Archive for Episodes

Episode 77: The Long Cut by Tom Howard


Narrated by Norm Sherman

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Show Notes

Today we present Tom Howard’s story, The Long Cut. Tom is a short story writer from Little Rock, Arkansas. Of this story Tom says, “My four children are the inspiration for this story as I was frequently lost when they were little, and they would ask, ‘Dad, is this another one of your long cuts?’ It made perfect sense to them that if a short cut got you there faster, a ‘long cut’ would get you there much, much slower. Cheeky monkeys.”

Your narrator today is the fabulous Norm Sherman. Norm is the host and editor of the weird and wonderful — and Parsec award winning — Drabblecast, which publishes “strange stories by strange authors for strange listeners, such as yourself.” In addition he is the editor and co-host of the long running science-fiction podcast EscapePod. Both podcasts server excellent fare, some of it quite adult.

His smooth tones may be heard in many places in the pod-o-sphere such as PodCastle, The Guild of the Cowry Catchers, The Fullcast Podcast and many other fine audio productions. You can find Norm in many places online such as Facebook.

Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.

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Episode 76: Dragonomics by Lance Schonberg


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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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 progress at any given moment. Some of his stories have even seen publication. In between trips to the word processor, Lance is currently conspiring to commit both a podcast and electronic publication. He can be found lurking on Twitter as WritingDad, on Facebook, and even on his own website (where you can also find several wonderful stories he’s serialized).

Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.

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Episode 75: The Field Trip by Alex Shvartsman


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Today we present Alex Shvartsman’s story, The Field Trip. Alex is a writer and game designer whose short stories appeared or are forthcoming at Nature, IGMS, Galaxy’s Edge, and many other ‘zines and anthologies. His adventures so far have included traveling to over 30 countries, playing a card game for a living, and building a successful business. Alex resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and son. His recently published fiction is linked at his website, and check out his recently published anthology of humorous F/SF, Unidentified Funny Objects. And check out Alex’s kickstarter for his second volume of UFO!

Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.

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Episode 74: Gods of Stone by Jeff Samson


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Today we present Jeff Samson’s story, Gods of Stone. Jeff makes a living as a copywriter with an ad agency in NYC. He brews Irish stout when he’s not writing science fiction, and often drinks it when he is. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and no cats. His work has either appeared or is forthcoming in Nature Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, Lore, Every Day Fiction, Brain Harvest, Jabberwocky and Perihelion.

Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.

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Episode 73: Mr. Nine and the Gentleman Ghost by Aidan Doyle


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Today we present Aidan Doyle’s story, Mr. Nine and the Gentleman Ghost, which was originally published on the Weird Tales web site. Aidan’s been with before; he wrote Episode 31, Inksucker. Aidan is an Australian writer and computer programmer who loves travelling and has visited more than 80 countries. His experiences include teaching English in Japan, interviewing ninjas in Bolivia and going ten-pin bowling in North Korea. His stories have been published in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons and Fantasy.

Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.

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Episode 72: The Dun Horse by Edward Ahern


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Ed Ahern resumed writing after forty odd years in foreign intelligence and international sales. He has his original wife, but advises that after 45 years they are both out of warranty. Ed dissipates his free time fly fishing, shooting and attending Japanese, German and French language groups. His proudest writing achievement is five new fairy tales, the protagonist of each of which has the name of one of his grandchildren.

Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.

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Episode 70: A Song for the Season by Eliza Hirsch


Narrated by Kate Baker

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Show Notes

Eliza Hirsch is an amateur writer of both adult and YA horror, science fiction and fantasy. When she’s not writing, she’s reading. When not doing either of those, she’s spending time with her wonderful husband, wishing she had a kittycat, or doing that whole earning money thing at her day job. You can find out more about Eliza here.

Your narrator is the fabulous Kate Baker. Kate is the the Podcast Director and Nonfiction Editor for Hugo award-winning Clarkesworld Magazine. You can find out more about Kate at katebaker.net where you’ll also find a list of her narrations.

Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.

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Episode 69: Cosmetic Procedures by Desmond Warzel


Narrated by Rish Outfield

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Show Notes

Today we present Cosmetic Procedures by Desmond Warzel. We’ve featured stories by Desmond before in Episode 15, Same Day Delivery and Episodes 34 & 35, The Most Precious of Treasures, and we’re very happy to welcome him back. You can find more from Desmond in the Jan/Feb issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Today’s story first appeared in the anthology It Came From Her Purse from Sam’s Dot Publishing. Check the shownotes for details.

Your narrator is the excellent Rish Outfield, who co-edits The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine, with Big Anklevich, where can hear quality audio productions of genre fiction, and listen to Rish and Big dicsuss, well, just about everything! With lots of geek references.

Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.

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Episode 68: Mercurial Skin by Raechel Henderson


Narrated by Marguerite Kenner

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Today we present Mercurial Skin by Raechel Henderson. Raechel once worked in a bookstore that bears a striking resemblance to the one in the story, although the books never whispered to her. She has since traded selling used paperbacks for running her own publishing company, Eggplant Literary Productions.

Your narrator is our esteemed editor, Marguerite Kenner. Marguerite is a native Californian who has forsaken paradise to be with her one true love in Merrye Olde England. She currently wears so many hats that she needs two heads.

Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.

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Episode 67: Barsoom in June by Brian Hurrel


Narrated by Dave Thompson and Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Today we present Barsoom in June by Brian Hurrel. Brian is an American who narrowly missed being born in Glasgow. A lifelong science fiction fan, he is especially fond of Golden Age stories from the forties and fifties. His fiction has appeared in the science journal Nature and magazines such as Daily Science Fiction and Bete Noir. His many previous occupations include high school English teacher, carpet installer, cab driver, and US Marine. He now develops software for the financial industry and lives in New Jersey with his wife and son.

Your narrators today are myself and my good friend Dave Thompson.

By day, Dave battles through reams of red tape writing corporate documentation. But his real job is co-editing and hosting the fantasy podcast PodCastle where you’ll find fantasy stories of all stripes. He is a published author and also a respected and frequent narrator for many venues. You can find two of his audio book narrations on Amazon: Norse Code by Greg Van Eekhout and Briarpatch by Tim Pratt.

Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.

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


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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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 lives in Singapore — where making mischief with eggs in lifts would be strongly and justifiably frowned upon.

Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.

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