, sitting on a throne of ivory and omnipotence, was the Lord in all his terrible glory.  And God said:  “Let there be Funk!”

On this episode of the Drabblecast B-Sides podcast, a semi-lucid prophecy of a musically dominated future. Disco, punk, funk, and more are at odds, as maniacal genre fan devotion rules the streets!

Originally published in Clockwise Cat, 17 December 2008.
Episode Art:  CRNsurf
Music by:   Norm Sherman, The Cheebacabra, and Fumbata.
Closing Music by Marty Stuart

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  •  Feature:  Daydream Nation  by  Paul Di Filippo
  •  Drabble:  Cryosleep  by  Jake Freivald
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  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.”

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

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Thursday, December 11th, 2008
Warning:  Really Sad

Cover for Drabblecast episode 93, Blue, by Richard K. GreenI had a dog, his name was Blue
Betchya five dollars he’s a good one too.
Come on Blue!
I’m a-comin’ too.

Glum weather in Baltimore inspires Norm to treat us all to a pair of melancholy stories. In Shane Shennen’s Drabble, “Ancient Apple Tree,” the passing of an old, faithful robot is mourned by nary an organic eye. Next, accomplished writer Mike Resnick (who appears in Drabblecast #67, “Malish,” and #102 “The Last Dog”) bases a sad tale of attrition and mourning on the traditional song “Old Blue.” Accompanied by Norm’s gentle rendition of the song, the story describes the mutual loyalty of a hermit and his canine companion in a harsh season. A grateful Norm confesses to his love of dogs after the song and story conclude. This is followed by feedback for Episodes #88 (“The Toys of Peace”) and #89 (“Starry Night”), which is generally positive.

Originally published in Hunting Dog magazine, 1979.
Heaven's Bones by Samantha Henderson
Episode Art:  Richard K. Green

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  •  Feature:  All In  by  Peter Atwood
  •  Drabble:  Clearing the Pallet  by  Michael Young
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Horror  Sci-Fi

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Cover for Drabblecast episode 73, All In, by Anthony Sullivan

The medical profession doesn’t talk about “The Treatment”…it came from Argentina, but the scientist was from Mumbai, or the other way around…

This episode’s Drabble shows us life by Etch-a-Sketch. The feature story for this episode is a dark drama posing the question “Is your body worth your life?” Norm Sherman announces that The Drabblecast has been nominated for The Parsec Awards, teases about the return of the Mega-Beast Super Animal Death-Match, and explains what a tanuki is.

Originally published in Weird Tales, July-August 2008.

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Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Cover for Drabblecast episode 52, Sleep Age, by Bo KaierAround back there’s a smaller, dimmer lobby with a line of tired-looking people clutching their little blinking cylinders as they wait to have them verified to get their money…

A Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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  •  Feature:  The Destiny of Man  by  Drew Arrants
  •  Drabble:  Death at the Bowling Alley  by  Keith Burnett
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Sci-Fi

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Cover for Drabblecast 48, The Destiny of Man, by Kathleen Beckett

I know what they teach you in school, Bobby, but don’t let anyone tell you that the human race isn’t the greatest, most glorious of all earth’s creatures…

Norm presents his one-minute review of the monster movie, “Cloverfield.” The Drabble speculates on the Bleak Reaper’s off-duty recreation activities. The feature story, originally published in the print magazine “Futures,” is a “facts-of-life” monologue from a father to his son on an Earth crushed under the legless boot-heel of a strangely dehumanizing alien occupation. Concluding that no matter what heights humanity reaches, in the end we’re all worm fodder. Feedback for Episode #42, “40 Quarters,” was sparse and mixed, although the listeners certainly did emendate our vocabularies. Norm concludes with reminders that the “People’s Choice” award voting and the first annual Nigerian Scam Spam contest are both still wide open.

Originally published in Futures #26, date unknown.
Episode Art:  Kathleen Beckett

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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

Cover for Drabblecast episode 45, The Fine Point, by David Steffen

Once you start to see them, they seem to be everywhere…

The Drabble News report, of a 5-year scientific study which showed staring at women’s breasts prolonged the lifespan of males, inspires a now-infamous skit. Norm details the riot among medical test subjects when the non-boobie control group was chosen. The feature story continues with theme of close observation of the Creator’s handiwork. The author, whose work has appeared in “Alien Skin” among other places, presents a disturbing tale of a crusty old misanthrope discovering a crude shortcut from an Impressionistic God, harkening back to the world’s creation. Is humanity ready for that knowledge? Feedback for Episode #39, “The Bee-Keepers,” was accidentally erased by Norm, but the forum comments were very positive, and stimulated a great discussion about parasites. Finally, the Drabblecast New Year’s Resolution is a raise in the submission pay rates.

A Drabblecast original story.

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