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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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    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 14.5K Ratings

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...

    Revisited (Halloween Edition!): "Singing on a Star" by Ellen Klages

    Revisited (Halloween Edition!): "Singing on a Star" by Ellen Klages

    A kindergartner travels through a portal to a fantastic and eerie new world. This story appears in Ellen's collection WICKED WONDERS. Find more of Ellen's writing for adults and middle grade readers at ellenklages.com.
    Content advisory: disappearance of a child

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    • 48 min
    Revisited: "Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience TM" by Rebecca Roanhorse

    Revisited: "Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience TM" by Rebecca Roanhorse

    A tour guide leads virtual reality “experiences” for tourists who want to know what it’s like to be Native American. Think Black Mirror meets Westworld. For more great writing by Rebecca, check out her acclaimed debut novel TRAIL OF LIGHTNING, as well as BLACK SUN, the first installment of her 'Between Earth and Sky' series. You can preorder the next book, FEVERED STAR, right now. Check out rebeccaroanhorse.com for updates on her novels, comics, and television writing.

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    • 55 min
    Revisited: "The Paper Menagerie" by Ken Liu

    Revisited: "The Paper Menagerie" by Ken Liu

    An immigrant mother tries to bond with her American-born son by creating a magical paper menagerie. This story appears in Ken Liu's collection THE PAPER MENAGERIE AND OTHER STORIES, available now from Saga Press.

     

    Ken Liu's forthcoming novel, THE VEILED THRONE, is due out December 7th and is available for preorder now.

    Content advisory: Hospitals, death of a parent

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    • 49 min
    "On the Lonely Shore" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

    "On the Lonely Shore" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

    A young woman is hired to look after an ailing man who's been ostracized by his family and sent to live in an old house by the sea.

    Find more from Silvia Moreno-Garcia at silviamoreno-garcia.com.

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    • 39 min
    "Tía Abuela's Face, Ten Ways" by Lisa M. Bradley

    "Tía Abuela's Face, Ten Ways" by Lisa M. Bradley

    An anthropologist copes with the passing of her beloved tía abuela, experimenting with her own method of honoring her. This story was first published in SPECULATIVE FICTION FOR DREAMERS.

     

    Content advisory: Death, surgery

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    • 34 min
    "Shock of Birth" by Cadwell Turnbull

    "Shock of Birth" by Cadwell Turnbull

    A man questions his current existence -- and the life he remembers from before. Originally published in Asimov's Science Fiction, and reprinted in Lightspeed.

    Content advisory: mention of mental illness

    Only a few more days to enter the LeVar Burton Reads Writing Contest! Check out www.levarburtonpodcast.com/contest for details.

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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
14.5K Ratings

14.5K Ratings

LadyAramis ,

Brilliant Podcast

I happened to come across this podcast recently, and I am so very grateful I did. I am home on maternity leave, and I’m glad I have found something to keep my mind engaged while tending a newborn and house that isn’t mindless television or phone scrolling. The stories are through provoking and well written, Levar’s reading of the stories is engaging and the music is a perfect accompaniment to really get you immersed in the tale. In fact, this podcast has reignited my creativity and has inspired me to start writing again very soon (I have some ideas buzzing around). I also have gotten my husband hooked and he listens before bed every night. A short story I’d love to hear you read is “Here Be Dragons” by Laurell K Hamilton. Thank you for this brilliant podcast and I can’t wait for the next season.

avmberna ,

Can’t get enough

Even though I basically fall asleep mid story, I find myself waking up and immediately reach for the phone to find out the end of the story!

I can’t wait for a news season!

Thank you LeVar Burton

Pinelover ,

Stories that give me something to hold on to

The excellent selection of stories, and the expert and thoughtful way LeVar Burton reads them, have stuck with me for days, months, and years. I’m exposed to wonderful writers, and “The Paper Menagerie” and “Mono No Aware” are two stories that I return to, as they have shifted me and changed me in meaningful ways. This podcast may have saved my life, and it has most definitely changed it over and over again. To honor the host’s request, I would love to hear a story by A. S. Byatt, Karen Russell, or another one by Carmen Maria Machado. Thank you so very much.

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