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Episode 245: One Thing Leads To Your Mother by Desmond Warzel

Episode 245: One Thing Leads To Your Mother by Desmond Warzel

• Narrated by Patrick Bazile • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • First appeared in Unidentified Funny Objects 2 (UFO Publishing, 2013) • Read along with the text of the story. • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit...
Episode 244: Terminals by Angela and Joel Enos

Episode 244: Terminals by Angela and Joel Enos

• Narrated by Tatiana Grey • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • Originally published in NewMyths.com (Issue 35, June 2016) • Read along with the text of the story. • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia...
Episode 243: The Tentacles Never Lie by J.W. Alden

Episode 243: The Tentacles Never Lie by J.W. Alden

• Narrated by Megan Leigh • Guest host Dani Daly • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • A Cast of Wonders original! • Read along with the text of the story. • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit...
Episode 242: Little Wonders 11 - Flash Fiction Contest Finalists

Episode 242: Little Wonders 11 – Flash Fiction Contest Finalists

• Authors: Anica Lewis, Rajiv Moté, KB Sluss • Narrators: Alex Acks, John Chu, Marguerite Kenner • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • All three stories are Cast of Wonders originals! • Read along with Multiple Choice • Read along with Remember the Ifrit • Read along with Not-So-Stock Photos...
Episode 241: Artemis Rising 3 - Mr. Quacky in Space by Amanda Helms

Episode 241: Artemis Rising 3 – Mr. Quacky in Space by Amanda Helms

• Narrated by Katherine Inskip • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • Guest host Fonda Lee • A Cast of Wonders original! • Learn more about Artemis Rising • Read along with the text of the story • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all...
Episode 240: Artemis Rising 3 - Cross The Street by Marie Vibbert

Episode 240: Artemis Rising 3 – Cross The Street by Marie Vibbert

• Narrated by Roberto Suarez • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • Guest host Gail Carriger • A Cast of Wonders original! • Learn more about Artemis Rising • Read along with the text of the story • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all...
Episode 239: Artemis Rising 3 - Hackers’ Faire by Rati Mehrotra

Episode 239: Artemis Rising 3 – Hackers’ Faire by Rati Mehrotra

• Narrated by Wilson Fowlie • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • Guest host Alethea Kontis • A Cast of Wonders original! • Learn more about Artemis Rising • Read along with the text of the story • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all...
Episode 238: Artemis Rising 3 - The Absolute Temperature of Outer Space by Sandra M. Odell

Episode 238: Artemis Rising 3 – The Absolute Temperature of Outer Space by Sandra M. Odell

• Narrated by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • Guest host Justina Ireland • A Cast of Wonders original! • Learn more about Artemis Rising • Read along with the text of the story • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all...
Episode 237: Little Wonders 10 - Flash Fiction Contest Winners

Episode 237: Little Wonders 10 – Flash Fiction Contest Winners

• Authors: Rachael K. Jones, Katherine Inskip, J. Lily Corbie • Narrators: Katherine Inskip, Alasdair Stuart, Dani Daly • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • All three stories are Cast of Wonders originals! • Read along with More Than Machines Will Fall to Rust • Read along with A Coat...
Episode 236: Beats by Brent C. Smith

Episode 236: Beats by Brent C. Smith

• Narrated by Rachael K. Jones • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • A Cast of Wonders original! • Read along with the text of the story. • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia page •...
Episode 235: Isle of the Dancing Dead by Rick Kennett

Episode 235: Isle of the Dancing Dead by Rick Kennett

• Narrated by Barry Haworth • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • Originally published in The Fifth Book of After Midnight Stories (1991) • Read along with the text of the story. • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators,...
Episode 234: Why I'm Asking For An Extension On My Paper by Jennifer Hykes

Episode 234: Why I’m Asking For An Extension On My Paper by Jennifer Hykes

• Narrated by Dani Daly • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • A Cast of Wonders original! • Read along with the text of the story • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia page • Come...
Episode 233: Staff Pick 2016 - Saurs by Craig DeLancey

Episode 233: Staff Pick 2016 – Saurs by Craig DeLancey

• Narrated by Marguerite Kenner • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • A Cast of Wonders original! • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia page • Come visit us on Facebook and Twitter Listen above or...
Episode 232: Staff Pick 2016 - Twenty-One by Michael Merriam

Episode 232: Staff Pick 2016 – Twenty-One by Michael Merriam

• Narrated by John Meagher • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • Originally published in Afterburn SF (September 2007) • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia page • Come visit us on Facebook and Twitter Listen...
Episode 231: Staff Pick 2016 - The Four Stewpots by D K Thompson

Episode 231: Staff Pick 2016 – The Four Stewpots by D K Thompson

• Narrated by Tina Connolly • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • Forthcoming in And Welcome Back, D K Thompson’s first collection. • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia page • Come visit us on Facebook...
Episode 230: Staff Pick 2016 - Planar Ghosts by Krystal Claxton

Episode 230: Staff Pick 2016 – Planar Ghosts by Krystal Claxton

• Narrated by Paul Cram • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • Originally published in Writers of the Future (Volume 31) • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia page • Come visit us on Facebook and...
Episode 229: Staff Pick 2016 - Questing for Princesses by Amanda C. Davis

Episode 229: Staff Pick 2016 – Questing for Princesses by Amanda C. Davis

• Narrated by Katherine Inskip • Originally appeared in Wolves and Witches: A Fairy Tale Collection (2013) • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia page • Come visit us on Facebook and Twitter Listen above or...
Episode 228: Staff Pick 2016 - Miss Darcy's First Intergalactic Ballet Class by Dantzel Cherry

Episode 228: Staff Pick 2016 – Miss Darcy’s First Intergalactic Ballet Class by Dantzel Cherry

• Narrated by M K Hobson • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • Originally published in Galaxy’s Edge (July/August 2015) • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia page • Come visit us on Facebook and Twitter...
Episode 227: Staff Pick 2016 – Problematic by Brian Hurrel

Episode 227: Staff Pick 2016 – Problematic by Brian Hurrel

• Narrated by Tatiana Grey • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • A Cast of Wonders original! • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia page • Come visit us on Facebook and Twitter Listen above or...
Episode 226: Wished by Amanda Helms

Episode 226: Wished by Amanda Helms

• Narrated by Dave Robison • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • A Cast of Wonders original! • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia page • Come visit us on Facebook and Twitter Listen above or...
Episode 225: Little Wonders 9 - Comfort Food

Episode 225: Little Wonders 9 – Comfort Food

• Authors: D K Thompson and Shane Halbach • Narrators: Tina Connolly and M K Hobson • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • The Four Stewpots is forthcoming in And Welcome Back, D K Thompson’s first collection. • Her Path Lay Forward is a Cast of Wonders original! • Discuss...
Episode 224: Welcome to Willoughby’s by Michael Reid

Episode 224: Welcome to Willoughby’s by Michael Reid

• Narrated by Motti Schleider • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • A Cast of Wonders original! • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia page • Come visit us on Facebook and Twitter Listen above or...
Episode 223: The Oulough by Francesca Forrest

Episode 223: The Oulough by Francesca Forrest

• Narrated by Julia Rios • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • A Cast of Wonders original! • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia page • Come visit us on Facebook and Twitter Listen above or...
Episode 222: The George Business by Roger Zelazny

Episode 222: The George Business by Roger Zelazny

• Narrated by Wilson Fowlie, Phil Lunt and Cheyenne Wright • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • Originally published in Dragons of Light (October 1980) • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia page • Come visit...
Episode 221: Dinovember! The Jungle Between by Holly Schofield

Episode 221: Dinovember! The Jungle Between by Holly Schofield

• Narrated by Amy Sturgis • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • A Cast of Wonders original! • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia page • Come visit us on Facebook and Twitter Listen above or...
Episode 220: Dinovember! Raptor Boy by Elise Forier Edie

Episode 220: Dinovember! Raptor Boy by Elise Forier Edie

• Narrated by Alex Hofelich • Guest host Setsu Uzume • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • A Cast of Wonders original! • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia page • Come visit us on Facebook...
Episode 219: Dinovember! Dinosaur Dreams in Infinite Measure by Rachael K. Jones

Episode 219: Dinovember! Dinosaur Dreams in Infinite Measure by Rachael K. Jones

• Narrated by Dani Daly • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • Originally published Writers of the Future Vol 32 • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia page • Come visit us on Facebook and Twitter...
Episode 218: Dinovember! Saurs by Craig DeLancey

Episode 218: Dinovember! Saurs by Craig DeLancey

• Narrated by Marguerite Kenner • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • A Cast of Wonders original! • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia page • Come visit us on Facebook and Twitter Listen above or...
Episode 217: Boys' Night by Rebecca Birch

Episode 217: Boys’ Night by Rebecca Birch

• Narrated by Dave Thompson • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • A Cast of Wonders original! • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia page • Come visit us on Facebook and Twitter Listen above or...
Episode 216: Banned Books Week – This Story Begins With You by Rachael K. Jones

Episode 216: Banned Books Week – This Story Begins With You by Rachael K. Jones

• Narrated by Jen R. Albert • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • A Cast of Wonders original! • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia page • Come visit us on Facebook and Twitter Listen above...
Episode 215: Banned Books Week - Problematic by Brian Lawrence Hurrel

Episode 215: Banned Books Week – Problematic by Brian Lawrence Hurrel

• Narrated by Tatiana Grey • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • Banned Books Weeks 2016 photograph courtesy of Jeremy Carter • A Cast of Wonders original! • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia page •...
Episode 214: Banned Books Week - The Price of Stories by Shannon Connor Winward

Episode 214: Banned Books Week – The Price of Stories by Shannon Connor Winward

• Narrated by Katherine Inskip • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • Banned Books Weeks 2016 photograph courtesy of Jeremy Carter • A Cast of Wonders original! • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia page •...
Episode 213: Beneath the Loveliest Tints of Azure by Jeff Samson

Episode 213: Beneath the Loveliest Tints of Azure by Jeff Samson

• Narrated by Elie Hirschman • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • Originally published in Lore Vol. 2 (November 30, 2013) • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia page • Come visit us on Facebook and...
Episode 212: Selling Home by Tina Connolly

Episode 212: Selling Home by Tina Connolly

• Narrated by Chloe Yates • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • Originally appeared in Bull Spec (Issue 6) • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia page • Come visit us on Facebook and Twitter Listen...
Episode 202: Henkie’s Fiddle by Vonnie Winslow Crist

Episode 202: Henkie’s Fiddle by Vonnie Winslow Crist

• Narrated by Andrew Reid • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • Originally published in Potter’s Field 4 • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia page • Come visit us on Facebook and Twitter Listen above...
Episode 199: Leapling by Nicole Feldringer

Episode 199: Leapling by Nicole Feldringer

• Narrated by Michelle Ristuccia • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • A Cast of Wonders original! • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia page • Come visit us on Facebook and Twitter Listen above or...
Episode 190: Staff Pick 2015 – Home Isn’t by Kelly Sandoval

Episode 190: Staff Pick 2015 – Home Isn’t by Kelly Sandoval

Narrated by Katherine Inskip Audio production by Rikki LaCoste Originally published in Flash Fiction Online. Listen above or download here. Show Notes Every year in January, Cast of Wonders takes the month off to recharge our batteries, plan the year ahead, and highlight some of our favourite episodes. As part...
Episode 178: Home Isn’t by Kelly Sandoval

Episode 178: Home Isn’t by Kelly Sandoval

Narrated by Katherine Inskip Audio production by Jeremy Carter Originally published in Flash Fiction Online. Listen above or download here. Show Notes Halloween is here and what better time for a scary story. And much like the sweets and chocolates soon to grace the pumpkin buckets and pillow cases of...
Episode 142: Marrow by Mav Skye

Episode 142: Marrow by Mav Skye

Narrated by Barry J. Northern Listen above or download here. Show Notes This week’s installment in our annual horror story collection is Marrow by Mav Skye. Mav believes scarecrows have souls. They are rebels on poles, waiting their time to rise up as one and take over the world. In...
Episode 140: Of Pumpkin Soup and Other Demons and The Ghost of Grammy Goneril

Episode 140: Of Pumpkin Soup and Other Demons and The Ghost of Grammy Goneril

Authors: Natalia Theodoridou and Austin H. Gilkeson Narrators: Katherine Inskip and Christiana Ellis Listen above or download here. Show Notes It’s October, everyone. That means it’s time for our annual Halloween special. This year we’ve gone for a theme, presenting a collection of horror stories about endings, both figurative and...
Episode 76: Dragonomics by Lance Schonberg

Episode 76: Dragonomics by Lance Schonberg

Narrated by Graeme Dunlop Listen above or download here. Show Notes Today we present Lance Shonberg’s story, Dragonomics. Learning from his children how to follow his dreams again, Lance has long since allowed his writing to tip over the border into obsession, and typically has too many writing projects in...
Episode 66: The Egg Game by S. R. Algernon

Episode 66: The Egg Game by S. R. Algernon

Narrated by Graeme Dunlop Listen above or download here. Show Notes We begin the Cast of Wonders year with The Egg Game by S. R. Algernon. S. R. Algernon has been an avid reader of science fiction for many years. He studied fiction writing in North Carolina, U.S.A., and currently...
Episode 55: Flash Collection II by Bethany Powell and David Steffen

Episode 55: Flash Collection II by Bethany Powell and David Steffen

Narrated by Graeme Dunlop Listen above or download here. Show Notes Our first story is Color Contacts by Bethany Powell. Bethany didn’t really know people wore contacts until one day in middle school, when one of her classmates ran out of homeroom because one of his flipped. The fascinating trickery...
Episode 32: Flash Collection I by Rose Blackthorn

Episode 32: Flash Collection I by Rose Blackthorn

Narrated by Graeme Dunlop and Marguerite Kenner Listen above or download here. Show Notes Today we present a series of flash fiction stories by Rose Blackthorn. Rose lives in the high mountain desert of Eastern Utah with her boyfriend. She also has a two-year old Australian Shepherd nicknamed Boo, and...
Episode 23: Ruby Hearts by Jodi MacArthur

Episode 23: Ruby Hearts by Jodi MacArthur

Narrated by Barry J Northern Listen above or download here. Show Notes We’re off to a great start with today’s presentation, Ruby Hearts by Jodi MacArthur. Jodi MacArthur loved to troll the forests with her brother for salamanders, fossils, and buried treasure. Mostly, they just got wet and jumped out...
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Text Against Tyranny: Banned Books Week 2017

There have always been times when facts are questioned and truths threatened. When reality is malleable, and people’s opinions are not. When freedom becomes an excuse for persecution, and we’re told to fear the faces of our friends. September 24 to September 30 is Banned Books Week, an annual international event celebrating the freedom to...

All Four Escape Artists Podcasts Confirmed As SFWA Approved Markets

The Escape Artists podcasts are delighted to announce that Pseudopod, Podcastle and Cast of Wonders have entered the list of approved short fiction markets maintained by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (“SFWA”). They join sister-show Escape Pod. Since 2006, Escape Artists has been at the leading edge of audio short fiction. Its four podcasts provide...

March 2017 is Artemis Rising 3!

2017 marks the third annual Artemis Rising event across the Escape Artists podcasts – and this year, includes us! Join us for four stories across the month celebrating women and non-binary authors in speculative fiction. We’re bringing you four great stories demonstrating the depth and range of YA, by known favorites and new voices. We’re...

EA Metacast: 2016 Award-Eligible Stories

Listen above or download here. Hello everyone! Award nomination season is upon us. If you’re eligible to nominate your favorite short stories of 2016 for the Nebula, the Hugo, and other awards, we humbly submit the following list of Cast of Wonders short story original publications for your consideration: 2016 Original Publications: Episodes 197 and...

Reopening for submissions December 15th!

Grab your favorite wintery drink (if you’re in the northern hemisphere) and your works in progress, we’re reopening for submissions! Our Submittable portal will once again accept your up to 6000 word offerings starting 15 December. Full details including payment terms, blind manuscript format requirements, and sample contracts available in our freshly updated submission guidelines....

Down for Maintenance (13 November 2016)

Hello all, a quick note to let you know we’re taking the site down for a few hours to try and repair the RSS feed issues. You may have difficulty accessing some or all of our stories while the work is ongoing. Thanks for your patience! In the meantime, have you checked out the great...
Where to find Cast of Wonders at WorldCon

Where to find Cast of Wonders at WorldCon

Hello everyone! Cast of Wonders’ editor and host, Marguerite Kenner, will be at WorldCon in Kansas City, Missouri this week. You can find her on the following panels as well as roaming the halls. Come say hello, and get a Cast of Wonders badge ribbon! Creative Commons Rights for Creators and Fans Wednesday 17:00 –...

Artemis Rising 3

For the last two years, February has been Artemis Rising month across the Escape Artists’s podcasts. The event returns in March 2017, and for the first time Cast of Wonders will be joining the month-long showcase of stories by women and nonbinary authors in genre fiction. Submissions for new short fiction will run September 1st through...
Episode 211: Indian Rope Trick by James Fitzsimmons

Episode 211: Indian Rope Trick by James Fitzsimmons

• Narrated by Kaushik Narasimhan • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • Originally appeared in Bards and Sages Quarterly (April 2012) • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia page • Come visit us on Facebook and Twitter Listen above or download...

The TriWonders Flash Fiction Contest Is Here!

We are to have the honour of hosting a very exciting event over the coming months, an event that has not been held since the dawn of 2016. It is my very great pleasure to inform you that the TriWonders Flash Fiction Contest will be taking place at Cast of Wonders this year! It’s true!...
Episode 210: Little Wonders 8 - Embracing Change

Episode 210: Little Wonders 8 – Embracing Change

• Authors: Adam Gaylord and J. J. Litke • Narrators: Dani Daly and Katherine Inskip • Audio production by Jeremy Carter • The There-It-Is Store originally appeared in T. Gene Davis’s Speculative Fiction Blog. • Discuss this story on our forum • For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia...

Announcing assistant editors Dani Daly and Katherine Inskip!

Hello everyone! Things have been quieter than I’d like lately at Cast of Wonders. Part of that has been some behind the scenes changes. Our good friend Jeff Hite has stepped away from the show to spend more time with his family and his own writing career, and we wish him all the best. In...