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Cast of Wonders 301: Ana’s Asteroid


Ana’s Asteroid

by M.K. Hutchins

I raced Cornelius home after school, through the corridors of the Platinum Phoenix. He took the right hand side, I took the left. The dents in stainless steel walls made our reflections wobble.

“I’ll beat you this time!” Cornelius called from behind. He was eleven — two years younger than me.

I laughed. “I doubt — ”

But my feet slipped out from under me. I skidded across the floor. Like all the other kids on this asteroid mining colony, my clothes were sewn from surplus mylar blankets — slick stuff. I crashed into a sealed-off door. There were plenty of unused corridors like that, leftover from better days when the Platinum Phoenix actually had passengers. (Continue Reading…)

Cast of Wonders 268: Banned Books Week – Below the Serapeum

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Don’t miss our other Banned Books Week episodes.


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


Below the Serapeum

by Kelsey Dean

 

“Lift up your gown, Halena. We’ll settle these around your back and stomach so that you’re at the center of the scrolls.”

Aunt places a thin bandage around my waist and then helps me unroll the papyrus. We wind it back up around my body, covering the bandage like a stiff cocoon, or the crusty, left-behind exoskeleton of a sand beetle.

“It itches,” I say, but I don’t fidget. There is still a smoky film hanging over the whole city from yesterday, when the Epirians set the Great Library ablaze. It didn’t burn the way they wanted: too many scholars ran back inside, screeching war cries like eagles, slopping all the water they could carry over the shelves and cabinets. The ones who survived the fire are imprisoned in the Epirian ships, probably until their executions can be arranged. They were glorious, for a shining moment, but in the end, all they did was thicken the smoke and slow the destruction of our people’s history–it took hours rather than minutes.

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

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Illustration by Mat Weller. Artemis Rising logo designed by Scott Pond.


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


Hackers’ Faire

by Rati Mehrotra

Some jerk in a speeding racer had wrecked Tiya’s cat. I was all for recycling its remains, but Tiya would have none of it. She wept until I gave in and promised to get it fixed at Hacker’s Faire.

I’d sworn not to go back there, not unless our lives depended on it. Everything at the Faire has a price, and I had little left to sell or barter. I had optioned my useful parts years ago, before I met Hanna and settled down – if squatting in an abandoned warehouse with eight other families can be called settling. Anyway, I had left my old life behind, and I kept quiet about my Truthtelling skills.

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Episode 105: Black Hole Sun by Alethea Kontis


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop and Michelle Ristuccia

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Today we present Black Hole Sun, a story by Kelli Owen and Alethea Kontis.

Residing in Destination, Pennsylvania, Kelli Owen spends her days as a number cruncher and her free time writing. She has edited many known authors above her on the totem pole, participated in several dozen writing panels over the years, and has spoken at the CIA headquarters in Langley. Her works include the novels Six Days, White Picket Prisons, and Live Specimens. Her collection Black Bubbles, and the novellas Waiting Out Winter and The Neighborhood all available on Amazon, as well as a plethora of shorts, anthologies and nonfiction pieces.

Last summer a collection of four novellas was released through small press as a limited, lettered, edition that many people missed out on. These four tales will be out as individual ebooks and paperbacks in time for Christmas this year. She’s also working on her first foray into the world of romance and am wrapping up the first in a set of (note, not series) three chick-lit novels. For updates on all these and more, visit her website.

Alethea Kontis will be familiar to regular listeners! Princess Alethea is the author of many shiny books for children of all ages. Her debut YA fairy tale novel, Enchanted, won the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award in 2012 and was nominated for both the Andre Norton Award and the Audie Award in 2013. In addition, Enchanted was one of 35 books selected for World Book Night 2014!

Her novel Hero, set in the same world as Enchanted, was released on October 1st. Alliteration Ink also released Alethea’s short story collection Wild & Wishful, Dark & Dreaming. And at Comic Book City Con, she and Janet Lee debuted the long-awaited Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome.

You can find out more about Alethea and her work at her website.

Your narrators today are myself and Michelle Ristuccia. Michelle enjoys slowing down time in the middle of the night to read and review speculative fiction, because sleeping offspring are the best motivation. You can find out more about her rabid love of SFF, podcasting, and raising future geeklings at her blog, stalk her on Twitter, or read her reviews at Tangent Online.

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

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Episode 97: The Monster & Mrs. Blake by Alethea Kontis


Narrated by Alethea Kontis

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Today we present Alethea Kontis‘ story, The Monster & Mrs. Blake. Alethea has been with us before as both author and narrator and it’s a joy to welcome her back!

Princess Alethea Kontis is the author of many shiny books for children of all ages. Her debut YA fairy tale novel, Enchanted, won the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award in 2012 and was nominated for both the Andre Norton Award and the Audie Award in 2013. Her latest novel, Hero, will hit stores this October, in just a few days!

Born in Burlington, VT, Alethea now lives with her Fairy Godfamily (and a teddy bear named Charlie) in Ashburn, VA. You can find out more about Alethea and her work at her website.

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

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Episode 86: Ieia by S. K. Bickley


Narrated by Alethea Kontis

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Our story this week is Ieia, which originally appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of Tales of the Talisman. S. L. Bickley is a poet and student from Dayton, Ohio who will soon be relocating to Montana to continue her studies in the shadow of the appropriately named University Mountain. You can find out more about her at her website.

S. L. is one of the editors of a print literary journal called The Germ, which will be publishing its third issue this fall.

You narrator today is Alethea Kontis. Princess Alethea Kontis is the author of many shiny books for children of all ages. Her debut YA fairy tale novel, Enchanted, won the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award in 2012 and was nominated for both the Andre Norton Award and the Audie Award in 2013. Born in Burlington, VT, Alethea now lives with her Fairy Godfamily (and a teddy bear named Charlie) in Ashburn, VA. You can find out more about Alethea and her work at her website.

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

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Episode 80: Small Magics by Alethea Kontis


Narrated by Dani Daly

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Today we present Alethea Kontis‘ story, Small Magics. Alethea helped us start Cast of Wonders with her story The Unicorn Tree, all the way back in Episode 2; I recommend you go back and listen to it if you haven’t already. Princess Alethea Kontis is the author of many shiny books for children of all ages. Her debut YA fairy tale novel, Enchanted, won the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award in 2012 and was nominated for both the Andre Norton Award and the Audie Award in 2013. Born in Burlington, VT, Alethea now lives with her Fairy Godfamily (and a teddy bear named Charlie) in Ashburn, VA. You can find out more about Alethea and her work at http://aletheakontis.com.

Your narrator is the wonderful Danielle Daly. Dani has narrated for us many times before and we’re very happy to welcome her back. She’s recently been busy recording stories through the Audiobook Creation Exchange and one she recommends to the Cast of Wonders audience is called Sister Raven by Karen Rae Levine. Bound by magic to Old Mother, Beetle Girl lives a lonely life on the fringes of her Native American society. When forced into the role of Keeper of the Ravens, she must break the bonds of her cruel mother, confront a powerful shape-shifter who threatens to destroy the village, and solve the mystery of her past. Dani loves this story she loves tremendously; it can be purchased on Audible, Amazon.com or iTunes. You can find out more about Dani at DaniReads.com.

Now, just how good are your etchings? It’s time to find out because now, we’ve a tale to tell…


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

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Episode 2: The Unicorn Tree by Alethea Kontis


Narrated by Marguerite Kenner

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Today we present The Unicorn Tree by Alethea Kontis. Alethea is an author and editor who lives in Ashburn, Virginia. She is the author of AlphaOops!: The Day Z Went First, described as “an alphabet book with attitude”, and many other books and short stories. You can find out more about Alethea and her work — for example, the fact that she’s half French and half Greek — at her website.

It’s narrated by Marguerite Kenner. “By day” Marguerite is an executive admin. for a large intellectual property law firm. By night, she’s an avenging hero with superpowers such as rock climbing, aikido, music (she is a classical percussionist), gaming, sewing costumes, and reading anything and everything. You can find out what’s on her mind here.

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