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...
"The Golden Hour" by Jeffrey Ford
A time traveler is stranded in a small town. This story appears in SOMEONE IN TIME: TALES OF TIME-CROSSED ROMANCE, published by Solaris. Find more from Jeffrey Ford at well-builtcity.com.
Content advisory: suicide
"The Lady of the Yellow-Painted Library" by Tobi Ogundiran
A hapless salesman flees the librarian hell-bent on retrieving her lost library book. This story appears in Africa Risen: A New Era of Speculative Fiction, published by Tordotcom in hardcover and e-book, and by Recorded Books in audiobook format. For more from the author, visit tobiogundiran.com.
Content advisory: Explicit language, gore
"Wok Hei St" by Guan Un
A story of a stolen wok, magic, and manipulation. This story was originally published in Strange Horizons. You can find more of the author's work at guanun.com.
Immersive Remix: "The Foster Portfolio" by Kurt Vonnegut
A financial advisor meets his new client: a hardworking, unassuming man with a curious and potentially life-changing secret.
Immersive Remix: "Silver Door Diner" by Bishop Garrison
A waitress is jolted from her morning routine when she's visited by a mysterious child.
Immersive Remix: "The Simplest Equation" by Nicky Drayden
A struggling college student gains new perspective on her studies from her classmate, who's come to study from another planet. Find more of the author's work at www.nickydrayden.com.
I adore LeVar and I’ve had this podcast on my list for ages, but it unfortunately got lost in the dozens of others I subscribe to. A friend recently reminded me of it, so I dove in and I’m *so* glad I did. Not only is LeVar a stellar storyteller (of course!), the production is beautiful. I wasn’t expecting the soft touches of music and effects that subtly add to the experience. Just beautifully done! LeVar’s insights on the stories are also sincere and thought-provoking. I’ve felt so touched and energized and inspired while listening. I hope this podcast never ends! Thank you, LeVar, for continuing to enrich me, just as you did when I was a child.
As for a suggestion: anything by Gerald L. Coleman!
Soothing voice distracted…
…by new, pumped up production so not needed.
Your satin voice alone carries any story. I loved earlier podcasts before the pump. Keep it *real like you did before
Thanks for all the stories you have read they make me think they make me laugh and they make me cry. Can’t wait for the next story.