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 802: Sentient Being Blues
Author : Christopher Mark Rose Narrator : Tad Callin Host : Mur Lafferty Audio Producer : Summer Brooks Discuss on Forums “Sentient Being Blues” first appeared in the March/April 2021 issue of Asimov’s Death of a child, also contains some violence and harsh language. Sentient Being Blues by Christopher Rose I got a pickaxe for […]
Escape Pod 801: Hard Mother, Spider Mother, Soft Mother
Hard Mother, Spider Mother, Soft Mother
By Hal Y. Zhang
“Did you see the report on the spy from Aberdeen? The game is a-foot.”
I mumbled something like “No, sounds interesting.” All I remember is my usual annoyance at her ability to pronounce hyphens where they don’t belong. We must have been in the living room, her on a rare break from gardening and me trying to divine the future with my seeing stone of a computer. Either I had non-personal coffee in my hand, or my brain decided to add that detail on a later traverse. Why does it only fixate on the useless details—the weird green vase in the corner, the ugly plastic pitcher centerpiece on the table, both overflowing with fresh bleeding roses—that have nothing to do with the plot?
Our next interaction occurred during my viewing of a video reporting the formation of a new island in the Pacific. How uncannily the uncontrollable underwater caustic flow matched my job search situation, I thought idly in the crook of my elbow. Expert in esoteric studies, puzzles, and internal monologues seeking just about any position, really. Inquire within.
“All going as planned,” she mumbled behind me.
Escape Pod 800: Give Me Cornbread or Give Me Death
Give Me Cornbread or Give Me Death
By N.K. Jemisin
The intel is good. It had better be; three women died to get it to us. I tuck away the binoculars and crawl back from the window long enough to hand-signal my girls. Fire team moves up, drop team on my mark, support to hold position and watch our flank. The enemy might have nothing but mercs for security, but their bullets punch holes same as real soldiers’, and some of ’em are hungry enough to be competent. We’re hungrier, though.
Shauntay’s got the glass cutter ready. I’m carrying the real payload, slung across my torso and back in a big canteen. We should have two or three of these, since redundancy increases our success projections, but I won’t let anyone else take the risk. The other ladies have barrels cracked and ready to drop. The operation should be simple and quick—get in, drop it like it’s hot, get out.
This goes wrong, it’s on me.
It won’t go wrong.
Escape Pod 799: No Strangers Any More (Part 2)
Author : Ian Creasey Narrator : Pippa Alice Stephens Host : Mur Lafferty Audio Producer : Summer Brooks Discuss on Forums “No Strangers Any More” originally appeared in Analog (July/August 2016) No Strangers Any More (Part 2 of 2) by Ian Creasey Royal Roundup — “ROSE’S NEW BOYFRIEND? Just days after the end of her […]
Escape Pod 798: No Strangers Any More (Part 1)
Author : Ian Creasey Narrator : Pippa Alice Stephens Host : Mur Lafferty Audio Producer : Summer Brooks Discuss on Forums “No Strangers Any More” originally appeared in Analog (July/August 2016) No Strangers Any More (Part 1 of 2) by Ian Creasey One of a princess’s many duties is to make polite conversation and avoid […]
Escape Pod 797: Flashback-Flash from the Vault
Wetting the Bed (Excerpt)
By Heather Shaw
When the floods came, all us kids climbed into bed and pulled the covers up over our heads while our parents rushed about trying to do something to stop it. As the water level rose we could feel the beds lift off the floor, floating through our houses, bumping down our hallways and out our front doors.
We sat up in bed waved to one another as our beds merged onto the canal that now flowed between our houses. We shrieked and giggled as our beds spun and bumped along with the swirling water. Waves lapped at our boxsprings, but our covers were still warm and dry.
A variety of science fiction material well written with solid narration and audio quality. Flashback episodes with editor comments provide some interesting insight into stories that have stood out from the crowd.
Great stories, so-so quality
The stories are reliably thought-provoking and engaging but the audio quality is all over the place. Sometimes great and others so bad that I have skipped stories that I know I would have loved otherwise. This is a five-star podcast with two-star audio. I rounded up and hope they find a way to fix the audio soon.
Podcast I’ve listened to faithfully for 7 years
Fabulous. You must subscribe. I’m hard of hearing so I enable Bluetooth and crank It up. So worth it.
Just found You tube Dust. 15 minute films from many countries. Of 20 so far only 2 have not been captioned. Check it out. Same caliber.