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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 936: Old People’s Folly (Part 2 of 2)

    Escape Pod 936: Old People’s Folly (Part 2 of 2)

    By Nora Schinnerl



    (...Continued from Part 1)



    Kite was still curled into a bundle of blankets in front of the stove when Setti woke. The old woman sniffed, torn between surprise and annoyance. She'd have figured him for a quitter, sneaking out before dawn to escape the work. That's what she'd have done when she was his age. Not like Setti was in any shape to chase after him. But he'd stayed and now she was stuck with him, just like she was stuck with her ghost. There was a thought to cheer her up in the morning.



    “Ey, boy.”



    The bundle of blankets stirred, then Kite woke with a start. The bruise on his face looked worse in the harsh morning light, his cheek all swollen and purple. From the way he winced, it wasn't the only one either. Setti dropped a bowl of oats on the table for him.



    “About time you start working for your food.”

    • 32 min
    Escape Pod 935: Old People’s Folly (Part 1 of 2)

    Escape Pod 935: Old People’s Folly (Part 1 of 2)

    Old People's Folly (Part 1 of 2)

    By Nora Schinnerl



    Setti knew the woman for a ghost the moment she appeared. It was the pink hair that gave her away, short and spiky. Real people didn't have hair like that. Also, you couldn't see the scratchmarks on Setti's kitchen table through real people's torsos.



    “The hell?” was the first thing the ghost said. Setti's grandfather had tried to tell her ghost stories when she was a kid, a long time ago, but he'd had a habit of smoking and drinking too, so none of the stories had ever made any sense and Setti didn't like unannounced visitors.



    “Get out of my house,” Setti demanded.



    “Um,” the ghost answered, staring at Setti with her eyes rimmed in thick black mascara, then held holding up a placating hand. “Okay. Just let me find—”



    The ghost blinked out of existence.

    • 30 min
    Escape Pod 934: The Alien in My Bathtub

    Escape Pod 934: The Alien in My Bathtub

    Author : Tony Dunnell Narrator : Bryce Dahle Host : Alasdair Stuart Audio Producer : Summer Brooks Escape Pod 934: The Alien in My Bathtub is an Escape Pod original. If you aren’t familiar with Locus Magazine, they’re a respected website, magazine, award, archive, and resource for SF, fantasy, and horror. They put on the […]

    • 44 min
    Escape Pod 933: Summitting the Moon

    Escape Pod 933: Summitting the Moon

    Summitting the Moon

    By Pragathi Bala



    T-7 days



    The moon Landed, the Rut appeared, home equity plummeted, jobs disappeared, and Ghis liked riding the moon. It was the last item on this tragic list that her wife couldn’t accept. It was the leaf that broke the whale’s back or something similar.



    “It’s the last time, Max,” Ghis said. “I promise.”



    Max rolled her eyes and blew cigarette smoke out the window. The pungent vapor followed the wind back into the house a second later. On another night years ago, Max had stood at that window on a full moon night with the light caressing her profile as she looked out at the landscape with a hopeful expression. But there were no more moonlit nights, and Max was no longer the hopeful woman Ghis once knew.



    “I’m not lying this time,” Ghis said.

    • 37 min
    Escape Pod 932: The Walking Mirror of the Soul

    Escape Pod 932: The Walking Mirror of the Soul

    Author : Renan Bernardo Narrator : Julia Rios Host : Valerie Valdes Audio Producer : Summer Brooks This story was originally published at Apex Magazine #134 in December 2022. The Walking Mirror of the Soul by Renan Bernardo My desire was written all over Halcyon’s torso, a shimmering tattoo composed of my thoughts and the […]

    • 44 min
    Escape Pod 931: The Rhythms of the World

    Escape Pod 931: The Rhythms of the World

    The Rhythms of the World

    By Johnny Caputo



    As always, we’re starving to death.



    From our place inside the leather pouch tied to Aamsaa’s belt, our two remaining stalks ache with hunger, barely able to hold our withered green-spotted spore caps upright. We reach down with what’s left of our network of hyphal tendrils, hoping to lap up any remaining contaminants from the patch of poisoned soil Aamsaa found last week, but there’s nothing left. No scraps of heavy metals or drops of industrial toxins. We’ve consumed it all. And if Aamsaa doesn’t find more food for us soon, we’re as good as dead.



    What can we say? Toxic pollution isn’t as easy to come by as it once was.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

Mixtape Stories ,

Great variety of quality stories

Escape Pod is one of those go-to podcasts that provides a wide variety of quality stories from various authors. I also enjoy the short commentary at the end of a story’s impact and relevance to our world.

eldrithcpossumcat ,

Local woman really loves this podcast

Man, nice little tasty nugget sized sci-fi is so tremendous!

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Wonderful

Episodes contain thoughtful stories, with unique characters and delightfully unusual scenarios, that are narrated by clear and engaging voice actors. The team involved in curating the stories, narrators, hosts, and quotes of the day really put together a beautiful experience. Thank you!

Edit: I read some previous reviews that complain about the “LGBTQ agenda” or whatever…as an LGBTQ agenda enthusiast, I really deeply enjoy and appreciate the diverse characters on the stories selected for this podcast. Thank you, again!

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