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Narrated by Amy Robinson
Originally published in Electric Velocipede Issue 17/18, Spring 2009.

WARNING: The story that follows features spiders front and center. Arachnophobes may want to skip this episode and join us again next week.


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Show Notes

Caroline M. Yoachim lives in Seattle and loves cold cloudy weather. She’s the author of dozens of short stories, appearing in Lightspeed, Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, and Daily Science Fiction, among other places. Her story Four Seasons in the Forest of Your Mind is in the current May/June issue of Fantasy and Science Fiction. You can follow her on Twitter or learn more at her website.

Amy Robison

The story is narrated for you by Amy Robison, a veteran voice-over talent and actress from Atlanta, Georgia. You may recognize her voice from several excellent narrations around the fiction podcast community, and our own previous episode 130, The Phobos Monolith, last year. Amy will be appearing on The Rookery Radio Hour on July 20. You can also find her on Twitter.

 

 


Theme music is “Appeal to Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.
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Narrated by John Meagher
Originally published by Perihelion SF in 2014.


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Our story this week is Hard Passage by Holly Schofield. You may remember Holly from episode 124, Old People Rules, last May.

Holly Schofield’s stories have appeared in dozens of publications including Lightspeed, Crossed Genres, and Tesseracts. She travels through time at the rate of one second per second, oscillating between the alternate realities of a prairie farmhouse and her remote writing cabin in the wilds of North America.

For more of her work (including free stories!) and a list of forthcoming publications, see her website.

Hard Passage is narrated for you by John Meagher, who’s also a Cast of Wonders alum. He narrated the excellent Alex Shvartsman story You Bet back in episode 95.

John is the writer and narrator of Tales of the Left Hand, an ongoing fantasy series offering swashbuckling, intrigue and a dash of magic. All books in the series are available in audio and eBook formats. In his secret identity, John’s a graphic designer and voice actor who lives outside Washington DC with his wife, daughter and two cats. You can also follow him on Twitter.


Juliet Mushens’ book Get Started in Writing Young Adult Fiction is available now in the UK, and forthcoming in the US. You can find her on Twitter.


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

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Narrated by Heather Welliver

Originally published in the December 2012 issue of The Devilfish Review.

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Our story this week is a special re-broadcast of Into the Forever Place by Luke Thomas. This story originally ran in July of last year, but the recording suffered from a technical failure that meant we took it down almost as soon as it went up, so we’ve decided to re-release it for your listening pleasure.

Luke Thomas is a writer and web developer based in Brooklyn, New York. This story is from a cycle of stories and novels Luke has been working on since 2010, all of which explore William Blake’s poetry in a pulpy, science fantasy context.

Luke can be found on Twitter, where he installed a second ‘R’ in his initials to enhance the quality of all his fantasy writing.

Your narrator is Heather Welliver. Heather is a singer, narrator and voice actor. She has dozens of recording credits to her name, including Cybrosis by P.C. Haring, and Chasing the Bard by Philippa Ballantine. You may also recognize her voice from the podcast universe. She’s appeared on Transmissions From Beyond as well as all three of the EA podcasts, EscapPod, Podcastle, and Pseudopod. You can find out more on her website, or follow her on Twitter.

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

Read Along

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Narrated by Rikki La Coste, Isis La Coste and Fiona “Princess Scientist” Van Verth
Forthcoming from Solaris in May 2015 in The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 9, and from Tor.com.


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Show Notes

This week we have a special a full cast audio production for you, Ellen KlagesAmicae Aeternum.

Ellen is the author of two acclaimed YA historical novels: The Green Glass Sea, which won the Scott O’Dell Award, the New Mexico Book Award, and the Lopez Award; and White Sands, Red Menace, which won the California and New Mexico Book Awards. Her story, Basement Magic, won a Nebula Award in 2005. In 2014, Wakulla Springs, co-authored with Andy Duncan, was nominated for the Nebula, Hugo, and Locus awards, and won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novella. Ellen lives in San Francisco, in a small house full of books and other strange and wondrous things.
Learn more at her not-updated-often enough website.

The story has three narrators for you. First, we welcome back Fiona “Princess Scientist” Van Verth. Fiona narrated The Girl With The Picollo from our Little Wonders special in September last year. Fiona is a 7th grader, and sometimes videoblogger – you can see her daily Advent Calendar podcast every year in December.

Rikki LaCoste was the co-creator and co-host of the quirky and provocative podcast Kakophonos Internet Radio (presently in suspended animation). He’s a reoccurring narrator for the Escape Artists short fiction horror podcast, Pseudopod. He’s also a musician and the creator of an eclectic musical project called Panthea, which can be listened to on Bandcamp.

Isis LaCoste is the pre-teen daughter of Rikki. Like her father, Isis is an aspiring young actress, a prolific artist and musician who also has a Pseudopod narration to her credit. In 2014 Isis won the award for Dramatic Excellence in her school. She and her father live in Toronto, Canada.


Now that you’ve listened to the story, here’s the lullaby Rikki wrote!


Theme music is “Appeal to Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.
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Originally published in Betwixt issue 4, Summer 2014

Narrated by Katherine Inskip and Jeremy Carter


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Our story this week is haunting Speaking to Skull Kings, by Emily B. Cataneo. Emily is a writer of dark literary speculative fiction. She grew up in New England, lived in Boston, Massachusetts for seven years, and now lives in Berlin, Germany, where she works as a freelance journalist when she’s not writing fiction. In her spare time, she’s usually riding her bike, reading about the early twentieth century or navigating the tricky waters of learning German.
Her work has appeared in anthologies such as Chiral Mad 2, the Stoker-nominated Qualia Nous, and Steampunk World, as well as the magazines Black Static, The Dark and Betwixt. She is a 2013 graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Emily has a story coming out in shortly in Interfictions: A Journal of Interstitial Arts called The Emerald Coat and Other Wishes. It features a deadly coat, ghosts in bathrooms, and a young woman who must decide whether to follow in her family’s peculiar footsteps.

You can find her on online, on Twitter and on Facebook all under her name.

For your narrators we welcome back Katherine Inskip and Jeremy Carter.

Katherine teaches astrophysics for a living and spends her spare time populating the universe with worlds of her own, which you can read at her blog, Trisigmatic.

Jeremy Carter teaches by day and produces audio by night. He has produced stories for Starshipsofa, Dunesteef, Far Fetched Fables, Journey Into and this episode for us. Thanks Jeremy!

Both Katherine and Jeremy are also on Twitter, as Chesneycat and JECarter76, respectively.


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

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Narrated by Melissa Bugaj
Originally appeared in The Colored Lens, Issue 12, Summer 2014


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Jenni Moody is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and of the Clarion West Writers Workshop. Her stories have been published in Booth, Gingerbread House, and Mason’s Road. She’s lived in a dry cabin in Alaska and a small town in Japan, and was once chased by a family of bears through the Yukon at midnight. She collects stamps (inked, not licked) and writes in Huntsville, Alabama. Her flash fiction story How to Break Up with Your Zombie Boyfriend will be published in an upcoming issue of Strangelet. There are a couple of places you can find out more about Jenni’s work: her website, her Twitter feed, and her Pinterest board, where she posts story ideas.

Your narrator for the story is Melissa Bugaj. You may remember her from Episode 124 last year, Old People Rules. Melissa is the proud mom of a nine-year-old boy and seven-year-old girl. She is a special educator in her sixteenth year of teaching. Mel has taught all grade levels from preschool to grade five in both general and special education. This past year, however, she left the world of elementary school to teach Special Education in a High School Conceptual Physics and Chemistry class. She survived her first year of being the shortest person in the classroom and was enthusiastic to get back to teaching velocity, gravity and atoms for the 2014-2015 school year. In her “free time,” she co-produces an excellent children’s story podcast with her techie husband called Night Light Stories and writes a blog about the silly antics of her family called According To Mags.


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

Click here to read the text of the story