Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast 76, Apologies All Around, by Bo Kaier“Pardon, Winston Sinclair, I am not here to sell you something. I am not here to buy something. Winston Sinclair, sir, I am here to apologize…”

Jeff Soesbe, graduate of The Viable Paradise Workshop, gives us a tender feature about a family of the future, and a unique robot with a special purpose. In Drabble News, Norm Sherman makes all the men jealous with the tale of a sexual powerhouse: a prolific, philandering Guinea Pig! Norm tells us more about the Mega-Beast Death-Match. Feedback is for Episode #70 “Reality Bites!” and Episode #71 “Perfect Down Further.”

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DrabbleNews: Romeo guinea pig causes baby boom
Originally published in Flash Fiction Online, February 2008.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 228, A Fairy Tale of Oakland, by Bo KaierIn some parts of the world — Austria, Croatia, Hungary — they still remember. They understand. You can’t have something bright without having something dark to balance it. If you’ve got St. Nicholas, you also need the Krampus…

This episode of the Drabblecast opens with Norm’s reflections on the holidays, Santa Claus, and the origins of flying reindeer. In the drabble, the mayhem of a large family’s holiday dinner leads to a darkly humorous tragedy. In the feature, an unsavory petty criminal has a chance encounter with a dying old man who confides that years ago Santa bestowed upon him a miracle, a wish, to teach the true meaning of Christmas. Unfortunately, as they both learn, it comes with a catch..

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A Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

Twabble:  “The sky grew dark and Quetzalcoatl beat leather wings against the sky. We were wrong about Y2K, but right about maYan2K. ”  by  Steven D. Lidster

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Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 223, Bearing Fruit, by Alyssa SuzumuraThis, of course, is what comes of being overly friendly with strange mangoes. One day you’re a wide-eyed virgin, with nary a care in the world; the next, you find yourself most unexpectedly and all but inexplicably burdened in a manner that afflicts virgins only once every two thousand years or so, to the best of your understanding. It isn’t fair, but folk tales rarely are to young maidens — this is the first thing that you really ought to have known.

This week’s episode of the Drabblecast podcast begins with Norm imploring listeners to chip in for the production of his highly anticipated second CD. The Drabble is Déjà vu, by Ben Parker, concerns old magics and old memories. The feature is a change of pace story, Bearing Fruit by Nikki Alfar, in which a naive lass learns of life and her burgeoning womanhood upon unexpected contact with the supernatural. The show closes with classic bbardle Radioactive Runaways.

Help support Norm’s New CD: The Esoteric Order of Sherman. Agree to contribute, guarantee yourself a copy – Pre-order the Order. Classic Norm Sherman penned and performed “bbardles,” done up proper with the full studio treatment, in a package featuring art work from man of mundane mystery Bo Kaier.

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Originally published in Fantasy Magazine, March 2010.
Episode Art:  Alyssa Suzumura
Read by:  Kimi Alexander

Twabble:  “I thought I could hold it, but when I reached the bathroom it was too late; the baby alligator’d already slipped my hands. ”  by  Travelin Corpse Feet

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Monday, September 26th, 2011
Warning:  Adult Humor

Cover for Drabblecast episode 217, Followed, by John DebergeShe came wandering down the sidewalk like any other corpse, her herky-jerky walk unmistakable among the fluid strides of the living.  She was six or seven, Southeast Asian, maybe Indian, her ragged clothes caked in dried mud. Pedestrians cut a wide berth around her without noticing her at all…

On this episode of the Drabblecast, Norm ponders the nature of the undead. He concludes the In Search of the Brain-Eating Nandi Bear serial. Following that is feature story Followed by Will McIntosh, author of Soft Apocalypse and the upcoming Hitchers.

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Originally published in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, June, 2006. The Living Dead
Nathan Lee's Mirrorshards
Episode Art:  John Deberge

Twabble:  “I opened up the bag of skin and set the screams free. Screams are the key ingredient; remove them and these creatures die. ”  by  Algernon Sydney is Dead

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Friday, February 12th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 150, Morris and the Machine, by Broken Cyborg“The lock,” she said, loud enough to cut me off. “The lock is sort of why I’m thinking about leaving you.” She stalked toward me, drink in hand, and I stood up, edging around the table to the far side, closer to the basement door. I wanted to keep the table between us. “You scamper down there after dinner every night. Lock your door and work on the mystery machine, right, Morris, the one that’s going to change everything and make us rich, right? That machine?”

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Originally published by Triangulations: The End of Time, September 2007.
Episode Art:  Broken Cyborg

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  •  Feature:  The Relativity Prison  by  Igor Teper
  •  Drabble:  Coiffuture Conundrum  by  Jake Webb
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Sci-Fi

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast episode 118, The Relativity Prison, by Bo KaierIt took weeks for me convince myself that my condition is universal, and I’m still not entirely sure. It’s almost always something in the eyes, and sometimes also in the corners of the mouth. Resignation. I had to learn to look for it. Otherwise, the illusion of volition is perfect. Everyone looks as if they’re just going about their business, even as their business is going about them…

This episode of the Drabblecast begins with a hilarious Drabble News’cast – host Norm Sherman alerts us to the threat of monster jellyfish taking over the oceans. Is it time for government intervention? And what is this about mutant sea turtles? A Drabble follows featuring a time traveling alien and its special message for a hairy young man. The feature story is a thought-provoking exploration of reality, as we know it. If humanity was to be punished, would there be any punishment more fitting than to watch their lives unfold from a distance.

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Originally published by Abyss & Apex, October 2005.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast 99, Sarah's Window, by Philip PomphreyThe shadow lingered at Sarah’s window, balanced on air, certain to fly away the next step I took.  Another moment and it would be gone.  Another moments and I would call the police, report my daughter missing, and spend the rest of my life convincing myself I’d imagined it…

This episode of the Drabblecast opens an announcement introducing the Drabblecast Archive CDs, featuring episodes 1-79 in a 3 disc set. In the drabble, a sleep-addled God himself cannot (or will not) provide a reason for why the world ended. The feature story, Sarah’s Window, explores the familiar theme of children leaving our world for one of fantasy, with the twist of a distraught parent serving as protagonist. A single father tries to convince a trespassing, morally ambiguous shadow creature to return his apparently kidnapped daughter, Sarah, amid its assertions that it is innocent of wrongdoing since “not all lost things are stolen.” An otherworldly realm seduces with magical delights.

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Originally published in Realms of Fantasy magazine (April 1996)
Episode Art:  Phil Pomphrey

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