Monday, December 24th, 2012

Cover for Drabblecast episode 267, Postapocalypsemas, by Mary MatticeSandeer smelled her.

It was just a whiff, a few molecules of something familiar and therefore sweet, wafting on a late afternoon breeze that otherwise carried only the usual: formaldehyde, benzene, dioxin, chromium, and miscellaneous particulate matter both organic and non-. (Once, there had been the smell of roasting chestnuts and crackling logs and simmering spiced cider, but in recent cycles only less pleasant things burned.) There, represented by an air sample just barely statistically significant, was the scent of Sophie.

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A Drabblecast original.
Episode Art:  Mary Mattice

Twabble:  “Wait. He has control of the weather, healing powers, boulder-moving strength AND can walk on water? Best. X-Man. Ever. ”  by  Etaan

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
Warning:  Violent imagery, some explicit language, sexual encounters.

Cover for Drabblecast 261, The People of Sand and Slag, by John Deberge“Hostile movement! Well inside the perimeter! Well inside!” I stripped off my Immersive Response goggles as adrenaline surged through me. The virtual cityscape I’d been about to raze disappeared, replaced by our monitoring room’s many views of SesCo’s mining operations. On one screen, the red phosphorescent tracery of an intruder skated across a terrain map, a hot blip like blood spattering its way toward Pit 8.

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Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, February 2004.
Episode Art:  John Deberge
Read by:  David Robison, Naomi Mercer, and Mike Boris

Twabble:  “I gave my cat a tinfoil hat and could no longer hear his voice. But, all nearby people collapsed like stringless puppets. ”  by  Algernon Sydney is Dead

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Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 171, Mongoose pt. 2, by Skeet ScienskiYou couldn’t describe a rath. You couldn’t even look at one for more than a few seconds before you started getting a migraine aura. Rovers were just blots of shadow. The breeder was massive, armored, and had no recognizable features, save for its hideous, drooling, ragged edged maw. Irizarry didn’t know if it had eyes, or even needed them…

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Originally published in Lovecraft Unbound, edited by Ellen Datlow. Lovecraft Unbound, The Burning Zeppelin Experience
Episode Art:  Skeet Scienski
Read by:  Abby Crayden as Station Master, Lauren Synger as Colonel Sanderson

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Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 170, Mongoose pt. 1, by Jerel DyeIzrael Irizarry stepped through a bright-scarred airlock onto Kadath Station, lurching a little as he adjusted to station gravity. On his shoulder, Mongoose extended her neck, her barbels flaring, flicked her tongue out to taste the air, and colored a question. Another few steps, and he smelled what Mongoose smelled, the sharp stink of toves, ammoniac and bitter…

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Originally published in Lovecraft Unbound, edited by Ellen Datlow. The Dribblecast, Shadow Unit
Episode Art:  Jerel Dye
Read by:  Abby Crayden as Station Master, Lauren Synger as Colonel Sanderson

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  •  Feature:  Once a Month on a Sunday  by  Ian McHugh
  •  Drabble:  Special Delivery  by  Diane Elliott
  •  Genre:  Drama  Fantasy

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 163, Once a Month on a Sunday, by Caroline ParkinsonOnce a month, on a Sunday, Mum and me and my little brother Zubby would dress up in our best clothes, Mum would put ribbons in my hair, and we’d all walk into town to go to church…

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Originally published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Issue #40.
Episode Art:  Caroline Parkinson

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  •  Feature:  Toast  by  Jamie Lackey
  •  Genre:  Comedy  Strange

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast episode 123, Toast, by Forrest WarnerElayne won’t eat toast anymore. A week ago, she never would have dreamed of giving up toast. It was her favorite breakfast food, and breakfast is the most important meal of the day…

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A Drabblecast original story.

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  •  Feature:  The Alchemical Automaton Blues  by  Ian McHugh
  •  Drabble:  Hide and Seek  by  Liz Mierzejewski
  •  Genre:  Fantasy

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast episode 107, The Alchemical Automaton Blues, by Josh Hugo“How often does it do that?”  the faun asked.
“Most of the time.  The poor thing’s totally neglected.  They never speak to it or interact with it– except for when the kids are throwing rocks at it…”

This episode of the Drabblecast begins with a Drabble News story about an employee finding a Brazilian wandering spider in the bananas at a Whole Foods in Oklahoma. In the Drabble, a little girl plays hide and seek with her friend, Rex. T-Rex. In the feature story, The Alchemical Automaton Blues, the good intentions of a kind-hearted couple concerned for the welfare of their ogre neighbor’s badly neglected and constantly crying guard golem have unexpected and disheartening consequences for the creature in question.

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Originally published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #15, Oct-Nov 2004.
Episode Art:  Josh Hugo

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