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Cast of Wonders 274: Won’t You Please Give One of These Species-Planets a Second Chance?


• by Nathan Hillstrom
• Narrated by Chris Williams
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• Originally published in Unidentified Funny Objects 5 (UFO Publishing, 2016)
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Nathan Hillstrom has a sad but overwritten backstory involving computer science, a first career on Wall Street, and ruinous sashimi cravings. He now lives and writes in beautiful Southern California. His fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Interzone, Compelling SF, and elsewhere. Nathan is a graduate of the 2015 Clarion Writers’ Workshop. You can follow him online and on Twitter.

Chris Williams a professional voice actor of just about every variety you can name. He works with private agencies, New Zealand TV and NZME, radio and a variety of international brand companies, drawing on experience in theater and documentary broadcasting dating back to 1981. He is in demand as a lead singer and MC for hire, working with big bands and variety shows since 2001. Contemporary songwriting is an exciting part of Chris’s passion for expression as he often reflects sociopolitical trends. He also composes music and songs designed to stimulate memory recall to help Alzheimer’s sufferers reconnect with family and friends using the power of music vibration backed by a knowledge of therapeutic harmonics. Chris’s hobbies include, cooking, scuba diving, energy therapy and stress release counselling and vocal coaching.

 


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Episode 243: The Tentacles Never Lie by J.W. Alden

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


The Tentacles Never Lie

By J.W. Alden

 

In Connie’s line of work, you had to massage the truth from time to time. A stretch here, a bend there–even human clients expected a fib or two at the negotiation table. But when trading with the Hygoelus, you always lied. It just made things easier.

“My friends,” she said to the hygos across the table, who were not her friends, “you won’t regret this deal. One day, when you’re bouncing great-grandspawn on your knee-like appendages, still in perfect health in your august years, you and your people will look back on this meeting and thank me.”

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Episode 228: Staff Pick 2016 – Miss Darcy’s First Intergalactic Ballet Class by Dantzel Cherry


• Narrated by M K Hobson
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• Originally published in Galaxy’s Edge (July/August 2015)
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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 favourite episodes. A different member of the Cast of Wonders crew will present their favorite story of 2016 each week in January.

We hope you enjoy associate editor Alexis Goble’s favorite story from 2016, Miss Darcy’s First Intergalactic Ballet Class by Dantzel Cherry, narrated by M K Hobson. The story originally aired March 13, 2016 as Episode 201.


Dantzel CherryBy day, Dantzel Cherry teaches pilates and raises her daughter, and by night/naptime she writes. Her baking hours follow no rhyme or reason. She is prone to dance as the need arises, and it often does. Her stories have appeared in Fireside, Galaxy’s Edge, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and other magazines and anthologies. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband, daughter, and requisite cat. Follow her online or on Twitter.

 

 

 

M K Hobson

For your narrator we welcome back the fantastic M K Hobson, who has decided to follow a time-honored authorial tradition and become a bitter recluse. She swore off social media and left her website to go to seed. At the moment, she exists only as a voice on short fiction podcasts such as Podcastle and here at Cast of Wonders. She leavens the tedium of her vastly expanded free time with misanthropy, paranoia, and weight lifting. Detailing all of M K’s work in the Escape Artists arena might take longer than the story itself, so we’ve linked to her EA wikia page above, along with her social media links.

 

 


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Episode 203: The Universe Dress by Laura-Marie Steele


• Narrated by Dani Daly
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• A Cast of Wonders original!
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Laura-Marie Steele is a writer from Canterbury, England. Her work can also be found in Black Treacle Magazine, and you can follow her on Twitter.

Dani DalyDani Daly is a frequent narrator for Cast of Wonders and has been a slush reader since the Spring of 2015. You last heard her when she hosted her Staff Pick Episode in January. Come and see her in our forums where she also serves as the Cast of Wonders Community Manager, or on Twitter.

 

 

 

 


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Episode 201: Miss Darcy’s First Intergalactic Ballet Class by Dantzel Cherry

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


Miss Darcy’s First Intergalactic Ballet Class

by Dantzel Cherry

Darcy walked up to the gilded starship door and it dissolved, revealing what had to be the gaudiest room in the galaxy. Gold, silver, bronze, and minerals that probably didn’t even exist on Earth covered the high ceiling and walls in panels, interlaced throughout with precious stones – and was that tinsel? – depicting who-knows-what. The effect was much like a wild animal had eaten all the jewelry at Tiffany’s and then vomited all over the walls.  

Clearly the ability to travel through all the worlds in the galaxy and kidnap a fifty-two year old ballet teacher didn’t grant good taste in interior design.

The blue blob Overlord guard accompanying her spoke, its voice wobbling with each syllable, and Darcy jumped as a split second later her newly installed gray earslugs wriggled and translated:

“Behold, your students.”

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Episode 194: Staff Pick 2015 – Take A Good Look by Holly Schofield


Narrated by Stephanie Morris
Audio production by Rikki LaCoste
Originally published in Perihelion, October 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 slush reader Sally Gill’s favorite story from 2015, Take A Good Look by Holly Schofield and narrated by Stephanie Morris. The story originally aired August 16, 2015 as Episode 174.


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

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Episode 190: Staff Pick 2015 – Home Isn’t by Kelly Sandoval


Narrated by Katherine Inskip
Audio production by Rikki LaCoste
Originally published in Flash Fiction Online.


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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 slush reader Katherine Inskip’s favorite story from 2015, Home Isn’t by Kelly Sandoval and narrated by Katherine Inskip. The story originally aired October 25, 2015 as Episode 178.


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

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Episode 180: The New Kid Is Not An Alien by Bert Lowe


Narrated by Jason Arquin

Audio production by Jeremy Carter

Originally published in Spaceports & Spidersilk from Nomadic Delirium Press


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Bert LoweBert Lowe (aka Robert Lowell Russell) lives with his family in Ohio. He is a nurse in a cardiovascular unit and a former librarian. Bert likes to write about all sorts of things and frequently includes action and humor in his work. He’s currently working on a series of middle grade novels incorporating his love of mad scientists and not-so-super-heroes. For more information about Bert’s work, please visit his website along with his Twitter.

 

 

 

Jason ArquinThe story is narrated by J. S. Arquin. Jason is a writer, actor, musician and stiltwalker. He has performed and traveled all over the world, and has lived in many places, including New Jersey, San Francisco, and Greece. He currently resides in his favorite place of them all, Portland, Oregon, where he gleefully rides his bike in the rain year round and spends his time producing a speculative fiction podcast called Overcast, which you can find on iTunes or Stitcher. Several Cast of Wonders alum author have appeared on Overcast, including Amanda C. Davis and Anatoly Belilovsky – make sure to check them out.

 


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

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Episode 178: Home Isn’t by Kelly Sandoval


Narrated by Katherine Inskip
Audio production by Jeremy Carter
Originally published in Flash Fiction Online.


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Halloween is here and what better time for a scary story. And much like the sweets and chocolates soon to grace the pumpkin buckets and pillow cases of eager trick o treaters, we have a fun-size story for you this week. We’ll leave it to you to decide if you want to check it first for pins and needles.

Kelly SandovalKelly Sandoval is a speculative fiction author, Seattleite, and Clarion West graduate. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Asimov’s, Shimmer, and Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015. She’s currently writing Unveiled, a novel about the aftermath of the faerie apocalypse. You can find her online and on Twitter.

The story is narrated for you by our own Katherine Inskip. 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. She’s on Twitter as well.

Hungry for more horror flash fiction? Then head to the Pseudopod forums where this very moment yours could be the deciding vote in the “two stories enter, one story leaves” ritual that is the flash fiction contest. The three winners will be purchased and run in a special Flash on the Borderlands. For those who comment on the stories, Pseudopod will randomly select a few lucky winners to receive copies of the excellent Women Destroy Horror by Nightmare Magazine. Horror stories and the chance of even MORE horror stories and commentary by participating in a thriving horror fiction community? The only thing more sure is that somehow, some way, your trick or treat candy will contain at least one of those strange honey nougat things…


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Episode 177: Foggy Planet Breakdown by Peter Wood


Narrated by John Hornor Jacobs
Audio production by Jeremy Carter
Originally published in Perihelion.


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Hello everyone, sorry we’ve been away for a while. Make sure you listen to the story for that important announcement we mentioned.

This week we present Foggy Planet Breakdown by Peter Wood. Peter is an attorney in Raleigh, NC where he lives with his surly cat and patient wife. He has had stories published in Asimov’s, Bull Spec, and Daily Science Fiction.

John Hornor Jacobs

The story is narrated by the dulcet tones of the amazing John Hornor Jacobs. JHJ has worked in advertising for the last fifteen years, played in bands, and pursued art in various forms. He is also, in his copious spare time, an excellent novelist. His first novel, Southern Gods, was published by Night Shade Books and shortlisted for the Bram Stoker Award. His young adult series, The Incarcerado Trilogy, is sitting on my to-be-read shelf having been lovingly hand carried back from Borderlands this summer. And if you like fantasy, westerns, or even better, fantasy westerns, you owe it to yourself to check out The Incorruptibles and its sequel, Foreign Devils. And if that wasn’t enough, he also has a quartet of horror stories, Fierce As The Grave, available through Amazon.

We’ll have links for all his titles, as well as to John’s website and Twitter account. He’s an all-around lovely guy, you should go say hello.


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Episode 174: Take A Good Look by Holly Schofield


Narrated by Stephanie Morris
Audio production by Jeremy Carter
Originally published in Perihelion, October 2013


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Holly Schofield’s stories have appeared in dozens of publications including Lightspeed, Crossed Genres, Tesseracts and here at Cast of Wonders. 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.

Your narrator for the story is Stephanie Morris. Stephanie is a professional student, a librarian-in-training, a voracious biblio- and audiophile, and an occasional writer of short stories. She has narrated fiction for Pseudopod, Podcastle, and Cast of Wonders.


People of Color Destroy Science Fiction

Artemis Rising 2 on Pseudopod, Podcastle and Escapepod


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Episode 152: Staff Pick 2014 – Captain Cleveland Grackle’s Galactic Cabaret vs. The Goblins of Vishnu 6 by Jamieson Ridenhour


Narrated by Norm Sherman

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Every year in January Cast of Wonders takes a break to catch our breath, plan out the year ahead, and highlight some of our favourite episodes from the year just passed.

We hope you enjoy Barry’s favorite story from 2014, Captain Cleveland Grackle’s Galactic Cabaret vs. The Goblins of Vishnu 6 by Jamieson Ridenhour, which originally aired November 17, 2013 as Episode 104.

Jamieson is the author of the comedy werewolf murder-mystery Barking Mad, published by Typecast in 2011, the ghost play Grave Lullaby, and the award-winning short horror films Cornerboys and The House of the Yaga. He’s had fiction and poetry in Strange Horizons, Architrave, The Lumberyard, and Mirror Dance, to name a few, and audio fiction featured on Pseudopod and Radio Unbound. He lives and writes in Bismarck, North Dakota.

You can find him on Twitter, Facebook, and various other places all over the Interwebs but the main station for all things Jamieson is his website.

His next novel, a sequel to Barking Mad, is called Mad Dogs and Englishmen, and it’s coming out in February of 2014. Watch his website, Facebook, and Twitter for detail, or just pester your local bookstore twice a week until they hand it to you. Do not accept defeat.

Jamieson’s inspiration for this story is the episode art for this week, a fair-haired young girl piloting a large mechanical fish. This arresting image was created by the exceptional artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith. You can find her work online here. Please go check it out! It’s well worth your time, and she has our thanks for allowing us to use the piece as this week’s episode art.

Your narrator 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 disturbingly smooth yet always compelling tones may be heard all around the pod-o-sphere such as on PodCastle, The Guild of the Cowry Catchers, The Fullcast Podcast and many other fine audio productions. You can find Norm on Facebook, of course at the Drabblecast itself.

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

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