144 episodes

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 • 14.7K 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...

    Immersive Remix: "The Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex" by Tobias S. Buckell

    Immersive Remix: "The Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex" by Tobias S. Buckell

    Get a sneak peek of our immersive sound! A cab driver spends an ordinary day ferrying passengers around Manhattan -- until an incident involving a wealthy alien tourist imperils his livelihood. Content advisory: alien death.

    • 42 min
    "The Placement Agency" by Tobias Buckell

    "The Placement Agency" by Tobias Buckell

    What's the weirdest temp job you can imagine? One outside time and space...


    This story appears in Tobias Buckell's collection SHOGGOTHS IN TRAFFIC AND OTHER STORIES, published by Fairwood Press.

    Content advisory: some discussion of murder/death

    • 40 min
    "To Jump is to Fall" by Stephen Graham Jones

    "To Jump is to Fall" by Stephen Graham Jones

    A spy narrates his thoughts as he jumps from an airplane and freefalls toward his government target.

    If you enjoyed this story, check out Stephen Graham Jones' novel, MY HEART IS A CHAINSAW, published by Saga Press.

    Content advisory: death

    • 32 min
    "Drones to Ploughshares" by Sarah Gailey

    "Drones to Ploughshares" by Sarah Gailey

    A sentient government surveillance drone is ensnared, and must determine his captor's motives. For more from Sarah Gailey, visit www.sarahgailey.com.

    • 43 min
    "The Usual Santas" by Mick Herron

    "The Usual Santas" by Mick Herron

    A group of mall Santas celebrating Christmas Eve discover that there is a stranger in their midst.



    "The Usual Santas" appears in Mick Herron's collection DOLPHIN JUNCTION, published by Soho Press (US) and John Murray (UK), 2021.

    • 38 min
    "Different People" by Timothy Mudie

    "Different People" by Timothy Mudie

    A man begins a relationship with a woman who has fled from a disintegrating parallel universe.


    For more from the author, check out his website www.timothymudie.com or find him on Twitter @timothy_mudie.



    Content advisory: Discussion of death

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
14.7K Ratings

14.7K Ratings

Leff1980 ,

Fantastically Reminiscent of my childhood.

Sir! You are a treasure. You have been reading stories to me forever. Sending all my love, well wishes, and appreciation your way. PS I love the new technology

Nathaniel Giltner ,

Incredibly enjoyable

This man has been making my life more interesting and enjoyable since I was a little kid watching Reading Rainbow. Wonderful stories, wonderfully read. Thank you for this podcast.

SandraCGiachino ,

I love your podcast, But

Why are you screwing around with electronica? I want to hear YOU bring stories to life, not some technician. Also, I wait all week to hear a new story. If I want to listen again I can go back & repeat a story myself.

What a disappointment.

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