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 773: A Wild Patience (Part 2 of 3)
Author : Gwynne Garfinkle Narrator : Alethea Kontis Host : S.B. Divya Audio Producer : Summer Brooks Discuss on Forums This story first appeared in GigaNotoSaurus (March 2020) A Wild Patience (Part 2 of 3) by Gwynne Garfinkle The next day, school was in an uproar. The other mothers had talked to their kids too. […]
Escape Pod 772: A Wild Patience (Part 1 of 3)
Author : Gwynne Garfinkle Narrator : Alethea Kontis Host : S.B. Divya Audio Producer : Summer Brooks Discuss on Forums This story first appeared in GigaNotoSaurus (March 2020) Contains cursing and discussions of sex. A Wild Patience (Part 1 of 3) by Gwynne Garfinkle We first noticed something was off one April afternoon when Jessica […]
Escape Pod 771: The Mercy of Theseus (Flashback Friday)
The Mercy of Theseus
By Rachael K. Jones
Greta and Jamal have three arms, two legs, and one working kidney between the two of them. The kidney belongs to Greta. Its twin went to her little sister three years back, and now she has a laparoscopic keyhole scar over her belly button to remember it by. She can feel it pull tight when she rolls her creeper beneath the chassis of the next project in the shop. Thanks to the war, Jamal has lost the arm, the legs, and the other two kidneys.
All his parts have since been replaced.
Escape Pod 770: The First Trebuchet on Mars
Author : Marie Vibbert Narrator : M. Darusha Wehm Host : Tina Connolly Audio Producer : Summer Brooks Discuss on Forums This story first appeared in Analog (August 2017) The First Trebuchet on Mars by Marie Vibbert If you come to Mars you need to know that in the twelfth century a French engineer named […]
Escape Pod 769: Deal
By Eris Young
Beulah wonders what it would be like to touch the Visitor. Oil-slick iridescent, it is tennis ball-sized and scaled with an animated crystalline skin—or shell—or carapace. It floats, stationary, a foot above the rug in the corner of the living room. Its surface changes by the second, rippling back and forth as if stroked by an invisible hand. If she were to run her fingers—gently, gently—over its surface, would it be keratinous, like an iguana? Or feathery? Would it be warm to the touch?
Kim is still behind her somewhere, hovering in the hallway. Get it out, was all she had said, face white as saguaro blossom in the dim mudroom.
Beulah pulled on her jacket, then pulled it off again. “Babe, I have to go to class. Can’t you—”
Kim shook her head, “Uh-uh. Please.” She had been close to tears, almost hyperventilating. Now, muffled by the wall between hall and living room, Her voice is shaky but a bit firmer.
“Is it out?”
If Beulah turns she can just see a sliver of Kim’s shoulder, her pilly cardigan, the electric pink tips of her hair. Her face is now hidden.
“It takes a minute, you know that.”
Beulah crouches, knees popping, to get a better look, steadying herself on the coffee table.
“How’d you get in here, huh?”
Escape Pod 768: Balancing the Equation
Balancing the Equation
by Justin C. Key
June 18, 2031
Lauren led her two-year-old son, Sean, slowly to their car while carrying three full bags of groceries.
"Up," Sean said, showing her his palms. "Up, Mama, up!"
"Ask one more time and you're getting a time out when we get home."
She should have used a cart to carry the groceries. She should have walked with Sean on the inside. She should have ignored the aching pain in her back and picked him up. The rest of her life would be haunted by 'should’ves’.
"A dog!" Sean pointed at passing poodle as big as him. Of his budding vocabulary, identifying dogs was a family favorite.
"Yes," Lauren said. "A black dog." She silently cursed at her failing grip on the bags. She twisted the strap around her wrist. Sean yanked her other arm, hard.
"Okay, time out as soon as--" Lauren said, but choked when she saw that Sean hadn’t tugged at all. It was a black Prius, worn and dented and scratched and horrible, rolling silently over her son to replace him, as if by magic.
didn't make it
What's the use of an escape pod if it returns you to where you wanted to escape from in the first place?! Exactly. Zero SF to find here, in its best moments, rare & far between, you'll find possibly puzzling single moments/narrative points revealed at a sudden turn in the plot/story, mostly at the very end, o'course. Most tiresome.