•  Feature:  Evil Robot Monkey  by  Mary Robinette Kowal
  •  Feature:  Character Flu  by  Robert Reed
  •  Feature  Toaster of the Gods  by  Randall Coots
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Fantasy  Sci-Fi  Strange

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 182, Trifecta XIV, by Jan Dennison

This episode of Drabblecast is another Trifecta special, with the of: Identity. Norm debates how our perceptions of optical illusions reflect how each person views things in their own, personal way. Evil Robot Monkey looks at the life of Sly, a micro-chip enhanced chimpanzee who creates pottery in order to deal with the stress of having intelligence. Character Flu examines a future where humanity has been infected by the worst disease ever. The show ends on a lighter note with Toaster of the Gods, read by the Dunesteef, in which a self-deified, sentient toaster shows us how far the protagonist will go for perfect toast.

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"Evil Robot Monkey" by Mary Robinette Kowal was originally published in The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction Vol. 2 (2008). "Character Flu" by Robert Reed was originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, June 2008. "Toaster of the Gods" by Randall Coots was originally published in Strange Horizons, 20 August 2001. Old Lady/Young Lady Optical Illusion, Chris Munroe, The Dribblecast, John Cmar, The Secret Lair, The Dunesteef, Con on the Cob
Episode Art:  Jan Dennison
Music by:   Norm Sherman, Bernard Pagnotti, Sara Ayers, Gringo Motel, Brian Taylor

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  •  Feature:  It's All in the Knowing  by  Mikal Trimm
  •  Drabble:  Tax Form Zero-G  by  Sonny Traylor
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Sci-Fi

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast 116, It's All in the Knowing, by Bo KaierKelly Lester, a soft-spoken, unassuming young girl, with lovely sparkling green eyes and a smile that seemed fresh-born each time she used it. I fell in love with her the day she started here, and I convinced myself she’d never have anything to do with me the day after.

Of course, I was not all-knowing at the time…

This episode of the Drabblecast begins with a Drabblenews segment on mind-controlled zombie fire ants in Texas. The drabble is yet another end-of-the world story (geez guys, lighten up!) about a man from Omaha, Nebraska toasting to his emanate demise as he’s missing a scheduled IRS audit, …so really, is it that bad? The feature introduces us to a young man who knows everything. Not a smart ass – a man who literally everything. Does he use it for love or profit? And is there such a thing as knowing too much?

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Originally published in Abyss & Apex, July/August 2004.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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