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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 • 14.4K 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: "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
    "Words We Say Instead" by Brit E. B. Hvide

    "Words We Say Instead" by Brit E. B. Hvide

    A veteran pilot revisits memories, and searches for remnants of her old experimental smartship.

     

    Content advisory: War

    Submissions are now open for the LeVar Burton Reads Writing Contest! Check out www.levarburtonpodcast.com/contest for details.

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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
14.4K Ratings

14.4K Ratings

Nether_wolfe ,

The only thing that gets me through work these days.

I grew up with this Man’s voice ever present in my life so this is a comforting slice of brain tickling fiction. Levar’s performance is always enthusiastic and excellently delivered. The diversity of stories he chooses keep it fresh and the sound quality is great. Easily my favorite podcast.

And since he keeps telling us to drop suggestions, I’d love to hear “Repent, Harlequin, said the tick-tock man” by Harlan Ellison. It’s a great humorous early work from one of my favorite authors.

cloudman1 ,

A happy Day

Yes, this made me cry, and I thank you most sincerely

Get to know Him ,

The uncle we all deserve!!

His voice & infamous catch phrase at the end is like an ode to my childhood! I’ve been reading with Lavar my whole life & this podcast does not disappoint. The stories are great..... layered & cultured with various genres! & Lavar reads with such an element of wonder.... like a whole magical library opens up every time I hear him speak lol but don’t take my word for it.... check it out for yourself!!

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