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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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    • 4.8 • 127 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 813: A Consideration of Trees

    Escape Pod 813: A Consideration of Trees

    A Consideration of Trees

    By Beth Cato



    As a xenoarbitrator, I was accustomed to working with concepts and situations deemed peculiar by most of humanity. Often, though, my own species confounded me most of all.



    "I fear you misunderstood my advertisement." I stood in Mari Kane's miniscule parlor on Bradbury Orbital Station. My felizard partner, Petey, twitched in his nest atop my silvering crown braids. "I usually mediate between different species. You need a private investigator to look into a suspicious death--"



    "Rainbow Charm Corporation owns the local investigators. Madam Alameda, you're from off station. I couldn't find any corporate affiliations in your history. You're the independent investigator I want to hire." A pleading note crept into her voice.



    "I appreciate your confidence in me, but--"



    "Bradbury Orbital is property of Rainbow Charm." Petey spoke directly into my mind via our neural bond, his four-inch-long body flexing as he hummed in thought. "That's a Thrassi-owned firm. This could be a cultural misunderstanding."



    "--this still isn't my purview," I finished, speaking aloud to both of them at once. "I study stories, new and old, and use them to bridge misunderstandings between different kinds of lifeforms. If you had a Murkle as your neighbor, for instance, who began screaming nonstop if rain lasted for more than a day, I could explain why and advise the Murkle on more appropriate responses."



    Honestly, I would have preferred to work with a screaming Murkle about then. Humans had been decisively immoral in every one of my recent jobs--cruel to fellow humans, and other kinds of life, too. Jaded as I felt, I had to wonder what crime her husband had committed to end up dead.

    • 44 min
    Escape Pod 812: The First Doom (Part 3 of 3)

    Escape Pod 812: The First Doom (Part 3 of 3)

    Author : DaVaun Sanders Narrator : Laurice White Host : Mur Lafferty Audio Producer : Summer Brooks Discuss on Forums This story first appeared in the Dark Universe anthology (November 2015) Contains violence and harsh language The First Doom (Part 3) by DaVaun Sanders The Dubious’s bay doors didn’t budge as the hopper drew close. […]

    • 38 min
    Escape Pod 811: The First Doom (Part 2 of 3)

    Escape Pod 811: The First Doom (Part 2 of 3)

    Author : DaVaun Sanders Narrator : Laurice White Host : Mur Lafferty Audio Producer : Summer Brooks Discuss on Forums This story first appeared in the Dark Universe anthology (November 2015) Warning for violence and gore The First Doom (Part 2) by DaVaun Sanders Kyria awoke with a start. An alarm chimed faintly in the […]

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Escape Pod 810: The First Doom (Part 1 of 3)

    Escape Pod 810: The First Doom (Part 1 of 3)

    Author : DaVaun Sanders Narrator : Laurice White Host : Mur Lafferty Audio Producer : Summer Brooks Discuss on Forums This story first appeared in the Dark Universe anthology (November 2015) Contains violence and harsh language The First Doom (Part 1) by DaVaun Sanders Kyria Grazheen faced down every hollow-eyed stare in the mess hall […]

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Escape Pod 809: Heard, Half-Heard, in the Stillness

    Escape Pod 809: Heard, Half-Heard, in the Stillness

    Heard, Half-Heard, in the Stillness

    By Iona Datt Sharma



    Ekta’s Dadi could tell the future. She didn’t read the tea leaves, or make or lay bets on the cricket. But she booked the photographer the week before the news came of Purnima Didi’s engagement. She told the panditji to get his blood pressure checked before he told anyone he was short of breath. The day before the Human Spaceflight Programme was suspended, she called Ekta in Sriharikota and said she should come home.



    Ekta had been living in the dormitory attached to the ISRO flight training school. It took her twenty minutes to pack her things into two suitcases. On her way out, one of the boys stopped her and said, “Ma’am, your mail.”



    He handed her a heavy package, which Ekta put in her bag without opening. It would be a technical document, now mockingly out of date—a systems report for a rocket that would never leave the ground. “Thank you,” she said, both to him and to everything around her. She took a moment to look as though seeing this place for the first time, taking in the clean white lines of the building, the landscaped campus, the soft blue water lapping the fringes of the barrier island—every small detail of a place she had loved. Mangalyaan, the Mars Orbiter, had left for space from here. Ekta would not.

    • 30 min
    WITCHING HOUR

    WITCHING HOUR

    Authors : Ash Beker, Summer Fletcher and Alasdair Stuart Narrators : Imogen Harris, Marty Perrett, Wilson Fowlie, Peter Adrian Behravesh, Kaitlyn Zivanovich, Mur Lafferty, M. M. Schill, Alex Hofelich, Shawn Garrett, Scott Campbell, Kat Day, Graeme Dunlop and Alasdair Stuart Audio Producers : Marguerite Kenner, Ciaran ‘Zalia’ Roberts, Ryan Boyd and Peter Wood Artist : […]

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
127 Ratings

127 Ratings

Mazzatronicon ,

Excellent podcast

I absolutely love this podcast! So many brilliant stories, very well put together. I highly recommend this to fellow sci-fi fans. Weirdly I have found more enjoyable short-form sci-fi here than I have ever read in print.
Very diverse range of contributors and characters.

Saskia2010 ,

Awesome Stories

I recently found this podcast and have been binge listening this weekend. I listen to a ton of short fiction podcasts and this is fast making its way up my favourites list.

I’ve saved more stories to re-listen to than on any other podcast. That’s high praise indeed!

PS please change the music. It’s the only thing that mars the experience

Phil Whole ,

Great sci-fi stories

Great short Sci-fi , with a brilliant mix of stories and narrators. Been listening for a while and the escape artist team do a great job of pick unusual, interesting and thought provoking stories. Thanks!

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