Cast of Wonders 265: A Wish and a Hope and a Dream


• by M. Darusha Wehm
• Narrated by Setsu Uzume
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• A Cast of Wonders original!
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Show Notes

M. Darusha Wehm writes science fiction and speculative poetry, and mainstream poetry and fiction as Darusha Wehm. Science fiction books include Beautiful Red, Children of Arkadia and the Andersson Dexter cyberpunk detective series. Mainstream books include the Devi Jones’ Locker Young Adult series and The Home for Wayward Parrots (forthcoming from NeWest Press). Darusha’s short fiction and poetry have appeared in many venues, including Arsenika, Nature, Escape Pod, and several anthologies. Darusha is originally from Canada but currently lives in Wellington, New Zealand after spending the past several years sailing the Pacific. For more information visit darusha.ca or @darusha.

 

Setsu Uzume spent their formative years in and out of dojos. They also trained in a monastery in rural China, studying Daoism and swordplay. Setsu is a member of Codex and SFWA, as well as the assistant editor at PodCastle, and while they have dabbled in many arts, only writing and martial arts seem to have stuck. Follow them online or on Twitter.

 

 


Theme music is “Appeal to Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available from Promo DJ or his Facebook page.

Introducing our new associate editors!


Hello everyone! Please join us in welcoming some new faces at Cast of Wonders! They’re already hard at work at the slushface, excavating our future story diamonds. Welcome aboard everyone!

 

Tonya Bezpalko – Associate Editor

Tonya lives deep in the moose-infested wilds of Canada, where they are interested in everything but qualified for almost nothing. They are a sometime developer of MUDs, even in this day and age, and once released a Twine game about petting cats. One day, they’re going back to school for that linguistics degree, because they just love words that much. They’ve never seen an arts and crafts tutorial that didn’t make them want to do it too, no matter how impractical, and they will devour any book in front of them at an absolutely ludicrous speed. Give them the chance to, and they will pet your cat. Follow them on Twitter.

Alicia Caporaso – Associate Editor

Alicia is a marine archaeologist in New Orleans. Though she does not get to leave her desk too often, her technical specialty is using robots to investigate and study shipwrecks and other mysterious things in the deep sea. Most of her published writing is nonfiction, about North American archaeology and history, though her number of speculative fiction stories is slowly increasing. She lives with two little monsters who regularly take dog form and usually can be found, like most monsters, under her bed.

 

 

 

Trace Fontil – Associate Editor

Trace is a hopeful biologist that spends much of her time thinking about sentient trees and gods meddling in human lives. She is a university student, a speculative fiction writer, and a Florida(wo)man. You can find her buried under a stack of books and contemplating just how many ways the world can actually end, or alternatively, just shout into the air. You never know; she might be able to hear it.

 

 

William Heydt-Minor – Associate Editor

Will is a teacher and writer who currently resides in New York City at this stage in his peripatetic life. One day he will settle down in a self-sustaining earthship on a remote mountain top, but that day is not today. In his spare time, he enjoys walking, sleep, making risotto, and coffee. Follow him on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

Andrew K. Hoe – Associate Editor

Andrew teaches and practices Choy Li Fut Kung Fu and Tai Chi in Southern California, where he also writes speculative YA fiction. He has been a high school English teacher, an Assistant Language Teacher in Japan, and a college professor. His academic work in children’s literature can be found in The Looking Glass.

 

 

 

 

Shawn Proctor – Associate Editor

Shawn is a speculative fiction writer who earned his bachelors from Kutztown University and MFA from Rosemont College. He works and lives near Philadelphia with his wife, Hope, a dynamic duo of kids, and a clowder of cats. He is a member of Codex writers group and Critters, and adores weird pajamas. His fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Galaxy’s Edge, Flash Fiction Online, Daily Science Fiction, and Crab Orchard Review. Read more of his work at shawnproctor.com and follow him on Twitter @shawnproctor.

 

 

 

Rey O – Associate Editor

Rey works as an English teacher. She is recovering from gaslighting and C-PTSD, and is basically trying to learn how to be nice to herself full time. Her favorite indulgences are squeeing over cars and comics, collecting toys and second hand books, writing, learning languages, doing puzzles, and enjoying stand-up comedy. SFF and fairy tales are her favorite flavors. Follow her on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

Karissa Sluss – Associate Editor

Karissa lives with in North Carolina with her family and a hairy husky named Bonnie. Her favorite things are coffee, dark chocolate, Star Wars, and Princess Bride. By day she wrangles cases and hearing schedules for a small administrative court. At night, after cooking dinner, checking homework, and walking the dog, she writes and reads as much as possible. You can find out more about her writing online at karissalaurel.com, and she loves making friends on Twitter @karissalaurel.

 

 

Emma Smailes – Associate Editor

Emma hails from the banks of the not so coaley Tyne, which she loves as only a native Geordie Lass can. She enjoys fiction of almost all types, plotting, though never acting, to take over the world, and having sparkly fingernails. She does not have a cat, but does have a tiny cuddly toy hedgehog called Optic, who goes everywhere with her.

 

 

Cast of Wonders 264: Little Wonders 14 – Lyrical Beauty


• Authors: R. K. Duncan, Nicholas Ian Hawkins, Ryan Schapals
• Narrators: Katherine Inskip, Jeremy Carter, Pete Milan, Stephen J. Carrington
• Guest Hosts: Rachael K. Jones, Tina Connolly
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• “The Best Busker In The World” is a Cast of Wonders original!
• “The Weald Maiden’s Will” was originally published in The Best of Every Day Fiction (November 2008)
• “The Sherd” is a Cast of Wonders original!
• Read along with the text of The Best Busker in the World
• Read along with the text of The Weald Maiden’s Will
• Read along with the text of The Sherd
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Show Notes

R.K. Duncan is a lifelong Philadelphian. 26 years old, he went to Haverford College with a double major in Philosophy and Linguistics. He listens to a lot of folk music and had a story published recently in the anthology “No Sh!t, There I Was – An Anthology of Improbable Tales”. Follow him online or on Twitter.

Katherine Inskip, assistant editor of Cast of Wonders, teaches astrophysics for a living and spends her spare time populating the universe with worlds of her own. She is addicted to chocolate and Japanese logic puzzles. Follow her online or on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

In addition to being audio producer for Cast of Wonders, Jeremy Carter has produced audio for the Dunesteef Audio Fiction magazine, Far Fetched Fables, the Journey Into podcast and StarshipSofa. By day, he teaches physics and maths in the beautiful Peak District. He is a husband, father, photographer, cook and very occasional runner. Follow him on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

Nicholas Ian Hawkins is an always-reader and sometimes-writer of fantasy fiction. His short works have appeared in The Best of Every Day Fiction, Return of the Sword, Magic + Mechanica, New Realm, and FLASHSHOT. He works as writer, editor, and photographer for a major Midwestern university. Follow him online.

 

 

 

Pete Milan is a writer and voice actor. He has recorded several audiobooks and has worked extensively with Pendant Productions on their audio dramas. For more information, visit his website or follow him on Twitter.

Ryan Schapals is a storyteller based in Los Angeles, who grew up in Chicago. He loves rolling dice to determine terrible fictional choices. At Hyper RPG he turns tabletop roleplaying games into performance-based experiences on Twitch. Tune in at twitch.tv/hyperrpg. Right now he’s building the world of Amaurea’s Dawn with Open Legend RPG, which will be out this summer 2017. Check out the latest updates and join the Open Legend community at openlegendrpg.com. Follow him online or on Twitter.

 

 

 

Stephen J. Carrington is a performer; a narrator; a dreamer. He leads an escapist’s life, earning a suspect coin by assuming others’ identities (until the director calls cut, that is). Through narration and voice-over, Stephen has brought characters to life in video-games and animated web-series. He believes in storytelling… and short stories… and podcasts. He is found on Twitter as @CarringtonTV.

 

 

 

 


The Little Wonders theme “Neversus” is by Alexye Nov, available from Promo DJ or his Facebook page.

 

Cast of Wonders 263: A Coat For Aodh


• by Ika Koeck
• Narrated by Wilson Fowlie
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• A Cast of Wonders original!
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Show Notes

Born a Malaysian with a hint of Dutch bloodline, Ika Koeck’s passion for writing began when she was twelve after an accidental encounter with a fantasy novel left her mind reeling with ideas.

Her short stories have appeared in Ages of Wonder, an anthology published by DAW books and 100-Stories-For-Queensland, a charity anthology in aid of the survivors of the 2011 Queensland Flood. Her most recent publication is “Skin Deep”, published in Aurealis #91 and “Jungle Fever”, published in The Apex Book of World SF 3. Another fantasy short story, “To Dance The Dragon”, will be published in Ares Magazine in 2018.

When she is not travelling the world, Ika is working on her next short story or novel, running a race somewhere, training to be a triathlete, or being a butler for her cats. You can follow her online and on Twitter.

Wilson Fowlie has been reading stories out loud since the age of 4, and credits any talent he has in this area to his parents, who are both excellent at reading aloud.

He started narrating stories for more than just his own family in late 2008, when he answered a call for readers on the PodCastle forum. Since then, he has gone on to become PodCastle’s most prolific narrator, reading or appearing in nearly 30 episodes. He’s a proud member of the Escape Artists hat trick club, having narrated for PodCastle, EscapePod and Pseudopod as well as Cast of Wonders, in addition to StarShipSofa, Beam Me Up, Cast Macabre, Dunesteef Audio Fiction magazine and the Journey Into… podcast.

Wilson fits in all this narrating between his day job as a web developer in Vancouver, Canada, and being the director of a community show chorus called The Maple Leaf Singers.

 


Theme music is “Appeal to Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available from Promo DJ or his Facebook page.

Cast of Wonders 262: My Friend Fishfinger by Daisy, age 7


• by David Tallerman
• Narrated by Marguerite Kenner
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• Originally published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine (Issue #30, August 2007)
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Show Notes

David Tallerman is the author of the YA fantasy series “The Black River Chronicles”, which began in late 2016 with Level One, the Tales of Easie Damasco series, and the Tor.com novella Patchwerk. His comics work includes the absurdist steampunk graphic novel Endangered Weapon B: Mechanimal Science and the Rosarium miniseries C21st Gods.

David’s short stories have appeared in around eighty markets, including Clarkesworld, Nightmare, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. A number of his best dark fantasy and horror stories (including this one) were included in his debut collection ‘The Sign in the Moonlight and Other Stories.’ You can follow him online and on Twitter.

 


Theme music is “Appeal to Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available from Promo DJ or his Facebook page.


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Cast of Wonders 261: Twice


• by Imaani Cain
Content Warning: Self harm
• Narrated by Sandra M. Odell
• Commentary assistance by Alasdair Stuart
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• A Cast of Wonders original!
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Show Notes

Imaani Cain is a writer from the Boston area. Her work has appeared in publications such as Gone Lawn Journal, Lunch Ticket, and other literary magazines.

‘Twice’is Imaani’s first professional genre sale – congratulations!

Sandra M. Odell lives in Washington state with her husband, sons, and a grumpy orange cat. When she’s not imagining fantastic adventures in far away places, she helps run her husband’s game store. She has several previous publications at Cast of Wonders. You can find out more about her work online or follow her on Twitter.

 

 

 


Theme music is “Appeal to Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available from Promo DJ or his Facebook page.

 

Cast of Wonders 260: Contractual Obligations


• by Jaime O. Mayer
• Narrated by Katherine Inskip
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• A Cast of Wonders original!
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Show Notes

Jaime O. Mayer shares her Seattle home with two needy cats, too many fish tanks, and a patient husband. When she isn’t reading or writing, she enjoys many hobbies including knitting, PC gaming, and photography. Powered by tea and buried in yarn, she blogs infrequently at jaimeomayer.com, and can be found on social media as @JaimeOMayer. She has a personal essay on the representation of adoption in SFF forthcoming in the Invisible 3 anthology. Follow her online and on Twitter.

“Contractual Obligations” is Jamie’s first professional sale – congratulations Jaime!

 

Katherine Inskip, assistant editor of Cast of Wonders, teaches astrophysics for a living and spends her spare time populating the universe with worlds of her own. She is addicted to chocolate and Japanese logic puzzles. Follow her online or on Twitter.

 

 

 


Theme music is “Appeal to Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available from Promo DJ or his Facebook page.

 

Episode 259: Seer’s Salad by Barbara A. Barnett


• Narrated by Jen Albert
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• A Cast of Wonders original!
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Show Notes

Barbara A. Barnett is a writer, musician, orchestra librarian, Odyssey Writing Workshop graduate, coffee addict, wine lover, and all-around geek. Her short fiction has appeared in publications such as Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, and Flash Fiction Online. Barbara lurks about the Philadelphia area, where she lives with her husband and a pantsless stuffed monkey named Super Great. You can follow her online or on Twitter.

 

 

Jen Albert is an entomologist, writer, editor, narrator, game-player, cosplayer, streamer, reader of All The Things, and haver of far too many hobbies. Jen somehow became co-editor of her favorite fantasy fiction magazine and podcast; she now wonders if she’s still allowed to call it her favorite. She lives in Toronto with her husband and her very large, very hairy German Shepherd. Follow her online and on Twitter.

 

 

 


Theme music is “Appeal to Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available from Promo DJ or his Facebook page.

Where to find Cast of Wonders in Helsinki


Hello all! If you’ll be taking part in the Worldcon 75 festivities next week, here’s where you can find Marguerite, Katherine and Jeremy. Come say hello!

EA Fan Meet-up

Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the fan lounge

 

 

 

 

 

Jeremy Carter

Non-Fiction Podcasts (Thursday at 1 p.m. in 216)

Clouds on the Horizon: Where Physics Might Be Changing (Saturday at 1 p.m. in 102)

 

 

 

 

 

Katherine Inskip

Clouds on the Horizon: Where Physics Might Be Changing (Saturday at 1 p.m. in 102)

 

 

 

Marguerite Kenner

Asexuality in YA (Thursday at 11 a.m. in 203a)

Countering Surveillance with Souseveillance (Saturday at 4 p.m. in 207)

Oral Storytelling on Audio (Sunday at 1 p.m. in 215)

 

 

 

Hope to see you in Helsinki!

Wanna Read Some Stories?


We’re recruiting! We’re looking to add additional associate editors (also referred to as slush readers) to our team.

Cast of Wonders is a SFWA short fiction market. We’re looking for associate editors who can read and comment upon at least five stories a week during three to four reading periods spread throughout the year. You’ll be asked to help us select engaging, diverse, well-written and thought-provoking stories from our unsolicited submissions queue. The most successful slushers will be familiar with our work and be able to identify a good fit. It helps if you’re familiar with our episodes and our submission guidelines. If selected, you will still be able to submit to Cast of Wonders (and any other Escape Artists podcast).

We’re dedicated to publishing fiction that reflects the entire spectrum of the human experience. We acknowledge the realities of unconscious bias and make our best effort to account for it during our review process, and expect every one of our associate editors to do the same. As an intersectional feminist publication, we want to explore the full breadth of genre fiction and dispel the assumption that ‘YA’ means ‘stories for teen girls’.

This is an unpaid, volunteer position. However we take lowering the barriers to publication and experience seriously, and do our best to help associate editors gain experience. We will happily write letters of recommendation or references for both academic and employment applications for our readers.

EA is a tight-knit, welcoming and inclusive group. We encourage you to ask around about us and our reputation, or contact us directly if you have any questions.

If you would like to join our team, please complete our Associate Editor application form and complete the requested exercise. We will be accepting applications until Thursday, 31 August 2017.
We hope to hear from you soon!
-Marguerite Kenner, Editor
-Dani Daly and Katherine Inskip, Assistant Editors

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Cast of Wonders 258: Victory Music

Show Notes

Mermaid UK: http://www.mermaidsuk.org.uk
The Trevor Project: http://www.thetrevorproject.org/

Theme music “Appeal to Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available from Promo DJ or his Facebook page.


Victory Music

by Daniel José Older

One of my favorite moments ever was when the boy called me an Arab and you said, “She’s Sikh, fucknut” and then when he said “Oh, like hide and go-“ you broke his nose. I heard music playing, I swear to God, and it was victory music, your music: A dusty, unflinching beat, lowdown and grinding. It didn’t matter that my family’s not even technically Sikh anymore since my parents went born-again and I’m just whatever. I smiled for days after that moment, Krys. Days.

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Episode 257: Little Wonders 13 – Death


• Content Warning: Grief
• Authors: Jennifer Lee Rossman, Jenny Rae Rappaport, Evan Berkow, David Steffen and Christine Lucas
• Narrators: Stephanie Morris, Setsu Uzume, Kate Baker, Makenzi Newman and Mur Lafferty
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
Always There was originally published in Lakeside Circus in February 2014
Chrysalis, The Black Veils, Moments in the Crawl, and Even Death are all Cast of Wonders originals!
• Read along with the text of the stories: Chrysalis, The Black Veils, Moments in the Crawl, Always There and Even Death
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Show Notes

Jennifer Lee Rossman is a science fiction geek from New York, where she crochets, watches Doctor Who, and threatens to run over people with her wheelchair. Her short story “Scrapefoot” is featured in Circuits & Slippers, an anthology of sci-fi fairy tale re-tellings. Follow her online and on Twitter.

 

 

Stephanie Morris is a professional fangirl by day and the lone library assistant staffing a college circulation desk at night. She has narrated short stories for all four Escape Artists podcasts as well as StarShipSofa, has guest-blogs on subjects ranging from book recommendations to zombie turkeys, and performed Shakespeare in a handful of weird churches. Until she suppresses her inner perfectionist enough to create a website, you can find her on Twitter.


Jenny Rae Rappaport is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing workshop, and holds a BA in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University. Her work has previously appeared in Knitty and STRAEON. She lives in New Jersey with her family, where she divides her time between novel writing and herding small children. Follow her online and on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

Setsu Uzume is the assistant editor at Podcastle, and spent their formative years in and out of dojos. They also trained in a monastery in rural China, studying Daoism and swordplay. While they have dabbled in many arts, only writing and martial arts seem to have stuck. Find them on online and Twitter.

 

 


Evan Berkow lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and a small menagerie consisting of two enormous gray cats and one adorable rescue dog. His fiction has also appeared in Strange Horizons, Escape Pod, and Crossed Genres Magazine. He’s a member of SFWA, Codex, and the Brooklyn Speculative Fiction Writers critique group. Find him online and on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

Kate Baker is the Podcast Director and Non-fiction Editor for Clarkesworld Magazine. She has been very privileged to narrate over 350 short stories/poems by some of the biggest names in Science Fiction and Fantasy for multiple venues. Kate won the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine in 2011 and 2013, the British Fantasy Award for Best Magazine in 2014 and the World Fantasy Award for Special Award: Non Professional in 2014 alongside the wonderfully talented editorial staff of Clarkesworld Magazine. She is currently situated in Northern Connecticut with her first fans; her wonderful children. She is currently working as the Director of Operations for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Follow her online and on Twitter.


David Steffen is a writer, editor, and software engineer. He edits Diabolical Plots, which began publishing original fiction in 2015. He runs the Submission Grinder, a tool for writers to find markets for their work. In December 2015 he published The Long List Anthology, which is a collection of 21 stories from the longer Hugo Award nomination list last year. His own stories have been published in many nice places, including the other three Escape Artists podcasts, Drabblecast, and Daily Science Fiction. You can follow him on Twitter.

 

Makenzi Newman is a tenth-grade student in Louisiana. She likes to write stories and poetry, and this is one of her first narrations!

 

 

 

 

 


Christine Lucas lives in Greece with her husband and a horde of spoiled animals. A retired Air Force officer and mostly self-taught in English, has had her work appear in several print and online magazines, including the Other Half of the Sky anthology, Daily Science Fiction, Space and Time Magazine, the Triangulation: Morning After anthology and Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. She is currently working on her first novel, and in her free time she reads slush for ASIM. You can follow her online.

Mur Lafferty has been called one of the worst-kept secrets in science fiction and fantasy publishing, but she’s no secret to Escape Artists fan. She’s been the host and co-editor of both PseudoPod, and is the current co-editor of Escape Pod along with Divya Breed. She’s also the host and creator of the podcast I Should Be Writing and Ditch Diggers, which is a finalist for the Hugo this year with co-host Matt Wallace. She is the 2013 winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her novels include The Shambling Guides and Six Wakes. Full links to all her social media haunts will be in the show notes. Follow her online and on Twitter.


The Little Wonders theme “Neversus” is by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.