Posts Tagged ‘Science Fiction’

Episode 215: Banned Books Week – Problematic by Brian Lawrence Hurrel


• Narrated by Tatiana Grey
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• Banned Books Weeks 2016 photograph courtesy of Jeremy Carter
• A Cast of Wonders original!
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brian-hurrelBrian Lawrence Hurrel is a lifelong science fiction fan, and is especially fond of Golden Age stories from the forties and fifties. His fiction has appeared in the science journal Nature and magazines such as Daily Science Fiction and Bete Noir. A former high school English and History teacher, he now makes a living as a technical writer and communications consultant. His previous occupations over the years include machine assembler, carpet installer, cab driver, and US Marine. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and son. You can follow him on Twitter.

 

 

tatiana-greyTatiana Grey is a critically acclaimed actress of stage, screen, and the audio booth. She has been nominated for dozens of fancy awards but hasn’t won a single damned thing. She went to NYU and lives in Brooklyn, New York. YOu can follow her online or on Twitter.

 

 

 


Learn more about The Freedom to Read Foundation, an advocacy group that deals with a wide range of issues affecting our freedom of speech and our right to access information. A growing part of their mission is to educate librarians, library patrons, and the general public about issues related to the freedom to read and our right to access information.


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Episode 210: Little Wonders 8 – Embracing Change


• Authors: Adam Gaylord and J. J. Litke
• Narrators: Dani Daly and Katherine Inskip
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
The There-It-Is Store originally appeared in T. Gene Davis’s Speculative Fiction Blog.
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Our first story is The There-It-Is Store by Adam Gaylord, originally published on T. Gene Davis’s Speculative Fiction Blog.

Adam lives with his wife and daughter in Loveland, Colorado where he’s rarely more than ten feet from either cake or craft beer. His recently released gladiatorial fantasy novel Sol of the Coliseum is all about hope (as in, he hopes you’ll read it). Follow him on Goodreads or his infrequently updated blog.

Your narrator for this story is Dani Daly, our newly minted assistant editor. Dani lives, works, dreams and plays on Long Island, New York with a husband and some cats. She is on Twitter often and updates her blog on very rare occassions when something extra special happens. All her links are available on our newly updated About Us page – check it out!


When the Planets Left by J. J. Litke is a Cast of Wonders original. J. J. lives in Austin, Texas, where she writes SFF and moonlights as a graphic design instructor. She can tell you more than you want to know about GREP styles and WordPress development. Her work has also appeared in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine and Farstrider Magazine. You can find her at online and on Twitter.

The story is narrated for you by our slush wrangler and also new assistant editor, Katherine Inskip. Katherine teaches astrophysics for a living and spends her (infrequent) spare time populating the universe with worlds of her own, which you can read at her blog, Trisigmatic. She’s on Twitter as well.


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Episode 204: Twenty-One by Michael Merriam


• Narrated by John Meagher
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• Originally published in Afterburn SF (September 2007)
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Content Warning: This week’s story involves more profanity than usual. Parents listening with younger children may want to join us again next week.

Michael Merriam is an author and spoken-word performer living in Hopkins, Minnesota. His novella, Should We Drown in Feathered Sleep, was long-listed for the Nebula Award in 2010, and his novel, Last Car to Annwn Station was named a Top Book in 2011 by Readings in Lesbian & Bisexual Women’s Fiction. Michael has appeared on stage in the Minnesota Fringe Festival, Minnesota Storyfest, Story Slam Minnesota, and over the air on KFAI Radio and Minnesota Public Radio. He’s also the co-organizer of the Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers. Visit his homepage or follow him on Twitter.

John MeagherJohn Meagher is the writer and narrator of Tales of the Left Hand, an ongoing fantasy series offering “swashbuckling, intrigue, and a dash of magic.” You can learn more about his work at www.talesofthelefthand.com or on Twitter. In his secret identity, he’s a graphic designer living outside Washington DC with his wife, daughter and two cats.

 

 

 

 


Happy birthday, Podcastle! Our fantasy sister show is celebrating it’s 8th anniversary. Pop on over and join the party with Graeme Dunlop, Rachael K. Jones and the rest of the castle’s inhabitants.

Our good friend Alex Shvartman’s Unidentified Funny Objects 5 has just successfully completed it’s Kickstarter and is now open for submissions through the end of April.


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

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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 195: Staff Pick 2015 – The Tale of the White Tiger by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt


Narrated by Tracey Yuen
Audio production by Rikki LaCoste
Originally published in Interstellar Fiction (May 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 editor and host Marguerite Kenner’s favorite story from 2015, The Tale of the White Tiger by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt and narrated by Tracey Yuen. The story originally aired July 5, 2015 as Episode 168.


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

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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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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 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 189: Staff Pick 2015 – Amicae Aeternum by Ellen Klages


Narrated by Rikki LaCoste, Isis LaCoste and Fiona “Princess Scientist” Van Verth
Audio production by Rikki LaCoste
Originally published in Solaris’ The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 9, and Tor.com (March 2015)

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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 audio producer Rikki LaCoste’s favorite story from 2015, Amicae Aeternum by Ellen Klages and narrated by Rikki LaCoste, Isis LaCoste, and Fiona “Princess Scientists” Van Verth. The story originally aired April 19, 2015 as Episode 164.


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

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Episode 185: Marley and Cratchit by David Steffen


Narrated by Ian Stuart
Audio production by Jeremy Carter

Originally published at Escapepod (December 2012)


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Show Notes

Hello everyone, and welcome to our last episode of 2015. To round out the holidays and the year, we have one more steampunk winter tale for you. Make yourself a lovely beverage, curl up in front of the fire or under a cozy blanket, and enjoy the Dickensian prose of ‘Marley and Cratchit’ by David Steffen.

David SteffenDavid is a software engineer and writer living in Minnesota. He is the editor of Diabolical Plots, a zine on the topic of speculative fiction which publishes, among other things, original fiction as of this year and Best Of fiction podcast lists. Check out the 2014 list he created for us.

David is the administrator of the Submission Grinder, a web tool for writers to track their submissions and find markets for their work. His fiction has been published in Escapepod, Daily Science Fiction, and previously here on Cast of Wonders, among others.

David is also the editor of the Long List Anthology, a collection 21 stories collected from this year’s Hugo Awards lengthier nomination list. You don’t need to be familiar with the controversy surrounding this year’s awards to enjoy this excellent collection of tales from all corners of the world.

Ian StuartAnd what would a steampunk Christmas tale be without the Radio 4 stylings of Ian Stuart? Ian is a writer and performer from Northern England, and a regular and enthusiastic narrator for Pseudopod. He’s done voice-over work ranging from corporate videos to audio museum guides. You can find him at Voices, on Twitter or at his blog.

 

 

Thanks for listening, and from all of us we wish you the merriest of holidays and a happy new year!


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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.

 


You can find Liminal Stories Magazine here.


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

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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.


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Artemis Rising 2 on Pseudopod, Podcastle and Escapepod


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