Posts Tagged ‘siblings’

Cast of Wonders 273: Banned Books Week – The Wayfinder & His Sister


• by Maria Haskins
• Narrated by Leigh Wallace and Christiana Ellis
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• A Cast of Wonders original!
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Maria Haskins is a Swedish-Canadian writer and translator. She writes speculative fiction and poetry, and debuted as a writer in Sweden in the 1980s. Since 1992 she lives in Canada, and is currently located just outside Vancouver with a husband, two kids, and a very large black dog. Her work has appeared in several anthologies, and has also appeared in (or is upcoming in) Flash Fiction Online, Shimmer, Gamut, Capricious, and elsewhere. Follow her online or on Twitter.

 

Leigh Wallace is an Ottawa writer, artist and narrator who works for the Canadian federal government. Her fiction is available in Tesseracts 19, PodCastle and Urban Fantasist. Her art can be found at Tea Princess Chronicles and in the Sunvault anthology, and she’s narrated previously for Glittership. She is a graduate of the 2013 Viable Paradise workshop. Follow her online and on Twitter.

 

 

 

Christiana Ellis is a writer and podcaster living in Massachusetts. She is the creator of the fantasy novel “Nina Kimberly the Merciless” as well as the award-winning Scifi Audiodrama “Space Casey”. She always has something in the works and everything posts at Christianaellis.com. Follow her on Twitter.

 

 

 

 


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Episode 229: Staff Pick 2016 – Questing for Princesses by Amanda C. Davis


• Narrated by Katherine Inskip
• Originally appeared in Wolves and Witches: A Fairy Tale Collection (2013)
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Every year in January, Cast of Wonders takes the month off to recharge, plan the year ahead and highlight some of our favourite episodes. A different member of the Cast of Wonders crew will present their favorite story of 2016 each week in January.

We hope you enjoy our audio producer Jeremy Carter’s favorite story from 2016, Questing for Princesses by Amanda C. Davis, narrated by Katherine Inskip. The story originally aired May 1, 2016 as Episode 208.


Amanda C. DavisAmanda C. Davis writes dark fantasy, light horror, and the very softest science fiction. She has an engineering degree and an obsession with baking the perfect macaron. Her short fiction and poetry was collected in 2013 along with her sister Megan Engelhardt‘s work in Wolves and Witches: A Fairy Tale Collection, where this story first appeared. Check our her website and follow her on Twitter.

 

 

 

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

 

 


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

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Episode 228: Staff Pick 2016 – Miss Darcy’s First Intergalactic Ballet Class by Dantzel Cherry


• Narrated by M K Hobson
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• Originally published in Galaxy’s Edge (July/August 2015)
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Show Notes

Every year in January, Cast of Wonders takes the month off to recharge, plan the year ahead and highlight some of our favourite episodes. A different member of the Cast of Wonders crew will present their favorite story of 2016 each week in January.

We hope you enjoy associate editor Alexis Goble’s favorite story from 2016, Miss Darcy’s First Intergalactic Ballet Class by Dantzel Cherry, narrated by M K Hobson. The story originally aired March 13, 2016 as Episode 201.


Dantzel CherryBy day, Dantzel Cherry teaches pilates and raises her daughter, and by night/naptime she writes. Her baking hours follow no rhyme or reason. She is prone to dance as the need arises, and it often does. Her stories have appeared in Fireside, Galaxy’s Edge, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and other magazines and anthologies. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband, daughter, and requisite cat. Follow her online or on Twitter.

 

 

 

M K Hobson

For your narrator we welcome back the fantastic M K Hobson, who 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. Detailing all of M K’s work in the Escape Artists arena might take longer than the story itself, so we’ve linked to her EA wikia page above, along with her social media links.

 

 


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

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Episode 212: Selling Home by Tina Connolly


• Narrated by Chloe Yates
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• Originally appeared in Bull Spec (Issue 6)
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Tina ConnollyTina Connolly is the author of the Ironskin trilogy from Tor Books, and the Seriously Wicked series from Tor Teen. Her novels have been finalists for the Nebula and the Norton. Tina is also one of the co-hosts of EscapePod, and her narrations have appeared all over including all the Escape Artists podcasts, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and her Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake. She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon. You can follow her online and on Twitter.

Tina also has just released her first collection of short stories, On The Eyeball Floor and Other Stories from Fairwood Press. Long-time EA fans will remember many of the stories from their previous podcast appearances.

 

Chloe YatesFor your narrator we welcome back Chloe Yates. As well as narrating, Chloë writes odd stories. She has written many short stories for the British Fantasy Award winning independent press Fox Spirit Books, and is currently working on both a collection and a novel for them. English born, she currently lives in the middle of Switzerland with her bearded paramour, Mr Y, and their disapproving dog, Miss Maudie. You can find her online and on Twitter, and if you’re very luck, the bar of the occasional British convention…

 


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

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Episode 208: Questing for Princesses by Amanda C. Davis


• Narrated by Katherine Inskip
• Originally appeared in Wolves and Witches: A Fairy Tale Collection (2013)
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Show Notes

Amanda C. DavisAmanda C. Davis writes dark fantasy, light horror, and the very softest science fiction. She has an engineering degree and an obsession with baking the perfect macaron. Her short fiction and poetry was collected in 2013 along with her sister Megan Engelhardt‘s work in Wolves and Witches: A Fairy Tale Collection, where this story first appeared.

Check our her website and follow her on Twitter.

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


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

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Episode 201: Miss Darcy’s First Intergalactic Ballet Class by Dantzel Cherry


• Narrated by M K Hobson
• Audio production by Rikki LaCoste
• Originally published in Galaxy’s Edge (July/August 2015)
• Discuss this story on our forum
• For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia page
• Come visit us on Facebook and Twitter


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Show Notes

Dantzel CherryBy day, Dantzel Cherry teaches pilates and raises her daughter, and by night/naptime she writes. Her baking hours follow no rhyme or reason. She is prone to dance as the need arises, and it often does. Her stories have appeared in Fireside, Galaxy’s Edge, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and other magazines and anthologies. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband, daughter, and requisite cat. Follow her online or on Twitter.

 

 

 

M K Hobson

For your narrator we welcome back the fantastic M K Hobson, who 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. Detailing all of M K’s work in the Escape Artists arena might take longer than the story itself, so we’ve linked to her EA wikia page above, along with her social media links.

 

 


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

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Episode 199: Leapling by Nicole Feldringer


• Narrated by Michelle Ristuccia
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• A Cast of Wonders original!
• Discuss this story on our forum
• For a list of all our stories, authors and narrators, visit our Wikia page
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Show Notes

Nicole Feldringer holds a PhD in atmospheric sciences and a master in geophysics. In 2011, she attended the Viable Paradise Writer’s Workshop, and her fiction has previously appeared in the anthologies Press Start to Play and Loosed Upon the World both edited by John Joseph Adams. She currently lives in Los Angeles. Find her on Twitter. ‘Leapling’ is a Cast of Wonders original.

 

 

 

Michelle RistucciaFor your narrator this week we welcome back Michelle Ristuccia, who listeners may remember from a previous pair of really excellent stories. 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 writing and her rabid love of science fiction and fantasy at her website, stalk her on Twitter, or read her reviews at Tangent Online.

 

 

 


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The Escapepod flash fiction contest has landed. Come to our forums and follow the tracks to see if these are the droids you have been looking for. Vote to determine which three winning stories will be purchased and run as a special bonus episode of EscapePod. Stories will be published on a members-only section of the forums, so come join and participate today.


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

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Episode 182: A Troll’s Trade by Sandra M. Odell


Narrated by Wilson Fowlie

Audio production by Jeremy Carter

A Cast of Wonders original!

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Show Notes

A word of warning – the story involves trolls and their… unique approach to diet and hygiene. Those with weaker stomachs may find it a challenge, but I encourage you to give it a try.

Sandra OdellAs promised, we have another original story for you this week – A Troll’s Trade by Sandra M. Odell. Sandra lives in Washington state with her husband, sons, and a grumpy orange cat. She is an avid reader, compulsive writer, and rabid chocoholic. Her work has appeared in venues including Jim Baen’s UNIVERSE, Crossed Genres, The Drabblecast, and Pseudopod. She is currently planning her second novel. Or world domination. Whichever comes first. You can follow her plans for trying to take over the world via her website and Twitter.

 

Wilson FowlieThe story is narrated for you by the buttery man voice of podcast fiction legend Wilson Fowlie. Wilson has been reading stories out loud since the age of 4, and credits any talent he has in this area to his parents, who are both excellent at reading aloud. He started narrating stories for more than just his own family in late 2008, when he answered a call for readers on the PodCastle forum. Since then, he has gone on to become PodCastle’s most prolific narrator, reading or appearing in nearly 30 episodes. He’s also narrated for many other podcasts, including PodCastle’s sister casts, EscapePod and Pseudopod, as well as StarShip Sofa and other District of Wonder podcasts, Beam Me Up, Cast Macabre, Dunesteef Audio Fiction magazine and the Journey Into… podcast. He fits in all this narrating between his day job as a web developer in Vancouver, Canada, and being the director of a community show chorus called The Maple Leaf Singers. He’s still hoping to find a paying gig narrating stories, someday.


Interesting in auditioning for PodCastle? Find all the details here!


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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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.

 


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

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Episode 163: Speaking to Skull Kings by Emily B. Cataneo


Narrated by Katherine Inskip and Jeremy Carter

Audio production by Jeremy Carter

Originally published in Betwixt issue 4, Summer 2014


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Our story this week is haunting Speaking to Skull Kings, by Emily B. Cataneo. Emily is a writer of dark literary speculative fiction. She grew up in New England, lived in Boston, Massachusetts for seven years, and now lives in Berlin, Germany, where she works as a freelance journalist when she’s not writing fiction. In her spare time, she’s usually riding her bike, reading about the early twentieth century or navigating the tricky waters of learning German.
Her work has appeared in anthologies such as Chiral Mad 2, the Stoker-nominated Qualia Nous, and Steampunk World, as well as the magazines Black Static, The Dark and Betwixt. She is a 2013 graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Emily has a story coming out in shortly in Interfictions: A Journal of Interstitial Arts called The Emerald Coat and Other Wishes. It features a deadly coat, ghosts in bathrooms, and a young woman who must decide whether to follow in her family’s peculiar footsteps.

You can find her on online, on Twitter and on Facebook all under her name.

For your narrators we welcome back Katherine Inskip and Jeremy Carter.

Katherine teaches astrophysics for a living and spends her spare time populating the universe with worlds of her own, which you can read at her blog, Trisigmatic.

Jeremy Carter teaches by day and produces audio by night. He has produced stories for Starshipsofa, Dunesteef, Far Fetched Fables, Journey Into and this episode for us. Thanks Jeremy!

Both Katherine and Jeremy are also on Twitter, as Chesneycat and JECarter76, respectively.


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

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Episode 162: Sister Winter by Jenni Moody


Narrated by Melissa Bugaj
Originally appeared in The Colored Lens, Issue 12, Summer 2014


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Show Notes

Jenni Moody is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and of the Clarion West Writers Workshop. Her stories have been published in Booth, Gingerbread House, and Mason’s Road. She’s lived in a dry cabin in Alaska and a small town in Japan, and was once chased by a family of bears through the Yukon at midnight. She collects stamps (inked, not licked) and writes in Huntsville, Alabama. Her flash fiction story How to Break Up with Your Zombie Boyfriend will be published in an upcoming issue of Strangelet. There are a couple of places you can find out more about Jenni’s work: her website, her Twitter feed, and her Pinterest board, where she posts story ideas.

Your narrator for the story is Melissa Bugaj. You may remember her from Episode 124 last year, Old People Rules. Melissa is the proud mom of a nine-year-old boy and seven-year-old girl. She is a special educator in her sixteenth year of teaching. Mel has taught all grade levels from preschool to grade five in both general and special education. This past year, however, she left the world of elementary school to teach Special Education in a High School Conceptual Physics and Chemistry class. She survived her first year of being the shortest person in the classroom and was enthusiastic to get back to teaching velocity, gravity and atoms for the 2014-2015 school year. In her “free time,” she co-produces an excellent children’s story podcast with her techie husband called Night Light Stories and writes a blog about the silly antics of her family called According To Mags.


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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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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