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Cast of Wonders 293: The Final Strand

Show Notes

The Hugo Awards have these things they call nominations tallys but they are commonly referred to as The Long Lists. These include the top fifteen nominees, and show who just missed making the finals. For example, Escape Pod, PodCastle, and Mothership Zeta all made the long list last year for Semiprozine.

One of the great values of these long lists is that it allows readers even more excellent works to add to their “to read” pile. David Steffen has worked to make mining those lists significantly more convenient for you. For the third year in a row, David has published a volume of The Long List Anthology. In this most recent version are included works from names familiar to fans of Escape Artists. Lavie Tidhar, Ursula Vernon, Caroline M. Yoachim, and Ken Liu, among a host of amazing others.

Want to know what sort of story makes it to this anthology? Go listen to episode 607 of Escape Pod and catch Red in Tooth and Cog by Cat Rambo. Been procrastinating picking up Hammers on Bone by Cassandra Khaw or Run Time by Escape Pod’s S.B. Divya? This anthology will assuage your guilt. You can find The Long List Anthology Volume 3 at all the usual purveyors of books. If you’re already the proud owner of this book, become a subscribing supporter of Diabolical Plots which is also edited by David Steffen. Subscribing there puts you in line early for not only the ebooks of the original stories published in Diabolical Plots, but also gets you in line early for The Long List Anthology Volume 4. Go support this fantastically creative human being.


The Final Strand

by Mackenzi Newman

I hate this tower. It’s all busted up, from its crooked lean to its crumbling roof. It’s been four years, and still no prince has come. I’d prefer a princess, but whatever. I’d take anything to get out of this godforsaken tower. There’s nothing to do except brush my twenty-five-foot-long hair and clean. I know what you’re about to say, and I’ve said it too: Why not cut it? Well, I’m given supplies through the crack in the roof twice a month, and I am given nothing sharp. I guess my parents think I might commit suicide, if given the chance. They aren’t completely wrong–I’d probably at least try. (Continue Reading…)

Episode 137: The Filigreed Cage by Krystal Claxton


Narrated by A. P. Clarke

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Show Notes

Our story this week is The Filigreed Cage by Krystal Claxton. Krystal writes speculative fiction in the sliver of time between raising a four-year old with her unreasonably awesome husband and being a full-time computer technician. She enjoys attending DragonCon in costume, science magazines, and feverishly researching whichever random topic has just piqued her interest. Keep up with her at her website, or on Twitter. Krystal has a few upcoming releases. Her story The Newsboy’s Last Stand is coming out in Unidentified Funny Objects 3 on October 1st and another story, Bitter Remedy was released in Plasma Frequency Magazine #13 earlier this month.

Your narrator for the story is Andrew Clarke. A. P. Clarke is a London-based artist who writes songs, tells stories about his cat, and runs the Nine Worlds Film Festival. He worries he does not have enough time to do all the important things in life, like drinking.


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

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