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, September 29th, 2012
Warning:  Language and content unsuitable for younger listeners

Cover for Drabblecast episode 258, Brown Dust, by Amber Carky“Adao, no.”  Teo, the older boy’s second-in-command, lays a staying hand on his master’s arm.  “The stories I told you about this one… they’re true.”
“True?”  Adao casts a skeptic’s eye over Santos.  Can those flimsy ribs cage anything as fugitive as truth?

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Originally published in Starlight 2, (Nov 1998, ed. Patrick Nielsen Hayden, publ. Tor).
Episode Art:  Amber Carky

Twabble:  “His tears fell just like the rain: from 6,000 feet as he pulled frantically at the cord of a parachute that wouldn't open. ”  by  Emily

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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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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
Warning:  Sexual Content

Cover for Drabblecast episode 117, The Curse of the Alien's Wife, by Bo KaierNow that his supernal caress has become the familiar sanctum of her nights, she fears that no mere human partner could ever satisfy her again…

This episode starts with Norm announcing the return of the Nigerian Scam Spam contest, now with a tight $100 prize! The Drabble concerns a Martian trying to deal with erratic human behavior. The Feature, preceded by a content warning from Norm (sexy times ahoy), concerns an alien and his human bride. The couple is vexed by the tribulation of their strange marriage, their poor finances, and privately, the bride suffers fears of public reprisal.

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Originally published at Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, August 1990.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast episode 114, Arms and the Man, by Alyssa SuzumuraCourtney had never considered squid love before.  She was an accountant for a Chicago restaurant chain, and not really looking.  After a bitter, acrimonious divorce, Courtney was burned out on romance…

In this episode of the Drabblecast, Norm Sherman presents a Drabble News segment on the Hubble, topped off with a now infamous bbardle on satellites and how best to pimp them. In the Drabble, a typical geek is ignored by the pretty popular girl, that is until a very atypical bomb throws unusual wrinkles. In the feature, Arms and the Man, a divorced woman, burned out to love, finds hope and love with a change of phylum – truly squidlicious!

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Originally published in Interzone, #130 April 1998.
Episode Art:  Alyssa Suzumura

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Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast episode 105, DoubleHeader 2, Kelly MartinezShe’d been hunting full-grown pies for four years now.  The little hand-held fruit pies were for kids– the preservatives made them slow and stupid– but pies in the wild, they were the true treasure, they had formed the culture of her people…

This episode of the Drabblecast features two pie-themed stories set in one fantasy world. In The Blueberry Pie, successfully slaying the titular food item stands as the first rite of passage for a child wishing to officially join the tribe of the pie hunters. One young pie hunter cannot ignore the allure of hunting a crusted, culinary legend. In The Last of the Pie Hunters, a peaceful gardener gives care and compassion to a battered warrior in the war between the pie hunters and the cake eaters.

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"The Blueberry Pie" and "The Pie Hunters" are Drabblecast original stories.
Episode Art:  K. Martinez

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  •  Feature:  Strange Love  by  Suzanne Vincent
  •  Feature:  Cookie?  by  Jim Bernheimer
  •  Feature  Forbidden Love  by  Ian Fossberg
  •  Genre:  Comedy  Drabblecast  Fantasy  Horror  Romance  Sci-Fi

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Cover for Drabblecast episode 85, Trifecta V, by Bo KaierThe fifth of the Drabblecast’s Trifectas gathers three stories about addiction to love. Due to the subject matter, Norm issues a warning about it’s kid unfriendliness.  First, the narrator of Suzanne Vincent’s story, “Strange Love,” discovers the erotic secret behind the popularity of tattoos among space alien visitors. Next, Jim Bernheimer, (who had previously contributed the story “Reality Bites!”), offers “Cookies,” a quixotic tale leaving listeners to ponder whether we raise our kids, or they raise us.  Finally, “Forbidden Love,” by Ian Fossberg, describes the final quest of a familiar love-lorn character from our shared childhood.

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"Strange Love" by Suzanne Vincent is a Drabblecast original story. "Cookie?" by Jim Bernheimer is a Drabblecast original story. "Forbidden Love" by Ian Fossberg is a Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

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