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, 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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  •  Feature:  The Observer  by  Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  •  Drabble:  The Miner  by  Travis Scott Greer
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Drama  Horror  Sci-Fi

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 164, The Observer, by Phil PomphreyAnd so we went in.
Combat formation, all five of us, me first, face masks on so tight that the edges of our eyes pulled, suits like a second skin. Weapons in both hands, back-ups attached to the wrists and forearms, flash-bangs on our hips.
No shielding, no vehicles, no nothing. Just us, dosed, altered, ready to go.

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Originally published in Front Lines edited by Denise Little.

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Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast episode 144, by Sean AzzapardiThis sounds ridiculous, I know. It’s like watching an old movie where everyone has a British accent, even if they’re supposed to be in ancient Rome or something. God is just impossible to translate…

Magpie Yarns

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Originally published in Rabid Transit #2, May 2003.
Episode Art:  Sean Azzopardi
Read by:  Naomi Mercer
Music by:   Outland, Wes Montgomery, the Flaming Lips, Phil Cuneff, Sarah Ayers, the Gorillaz, Victor Stellar

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Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast episode 102, The Last Dog, by Matt WasielaHe was panting now, his breath coming in a never-ending series of short spurts and gasps.  His sides ached, his eyes watered, and every now and then he would trip over the rubble of the decayed and ruined buildings that lined the torturously fragmented street…

This episode opens with the announcement of the three drabbles and five features stories nominated for the Drabblecast People’s Choice Award. In the Drabble, the narrator muses on the nature of his fatalistic precognition. In the feature, The Last Dog, the titular ultimate canine and his master, the last man on Earth, form a strong bond helping one another to survive on a war-ravaged planet. When they encounter an alien assassin, they are forced to make hard choices.

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Originally published in Hunting Dog magazine, 1977.
Episode Art:  Matt Wasiela

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Monday, January 12th, 2009

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides 2, 2135: The Year Disco Came Back, by CRNsurfAnd with a mighty crack the sky opened up!  There, sitting on a throne of ivory and omnipotence, was the Lord in all his terrible glory.  And God said:  “Let there be Funk!”

On this episode of the Drabblecast B-Sides podcast, a semi-lucid prophecy of a musically dominated future. Disco, punk, funk, and more are at odds, as maniacal genre fan devotion rules the streets!

Originally published in Clockwise Cat, 17 December 2008.
Episode Art:  CRNsurf
Music by:   Norm Sherman, The Cheebacabra, and Fumbata.
Closing Music by Marty Stuart

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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.

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

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