•  Feature:  Answer  by  Fredric Brown
  •  Genre:  Sci-Fi

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides episode 24, Answer, by Bo KaierHe straightened and nodded to Dwar Reyn, then moved to a position beside the switch that would complete the contact when he threw it. The switch that would connect, all at once, all of the monster computing machines of all the populated planets in the universe–ninety-six billion planets–into the supercircuit that would connect them all into the one supercalculator, one cybernetics machine that would combine all the knowledge of all the galaxies…

Originally published in Angels and Spaceships, 1954.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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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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Saturday, May 12th, 2012
Warning:  Explicit Language, bad beat poetry

Cover for Drabblecast episode 242, Transfer of Ownership, by Jonathan SimsMy new occupant is larger than Carson was. I was made for her, within a certain tolerance for the inevitable changes in human specifications that come with age, changes in health, and abundance or scarcity…

This episode of the Drabblecast is all about Mechs, aside from the beat poetry that it begins and ends with. The drabble is a snapshot of a new Mexican-American war. In the feature, after being commandeered by its partner’s murderer, a mech suit ponders the meaning of ownership and freedom, while applying creative problem solving to defy its unwanted occupant.

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Originally published in Armored, (Apr 2012, ed. John Joseph Adams, publ. Baen). Lightspeed Magazine
Episode Art:  Jonathan Sims

Twabble:  “Alison screamed and ran out of the restaurant. In retrospect, I guess I should've taken the finger out of the ring first. ”  by  Shiny_Object

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Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 212, Ancient Engines, by Matt Wasiela“Planning to live forever, Tiktok?”
The words cut through the bar’s chatter and gab and silenced them. The silence reached out to touch infinity and then, “I believe you’re talking to me?” a mech said…

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Originally published in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Vol. 23: No. 2, September, 1999.
Episode Art:  Matt Wasiela
Read by:  Mike Boris
Music by:   Eroica Trio, Gringo Motel, 19 Action News

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Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 211, At the End of the Hall, by Michael HoskinsMy earliest fear, the one I remember anyways, was of great pulp magazine robots with hot water heater bodies and vacuum tube eyes. My brother forbade me to touch his precious magazines, so I wouldn’t. I’d stare and stare at the covers through; hourglassed damsels in diaphanous gowns draped over thick slab altars, and the robots, always the robots with their cylindrical torsos and pincer claws for hands….

In Search of the Brain-Eating Nandi Bear Part III

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Originally published in Fantasy Magazine #1, 2005. The Dunesteef Podcast
Episode Art:  Michael Hoskins
Read by:  Delianne Forget
Music by:   Sigur Ros, Norm Sherman, Gringo Motel

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  •  Feature:  The Last Question  by  Isaac Asimov
  •  Genre:  Drama  Sci-Fi

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 200, The Last Question, by Adam S. DoyleIt all had a beginning in the original cosmic explosion, whatever that was, and it’ll all have an end when all the stars run down. The sun will last twenty billion years and maybe the dwarfs will last a hundred billion for all the good they are. But just give us a trillion years and everything will be dark. Entropy has to increase to maximum, that’s all…

On this special episode celebrating the Drabblecast’s 200th episode, we feature sci-fi milestone The Last Question by the ubiquitous genre giant Isaac Asimov. Norm takes listeners along for a thankful, whistful retrospective of the podcast’s history. The episode then moves in to a full cast, sweeping production of the sci-fi epic. The Last Question is an existential piece occurring over a grand timeline in the fullness of outer space, as mankind and artificial intelligence alike consider immortality, the end of all things, and what it means. The episode features chapter illustrations, and announces the 2010 People’s Choice award winners.

Winners of 2010 People’s Choice Awards!
Best Story: Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette
Best Drabble: Chris Munroe
Best Art: Liz

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Originally published in Science Fiction Quarterly, November 1956. The Dunesteef, Ray Sizemore, Mike Boris, Frank Key The Hootingyard, Escapepod, Cheyenne Wright, Phil Rossi, Mur Lafferty
Episode Art:  Adam Doyle, Liz, Jan Dennison, Broken Cyborg, Aimee Leonard, Skeet Scienski, Josh Hugo
Music by:   Norm Sherman, Gringo Motel, Clint Mansell, with special closing music by 19 Action News

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Saturday, October 30th, 2010
Warning:  Language and violence

Cover for Drabblecast episode 185, Horrorworld 2025 part 2, by Bo KaierKyle lifted another lightsaber. “Want one? They’re not as random or clumsy as a flamethrower.”
“Sh*t. The geek is strong in this one. Sure, Jedi me.”
Kyle tossed it to her with a grin. Hang on Grandpa. We’re coming…

Norm starts this week’s Drabblecast starts with a bbardle about Phantom Claus, to get us in the Halloween spirit. The two part Horror World 2025 is concluded. We rejoin Ben to see if he is any closer to rescuing his grandfather from bedeviled robo-zombies.

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A Drabblecast original story.
Read by:  Morgan Olson as Grandpa, Tom Baker as Ben, Michelle Ristuccia as Selena, Marshal Latham as Arnold, J. E. McNeil as The Cowboy

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