•  Feature:  The Arc of Hronos  by  Anden Sharp
  •  Drabble:  Can You Guess My Name  by  Greg Gibby
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Mystery  Sci-Fi

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

Cover for Drabblecast episode 44, The Arc of Hronos

I’ve almost finished checking those measurements. That tooth—it looks homo sapien. This could be huge…

Norm presents, in his inimitable style, a one-minute review of his long-awaited movie indulgence, “Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem.” The week’s Drabble concerns an auto thief reaching the top of his game through — what else — nefarious means. The feature story’s author, Anden Sharp, gifted the Drabbleverse with Episode #32, “The Warden’s Last Day.” In the feature story, tragedy strikes the marriage of an archaeologist and her time traveler husband. Feedback for Episode #38, the Drabblecast’s first “Trifecta,” debated how well suited the story concepts were for their broadcast length, and was generally positive.

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A Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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  •  Feature:  Witness  by  Susan McElheran
  •  Feature:  Wiggin’s General Store  by  Basil Godevenos
  •  Feature  Pork and Steak-Eye meet Phelan Sheppard  by  Graham Fielding
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Fantasy  Sci-Fi  Strange

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Cover for Drabblecast episode 38, Trifecta 1, by Bo Kaier

Trifecta – a run of three wins or grand events. Origin: 1970s from “tri” + “perfecta”

The Drabblecast’s first ever trifecta special, three short stories asking there interesting questions. Is best model, best witness? How much is a dream worth? And what would you do to get a pound of flesh?

This episode marked the first “Trifecta,” as Norm produced an anthology of three short-ish stories connected by a theme. Norm left the specific theme open for speculation by listeners. Was it perhaps, “lethal consumption?”  In the first story, “Witness,” a cleaning robot recounts a mysterious incident from its uniquely prosaic point of view. Next, “Wiggin’s General Store,” turns out to be a place that sells dreams. No, really, sells dreams and not the safe kind. (The author, Basil Godevenos, wrote the poem “The Truth about the Reaper” in Episode #34.) The final story, “Pork and Steak Eye” ponders the ethics of willing organ-donor clones. Upon reading the feedback from Episode #33, “Dessert Storm,” a good laugh was had by all.

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"Witness" by Susan McElheran originally appeared in LC-39 #2, 1999. "Wiggin’s General Store" by Basil Godevenos is a Drabblecast original story. "Pork and Steak-Eye meet Phelan Sheppard" by Graham Fielding is a Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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Thursday, November 8th, 2007

Cover for Drabblecast episode 37, Luna Springs, by Rick Green

They say the gravity’s lessened here, air’s purified, filtered with vitamins and proteins.  Even the light’s better – Luna Springs is on a mobile foundation timed to keep optimum reflected sunlight at all hours…

In Drabble News: a young girl born with four arms and four legs in India, believed to be the incarnation of a Hindu goddess, underwent surgery to remove her irregularities. Norm speculates on her attitude towards baby pictures later in life. Continuing on the theme of physical infirmities, the feature story features a sickly and wheelchair-bound grandfather. A man who found a place in a retirement community on the Moon, where “memories come alive with the moonlight and dance with the stars” – leaving his grandson with a painful memory of his own. The story author, Patrick Hurley, has been published in “The Horror Library” and other venues. Feedback for Episode #32, “The Warden’s Last Day,” closes out the episode.

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A Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  Richard K. Green

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Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Cover for Drabblecast episode 30, 2084, by Mary Mattice“What are you doing tonight?” asked Julian, with a sly smirk on his face.  He knew that Winston was prone to doing the most outrageous things.

Winston smiled in return.  “You know me Rick, nothing too risky!”…

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A Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  Mary Mattice

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Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

Cover for Drabblecast episode 12, Free Willy 2.4, by Jonathan Wilson

A textbook example of whale robotics gone terribly wrong…

Episode 12 sees the climax of the first ever Super Animal Deathmatch (also know as the Mega-Beast Death-Match), with Norm revealing the winner – Telephant. It also includes Anna Luther’s story “Free Willy 2.4” – the reintroduction of (robotic) killer whales, and how mad science and tinkering with the natural world (as per usual) goes spectacularly, savagely wrong.

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A Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  Jonathan Wilson

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