120 episodes

The best short fiction, handpicked by the best voice in podcasting. In every episode, host LeVar Burton (Roots, Reading Rainbow, Star Trek) invites you to take a break from your daily life, and dive into a great story. LeVar’s narration blends with gorgeous soundscapes to bring stories by Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury and more to life. So, if you’re ready, let’s take a deep breath...

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    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

The best short fiction, handpicked by the best voice in podcasting. In every episode, host LeVar Burton (Roots, Reading Rainbow, Star Trek) invites you to take a break from your daily life, and dive into a great story. LeVar’s narration blends with gorgeous soundscapes to bring stories by Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury and more to life. So, if you’re ready, let’s take a deep breath...

    "St. Valentine, St. Abigail, St. Brigid" by C.L. Polk

    "St. Valentine, St. Abigail, St. Brigid" by C.L. Polk

    Theresa Anne has spent years watching her mother tell fortunes and work magical spells. But when she asks to protect the girl she loves, she learns the true cost and sacrifice involved in magical requests.

     

    Find more from the author at www.clpolk.com.

     

    Content advisory: Violence

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    • 53 min
    "Vaccine Season" by Hannu Rajaniemi

    "Vaccine Season" by Hannu Rajaniemi

    In a post-pandemic future where scientists have made great strides in eliminating disease, a young boy faces his fears and ventures out to his grandfather's island to give him an important vaccine.

     

    This story appears in the anthology Make Shift: Dispatches from the Post-Pandemic Future, edited by Gideon Lichfield and available for pre-order from The MIT Press.
    Content advisory: Discussion of pandemics, near-drowning

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    • 54 min
    "Getaway" by Nicole Kornher-Stace

    "Getaway" by Nicole Kornher-Stace

    A getaway driver and her crew are hired to steal a mysterious artifact, and inadvertently get locked into a time loop. Find more from Nicole Kornher-Stace at www.nicolekornherstace.com or on Twitter @wirewalking.


    Content advisory: Gun violence, gore, death

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    • 49 min
    "Salt" by Rosemary Melchior

    "Salt" by Rosemary Melchior

    A teenage girl is exiled to a penal colony on an icy, inhospitable island. 

    But the island contains secrets, and so does the girl. 

     

    Content Advisory: Death

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    • 34 min
    "An Equal Share of the Bone" by Karen Osborne

    "An Equal Share of the Bone" by Karen Osborne

    Hoping to make their fortune (or at least climb out of debt), a trio of space traders travel on a dangerous hunt for a space whale.

     

    "An Equal Share of the Bone" was originally published at Escape Pod. Find more of Karen Osborne's work at www.karenosborne.com.

     

    Content Advisory: Animal death

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    • 38 min
    "Killer of Kings" by Anjali Sachdeva

    "Killer of Kings" by Anjali Sachdeva

    Guided by an angel, a writer pens his greatest -- and perhaps most dangerous -- work.

     

    "Killer of Kings" appears in Anjali Sachdeva's collection ALL THE NAMES THEY USED FOR GOD.

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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

paul hayes ,

Tops

Thank whatever sky creature does it for you for Levar Burton reads.

Corkiekiddo ,

I tell all my friends to listen

Wish I could write a fan letter to Levar Burton with gratitude for these wonderful stories read so well. Each one a gift. Love the bits of background staging and music. Enhances but doesn’t interfere with the story. Take a deep breathe and be prepared to be swept into the story. Thank you Levar Burton.

Bookreader74 ,

Take a deep breath...

Love these podcasts, I love hearing a different story each week from some wonderful writers chosen by Levar Burton who has the most melodic voice and when he reads you feel like you are part of the story.

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