Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast 125, Little Brother TM, by Philip PomphreyThis year when Peter ran into the living room, there sat Little Brother™ among all the wrapped presents, babbling baby talk, smiling his happy smile, and patting one of the packages with his fat little hand. Peter was so excited that he ran up and gave Little Brother™ a big hug around the neck. That was how he found out about the button.

Originally published in Strange Horizons, 30 October 2000.
Episode Art:  Phil Pomphrey

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Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Cover for Drabblecast episode 96, L'Wek and Sarah, by Bo KaierSince the Emergence they’d all had to learn:  humans, certainly, but mostly the Lemurians…

Norm opens the episode with the “Top 10 List” of the most badass animals of 2008, each mentioned in the listener and news forums (winner:  the “colossal squid,” of course).  This episode’s Drabble, by Shane Shennen (who also contributed a Drabble to Episode #93), explores the villainous joys of building a robot army. Norm segues into the moody feature story by Samantha Henderson. Samantha was featured recently with her fantasy “Starry Night” (Episode #89), which coincidentally also involves crystals. In this story, a young member of the underground Lemurian species ponders his relationship to a human race captivated by their unearthly gemstones. Feedback for “Gifting Bliss” (Episode #91) was highly positive.

Originally published in Dreams & Nightmares, #76, 2007.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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Thursday, December 11th, 2008
Warning:  Really Sad

Cover for Drabblecast episode 93, Blue, by Richard K. GreenI had a dog, his name was Blue
Betchya five dollars he’s a good one too.
Come on Blue!
I’m a-comin’ too.

Glum weather in Baltimore inspires Norm to treat us all to a pair of melancholy stories. In Shane Shennen’s Drabble, “Ancient Apple Tree,” the passing of an old, faithful robot is mourned by nary an organic eye. Next, accomplished writer Mike Resnick (who appears in Drabblecast #67, “Malish,” and #102 “The Last Dog”) bases a sad tale of attrition and mourning on the traditional song “Old Blue.” Accompanied by Norm’s gentle rendition of the song, the story describes the mutual loyalty of a hermit and his canine companion in a harsh season. A grateful Norm confesses to his love of dogs after the song and story conclude. This is followed by feedback for Episodes #88 (“The Toys of Peace”) and #89 (“Starry Night”), which is generally positive.

Originally published in Hunting Dog magazine, 1979.
Heaven's Bones by Samantha Henderson
Episode Art:  Richard K. Green

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Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

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.”

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

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  •  Feature:  Time Shift  by  Ben Pung
  •  Drabble:  360 Degrees  by  Derek L. Palmer
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Drama  Sci-Fi

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Cover for Drabblecast episode 63, Time Shift, by Jonathan WilsonA few seconds (approximately 3.21, her processors told her) wasn’t a lot of time- a human brain wouldn’t have had the same opportunity for reflection…

A Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  Jonathan Wilson

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  •  Feature:  Witness  by  Susan McElheran
  •  Feature:  Wiggin’s General Store  by  Basil Godevenos
  •  Feature  Pork and Steak-Eye meet Phelan Sheppard  by  Graham Fielding
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Fantasy  Sci-Fi  Strange

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Cover for Drabblecast episode 38, Trifecta 1, by Bo Kaier

Trifecta – a run of three wins or grand events. Origin: 1970s from “tri” + “perfecta”

The Drabblecast’s first ever trifecta special, three short stories asking there interesting questions. Is best model, best witness? How much is a dream worth? And what would you do to get a pound of flesh?

This episode marked the first “Trifecta,” as Norm produced an anthology of three short-ish stories connected by a theme. Norm left the specific theme open for speculation by listeners. Was it perhaps, “lethal consumption?”  In the first story, “Witness,” a cleaning robot recounts a mysterious incident from its uniquely prosaic point of view. Next, “Wiggin’s General Store,” turns out to be a place that sells dreams. No, really, sells dreams and not the safe kind. (The author, Basil Godevenos, wrote the poem “The Truth about the Reaper” in Episode #34.) The final story, “Pork and Steak Eye” ponders the ethics of willing organ-donor clones. Upon reading the feedback from Episode #33, “Dessert Storm,” a good laugh was had by all.

"Witness" by Susan McElheran originally appeared in LC-39 #2, 1999. "Wiggin’s General Store" by Basil Godevenos is a Drabblecast original story. "Pork and Steak-Eye meet Phelan Sheppard" by Graham Fielding is a Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

Cover for Drabblecast episode 12, Free Willy 2.4, by Jonathan Wilson

A textbook example of whale robotics gone terribly wrong…

Episode 12 sees the climax of the first ever Super Animal Deathmatch (also know as the Mega-Beast Death-Match), with Norm revealing the winner – Telephant. It also includes Anna Luther’s story “Free Willy 2.4” – the reintroduction of (robotic) killer whales, and how mad science and tinkering with the natural world (as per usual) goes spectacularly, savagely wrong.

A Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  Jonathan Wilson

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