Posts Tagged ‘Science Fiction’

Episode 91: Open 28 Hours by Darin Ramsey


Narrated by Rish Outfield

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Show Notes

Today we present Darin Ramsey‘s story, Open 28 Hours. Darin is currently a technical editor for a large engineering concern in Washington State. When not translating obscure engineer-ese into no less obscure business English, he spends time at home with his wife, three out of four sons, and six cats (which he will tell you is four cats too many). This is his first published story. You can find more of his stories in print and audio at his website.

Your narrator is the talented Mr Rishley… the who? Oh! Sorry, my mistake. It’s the talented Mr Rish Outfield, who co-edits The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine, with Big Anklevich. You can find The Dunsteef over at here, where you can hear quality audio productions of genre fiction, and listen to Rish and Big dicsuss, well, just about everything! With lots of geek references.

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

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Episode 90: The Void Test by Therese Arkenberg


Narrated by Chloe Yates

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Today we present Therese Bickley‘s story, The Void Test. Therese is currently interning in Washington, DC, although her checkered past also includes work as a library page, cashier, and volunteer income tax preparer. Her first short story was accepted for publication in Byzarium on January 2, 2008. Her second story sold a few hours later, to MindFlights.

Since then, her work has appeared in places including Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Crossed Genres, and the anthologies Thoughtcrime Experiments and Sword and Sorceress XXIV. Her science fiction novella, Aqua Vitae, was released by WolfSinger Publications in 2011. She’s working on her next book. You can find her on the web, where you can subscribe to her newsletter for news of upcoming publications.

Your narrator today is Chloë Yates. Chloë has written several pieces for Fox Spirit Books and her story Leave the Pistol Behind was one of the winners of their International Talk Like a Pirate Day competition in 2012. Her noirish chops have slathered into the anthologies Weird Noir (2012) and its follow up, Noir Carnival (2013). More of her work will be included in several upcoming anthologies.

You can find her humorous, if somewhat macabre, poetry here, and her website is here. She wanders through Twitter under the sobriquet @shloobee.

She’s currently working on a big idea or two, and writing more short stories. English born, she lives in the middle of Switzerland with her bearded paramour, Mr Y, and their disapproving dog, Miss Maudie.

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

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Episode 89: The Carmel B Crazies

Show Notes

Today we present Rick Kennett’s story, The Carmel B Crazies. Rick works in the transport industry in Melbourne, Australia as possibly the longest serving motorcycle courier in the world, now pushing 33 years on the road. He’s been writing SF and ghost stories for about the same period with recent appearances in Aurealis (The Australian Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine), The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine and The Ghosts & Scholars Book of Shadows from Sarob Press.

This story features one of Rick’s ongoing characters, Cy De Gerch. You may remember Cy from Episode 71 (Now Cydonia) where she encountered mysterious happenings on the face of Mars. We’re very proud and pleased to say that Now Cydonia was nominated for a Parsec Award in the category “Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)”. And in fact, it is a finalist! Warm congratulations to Rick on making the finals; I shall be crossing all my digits for him and Now Cydonia.

Rick has some upcoming works to be published as ebooks by Cooperative Ink. There are two Cy De Gerch publications; one is the novel Presumed Dead and the other, a collection of Cy stories titled Thirty Minutes for New Hell. Cooperative Ink will also publish Rick’s young adult novel The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea which features another of my characters, Ernie Pine the reluctant ghost-hunter.

Your narrator is our hard-working editor, Marguerite Kenner.


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Episode 87: Little Wonders 1


Authors: Kara Hartz and Eric Juneau
Narrators: Marguerite Kenner and Dave Robison

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Show Notes

Hello everyone! Surprise! Today, July 21st, is the two year anniversary of Cast of Wonders. We couldn’t be prouder, and to celebrate we’re debuting a new type of episode. You’re listening to the very first Little Wonders, a collection of flash fiction and poetry centered around a theme or genre. We’re going to start things off nice and easy with a pair of science fiction shorts.


Up first, we have Immersion by Kara Hartz. Kara writes and lives in my old stomping grounds, Northern California, with the support of her husband and children and despite the attentions of her cats. She loves Science Fiction and Fantasy because she is drawn to incredible ideas. You can find her blogging sporadically here.


Our second story this week is Influx Capacitor by Eric Juneau. Eric is a 31-year-old software engineer living in Minnesota with his wife and two daughters. His hobbies include writing, video games, reading, and eating as much barbecue as he can find. Huh, we have a lot in common! He blogs about his quest to become a ‘capital-A’ Author here. Recently, Eric has started a new fiction project chronicling a healing mage’s experience in World of Warcraft, available here.

For your narrator, we bring you the audio stylings of podcaster extraordinaire Dave Robinson, from Roundtable Podcast. Dave embarked on his life mission to be an Agent of Awesomeness armed only with a theater degree. He had learned at an early age that – if you ACTED like you knew what you were doing – people tended to believe you.

This principal has resulted in most of his employment, from graphic designer, to software instructor, from event coordinator to web applications developer. Throughout it all, however, theater remained a constant, and he would trod the boards with any performing troupe that would have him.
When podcasting became all the rage, he discovered a new venue to ply his not inconsiderable talents… audio fiction. Since arriving on the scene, he’s had the privilege of lending his voice to numerous dramatic readings for such notables as StarshipSofa, The Drabblecast, Tales to Terrify, and the trifecta of Escapepod, Pseudopod, and Podcastle. He’s thrilled to add Cast of Wonders to his performance credits.


Our lovely new Little Wonders theme, “Neversus”, is from Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.

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Episode 77: The Long Cut by Tom Howard


Narrated by Norm Sherman

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Show Notes

Today we present Tom Howard’s story, The Long Cut. Tom is a short story writer from Little Rock, Arkansas. Of this story Tom says, “My four children are the inspiration for this story as I was frequently lost when they were little, and they would ask, ‘Dad, is this another one of your long cuts?’ It made perfect sense to them that if a short cut got you there faster, a ‘long cut’ would get you there much, much slower. Cheeky monkeys.”

Your narrator today 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 smooth tones may be heard in many places in the pod-o-sphere such as PodCastle, The Guild of the Cowry Catchers, The Fullcast Podcast and many other fine audio productions. You can find Norm in many places online such as Facebook.

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

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Episode 75: The Field Trip by Alex Shvartsman


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Today we present Alex Shvartsman’s story, The Field Trip. Alex is a writer and game designer whose short stories appeared or are forthcoming at Nature, IGMS, Galaxy’s Edge, and many other ‘zines and anthologies. His adventures so far have included traveling to over 30 countries, playing a card game for a living, and building a successful business. Alex resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and son. His recently published fiction is linked at his website, and check out his recently published anthology of humorous F/SF, Unidentified Funny Objects. And check out Alex’s kickstarter for his second volume of UFO!

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

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Episode 67: Barsoom in June by Brian Hurrel


Narrated by Dave Thompson and Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Today we present Barsoom in June by Brian Hurrel. Brian is an American who narrowly missed being born in Glasgow. A lifelong science fiction fan, he 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. His many previous occupations include high school English teacher, carpet installer, cab driver, and US Marine. He now develops software for the financial industry and lives in New Jersey with his wife and son.

Your narrators today are myself and my good friend Dave Thompson.

By day, Dave battles through reams of red tape writing corporate documentation. But his real job is co-editing and hosting the fantasy podcast PodCastle where you’ll find fantasy stories of all stripes. He is a published author and also a respected and frequent narrator for many venues. You can find two of his audio book narrations on Amazon: Norse Code by Greg Van Eekhout and Briarpatch by Tim Pratt.

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

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Episode 66: The Egg Game by S. R. Algernon


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

We begin the Cast of Wonders year with The Egg Game by S. R. Algernon. S. R. Algernon has been an avid reader of science fiction for many years. He studied fiction writing in North Carolina, U.S.A., and currently lives in Singapore — where making mischief with eggs in lifts would be strongly and justifiably frowned upon.

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

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Episode 48: The Malthus Alternative by Jamie Mason


Narrated by Graeme Dunlop

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Show Notes

Today we present The Malthus Alternative by Jamie Mason. Jamie is a Canadian sci-fi/fantasy short-story author and novelist whose works are characterized by absurdist themes and an exaggeratedly fatalistic world view. His stories have been featured in On Spec, Abyss & Apex and the Canadian Science Fiction Review. His young adult sci-fi novel ECHO was published in June 2011 by Drollerie Press. Find our more on his website

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

Episode 45: Finding the Blue Door by L. Lambert Lawson


Narrated by Marguerite Kenner

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Show Notes

Today we present Finding the Blue Door by L. Lambert Lawson. L. Lambert Lawson writes from his library in Southern California. From 2005-2007, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine. He is the publisher of Kazka Press, an independent SFF press with a monthly flash fiction contest. He can be found online or on Twitter.

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