Posts Tagged ‘Science Fiction’

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)

Listen above or download here.

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!


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

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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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Show Notes

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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Show Notes

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.


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

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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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Show Notes

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.


People of Color Destroy Science Fiction

Artemis Rising 2 on Pseudopod, Podcastle and Escapepod


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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