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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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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 719: A Hench Helps Her Villain, No Matter What

    Escape Pod 719: A Hench Helps Her Villain, No Matter What

    Author : Izzy Wasserstein Narrator : Sandra Espinoza Host : Tina Connolly Audio Producer : Adam Pracht Discuss on Forums Escape Pod 719: A Hench Helps Her Villain, No Matter What is an Escape Pod original. A Hench Helps Her Villain, No Matter What By Izzy Wasserstein The Lair’s intercom buzzes. “Hench, report to the […]

    • 28 min
    Escape Pod 718: How the Emperor of All Space and Every World Awoke to the True Nature of Reality and Why it Didn’t Matter

    Escape Pod 718: How the Emperor of All Space and Every World Awoke to the True Nature of Reality and Why it Didn’t Matter

    How the Emperor of All Space and Every World Awoke to the True Nature of Reality and Why it Didn't Matter

    by P. H. Lee



    The Emperor was bored. This was a problem. His Imperial Majesty, King of every Spiral Arm, Prince-Protector of Coreward Republics, Thearch of Bohm and its dependencies, Grand Duke of the Exterior Habitats, Elector of Both Magellanic Clouds, Guardian of All One Hundred Holy Relics and Defender of the Faith, the Emperor of All Space and Every World could not be bored. When he was not administering his empire—a task that consumed more than half the day—he was supposed to be entertained by his court—replete with jesters (from Mullwyd, the Jester Planet), dancers from Akyll and Boas (the best among the seven Dancer Planets), and singers from the Ibelia Habitat (known of course for its singers)—or comforted by his harem—staffed entirely by beautiful concubines from Isa (the Pleasure Planet) and eromenos from R' (the other Pleasure Planet.) The Emperor, by convention and necessity and custom and law, could want for nothing.

    • 30 min
    Escape Pod 717: Listening

    Escape Pod 717: Listening

    Author : Bob DeRosa Narrator : Abra Staffin-Wiebe Host : S.B. Divya Audio Producer : Adam Pracht Discuss on Forums Escape Pod 717: Listening is an Escape Pod original. Listening By Bob DeRosa At exactly nine in the morning, Karen tapped the green box on her tablet screen and said, “Hello, my name is Karen. […]

    • 34 min
    Escape Pod 716: Physics by the Numbers

    Escape Pod 716: Physics by the Numbers

    Physics by the Numbers

    by Stephen Granade



    Peifan had come and gone before Nevaeh reached the lab office the next morning. Nevaeh had hoped to say goodbye, but she supposed that if an algorithm had guillotined her graduate school career like a French royalist's head, she'd have snuck away, too. Peifan had raked his class notes into a trash can that had overflowed and spilled his discarded plastic binders across the floor. He'd also left his poster of bar magnets on the wall, iron filings tracing arcs of magnetism that connected them.



    She tossed her phone in her desk drawer and dug around for a Phillips screwdriver. Peifan's computer had the best graphics card. She meant to claim it for her simulations before her labmate Mason arrived and joined in rifling through Peifan's discards.



    "Both of you are safe." Dr. Scott gestured at Nevaeh and Mason with his food truck taco, nearly spilling fish onto the sidewalk. "My revised funding still supports two graduate students."



    The US federal science agencies had updated their algorithm that decided how productive universities were. For the second year in a row, they'd cut funding to Nevaeh's school based on its results.



    "It'll slow down finishing our paper," Mason said around a mouth full of quesadilla. Cheese dribbled down his chin.



    "Peifan was the best at tuning the laser," Nevaeh added. She dug her own taco out of an overfull box. Dr. Scott had bought dinner, so she hadn't scrimped on her order.



    Dr. Scott nodded. "We'll make do. But we need results. Don't forget, we think the funding agencies rank us based on submissions, not just publications."



    As if Nevaeh could ever let herself forget.

    • 32 min
    Escape Pod 715: A Box, a Pocket, a Spaceman

    Escape Pod 715: A Box, a Pocket, a Spaceman

    A Box, a Pocket, a Spaceman

    by E. Catherine Tobler



    The spaceman shows up on a hot summer afternoon, not in the dead of night when you're crouched in the garden peering through a telescope that shows you the endless glories and wonders of the night sky. There's no spaceship making a bright arc against a star-spangled sky. Just a man in a spacesuit, standing at the edge of your hammock. His presence reminds you school is over and relatives will be coming soon and you don't want to see them. They will ask you who can't see beyond the edge of your hammock about grades and ambitions and Plans For the Future. Aunt Fran is dead and there's just no fixing it, but funerals help us move on, Mom says so, and Mom Knows Best. You don't want to go, because going means it happened and going means something is over.

    • 26 min
    Escape Pod 714: Marley and Marley

    Escape Pod 714: Marley and Marley

    Marley and Marley

    by J. R. Dawson



    I never wanted to turn out like her.



    When I met her, I was twelve. There was no one else to take care of me. Before she showed up, she was preceded by this man in a pinstriped suit. A harbinger. He sat me down in his sterile office and he said, “Time Law is not a joking matter.” He told me all the horrible things that would happen if I broke any Time Laws. Worlds would collapse. I would turn inside out. Important people would die and important things wouldn’t happen. And that’s when I first felt that clutching sensation in my chest. Like he had his fingers inside my rib cage and he was squeezing my lungs. Do not fuck this up.



    “So are you the one I’m going with?” I asked. Because I was a newly coined orphan and I needed someone.



    The pinstriped-suit man shook his head. “No,” he said. “The system is hard on children so we’ve come up with a better option. But you can’t go live with her. She must come to you.”



    Because she lived in the future.

    • 49 min

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