Posts Tagged ‘Science Fiction’

Episode 173: Timelines by Rick Kennett


Narrated by Marguerite Kenner
Audio production by Jeremy Carter
Originally published in Orb Speculative Fiction Volume 1, 2000.


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Show Notes

This story marks our fifth appearance of Cy De Gerch. You can find all her previous adventures here.

Rick Kennett lives in Melbourne, Australia where his day job is in the transport industry. His stories have appeared in Andromeda Spaceways, Aurealis, Weird Tales, the Ghosts & Scholars Book of Shadows anthologies and several podcasts including Pseudopod and Dunesteef. His novel The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea was published by Cooperative Press in 2013 and is available on Amazon.

In addition to a slew of Australian publishing awards for his horror fiction, Rick has two Parsec Awards to his credit, including our episode Now Cydonia which won in the short story category in 2014. And in a lovely coincidence, he’s recently become the podcast correspondent for the magazine Ghosts & Scholars, which specializes in the antiquarian ghost stories of last week’s author, M. R. James. You can find him online here.


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

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Episode 171: Pluto by C. E. Hyun


Narrated by M. K. Hobson
Audio production by Jeremy Carter
Originally published in Lightning Cake, November 2014


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Show Notes

We have a refreshing palate-cleansing flash story this week, Pluto by C E Hyun.

C. E’s fiction has appeared in Joyland, failbetter, Lightning Cake, The Good Men Project, and elsewhere. She currently lives in San Diego. You can find her online and on Twitter.

For your narrator we welcome back the dulcet tones of M.K. Hobson, famously described as “featuring Bea Arthur as Addison DeWitt!”

 

M. K. Hobson has decided to follow a time-honored authorial tradition and become a bitter recluse. She swore off social media and left her website to go to seed. At the moment, she exists only as a voice on short fiction podcasts such as Podcastle and here at Cast of Wonders. She leavens the tedium of her vastly expanded free time with misanthropy, paranoia, and weight lifting.

 

 

 


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

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Episode 168: The Tale of the White Tiger by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt


Narrated by Tracey Yuen
Audio production by Jeremy Carter

Originally published in Interstellar Fiction in May 2013.


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Show Notes

Donald Jacob Uitvlugt lives on neither coast of the United States, but mostly in a haunted memory palace of his own design. His short fiction has appeared in numerous print and online venues, such as Necrotic Tissue and the Wily Writers podcast, as well as the anthology Techno-Goth Cthulhu. He regularly serves as a judge at the weekly one-on-one writing competition at The Writers Arena. He strives to write what he calls “haiku fiction,” stories that are small in scale but big in impact. If you enjoy this story, you could let him know at his website or via Twitter.

Your narrator this week is Tracey Yuen. Tracey lives in Singapore, which he encourages you to realize is not a part of China but a separate country with a multi-ethnic society of which Chinese speaking people are one component.


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

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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 MusicAlley.com.

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Episode 165: Into The Forever Place by Luke Thomas


Narrated by Heather Welliver

Originally published in the December 2012 issue of The Devilfish Review.

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Show Notes

Our story this week is a special re-broadcast of Into the Forever Place by Luke Thomas. This story originally ran in July of last year, but the recording suffered from a technical failure that meant we took it down almost as soon as it went up, so we’ve decided to re-release it for your listening pleasure.

Luke Thomas is a writer and web developer based in Brooklyn, New York. This story is from a cycle of stories and novels Luke has been working on since 2010, all of which explore William Blake’s poetry in a pulpy, science fantasy context.

Luke can be found on Twitter, where he installed a second ‘R’ in his initials to enhance the quality of all his fantasy writing.

Your narrator is Heather Welliver. Heather is a singer, narrator and voice actor. She has dozens of recording credits to her name, including Cybrosis by P.C. Haring, and Chasing the Bard by Philippa Ballantine. You may also recognize her voice from the podcast universe. She’s appeared on Transmissions From Beyond as well as all three of the EA podcasts, EscapPod, Podcastle, and Pseudopod. You can find out more on her website, or follow her on Twitter.

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

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Episode 164: Amicae Aeternum by Ellen Klages


Narrated by Rikki LaCoste, Isis LaCoste and Fiona “Princess Scientist” Van Verth
Audio production by Rikki LaCoste

Forthcoming from Solaris in May 2015 in The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 9, and from Tor.com.


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Show Notes

This week we have a special a full cast audio production for you, Ellen KlagesAmicae Aeternum.

Ellen is the author of two acclaimed YA historical novels: The Green Glass Sea, which won the Scott O’Dell Award, the New Mexico Book Award, and the Lopez Award; and White Sands, Red Menace, which won the California and New Mexico Book Awards. Her story, Basement Magic, won a Nebula Award in 2005. In 2014, Wakulla Springs, co-authored with Andy Duncan, was nominated for the Nebula, Hugo, and Locus awards, and won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novella. Ellen lives in San Francisco, in a small house full of books and other strange and wondrous things.
Learn more at her not-updated-often enough website.

The story has three narrators for you. First, we welcome back Fiona “Princess Scientist” Van Verth. Fiona narrated The Girl With The Picollo from our Little Wonders special in September last year. Fiona is a 7th grader, and sometimes videoblogger – you can see her daily Advent Calendar podcast every year in December.

Rikki LaCoste was the co-creator and co-host of the quirky and provocative podcast Kakophonos Internet Radio (presently in suspended animation). He’s a reoccurring narrator for the Escape Artists short fiction horror podcast, Pseudopod. He’s also a musician and the creator of an eclectic musical project called Panthea, which can be listened to on Bandcamp.

Isis LaCoste is the pre-teen daughter of Rikki. Like her father, Isis is an aspiring young actress, a prolific artist and musician who also has a Pseudopod narration to her credit. In 2014 Isis won the award for Dramatic Excellence in her school. She and her father live in Toronto, Canada.


Now that you’ve listened to the story, here’s the lullaby Rikki wrote!


Theme music is “Appeal to Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.
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Episode 161: The Rum Cake Runner by Jessi Cole Jackson


Narrated by Michelle Ristuccia

Warning: This episode contains the single use of a racial slur. Listen to the commentary after the story for a discussion of why the term is present.


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Show Notes

The Rum Cake Runner, by Jessi Cole Jackson, was originally published by Crossed Genres Magazine in December 2013. Jessi lives with her husband in the prettiest part of New Jersey, though she’s not from there. By day she builds costumes for a Tony-award winning theatre. By night she writes stories, questionable poetry and lots of abandoned outlines. She’s currently up to her elbows dressing a show and revising a YA novel. When she’s not working she enjoys cooking, reading, and exploring local farms. You can read more about her sometimes exciting (but mostly just normal) life at her website.

The story is read for you by Michelle Ristuccia. Michelle has read for us before, with the excellent Black Hole Sun by Alethea Kontis. Michelle enjoys slowing down time in the middle of the night to read and review speculative fiction, because sleeping offspring are the best motivation. You can find out more about her rabid love of SFF, podcasting, and raising future geeklings at her blog, Waking Dreams, stalk her on Twitter, or read her reviews at Tangent Online.


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

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Episode 153: Staff Pick 2014 – Shimmer by Amanda C. Davis


Narrated by Lizzie S

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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 Jeff’s favorite story from 2014, Shimmer by Amanda C. Davis, which originally aired November 30, 2014 as Episode 148.

Amanda has an engineering degree and a fondness for baking, gardening, and low-budget horror films. Her short fiction has appeared in print and around the web. For a collection of dark fairy-tale retellings, check out Wolves and Witches, co-written with her sister Megan Engelhardt. You can follow her on Twitter or read more of her work at her website.

Shimmer is narrated for you by Lizzie S. Lizzie works in data visualisation, and her work hours are consumed with thinking about data, how it fits together and how to visualise it in a simple manner for others. To escape this she is a keen gamer, writer and reader vanishing off into fantasy worlds for hours at a time. She currently lives with her husband and dreams of a time when they might have space to own a cat or a dog. You can follow her on Twitter.

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

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Episode 152: Staff Pick 2014 – Captain Cleveland Grackle’s Galactic Cabaret vs. The Goblins of Vishnu 6 by Jamieson Ridenhour


Narrated by Norm Sherman

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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 Barry’s favorite story from 2014, Captain Cleveland Grackle’s Galactic Cabaret vs. The Goblins of Vishnu 6 by Jamieson Ridenhour, which originally aired November 17, 2013 as Episode 104.

Jamieson is the author of the comedy werewolf murder-mystery Barking Mad, published by Typecast in 2011, the ghost play Grave Lullaby, and the award-winning short horror films Cornerboys and The House of the Yaga. He’s had fiction and poetry in Strange Horizons, Architrave, The Lumberyard, and Mirror Dance, to name a few, and audio fiction featured on Pseudopod and Radio Unbound. He lives and writes in Bismarck, North Dakota.

You can find him on Twitter, Facebook, and various other places all over the Interwebs but the main station for all things Jamieson is his website.

His next novel, a sequel to Barking Mad, is called Mad Dogs and Englishmen, and it’s coming out in February of 2014. Watch his website, Facebook, and Twitter for detail, or just pester your local bookstore twice a week until they hand it to you. Do not accept defeat.

Jamieson’s inspiration for this story is the episode art for this week, a fair-haired young girl piloting a large mechanical fish. This arresting image was created by the exceptional artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith. You can find her work online here. Please go check it out! It’s well worth your time, and she has our thanks for allowing us to use the piece as this week’s episode art.

Your narrator is the fabulous Norm Sherman. Norm is the host and editor of the weird and wonderful — and Parsec award winning — Drabblecast, which publishes “strange stories by strange authors for strange listeners, such as yourself.” In addition he is the editor and co-host of the long running science-fiction podcast EscapePod. Both podcasts server excellent fare, some of it quite adult.

His disturbingly smooth yet always compelling tones may be heard all around the pod-o-sphere such as on PodCastle, The Guild of the Cowry Catchers, The Fullcast Podcast and many other fine audio productions. You can find Norm on Facebook, of course at the Drabblecast itself.

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

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Episode 148: Shimmer by Amanda C. Davis


Narrated by Lizzie S.

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Show Notes

Amanda C. Davis has an engineering degree and a fondness for baking, gardening, and low-budget horror films. Her short fiction has appeared in print and around the web. For a collection of dark fairy-tale retellings, check out Wolves and Witches, co-written with her sister Megan Engelhardt. You can follow her on Twitter or read more of her work at her website.

Shimmer is narrated for you by Lizzie S. Lizzie works in data visualisation, and her work hours are consumed with thinking about data, how it fits together and how to visualise it in a simple manner for others. To escape this she is a keen gamer, writer and reader vanishing off into fantasy worlds for hours at a time. She currently lives with her husband and dreams of a time when they might have space to own a cat or a dog. You can follow her on Twitter.


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

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Episode 145: Tell Them Of The Sky by A. T. Greenblatt


Narrated by Peter Newman

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Show Notes

A.T. Greenblatt is a mechanical engineer by day and a writer by night. Fueled by a sheer love of books and a tyrannical imagination, she writes the stories that appear over her morning coffee and won’t leave her alone until they are put down on paper. She is a graduate of Viable Paradise XVI and her work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Buzzy Mag, and other online journals. Find her at online and on Twitter.

The story is narrated for you by the lovely and multi-talented Peter Newman. Pete co-writes the Hugo-nominated Tea and Jeopardy podcast released through the Geek Planet Online network, where he is the voice of the world’s most patient butler, Latimer. His debut fantasy novel, The Vagrant, is being published by Harper Voyager in 2015. You can find him on Twitter and online with the phrase “Run Pete Write”.


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Episode 144: The Middle Rages by Joseph L. Kellogg


Narrated by John Cmar

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Show Notes

Joseph L. Kellogg is an environmental chemist by day and SF writer by night. He has been published in venues such as Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine and AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review, and has work upcoming in Space and Time magazine and Lakeside Circus. He lives in Northeast Tennessee with his wife, and absolutely, positively no cats. You can find him on Twitter.

For your narrator we welcome back podcasting’s favorite and, sadly these last few weeks busiest, infectious diseases doctor, John Cmar. John splits his time between treating horrors such as syphilis and now ebola, and molding the next generation of doctors, while repeatedly washing his hands in between. When not herding his five cats or going fanboy over the space endeavors of his wife Moon Ranger Laura, John infectious various podcast and radio projects with his voice. He is the Chief Medical Officer and Bad Doctor in Residence at his personal blog, where he consults and ruminates over all manner of things.


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