Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 269, Bright Lights, by Bo KaierThe water fountains are low. The lockers are empty. The summer air is warm but there are people in the classrooms. People are talking, are moving. A female emerges from the nearest classroom. She is fully grown. She has dyed hair and competing odors and all of her teeth. Showing her teeth, she asks, “Are you the teacher?”

“YES. YES, I AM.”

She wants to believe those words. What she sees isn’t what she expects, but this woman believes in authority. She wants to get along with others. Showing her teeth, she says, “My son is thrilled to get into your class. He loves the outdoors and doing outdoor things . . . fishing and all that. . . .”

“GOOD.”

“You’ll do the field trip Thursday, right? To the woods?” She waits a moment and then says, “I can take some of the kids, if you need an extra car.”

“I DON’T NEED A CAR.”

“But I’d like to come along. I mean, I’ve heard such good things about you. My friend Rita . . .” She stops talking, trying to find a reason for her nervousness.

“I MUST GO AND TEACH YOUR SON.”

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Originally appeared in Strange Horizons, 7 May 2012. Episode Sponsor: The Cleansed, The Dribblecast
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier

Twabble:  “I woke up this morning wrapped in my true love's arms. It would have been better if they'd still been attached to his body. ”  by  Emily

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Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Cover for Drabblecast episode 266, Little Grace of the House of Death, by Caroline ParkinsonThe niece of King Death had not yet chosen a name.  She was the only daughter and youngest child of Death’s sister, Merciful Grace, and everyone still called her by her baby name, Little Grace…

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A Drabblecast original. Episode Sponsor: Frank Key's New Anthology "Brute Beauty And Valour And Act, Oh, Air, Pride, Plume, Here Buckle!"
Episode Art:  Caroline Parkinson
Read by:  Bryan Lincoln Starla Huchton Veronica Giguere and Pat Krane
Music by:   KraftiM and Alexander Scriabin

Twabble:  “Zombies will always leave you alone if they think you're one of them. And that's why I've been eating people, Your Honor. ”  by  PhineasQP

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  •  Feature:  Pop Quiz  by  Curtis James McConnell
  •  Drabble:  A Good Magician  by  Lawrence Simon
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Drama  Sci-Fi

Thursday, December 6th, 2012
Warning:  Explicit Language

Cover for Drabblecast episode 265, Pop Quiz, by David Flett

“By the Earth-Stypei Treaty of The Twenty-third Local Year of Our Interaction, as amended, suspected Stypean sympathizers may be detained by duly empowered authorities only so long as the unbreachable sovereignty of the Stypean body-host is not violated, and only for the purpose of deportation upon confirmation of Stypean inhabitance. Tests to determine inhabitance are only permissible if they do not breach body-host sovereignty in any fashion. The breaching of a body-host as well as the deportation of a non-Stypean body host to Stypean space shall constitute an act of war and a resumption of hostilities between the two worlds”

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Originally published in First Contact: Digital Science Fiction Anthology 1, (Jun 2011). Episode Sponsor-- Frank Key's New Short Fiction Anthology "Brute Beauty And Valour And Act, Oh, Air, Pride, Plume, Here Buckle!" Buy it HERE
Episode Art:  David Flett
Read by:  Jacob Dahlke

Twabble:  “There is NO LIFE on any other planet. We are unique. Surely We are made in God's glorious image. Feathered upon hatching. ”  by  GreatNorthernTroll

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  •  Feature:  A Matter of Size  by  Robert Jeschonek
  •  Drabble:  Ménage à trois  by  Liz Pennies
  •  Genre:  Action  Drabblecast  Drama  Mystery

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 195, A Matter of Size, by Arron Cambridge“Wow.” Tiny Tim shakes his head slowly. Peels off his crimson domino mask and slaps it down on the meeting table. “That makes three of us.”

“We’re marked men….” Dust Mite’s voice trembles. He tugs at the hood of his pale gray body suit. “Every costumed avenger with the power to shrink…”

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A Drabblecast original story. Orbital Maneuvers by RC Davidson {episode sponsor}
Episode Art:  Arron Cambridge
Music by:   Norm ShermanGringo MotelRichard CheeseVitamin String QuartetJeff Toyne, Mumford & SonsPhil CuneffHelen LongFlopsySteve Cornish

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Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 191, Primary Pollinator, by Bill HalliarWhen Dr. Lopez came for me, I was plunging the geo lab toilet. She carried a red stickle suit in one hand and a spray can of anti-fungal lubricant in the other.

“Great news, Oliver! Big Spike is in season,” Dr. Lopez said. “He finally wants to fertilize Thick Root…”

The theme of this Drabblecast is propogation and legacy for future generations. The feature lets us into the world of Oliver as he imitates a bora monkey-bird and goes to fertilize a massive jerk of a tree. Norm recaps and wonders what we can learn from the story and it relates to state tax.

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Originally published in Space Squid, Issue #2. Frank Key's "Impugned by a and Peasant Other Stories" {sponsor}, Space Squid
Episode Art:  Bill Halliar

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Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 189, DoubleHeader 8, by Tania HendersonThey needed a virgin to make a bargain with the sea monster who hunted the waters off their coast, and they were not willing to sacrifice their daughters…

With the theme this week being about freedom, this episode of Drabblecast sees Norm musing about the irony of song about freedom written by a man name Key… it could be a trap. Mermaids of the Old West centers on the mistreatment of captured Mermaids. In Darkness we learn what makes a sacrifice worthy.

Special thanks to Salim Fahdley and Jan Dennison for lending voices and artistic help.

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"Darkness" was originally published in CEMETERY DANCE 58 (2008): 99-100. "National Geographic On Assignment: Mermaids of the Old West" was originally published in FICTITIOUS FORCE 2 (Spring 2006): 18. Episode Sponsor: Impugned by a Peasant and Other Stories by Frank Key, MegaBeast Finals!
Episode Art:  Tania Henderson
Read by:  Kimi Alexander

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