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Each week, Escape Pod delivers science fiction short stories from today's best authors. Listen today, and hear the new sound of science fiction!

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    • 4.9 • 120 Ratings

Each week, Escape Pod delivers science fiction short stories from today's best authors. Listen today, and hear the new sound of science fiction!

    Escape Pod 855: A Home For Mrs. Biswas

    Escape Pod 855: A Home For Mrs. Biswas

    Author : Amal Singh Narrator : Kaushik Narasimhan Host : Tina Connolly Audio Producer : Summer Brooks “A Home For Mrs. Biswas” previously appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine (April 2021) A Home For Mrs. Biswas by Amal Singh Once she saw the red sands stretch across miles, craters as big as the stadium her father played […]

    • 42 min
    Escape Pod 854: Pickled Roots and Peeled Shoots and a Bowl of Farflower Tea

    Escape Pod 854: Pickled Roots and Peeled Shoots and a Bowl of Farflower Tea

    Pickled Roots and Peeled Shoots and a Bowl of Farflower Tea

    By Chaz Brenchley





    there’s rue for you, and here’s some for me





    Just that morning, she’d had a novice shave her head for her. He was a promising lad - no, more than promising, he was a promise halfway to being realised already - but still ridiculously young, all awkwardness and angles, nervous of his own body let alone anybody else’s. Let alone hers.



    Of course he’d cut her. She’d felt the cold bite of the blade and then its sudden absence as he snatched his hands away, his suppressed cry of self-recrimination, the tentative pressure of a cloth to stem the bleeding. She raised a hand and laid it over his, pressing firmly, teaching him not to be shy. Not with her body, not with her blood.

    • 48 min
    Escape Pod 853: 2022 Flash Fiction Contest Winners

    Escape Pod 853: 2022 Flash Fiction Contest Winners

    Authors : Andrew Hiller, Brandon Case and Bob McHugh Narrators : Elie Hirschman, Justine Eyre and Jairus Durnett Host : Valerie Valdes Audio Producer : Summer Brooks Escape Pod 853: 2022 Flash Fiction Contest Winners is an Escape Pod original. Half-Lives by Andrew Hiller “Time traveler, eh?” I shuffled my feet and smirked. The AI […]

    • 18 min
    Escape Pod 852: The Pieces That Bind

    Escape Pod 852: The Pieces That Bind

    The Pieces that Bind

    By Carol Scheina



    The first thing Georgia knew for certain was that the woman rummaging through the canned beans and peas in the pantry was not her grandma, even though she looked exactly like her, right down to the nasty black cigar in hand.



    Except that Georgia had just plucked the cigar out of Gran’s hand, for it was 2 p.m. and time for the older woman’s afternoon siesta. In the other room, Georgia could hear the television cheerfully offering a miracle knife that could be hers for just three easy payments. The teen glanced through the doorway, and yes, indeed, right in front of the television was Gran, resting in her chair like rising yeast, filling every nook with her body’s slow breathing.



    Gran often fell asleep to the sound of infomercials with her lit cigar dangling loosely between her fingers, ready to set the house on fire. Georgia imagined the smoke snatching their lives away with a puff, so she was always on the alert for falling cigars. The one in the teen’s hand still felt warm.



    In the kitchen, the not-Gran turned and puffed her cigar, sending out plumes of smoke smelling heavily like laundry detergent. Eyes locked on Georgia.



    The second thing Georgia knew for certain was that not-Gran was an alien.

    • 33 min
    Escape Pod 851: Time Bomb Time

    Escape Pod 851: Time Bomb Time

    Author : C.C. Finlay Narrator : Heather Thomas Host : Mur Lafferty Audio Producer : Summer Brooks “Time Bomb Time” originally appeared in the May 2015 issue of Lightspeed Magazine. It was reprinted in Rich Horton’s The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2016 and translated into Chinese by Geng Hui (耿辉) for ZUI Found […]

    • 29 min
    Escape Pod 850: Laser Squid Goes House Hunting

    Escape Pod 850: Laser Squid Goes House Hunting

    Laser Squid Goes House Hunting

    By Douglas DiCicco



    "This one has everything on your checklist." I held open the front door of the four-bedroom colonial. It wasn't quite big enough for my client, who left greasy marks on the doorframe as she squeezed through. "We can always get that expanded for you. We work with some excellent contractors in the area."



    A shriek from the living room told me Cynthia Whitecrest, the homeowner, hadn't cleared out as I had politely but firmly suggested. I prefer to show a house on my own. The owners always think they're better salespeople than I am.



    "Hello, Miss Whitecrest," I said with my practiced smile, ignoring the shriek. "I'm sorry, I didn't think you'd be home. I'm showing the place to a potential buyer today. As I mentioned in my many texts." The last part was snarkier than I'd meant to be, but Cynthia was already on my last nerves.



    Cynthia cowered behind a tasteful sectional, white as a sheet. "Wh... wh... what is... that... creature...?"



    Oh no. She was going to offend the buyer. I needed to do some quick diplomacy. "Miss Whitecrest, let me introduce—"



    The client intervened before I had the chance. She dragged herself along the cherry hardwood floor, tentacles making a wet slapping sound with every movement.



    "You cower before Laser Squid, terror of the depths!"

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
120 Ratings

120 Ratings

Mr Temagami ,

Grand-daddy of SF podcasts

I’ve been listening since the podcast started back in 2005. Nice variety of material; silly fun stuff to hard-science stories.

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Fabulous

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