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Cast of Wonders 300: The Death Knight, the Dragon and the Damsel

Show Notes

This week’s episode art is from Le livre et la vraye hystoire du bon roy Alixandre. It details Alexander the Great battling against two-headed, eight-legged, crowned dragons with multiple eyes along their torsos (Royal MS 20 B XX, f. 78v). It dates to between 1420 and 1425 CE.

Music attribution: Village Consort by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.


Escape Pod’s Flash Fiction contest returns to the Solar System this year, running April 15-30, 2018.


The Death Knight, the Dragon and the Damsel

by Melion Traverse

Cold afternoon light stretched in thin patches on the stone floor of the great hall. Jaw and guts tight and trembling, I stood at attention with twenty other squires, armor clean and new as our hopeful futures. For four years, we had trained with sword and shield under the patronage of Duke Amlick. Four years tinged in blood and exhaustion. All for the hope that one of the knights roaming among our lines would pick us from the group like a hound pup plucked from its litter. Twenty squires and only twelve knights—Duke Amlick believed his knights ought to have options. Eight of us would go home with tails between our legs.

One by one the knights claimed their squires and I watched my companions go to their new lives, eyes bright with the glory they would win. I stood with eyes half-closed against the fear that I would be left. I, Cori Forsmire, from one of Duke Amlick’s oldest houses, would have to sell my sword as a common guard. What was I going to tell my father? (Continue Reading…)

Episode 251: Little Wonders 12 – The Unexpected

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


Why They’re Never About The Good Ones

By Evan Dicken

 

Once upon a time, in a valley in Lower Saxony just south of Meppen town, there lived an old woman and her two grandchildren.

Helene had been a weaver in her younger days, but over the years the damp of the fens had stolen into her joints, twisting her fingers until they grew as gnarled and useless as the roots of the scrubby trees that crowded the river bank.

Katarin and Klaus had come north with the Spring floods, refugees from the labor pains that accompanied the birth of French democracy. Their father had gone off to fight Napoleon, and their mother, always sickly and lovelorn, wasted away for want of him.

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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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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 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 158: This Is Your Problem Right Here by David Steffen


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

David Steffen writes fiction and code. He is the co-founder of the Submission Grinder, and the editor of Diabolical Plots. His fiction has been published in many great venues including EscapePod and Daily Science Fiction. We haven’t featured one of David’s stories for quite a while, not since way back in 2012 with Episode 55 and his story The Quest Unusual.

This story originally appeared in Daily Science Fiction in November 2012 and if you’re a fan of the Tina Connolley’s EXCELLENT Toasted Cake podcast, you may recognize it from their March 2013 broadcast.

Diabolical Plots Year One fiction line-up can be found here. And check out their Best of 2014 picks for Cast of Wonders!

What more can I say about our narrator this week, the one and only Graeme Dunlop. Graeme is a Software Solution Architect and Voice Actor living in Melbourne Australia. He is the sound producer for the horror podcast Pseudopod, and past host of this very podcast! You can find him on Google+ and he occasionally tweets as @kibitzer on Twitter.


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

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Episode 151: Staff Pick 2014 – Master Madrigal’s Mechanical Man by Scott C. Mikula


Narrated by Marguerite Kenner and Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

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 Marguerite’s favorite story from 2014, Master Madrigal’s Mechanical Man by Scott C. Mikula, which originally aired March 23, 2014 as Episode 120.

Scott is a husband, father, software developer, board gamer, swing dancer, and has been told he makes a mean chocolate chip cookie. On his better days he is also a writer. His fiction has appeared in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Nature, and Cricket magazine. He lives in Washington State.

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

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Episode 120: Master Madrigal’s Mechanical Man by Scott C. Mikula


Read by Marguerite Kenner and Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Today we present Scott C. Mikula’s story, Master Madrigal’s Mechanical Man. Scott is a husband, father, software developer, board gamer, swing dancer, and has been told he makes a mean chocolate chip cookie. On his better days he is also a writer. His fiction has appeared in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Nature, and Cricket magazine. He lives in Washington State.

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

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Episode 118: Perihelion by Vajra Chandrasekera


Read by Graeme Dunlop

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Today we present Vajra Chandrasekera’s story, Perihelion. Vajra hails from Colombo, Sri Lanka. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Clarkesworld, Apex and Lightspeed, among others. You can find more stories via his website, vajra.me.

You may know that we usually pay our authors using PayPal. We were amazed to discover that it is not possible to receive PayPal payments in Sri Lanka! There are many individuals and small businesses that provide online services like web development, graphic designing and more in Sri Lanka. But Sri Lanka not supporting PayPal has become a barrier for them to continue and progress in their careers. If you’d like more information about this and to help support creative people like this week’s author, please go to https://sites.google.com/site/ppforsrilanka/enable-receiving-money-to-sri-lanka-through-paypal.

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

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Metacast 2: State of the Union 2013


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Hello everyone! This is your editor, Marguerite Kenner.

Every year, one of my favorite game companies publishes a Stakeholders Report. As Steve puts it, while the company only has one shareholder, lots of people have a stake in its success and so he writes them an annual report about how well the company has done, what projects it tackled, and its plans for the future.

But we’re a podcast. Rather than writing you a long blog post, I’m taking a tradition from my American homeland. Welcome to Cast of Wonder’s first State of the Union address for 2013.

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

Episode 117: Pignus by Jez Patterson


Read by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Today we present Jez Patterson’s story, Pignus. Jez is a British teacher and writer, currently based in Madrid. You can find out more about Jez and her work at jezpatterson.wordpress.com.

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

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Episode 116: The Feathered Cloak by Edward Ahern


Read by Graeme Dunlop

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Today we present Edward Ahern’s story, The Feathered Cloak. Ed resumed writing after forty odd years in foreign intelligence and international sales. He has his original wife, but advises that after 46 years they are both out of warranty. Ed dissipates his free time fly fishing, shooting and attending Japanese, German and French language groups. His proudest writing achievement is five new fairy tales, the protagonist of each of which has the name of one of his grandchildren.

Ed has been with us before; he wrote “The Dun Horse” which was Episode 72.

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

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Episode 115: Bad Poets Society by James Aquilone


Read by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Today we present James Aquilone’s story, Bad Poets Society. James is a writer and editor from Staten Island, New York. He has short stories coming out soon in Weird Tales Magazine and Third Flatiron’s Spring 2014 anthology. He is a regular contributor at SF Signal and is a member of the Horror Writers Association.

You can find him online at JamesAquilone.com.

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

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Episode 113: Staff Pick 2013 – The Malthus Alternative by Jamie Mason


Read by Graeme Dunlop

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Graeme’s staff pick for 2013 is The Malthus Alternative by Jamie Mason. I guess the staff pick is meant to be from 2013 but I couldn’t resist looking over our whole back-catalogue. From the time this idea was floated, two stories were foremost in my mind. At first I thought I wouldn’t go with them because I narrate both and it seemed self-serving. But honestly I love both stories and so I went with my favourite, which is The Malthus Alternative by Jamie Mason. It ran as Episode 48, way back in August 2012.

Why did I like it so much? I think the foremost reason is the main character, Michael. He feels himself an outsider, an observer, a thinker. His path through life has been set by his father and he feels ensnared. Through martial arts and his mat sister Glenda, he senses that he can take a different path if he has the courage to choose. And choose he does, despite the personal sacrifice. And even in that sacrifice, we see at the end he is still fighting.

I find that both inspiring and challenging. It’s easy to follow an expected path. It’s easy to look around and see there is much with the world that isn’t right. It’s even easy to see what to do to make a difference, set some things right. But it can be hard to come to those conclusions and act. I respect Michael’s decisions and actions and I’d like to think I’m capable of them too.

Jamie has packed a lot of ideas and thoughtful introspection into a small space, something that’s not easy to do. Jamie, thank you for sharing this wonderful story with us.

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

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