Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Cover for Drabblecast episode 352, Primrose or Return to Il’maril, by E.C. Ibes“I will not leave this cavern,” the voice said as soon as I stepped into the cave mouth. A baritone decaying into vibrato, an old man’s voice, full of dignity and pride.

I tried to pinpoint its source, but the air was thick with fog. The haze seemed to originate from inside the chamber, where a mysterious current of cold wind blew from underground. All around me, where the vapour met the pink light, it glowed, the colour of the primrose buds in my terrarium back home. The thought of missing them in full bloom this year, pricked at me. Focus, Virginia, I told myself. Don’t be so bloody addled. There are lives on the line.

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This story first appeared in Apex Magazine, Oct. 2014.
Episode Art:  E. C. Ibes
Read by:  Gabrielle deCuir

Twabble:  “The nightclub's disco ball isn't really made of tortured souls, but I can see you in there, a thousand times, screaming. ”  by  Robert Lach

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Drabblecast Cover for Snow Day by Caroline ParkinsonThe shovel bit through the foamy snow on the top stair of my front porch, then stopped with a clang. I scraped away the snow to see what was beneath. Ice. Serve me right for not shoveling after the snow had fallen last night. It had thawed, then the temperature had dropped into the deep freeze, and now the steps and the sidewalk were frozen solid.

 

 

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First broadcast on CBC Radio, in 2005, as part of the Canada Reads project.
Episode Art:  Caroline Parkinson
Read by:  Marguerite Kenner

Twabble:  “He heard voices in his hard drive's white noise, and shivered in the cold after the furnace fan told him what he must to do. ”  by  Groomporter

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  •  Feature:  How They Tried to Talk Indian Tony Down  by  Kage Baker
  •  Drabble:  Can't Live  by  ChicagoMike
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Sci-Fi

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast 318, How They Tried to Talk Indian Tony Down, by Kathleen BeckettThis happened about ten years ago, out at Tobin Farm.

Back in the sixties, somebody bought Tobin Farm for the purposes of holding a renaissance fair there during the summers. Off seasons it became a kind of commune for the people involved in putting on the fair. They lived modestly in sheds and trailers scattered on a hundred acres of oak wilderness back of the farm, collecting unemployment between fairs.

 

 

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Episode Art:  Kathleen Beckett

Twabble:  “Alarm forces Toad awake. He’s running late. Grabbing his keys there’s no thought of breakfast, he’d just eat on the fly. ”  by  Cumbrous&Unlovely

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Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 317, Doubleheader XIV, by Christine DennettYou do not know me yet, my love, but I can hear you in my future. You are there from the beginning–at first just a few stray notes, but your presence quickly grows into a beautiful refrain. I wish you could hear time as I do, my love, but this song was never meant to be heard. The future should be chronobviated, gathered up in feathery pink fronds with delicate threads that waver in and out of alternate timelines. The past should be memographed, absorbed into a sturdy gray tail that stretches back to the beginning of the universe. We humans have neither fronds nor tails, but when the Eternals wanted to talk to us, they found a way to work around that.

 

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Both of these stories first appeared in Daily Science Fiction.
Episode Art:  Christine Dennett

Twabble:  “The 3.14 Cafe is only open 12 hours a year, from 3:14 am to 3:14 pm on March 14th. The price is $3.14 for their special: cake. ”  by  afgrippan

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  •  Feature:  A Memory of Seafood  by  Tina Connolly
  •  Drabble:  A Traveller From a Distant Land  by  Nathan Lee
  •  Genre:  Drabblecast  Sci-Fi

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 316, A Memory of Seafood, by Kelly MaCavaneyThis week’s column is not about a restaurant, exactly, but about a memory. A distinct and painful memory, like a softened tooth you can’t help but poke at with your tongue to see if it still hurts.

A memory of seafood. (That sounds like one of those divine collections, doesn’t it, like a flight of starlings or a murder of crows? I remember when I was a mere seventeen, a slight but fully breasted slip of a girl, my best girl chums and I used to entertain the governor as he waited for his tea at the old tea house on Front Street—you Oolong afficionados, you remember it—and he affectionately called us “a flirtation of jailbaits”—but that’s neither here nor there.)

 

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First appeared in Yog's Notebook, 2007
Episode Art:  Kelly MacAvaney
Read by:  Angela Lee

Twabble:  “Midget zombies tore at the doors, their groans filling the bunker. “That’s the last time I read from the Micronomicon!” ”  by  Kbilly

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Friday, March 7th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 315, Heaven is a Place on Planet X, by Mary MatticeIt was 8:34 p.m. on a Tuesday, and it was almost the end of the world.

Actually, the world was expected to end on Friday, at precisely 5 p.m., eastern daylight time. This was not a forecast, or a projection: it was more like an appointment.

On Friday at 5 p.m. eastern, a thousand high-powered laser cannons would fire simultaneously from their hidden positions in outer space, instantly reducing Planet Earth to vapor and ash. At the exact same moment, the consciousness of every living human being would manifest itself on Planet Xyrxiconia. This planet was located a trillion light years away in a far-flung region of the universe Earth’s scientists had not yet glimpsed. There, on Planet X, humanity would find themselves in fresh bodies—remade vessels. These reincarnations would live eternally in a world of infinite luxury.

At least . . . that’s what the aliens claimed.

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Apocalypse Triptych
Episode Art:  Mary Mattice
Read by:  Folly Blaine

Twabble:  “"Seems like magic? Of course. Any sufficiently advanced technology does!" The nanobots finished their incantation. ”  by  Farseeker

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Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Cover for Drabblecast episode 277, Things, by Liz PenniesThe alien parked its car across the street from the shop and came and sat down in the waiting room. The mechanic must have seen this happen, peripherally. But he was busy settling the bill with a smartly dressed middle-aged woman, to whom he’d taken an irrational dislike. Those who deal with Joe Punter, day in and day out, especially Joe car-owning Punter, are prone to such allergies. He saw her start of concealed surprise, looked up, and there was the alien.

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Originally published in New Worlds 3, (1993, ed. David Garnett, publ. Gollancz).
Episode Art:  Liz Pennies
Read by:  Frank Key

Twabble:  “Sir Hugh secured his chastity armor. He learned the hard way that one takes no chances when fighting the dire armadildo. ”  by  Horst Ragnarok

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