Posts Tagged ‘philosophy’


Cast of Wonders 271: Banned Books Week – The Lives Beneath

Show Notes

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.

The Lives Beneath

by Katherine Inskip


She felt it in her bones first: a sideways jolting of reality, as if she’d had her feet swept out from under her while in the middle of a headlong run. Caught wrong-footed, Enys staggered. She clutched at the open passenger door of Tay Slighter’s van, steadying herself as an aching groan built to a crescendo inside her spine, her reflection trembling in the wing mirror.

It was happening, then. It was actually happening! Eight long years of airdrops and broadcasts and public professings, of tactical insertions and skirmishes over thoroughfares, of daily liturgies and the night-time cleansings… and finally, finally, the Curacy were moving on the rebel’s Spire!

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Episode 226: Wished by Amanda Helms

Show Notes

Happy New Year!

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


by Amanda Helms


The wishing well discovered its meaning in existence only through a case of mistaken semantics. In point of fact, it started its existence not as a wishing well but as a decorative fountain. In point of another fact, it was sentient, all of which is most unusual for either a decorative fountain or a wishing well.

The way these three unusual things came to be is this:

On one summer solstice, a mother and her toddler stopped by the decorative fountain in the middle of Longview Mall, a middling shopping center located in a middling town in middling America.

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Episode 181: Fairy Bones by Guy Stewart

Narrated by Katrin Kania
Audio production by Jeremy Carter
A Cast of Wonders original!

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Show Notes

We’re proud to present an original story this week, Fairy Bones by Guy Stewart.

Guy StewartGuy is a husband supporting his wife, a multi-year breast cancer survivor. He’s also a writer, a father, a teacher and a counselor. He maintains multiple blogs, including a SF/YA/Childrens writing blog called POSSIBLY IRRITATING ESSAYS, and GUY’S GOTTA TALK ABOUT BREAST CANCER. His first novel, Heirs of the Shattered Sphere: Emerald of Earth is out now through Amazon.




Katrin KaniaThe story is narrated by Katrin Kania. Katrin is a textile archaeologist who loves SFF, cats, chocolate, boardgames and geeky things. She’s recently published The Middle Ages Unlocked together with Gillian Polack. Her blog can be found on Blogspot as Togs From Bogs.



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Episode 166: Hard Passage by Holly Schofield

Narrated by John Meagher
Originally published by Perihelion SF in 2014.

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Show Notes

Our story this week is Hard Passage by Holly Schofield. You may remember Holly from episode 124, Old People Rules, last May.

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

Hard Passage is narrated for you by John Meagher, who’s also a Cast of Wonders alum. He narrated the excellent Alex Shvartsman story You Bet back in episode 95.

John is the writer and narrator of Tales of the Left Hand, an ongoing fantasy series offering swashbuckling, intrigue and a dash of magic. All books in the series are available in audio and eBook formats. In his secret identity, John’s a graphic designer and voice actor who lives outside Washington DC with his wife, daughter and two cats. You can also follow him on Twitter.

Juliet Mushens’ book Get Started in Writing Young Adult Fiction is available now in the UK, and forthcoming in the US. You can find her on Twitter.

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

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