Posts Tagged ‘Science Fiction’

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”.


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

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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.


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

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Episode 137: The Filigreed Cage by Krystal Claxton


Narrated by A. P. Clarke

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Show Notes

Our story this week is The Filigreed Cage by Krystal Claxton. Krystal writes speculative fiction in the sliver of time between raising a four-year old with her unreasonably awesome husband and being a full-time computer technician. She enjoys attending DragonCon in costume, science magazines, and feverishly researching whichever random topic has just piqued her interest. Keep up with her at her website, or on Twitter. Krystal has a few upcoming releases. Her story The Newsboy’s Last Stand is coming out in Unidentified Funny Objects 3 on October 1st and another story, Bitter Remedy was released in Plasma Frequency Magazine #13 earlier this month.

Your narrator for the story is Andrew Clarke. A. P. Clarke is a London-based artist who writes songs, tells stories about his cat, and runs the Nine Worlds Film Festival. He worries he does not have enough time to do all the important things in life, like drinking.


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

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Episode 136: Flotsam by Rebecca Schwarz


Narrated by Jeff Hite

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Show Notes

Our story this week is Flotsam by Rebecca Schwarz. Rebecca comes to us from Austin Texas where she’s and active member of the Slugtribe Writers’ Group and the Codex Online Writers’ Group. She has attended writers workshops with Paolo Bacigalupi, Cat Rambo and Alex Shvartsman. Her Work has appeared in Interzone, Bourbon Penn, and Daily Science Fiction and Flagship Magazine. You can find out more about Rebecca at her website, and you can follow her on Twitter.

Your narrator this week is Jeffrey Hite. Jeff is the head Slush Pile Wrangler here at Cast Of Wonders. He is also a writer from Western New York, and if you have heard his voice before it is probably from another great fiction magazine, Flagship Magazine, where you might have also heard this story. You can learn more about him at his website and you can follow him on Twitter.


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

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Episode 131: Survivor by Josh Roseman


Narrated by Marguerite Kenner

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Show Notes

This week we present Survivor, by Josh Roseman.

Josh Roseman (not the trombonist; the other one) lives in Georgia (the state, not the country). His writing has appeared in Asimov’s, EscapePod, the Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine, StarShipSofa, and this story was originally published in the Crossed Genres anthology Fat Girl in a Strange Land.

Josh is also a regular narrator at Escape Artists and he’s in most of the District of Wonders podcasts. He is a 2013 graduate of the Taos Toolbox writing workshop. When not writing, he mostly complains about the fact that he’s not writing. Find him online, on Facebook or on Twitter.

The StarshipSofa tribute to Larry Sontoro from Tony Smith can he found here. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.

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

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Episode 130: The Phobos Monolith by Preston Dennett


Narrated by Heather Amy Robinson

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This week we present The Phobos Monolith, by Preston Dennett.

Preston has worked as a carpet cleaner, fast-food worker, data entry clerk, bookkeeper, landscaper, singer, actor, writer, radio host, television consultant, teacher, UFO researcher, ghost hunter and more. But his true love has always been speculative fiction and he’s decided to see if he could make his dream of becoming an SF writer come true. The result has been a string of sales with stories appearing or forthcoming in lots of places, including Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Perihelion, Black Treacle and several other venues. He has also earned eight honorable mentions in the Writers of the Future Contest. He currently resides in Reseda, California where he spends his days looking for new ways to pay his bills and his nights exploring the farthest edges of the universe.

Preston has several stories about to be published in different magazines, and a pair of books about UFOs forthcoming from Schiffer Publishing. You can learn more about his work at his website.

Your narrator is Amy Robinson. Amy is a voiceover actress and character talent, who has recently read several excellent stories for EscapePod, including Black Swan Oracle, Immersion, and The Heart of the Machine. We’ve got her contact details for you, including Twitter and Facebook, as well.

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

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Episode 128: Robots Don’t Cry by George Edwards


Narrated by Pete Milan

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This week we present Robots Don’t Cry by George Edwards.

George owns a smartphone repair shop in Tipton, Indiana and says he earns working capital by writing papers for college students. He’s an anarcho-capitalist in the tradition of economist Murray Rothbard, who’s known for playing a key role in developing the underpinnings of modern libertarianism. George’s influences include Orwell, Rand and Huxley. He’s also a former political blogger, but decided that illustrating tyranny through fiction is more his style. You can find George on Facebook.

Your narrator is Pete Milan, whom you may remember from Episode 108, The Cardinals of Ever-June, which ran last year.

Pete is a writer, narrator, audio drama producer and voice actor, among other things. He has appeared on both Pseudopod and Escape Pod, as wells as previously here at Cast of Wonders. He also appears regularly in several audio drama podcasts from Pendant Audio, as well as their new prestige production, Phantom Canyon, available from iTunes, Audible and Amazon. While you’re there, look for the audiobooks he’s narrated, including Hugh Monn: Private Detective and Sentinels: When Strikes The Warlord.

At the moment, he’s writing a novel with four other people, which he does not recommend doing. At all. For more information, visit him at his website.

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

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Episode 125: The Clasp by Jarod K. Anderson


Narrated by Elie Hirschman

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This week we present The Clasp, by Jarod K Anderson. Jarod used to teach English at Ohio University. Currently, he works at a foundation that raises money for a wide range of college scholarships. He writes about education by day and ghosts, monsters, and madmen by night. It’s a good arrangement. Jarod’s work has appeared in numerous online and print publications including Daily Science Fiction, Escape Pod, Electric Spec, The Colored Lens, Stupefying Stories, and elsewhere. Find him online here.

For aspiring writers, Jarod and his wife Leslie J. Anderson co-wrote the book Inklings: 300 Starts, Plots, and Challenges to inspire your Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy Stories. Inklings is currently available at Amazon.com. Jarod and Leslie also have a forthcoming project from Sterling Publishing titled 100 Prompts for Science Fiction Writers which will be available in late 2014.

The Clasp is narrated for you by Elie Hirschman. Elie’s narrated for the triumvirate of Escape Artists podcasts: Podcastle, Escape Pod and Pseudopod. You may also remember him from Episode 106, our Little Wonders collection The Journey, where he narrated Treasure Hunter. Elie has been dabbling in voice acting for the past ten years, with several online production companies including Darker Projects, Dream Realm and BrokenSea Productions. He has all his life failed to live by rule 3 of Mike Damone’s Five-Point plan – “Act like wherever you are – that’s the place to be.” He lives in the Eastern Hemisphere against his will and better judgment and occasionally turns bad drama scripts into intentionally bad comedy at Cool Fool Productions.

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