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Cast of Wonders 288: Staff Picks 2017 – Lost in Translation

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Every year in January, Cast of Wonders takes the month off to recharge, plan the year ahead and highlight some of our favorite episodes. Throughout the month, different members of the Cast of Wonders crew will present their favorite story of 2017.

This week’s episode is hosted by assistant editor Katherine Inskip.


Lost in Translation

by Afalstein Kloosterman

“It turns out,” said the High Ecclesiarch of the Writ, “that when the prophecy says ‘the hero’s body shall stand resilient against the flame,’ a more accurate translation would be ‘resistant against the flame.’”  He gave a pained grimace.  “Ancient Nearnoxian can be… ambiguous, at times.”

Phillip Stalford, Hero of Nearnox, Chosen One of the Golden Age, Bastion of Chastity and Valor, Banisher of the Dark Torch, V’lthaern d’Sng’ssn, and Paladin of the Holy Writ blinked back from within the mass of bandages that healer Ziva was carefully tending to.  “Oh.”  He said.  “Well, I suppose that’s better than finding out I hadn’t been ‘pure of heart’ enough.   Or that the Great Scriptor had taken a dislike to me.”

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Cast of Wonders 261: Twice

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


Twice

by Imaani Cain

In the beginning, there was a world and the world was Marya.

In every photograph littering my parents’ mantle, there are the two of us, smiling tightly under the heavy gaze of the camera. I am always standing just behind her, my hand cupping her shoulder. She is looking up at me, her own tiny hand reaching up to grasp at mine. Each of us is holding tight enough to be painful: afterwards, when we are finally allowed outside to play, we compare battle wounds. They faded almost instantly but we spent the night recreating them, stifling any winces we might’ve ordinarily made. We created a game out of it, racking up points for endurance and creativity. (Continue Reading…)

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Episode 249: Lost in Translation by Afalstein Kloosterman

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


Lost in Translation

by Afalstein Kloosterman

 

“It turns out,” said the High Ecclesiarch of the Writ, “that when the prophecy says ‘the hero’s body shall stand resilient against the flame,’ a more accurate translation would be ‘resistant against the flame.’”  He gave a pained grimace.  “Ancient Nearnoxian can be… ambiguous, at times.”

Phillip Stalford, Hero of Nearnox, Chosen One of the Golden Age, Bastion of Chastity and Valor, Banisher of the Dark Torch, V’lthaern d’Sng’ssn, and Paladin of the Holy Writ blinked back from within the mass of bandages that healer Ziva was carefully tending to.  “Oh.”  He said.  “Well, I suppose that’s better than finding out I hadn’t been ‘pure of heart’ enough.   Or that the Great Scriptor had taken a dislike to me.”

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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 free, weekly stories in their respective genres across every element of speculative fiction. Their combined back catalog of nearly 1800 episodes encompass a huge array of authors and narrators, from industry giants to emerging talents. Each episode features flash or short fiction and commentary, supporting EA’s ‘One Story, Told Well’ mission.

‘Everyone at Escape Artists is thrilled to see this confirmed’ said owner, Alasdair Stuart. ‘We’re very proud of the number of authors who have their first professional sales with one of our shows. Bringing all four shows’ pay rates into synch, and being approved SFWA markets, will continue to support our goal of lowering barriers to entry in publishing. Sales to EA podcasts will now count toward SFWA membership requirements for authors, and bring a wider range of voices to genre fiction.

For more information visit escapeartists.net, or follow @EAPodcasts on Twitter.

Episode 237: Little Wonders 10 – Flash Fiction Contest Winners

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


More Than Machines Will Fall to Rust

by Rachael K. Jones

I’ll tell it like it never happened, Patrick. Like we were childhood besties swapping knock-knock jokes from the tip-top branches of our favorite climbing tree. That we donned towel capes and played at superheroes, that we took turns being sidekicks so nobody had to play the villain. That it went on like that forever. That we never entered the science fair, and my experiment with exothermic reaction never beat out your atomic clock. That you didn’t resent losing to a girl, because I was your best friend, and it shouldn’t have mattered.

And when The Agency recruited me young on the strength of my scientific promise, and I really got the cape and powers and sidekick, you withdrew into a mechanical exile of your own choosing, all wires and servos and circuit boards.

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For Your Consideration



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Hello everyone, this is Alasdair, the voice of Escape Artists. This is our 2016 metacast to present the stories we ran in 2015 which are eligible in the upcoming Hugo nomination season.

First, a quick plug four ourselves. All four EA shows – Podcastle, Pseudopod, Escapepod and Cast of Wonders – are themselves eligible in the SEMIPROZINE Hugo category.

Not Fancast. Not Fanzine. Semiprozine.

Yes, the categories are confusing and often overlap. Fancast as a category is traditionally dominated by commentary shows and sketch based audio programs. Take at look at the finalists over the last couple of years. Whereas the Semiprozine category is home to the types of publications we consider our publishing peers.

While there’s an argument to be made we could split the shows and compete in multiple categories to increase our chances, we don’t think benefits anyone. The division would be artificial at best, extremely difficult to explain given all four of our shows have harmonized pay rates and submissions policies, and smack of gamesmanship which doesn’t interest us.

Don’t get us wrong, we LOVED seeing Podcastle and Escapepod on last year’s Hugo long lists, and we’d be honoured for one of our shows to be a finalist. But that’s a decision that rests solely in the hands of you, our fans and supporters.

And just a note, Mothership Zeta doesn’t qualify this year because they’re too new.

Update: all of our editors (Graeme Dunlop and Rachael K. Jones at PodCastle, Shawn Garrett at Pseudopod, Marguerite Kenner at Cast of Wonders and Norm Sherman at EscapePod) are themselves eligible in the Editor, Short Form category.

These show notes contain links to a few different aggregation projects, where fiction fans are building cumulative lists of those eligible in the various categories. They’re great tools, and we’d like to thank David Steffen in particular for his efforts. We’ll also link to our Wikia page, containing links to all the stories mentioned.

And with that, we present the following for your consideration:

Editor, Short Form:

Marguerite Kenner

Cast of Wonders 2015 Short Story first publications:

Aisha Bets Her Life on Magic by Jarod K. Anderson
There Are No Marshmallows in Camelot by Christian McKay Heidicker
Lost Socks by Lisa Montoya
Above Decks by Terry Ibele
Fairy Bones by Guy Stewart
A Troll’s Trade by Sandra M. Odell

2015 reprints:

The Mothgate by J.R. Troughton – originally published by Shimmer
The New Kid Is Not An Alien by Bert Lowe originally published in the July 2015 issue of Spaceports & Spidersilk

Episode 187: Staff Pick 2015 – The Haunted Jalopy Races by M. Bennardo


Narrated by Alasdair Stuart
Audio production by Rikki LaCoste
Originally published in Shimmer (January 2013)


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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 of joining the Escape Artists family, this year we’re pulling out all the stops. We’re running 10 staff pick episodes over the month, each one hosted by a different member of the Cast of Wonders crew.

We hope you enjoy alumnus host and editor Graeme Dunlop’s favorite story from 2015, The Haunted jalopy Races by M. Bennardo and narrated by Alasdair Stuart. The story originally aired March 22, 2015 as Episode 160.


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

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Episode 186: Staff Pick 2015 – A School Story by M. R. James


Narrated by Alasdair Stuart
Audio production by Rikki LaCoste
Originally published by the author in More Ghost Stories, 1911

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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 of joining the Escape Artists family, this year we’re pulling out all the stops. We’re running 10 staff pick episodes over the month, each one hosted by a different member of the Cast of Wonders crew.

We hope you enjoy artist and founder Barry J. Northern’s favorite story from 2015, A School Story by M. R. James and narrated by Alasdair Stuart. The story originally aired August 2, 2015 as Episode 172.


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

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Episode 172: A School Story by M. R. James


Narrated by Alasdair Stuart
Audio production by Jeremy Carter
Originally published by the author in More Ghost Stories, 1911

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M R JamesWe present a public domain classic this week, M. R. James’ The School Story, originally published in the anthology More Ghost Stories in 1911. Image licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

 

 

 

Alasdair StuartAnd who better to narrate an English ghost story than the Lord of Pseudopod Towers, Alasdair Stuart. Alasdair is a narration regular across the fiction podcast landscape, as well as being the host of Pseudopod and co-host of EscapePod. You can follow him on Twitter, or read about everything from movies to travel to taquitos on his blog, The Man of Words.

 

 

 

 


Do you love flash fiction? The Escape Artists podcasts are hosting their fourth annual flash fiction contest, starting with Pseudopod this year. The submission window runs from August 15th through September 15th. All the details can be found on their forum.


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

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Episode 160: The Haunted Jalopy Races by M. Bennardo


Narrated by Alasdair Stuart


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M. Bennardo‘s short stories have recently appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Clarkesworld. He is also co-editor of the Machine of Death series of anthologies. He lives in Kent, Ohio, and you can find out more about his work at his website or on Twitter.

To narrate the story we welcome back the dulcet tones of the man at the top of the Pseudopod Tower, Alasdair Stuart, who our listeners last heard this Halloween past with the classic Lovercraft tale Dagon on Episode 143.

Alasdair is a literary jack of all trades, who’s credits include freelance culture journalism, comic and film critique, amateur food blogging and PR work, not to mention fiction of his own. He’s most frequently found on Twitter or his website.


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

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Episode 143: Dagon by H. P. Lovecraft


Narrated by Alasdair Stuart

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For horror fans, the initials HPL bring an instant chill to the spine. The man’s work hardly needs introduction. His Cthulhu mythos and its denizens have appeared in and influenced the entire artistic spectrum, from film and television, to poetry, dramatic productions, plush toys and even an excellent series of tiki mugs. An argument could be made that Lovecraft is to the macabre and strange what Shelley is to epistolary horror and Shakespeare is to modern romantic comedy.

The man himself, well, that’s more complicated. It would be easy to dismiss Lovecraft’s neuroses and prejudices as products of his time, but that’s an argument that, if you’ll pardon the pun, doesn’t hold water. It’s difficult to find something new to say about a man whos short life has been subject to as much study as his work, so instead I’ll direct you to my favorite source for all things HPL – the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society. And while you’re there, check out their EXCELLENT radio dramas.

Dagon was once of Lovecraft’s first short stories and was published in 1919 in The Vagrant.

And who more fitting for the narration of a classic tale of apocalyptic horror, than Pseudopod’s own keeper of the dark tower Alasdair Stuart. For those of you who don’t know him, he’s a freelance culture journalist, comic book aficionado, amateur food blogger, and author in his own right. And he makes the best evening pick-me-up cup of tea this side of R’yleah. He’s most frequently found on Twitter or his website.


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

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Episode 132: The Collector by Jameyanne Fuller


Narrated by Alasdair Stuart

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This week we present The Collector by Jameyanne Fuller. Jameyanne writes fantasy and historical fiction and is usually buried under at least ten story ideas. She graduated from Kenyon College in May 2014, and in October she will be moving to Italy on a Fulbright Scholarship, where she will teach English to high school students. Her story The Year of Salted Skies was the third runner-up for the 2014 Dell Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing. This is her first publication. She is particularly interested in depictions of family relationships and memory in fiction, and when she isn’t studying or writing, she enjoys reading, hiking, and playing with her Seeing Eye dog, Mopsy.

Your narrator this week is Alasdair Stuart. Alasdair is well known in podcasting circles: he’s the host of Pseudopod and co-hosts EscapePod, two of the three Escape Artists productions. He’s a prolific blogger, reviewer and genre journalist who’s work has appeared nearly everywhere: The Guardian, SFX, Film Divider, Bleeding Cool and many other geek sites. When he’s not doing all that, he’s writing DoctorWho roleplaying games for Cubicle Seven, or fiction with the likes of Dave Robison and Fox Spirit Books.

Alasdair can be found on Twitter and, almost as often, cooking, reading, watching or training in things.

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

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