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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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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Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 184, HorrorWorld 2025 pt, 1, by Skeet ScienskiIt started in the cemetery, like these things usually do. Everyone knows being in a cemetery after dark’s a bad idea, which is exactly why Kyle had begged his grandpa to take him…

This episode of Drabblecast is a Halloween Special where our (g)host Norm gives us suggestions on how to simultaneously celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month (and Halloween). He also provides information on Phantom Claws, the ghost of a vengeful murdered Santa. The feature story follows Kyle on an escapism holiday to Horror World, an amusement park with violent sentient robot zombies and android wolf men.

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A Drabblecast original story. Night of the Living Trekkies Trailer, Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Episode Art:  Skeet Scienski
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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  •  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:  On the Destruction of Copenhagen by the War Machines of the Merfolk  by  Peter M. Ball
  •  Drabble:  The Tower  by  Bryan J. Jacop
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Drama  Sci-Fi

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast episode 141, On the Destruction of Copenhagen, by Brent Holmes

We see it happen: the great machines of the merfolk coming up over the shore, rampaging through the city with devastating effect. We watch a robotic mermaid hammer her fist into an apartment block, the dust cloud from the explosion engulfing the nearby camera. It’s quick, sudden, a surprise that’s ruined by the later repetition of the footage…

The Moviegoer
Cowry Catchers

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Originally published in Strange Horizons, 6 July 2009.
Episode Art:  Brent Holmes
Music by:   Chopin, Bartok and Schoenberg

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Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast Episode 130, Trifecta 9, by Bo Kaier

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"Dinosaur" by Bruce Holland Rogers originally appeared in Flash Fiction Online, February 2009. "Monster Talk" by Steve Calvert is a Drabblecast original story. "The Curse of the Android’s Wife" by Bruce Boston was originally published in Science Fiction Age, January 1994, (Jan 1994, ed. Scott Edelman, publ. Sovereign Media Co.

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