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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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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...

    "Little Man" by Michael Cunningham

    "Little Man" by Michael Cunningham

    A 200-year-old gnome desperately wants to become a father.

     

    "Little Man" is from A WILD SWAN AND OTHER TALES by Michael Cunningham, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu.
    Text copyright © 2015 by Mare Vaporum Corp. Used by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
    Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, © 2015 by Mare Vaporum Corp

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    • 51 min
    "The Story We Used to Tell" by Shirley Jackson

    "The Story We Used to Tell" by Shirley Jackson

    A recently widowed woman vanishes overnight.


    Content advisory: violence, death

    “The Story We Used to Tell” is from DARK TALES by Shirley Jackson, published by Penguin Classics, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

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    • 33 min
    "A Good Friday" by Barbara Jenkins

    "A Good Friday" by Barbara Jenkins

    A chance encounter in a bar leads to an eventful Good Friday for a devout woman and a playboy.

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    • 44 min
    "Low Energy Economy" by Adrian Tchaikovsky

    "Low Energy Economy" by Adrian Tchaikovsky

    An asteroid miner on a solo space mission finds his sense of purpose.

     

    This story appears in the anthology CONSOLATION SONGS.

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    • 37 min
    "Wherein Abigail Fields Recalls Her First Death and, Subsequently, Her Best Life" by Rebecca Roanhorse

    "Wherein Abigail Fields Recalls Her First Death and, Subsequently, Her Best Life" by Rebecca Roanhorse

    A young Black girl in 1880s New Mexico territory seeks vengeance, risking life and love in the process.

     

    Content Advisory: violence, death

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    • 45 min
    "Dune Song" by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

    "Dune Song" by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

    A young girl must negotiate her own path out of a strict community in a post-disaster desertland. Visit www.suyidavies.com for more information on Suyi's work, including his novel DAVID MOGO, GODHUNTER.

     

    Content Advisory: physical violence

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    • 49 min

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