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Episode 111: Staff Pick 2013 – The Giant Who Dreamed of Summer by Jess Hyslop


Read by M K Hobson

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Show Notes

As our longtime listeners know, Cast of Wonders takes the month of January off each year, so we can recharge our batteries, and get out in front of the next year’s production schedule. And this year is no exception. However this January instead of leaving you with an empty playlist, Cast of Wonders is proud to present our Staff Picks!

Graeme, Barry and I (Marguerite) have selected our personal favorite story from 2013, and even further back in one case. Each of us will introduce the story, and talk a bit about we found so memorable about that particular tale.

But “Ahhh!”, I hear you say, “January has four weeks, and there’s only three of you! What are you going to do the last week of the month?” Well I’m glad you asked, because we’ll re-play our Small Cast, Short Form Parsec award winner, “Now Cydonia” by Rick Kennet, to transition you into a new year of what we hope to be even more award winnings stories, week after week.

And since I’m here, I guess that means I get to go first!

Barry and Graeme invited me to become the Editor of Cast of Wonders right before Christmas in 2012. I had just moved to the UK a few months prior, and the shorter days and significantly colder weather was starting to affect my mood. In January, while juggling a crushing course load in law school and frantically reading slush to be ready for the February episodes, I read the first submission that made me cry.

Jess Hyslop’s wonderful first-person narrative of a frost giant yearning for the touch of summer cut straight through my winter blues and reminded me of how good, how life affirming that first truly hot day of summer feels. Not just spring and rolling forward the clocks, but summer and that prickly, sizzling sensation on the tops of your shoulders when you wear a tanktop outside for the first time each year. Maybe, if you’re lucky, on the way to spend a day on the beach.

“The Giant Who Dreamed of Summer” is also the first story where the choice of narrator wasn’t really a choice so much as a lightning bolt of inspiration. I’ve been a fan of MK Hobson as a guest host and reader on Podcastle for years. I backed “The Warlock’s Curse”, the sequel to her smash hit debut novel “The Native Star”, on Kickstarter. The giant’s sense of humor, the gentle way it scolds as well as instructs the child, and the sensation of wisdom immediately brought MK’s warm and rich-yet-worn-around the edges voice to mind. I was thrilled when she accepted my request. Thanks MK!

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

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Camp Myth: Phoenix Watching – Chapter 11


By Chris Lewis Carter

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Show Notes

Welcome back, campers! Ready for Chapter 11?

Last week we met Asterion, the founder of Camp Myth, and took the camper pledge. It sounds like the opening ceremony is drawing to a close. I wonder what Felix, Argee and Moxie will be doing next…

Now where were we? Ah yes…


This week’s camper spotlight is Natious, the Cyclopean Sharpshooter.

Felix says “Ugh, Natious wouldn’t stop talking about his Basilisk encounter in the Forgotten Forest. I’m not sure how much of the story I believe, but I’m not crazy enough to tell him that. Instead, I drew him this picture in honour of his “triumphant” victory. (Note: that was sarcasm.)”

Natious was invented by Nathan Pettigrew. You can find the picture of her on the Camp Myth webpage.


Camp Myth: Phoenix Watching is a Cast of Wonders production brought to you by Wolfsbane Publishing. It features the voice talents of Kate Baker, Adam Black, Tina Connolly, Graeme Dunlop, Christiana Ellis, Marguerite Kenner, Alethea Kontis, Alasdair Stuart, Ian Stuart, and Barry J. Northern. You can learn more about the world of Camp Myth at our website, castofwonders.org.

The Camp Myth theme music, “August”, is by Cast of Wonders’ favorite musical artist Alexye Nov, at MusicAlley.com.

Camp Myth: Phoenix Watching – Chapter 9


By Chris Lewis Carter

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Show Notes

Welcome back, campers! Ready for Chapter 9?

Last week Felix met Loam the golem, and took a tour of Camp Myth.

Tonight’s a big night for the campers, let’s get started. Now where were we. Ah yes…


This week’s camper spotlight is Ox, the Warmhearted Warrior.

Felix says “Ox is, without a doubt, the toughest Minotaur wearing a Camp Myth sash, but he also has a baby snowy owl, Olot, that never leaves his side. Yesterday, an Ogre thought that it would be a good idea to steal the bird for an afternoon snack. About three seconds later, Ox made sure that the Ogre’s next meal would have to fit through a straw. I guess Minotaurs can have a soft side after all.”

Ox was invented by Roger Sellars. You can find the picture of him on the Camp Myth webpage.


Camp Myth: Phoenix Watching is a Cast of Wonders production brought to you by Wolfsbane Publishing. It features the voice talents of Kate Baker, Adam Black, Tina Connolly, Graeme Dunlop, Christiana Ellis, Marguerite Kenner, Alethea Kontis, Alasdair Stuart, Ian Stuart, and Barry J. Northern. You can learn more about the world of Camp Myth at our website, castofwonders.org.

The Camp Myth theme music, “August”, is by Cast of Wonders’ favorite musical artist Alexye Nov, at MusicAlley.com.

Camp Myth: Phoenix Watching – Chapter 8


By Chris Lewis Carter

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Show Notes

Welcome back, campers! Ready for Chapter 8?

Last week our trio arrived at Camp Myth, only to be separated by the appearance of Brontes and Tessa, two of the camp’s senior counselors. Looks like Felix is on his own again…

I wonder what’s in store for him next? Now let me see, where were we. Ah yes…


This week’s camper spotlight is Ruth Liz, Child of the Warrens.

Felix says “To be honest, most Redcaps are complete lunatics. Not Ruth, though. She’s a real sweetheart. In fact, she’s even invited me to visit The Warrens to look at her collection of gold pieces from medieval castle vaults. She even has an antique knife that she really wants to show me! I’m going to give her this drawing as a thank you. What a nice girl!”

Ruth was invented by Dean Fierce. You can find the picture of her on the Camp Myth webpage.


Camp Myth: Phoenix Watching is a Cast of Wonders production brought to you by Wolfsbane Publishing. It features the voice talents of Kate Baker, Adam Black, Tina Connolly, Graeme Dunlop, Christiana Ellis, Marguerite Kenner, Alethea Kontis, Alasdair Stuart, Ian Stuart, and Barry J. Northern. You can learn more about the world of Camp Myth at our website, castofwonders.org.

The Camp Myth theme music, “August”, is by Cast of Wonders’ favorite musical artist Alexye Nov, at MusicAlley.com.

Camp Myth: Phoenix Watching – Chapter 7


By Chris Lewis Carter

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Show Notes

Welcome back, campers! Ready for Chapter 7?

Last week Felix made it safely back aboard, thanks to Lil’s dryad magic and the dramatic appearance of Moxie the Kitsune.

Still listening campers? Good, now where were we. Ah yes…


This week’s camper spotlight is Mayumi, the High Flying Vulpine.

Felix says “Mayumi the Kitsune came all the way from Tokyo to attend Camp Myth! I found her hanging around the Golem Statuary, which she enjoys because they remind her of the sculptures and stone carvings found in her native homeland.”

Mayumi was invented by Trudy Goold. You can find the picture of her on the Camp Myth webpage.


Camp Myth: Phoenix Watching is a Cast of Wonders production brought to you by Wolfsbane Publishing. It features the voice talents of Kate Baker, Adam Black, Tina Connolly, Graeme Dunlop, Christiana Ellis, Marguerite Kenner, Alethea Kontis, Alasdair Stuart, Ian Stuart, and Barry J. Northern. You can learn more about the world of Camp Myth at our website, castofwonders.org.

The Camp Myth theme music, “August”, is by Cast of Wonders’ favorite musical artist Alexye Nov, at MusicAlley.com.

Camp Myth: Phoenix Watching – Chapter 6


By Chris Lewis Carter

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Show Notes

Welcome back, campers! Ready for Chapter 6?

Last week Argee showed us he really doesn’t like to be teased, and then the roc carrying their bus lost one of his handles, sending Felix skyward!

Quick! Let’s find out what happens to Felix!! Where were we, campers? Ah yes…


This week’s camper spotlight is Anthea, Herald of the Forest.

Felix says “Sitting in the limbs of the Peridexion tree, Anthea the Dryad says there’s no place in the world where she feels more in tune with nature. I was going to tell her I’m so bad with plants that I once managed to kill a small potted cactus, but I decided to draw her this picture instead.”

Anthea was invented by Elizabeth Verbraak. You can find the picture of her on the Camp Myth webpage.


Camp Myth: Phoenix Watching is a Cast of Wonders production brought to you by Wolfsbane Publishing. It features the voice talents of Kate Baker, Adam Black, Tina Connolly, Graeme Dunlop, Christiana Ellis, Marguerite Kenner, Alethea Kontis, Alasdair Stuart, Ian Stuart, and Barry J. Northern. You can learn more about the world of Camp Myth at our website, castofwonders.org.

The Camp Myth theme music, “August”, is by Cast of Wonders’ favorite musical artist Alexye Nov, at MusicAlley.com.

Camp Myth: Phoenix Watching – Chapter 5


By Chris Lewis Carter

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Show Notes

Welcome back, campers! Ready for Chapter 5?

Last week our campers took to the skies, and we learned that Argee likes crossword puzzles. And apparently the mysterious voice in Felix’s head does too…

Let’s continue with the story! Now listen close campers, where were we. Ah yes…


This week’s episode art is a camper spotlight of Drew, the Flora Photographer.

Felix says “Drew the Centaur is always happiest when he’s taking pictures or discovering weird plants. Sometimes, if he’s lucky, he can do both at the same time, like when he stumbled across a fully-matured Mandrake. I didn’t stick around to see how things turned out, though. Never trust foliage that might be smarter than you. It’s a rule of mine.”

Drew was invented by Kate Trgovac. You can find the picture of him on the Camp Myth webpage.


Camp Myth: Phoenix Watching is a Cast of Wonders production brought to you by Wolfsbane Publishing. It features the voice talents of Kate Baker, Adam Black, Tina Connolly, Graeme Dunlop, Christiana Ellis, Marguerite Kenner, Alethea Kontis, Alasdair Stuart, Ian Stuart, and Barry J. Northern. You can learn more about the world of Camp Myth at our website, castofwonders.org.

The Camp Myth theme music, “August”, is by Cast of Wonders’ favorite musical artist Alexye Nov, at MusicAlley.com.

Camp Myth: Phoenix Watching – Chapter 4


By Chris Lewis Carter

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Show Notes

Welcome back, campers! Ready for Chapter 4?

Last week we learned Felix is a fae, and we met both Argee the Cyclops and Lil the Dryad. And did Lil just say flight? I hope Felix and Argee aren’t afraid of heights!

Let’s find out what happens next! Now listen close campers, where were we. Ah yes…


This week’s camper spotlight is Sebastian, the first class golem crafter.

Felix says “Fae aren’t known for their creativity, but Sebastian is able to build Golems that are incredible works of art. For some reason, though, he keeps calling them “Marionettes.” When I asked if he could teach me his secret, he told me to look up some school named “Vermilion Academy.” I’ll have to check it out!”

Sebastian was created Studio Kontrabida. You can find the picture of him on the Camp Myth webpage.


Camp Myth: Phoenix Watching is a Cast of Wonders production brought to you by Wolfsbane Publishing. It features the voice talents of Kate Baker, Adam Black, Tina Connolly, Graeme Dunlop, Christiana Ellis, Marguerite Kenner, Alethea Kontis, Alasdair Stuart, Ian Stuart, and Barry J. Northern. You can learn more about the world of Camp Myth at our website, castofwonders.org.

The Camp Myth theme music, “August”, is by Cast of Wonders’ favorite musical artist Alexye Nov, at MusicAlley.com.

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Episode 89: The Carmel B Crazies

Show Notes

Today we present Rick Kennett’s story, The Carmel B Crazies. Rick works in the transport industry in Melbourne, Australia as possibly the longest serving motorcycle courier in the world, now pushing 33 years on the road. He’s been writing SF and ghost stories for about the same period with recent appearances in Aurealis (The Australian Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine), The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine and The Ghosts & Scholars Book of Shadows from Sarob Press.

This story features one of Rick’s ongoing characters, Cy De Gerch. You may remember Cy from Episode 71 (Now Cydonia) where she encountered mysterious happenings on the face of Mars. We’re very proud and pleased to say that Now Cydonia was nominated for a Parsec Award in the category “Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)”. And in fact, it is a finalist! Warm congratulations to Rick on making the finals; I shall be crossing all my digits for him and Now Cydonia.

Rick has some upcoming works to be published as ebooks by Cooperative Ink. There are two Cy De Gerch publications; one is the novel Presumed Dead and the other, a collection of Cy stories titled Thirty Minutes for New Hell. Cooperative Ink will also publish Rick’s young adult novel The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea which features another of my characters, Ernie Pine the reluctant ghost-hunter.

Your narrator is our hard-working editor, Marguerite Kenner.


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Episode 87: Little Wonders 1


Authors: Kara Hartz and Eric Juneau
Narrators: Marguerite Kenner and Dave Robison

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Show Notes

Hello everyone! Surprise! Today, July 21st, is the two year anniversary of Cast of Wonders. We couldn’t be prouder, and to celebrate we’re debuting a new type of episode. You’re listening to the very first Little Wonders, a collection of flash fiction and poetry centered around a theme or genre. We’re going to start things off nice and easy with a pair of science fiction shorts.


Up first, we have Immersion by Kara Hartz. Kara writes and lives in my old stomping grounds, Northern California, with the support of her husband and children and despite the attentions of her cats. She loves Science Fiction and Fantasy because she is drawn to incredible ideas. You can find her blogging sporadically here.


Our second story this week is Influx Capacitor by Eric Juneau. Eric is a 31-year-old software engineer living in Minnesota with his wife and two daughters. His hobbies include writing, video games, reading, and eating as much barbecue as he can find. Huh, we have a lot in common! He blogs about his quest to become a ‘capital-A’ Author here. Recently, Eric has started a new fiction project chronicling a healing mage’s experience in World of Warcraft, available here.

For your narrator, we bring you the audio stylings of podcaster extraordinaire Dave Robinson, from Roundtable Podcast. Dave embarked on his life mission to be an Agent of Awesomeness armed only with a theater degree. He had learned at an early age that – if you ACTED like you knew what you were doing – people tended to believe you.

This principal has resulted in most of his employment, from graphic designer, to software instructor, from event coordinator to web applications developer. Throughout it all, however, theater remained a constant, and he would trod the boards with any performing troupe that would have him.
When podcasting became all the rage, he discovered a new venue to ply his not inconsiderable talents… audio fiction. Since arriving on the scene, he’s had the privilege of lending his voice to numerous dramatic readings for such notables as StarshipSofa, The Drabblecast, Tales to Terrify, and the trifecta of Escapepod, Pseudopod, and Podcastle. He’s thrilled to add Cast of Wonders to his performance credits.


Our lovely new Little Wonders theme, “Neversus”, is from Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.

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Episode 85: Patterns by Susan Oke (Part 2)


Narrated by Marguerite Kenner and Alasdair Stuart

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Show Notes

Today we present part two of Susan Oke’s story, Patterns. Susan spends her days working in the Higher Education sector, and her nights, weekends and every spare minute writing short stories and working on her first novel. Susan’s short stories have appeared in the magazine Words With Jam, and the Words Made Flesh (Tree House Press) and If Only You Could See Yourself (Words Just Words Publishing) anthologies. Her latest story Junction 13: There and Back Again will appear in the Writers in the Crowd anthology (Tree House Press). Susan regularly blogs for the webzine Astronaut.com: where Science Fiction meets Reality.

You can find out more about Susan on her WordPress site Loving Life in the Rain.

Your narrators are Alasdair Stuart and Marguerite Kenner, both familiar to anyone who’s been with us for a while.

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

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