Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
Warning:  Some strong language

Cover for Drabblecast episode 292, Hollow as the World, by Oskar KunikOne of the reasons Joshua loved Lydia as much as he did was all the secret rituals they’d devised. Their shared jokes were treasured secrets, never to be shared with the other kids at high school; some days, the way Lydia could send Joshua into high titters with a raise of her pierced eyebrow was the only thing that kept Joshua from slitting his wrists…

 

 

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A Drabblecast original. Clarion West Director's Commentary
Episode Art:  Oskar Kunik

Twabble:  “I never knew my mom. But I love stepmum. She gives the best of herself. I'm lucky to have such a good intestine to call home. ”  by  MonsieurMoustache

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides episode 16, Winning Streak, by Mary MatticeSeven security gargoyles stare at me from atop the elaborate sandstone columns lining the casino’s walls. Their sharp eyes and oversized talons flex ever so slightly in anticipation of snatching up cheaters like unsuspecting prey… The pit boss watches me too, now, and for good reason. I’m an Ittari after all, a shapeshifter, just as they’d identified me with the DNA scan when I’d entered this fine establishment…

Originally appeared in Daily Science Fiction, November 2010.
Episode Art:  Mary Mattice

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Monday, November 7th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 222, Rules for Living in a Simulation, by Mike DominicNow if we, like those characters in recent movies, discovered specific clues in the world around us suggesting that we do in fact live in a simulation, we would of course consider those clues carefully to see what they say about how we should live our lives. — Robin Hanson

Norm begins this episode of the Drabblecast with an introduction to the new and improved Drabblecast.org, and thanks the many contributors who made this possible. The Drabble by John Murphy remembers a simpler time in video games, though a time not free of consequence. The feature by Aubrey Hirsch provides, as described in the title, a didactic set of rules for living in a simulation (a universe constructed especially for us).

Episode Sponsor: You Shall Never Know Security by J.R. Hamantaschen.

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Originally published in Daily Science Fiction. (September 2011) Geologic Podcast, Big Wonderful Press, Daily SF
Episode Art:  Mike Dominic
Read by:  George Hrab

Twabble:  “Bo waded through the mangled body parts and scattered office supplies to his cubicle. He really hated Casualty Friday. ”  by  Steven D. Lidster

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Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
Warning:  An S*Bomb. Also, sexual content. The S*Bomb was way worse though.

Cover for Drabblecast episode 220, Trifecta XVIII, by Liz PenniesAnother of the Drabblecast’s vaunted Trifecta series. Three short stories, each with a unique twist. The episode begins with an interview of author J.R. Hamantaschen, Norm runs fingers through his troubled mind, learning of the seeds from which his horrors spring. The theme of this Trifecta: getting the boot – stories of rejection and alienation. First up, Richard Weems’s Bad Habit, in which a nun and a naked pervert do battle (no, really). Next, author Andrew Gudgel (featured on fellow podcasts such as Escapepod) appears with Tags, as read by Kimi Alexander, a story of teenage dares in a technologically submerged world. Lastly, A Happy Family, by author, novelist Nathaniel Tower, read by Abner Senires, in which a family receives a very unexpected bundle of joy (and puzzlement).

Episode Sponsor: You Shall Never Know Security by J.R. Hamantaschen.

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"Bad Habit" by Richard Weems is a Drabblecast original story. "Tags" by Andrew Gudgel was originally published by Flash Fiction Online, September 2010. "A Happy Family" by Nathaniel Tower was originally published by Bourbon Penn (Jan 2011).
Episode Art:  Liz Pennies
Read by:  Kimi Alexander and Abner Senires
Music by:   Gringo Motel

Twabble:  ““We don’t allow no faster-than-light neutrinos in here,” says the bartender, with a growl. A neutrino walks into a bar. ”  by  Strawman

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Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 147, Cassie, by Phil PomphreyThe other gamblers ignored her. They were a mixed bunch– middle aged men in ties and shiny suits, women in evening gowns, young men with gleaming teeth and haunted expressions. Roulette was a sucker’s game. Unless you were Cassie…

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Originally published in Jackhammer, March 2000. World Rock Paper Scissors Society, The Guild of the Cowry Catchers, I Should Be Writing
Episode Art:  Phil Pomphrey
Read by:  Mur Lafferty and Abbie Hilton
Music by:   Gringo Motel

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  •  Feature:  Out of His League  by  Bruce Golden
  •  Drabble:  Sammy Has a Good Day  by  Josh Hugo
  •  Genre:  Comedy  Drabblecast  Sci-Fi

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast episode 103, Out of His Leagie, by Rodolfo ArredondoAn influx of uniformed combatants filed into the room, some mumbling, others grumbling– the sure sign of another loss.  In moments the place smelled of dirty socks and planetary jocks…

This episode opens with a reminder to vote for the Drabblecast People’s Choice Award on the Drabblecast discussion forums, which neatly segues into a Drabble News segment about a New Jersey couple who claim that their child’s Tickle me Elmo toy telephone asks “who wants to have sex?” In the Drabble, defeating gravity is a very different experience for a professor and a small boy. The feature story, Out of His League, puts a humorous spin on Pluto’s reclassification from planet to dwarf, envisioning it as a player on a celestial baseball team who has just been sent down to the minors.

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Originally published in OG's Speculative Fiction, March 2008.
Episode Art:  Rodolfo Arredondo

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Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Cover of Drabblecast episode 95, On Dasher, by Matt CowensSeen from a hundred feet up–if one could see any of this meeting, which they can’t – Saint Nick and his reindeer are red and brown dots standing on a potmarked gray island spanning hundreds of feet, lapped by waves…

Norm begins this Christmas episode with musical satire of the “Night Before Christmas” poem, twisting it into an explanation of the subprime derivative collapse: “We Don’t Have to Liquidate Christmas.” Jonathan C. Gillespie, a veteran of the podcast “Variant Frequencies” among others, focuses on those unsung worker heroes of Christmas, the everyday average reindeer, who pull a heavy load (and toys too) across the skies. As it turns out not even these mythic creatures are immune to office politics. The titular Dasher is given a chance to prove himself, and keep his day job, amid a desperate sky race around the world.

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A Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  Matt Cowens

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