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 on: Today at 09:34:59 AM 
Started by Bdoomed - Last post by Bdoomed
PseudoPod 581: Love Will Tear Us Apart

by Alaya Dawn Johnson
Narrated by Dominick Rabrun
Hosted by Tonia Thompson

Love Will Tear Us Apart’ was first published in ‘Zombies vs. Unicorns’ in 2010



1. I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor

Think of it like the best macaroni and cheese you’ve ever had. No neon yellow Velveeta and bread crumbs. I’m talking gourmet cheddar, the expensive stuff from Vermont that crackles as it melts into that crust on top. Imagine if right before you were about to tear into it, the mac and cheese starts talking to you? And it’s really cool. It likes Joy Division more than New Order, and owns every Sonic Youth album, and saw you in the audience at the latest Arctic Monkeys concert, though you were too stoned to notice anything but the clearly sub–par cheesy mac you’d brought with you.





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 on: Yesterday at 01:23:16 PM 
Started by divs - Last post by divs
Escape Pod 637: At the Village Vanguard (Ruminations on Blacktopia)


AUTHOR : Maurice Broaddus
NARRATOR : Stephanie Malia Morris
HOST: Mur Lafferty

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“In this, the 25th anniversary of the founding of the lunar colony, First World (colloquially called Blacktopia by its residents), The Indianapolis Recorder, the nation’s oldest-surviving African-American newspaper, continues its series re-visiting key events. Their reporter interviewed (and re-interviewed) many of the principals in order to piece together a picture of the terrorist threat that nearly ended it and the heroic actions of Science Police Officer, Astra Black.
 

Jiminy Crootz (aka J-Croo, Science Police, Senior Investigator. Retired.)

When the alarms sounded for the converter station, I had no doubt she would beat me there. The gate surrounding the solar panel farm had been slit open, like someone wanted to perform a Caesarean but only had a rusted pair of clippers at their disposal. The backdoor of the converter station had been battered in. The air, heavy and re-breathed, like the filters weren’t working at full efficiency. Panels ripped open, wires everywhere. Nanobots probably skittered across the room like roaches in my aunty’s old kitchen. The farm was strictly a backup source of power for the lunar colony, so it wasn’t as heavily guarded as say the nuclear fission power station or the magnetic generators. But there was still a man down and Astra Black stood over his body.
 

Dr. Hensley Morgan (aka Dreamer, ranking Science Council member)

Astra had an elegance about her, like the waltz of a First Lady. When she walked, she stepped with purpose. Long strides, though only the balls of her feet ever seemed to touch the ground. At first glance, nothing about her stuck out as exceptional. Average height and build. Hair drawn back in Afro puffs. But she had this way about her.


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 on: July 20, 2018, 05:47:19 PM 
Started by danooli - Last post by Fenrix
Having recently gone through interviews, and now being in a position where I'm running a number more (and am looking at three more sets before the end of the year) this one struck home nicely.

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 on: July 20, 2018, 01:10:11 PM 
Started by divs - Last post by Telekine
I really liked this story. At the beginning I was really put off by the what sounded like a low quality recording of Ms. Hsieh's narration but after a couple minutes I was so drawn in to the story that I forgot all about that complaint until after the story concluded. Heck, I even stood around in the parking lot at work to finish listening rather than pause for however long it would have taken for me to dig some headphones out of my messenger bag. That's how into it I was.

Did anyone else feel concerned about the way the mother took this decision unilaterally without consulting her daughter, for whose benefit this is?  Not only that, but she's hiding the fact that she did it!  Although she hopes that her daughter will understand, if my mother had taken this decision for me, I would feel absolutely devastated by it, not to mention, incredibly guilty for forcing her into that situation.

As a father, I get it. You don't want to burden your kids with some of the difficult decisions you have to make as an adult and a parent. That exact guilt that you know you would feel, that's what she's protecting her daughter from. It won't stay secret forever; as I recall, the narrator admits that. But by the time it does come out, I think she's hoping that her daughter will be able to see that her life isn't really lessened by the loss of Mandarin and that the sacrifice was totally worth it.

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 on: July 20, 2018, 07:42:10 AM 
Started by divs - Last post by Raj
Did anyone else feel concerned about the way the mother took this decision unilaterally without consulting her daughter, for whose benefit this is?  Not only that, but she's hiding the fact that she did it!  Although she hopes that her daughter will understand, if my mother had taken this decision for me, I would feel absolutely devastated by it, not to mention, incredibly guilty for forcing her into that situation.

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 on: July 19, 2018, 12:01:25 PM 
Started by danooli - Last post by danooli
Cast of Wonders 312: Ten Things Sunil and I Forgot to Prepare for, When Preparing for the Apocalypse

• Author: Shane Halbach
• Narrator: Kyle Akers
• Host: Marguerite Kenner
• Audio Producer: Jeremy Carter
• Cast of Wonders 312: Ten Things Sunil and I Forgot to Prepare for, When Preparing for the Apocalypse was first printed Intergalactic Medicine Show, Issue 51
Click here to listen to Episode 312


Shane Halbach lives with his wife and three kids in a secret lair located deep under Chicago. There, he hones his superpower of being exactly wrong about which direction he needs to turn. His fiction has appeared previously at all four Escape Artists podcasts.

Kyle Akers is a voice actor from Kansas City, Missouri. He has contributed to podcasts like Pseudopod, Chilling Tales for Dark Nights, and NoSleepPodcast. He also produces and performs in his own improv podcast called “The Counselor.” Prior to voice acting, Kyle toured the country as a professional musician, singing and playing bass guitar for the electro-pop band Antennas Up, which enjoyed success through several national television show placements and commercials. Since then, Kyle has dabbled in long-form improv and audio production while performing weekend gigs with Kansas City cover band The Magnetics.

1. We didn’t prepare multiple contingencies

When Sunil and I made our plan, we always thought it would be zombies. I mean, we literally imagined nothing else. It just made sense.

Now that I think about it, there are tons of other ways the world could end: aliens from space, nuclear war, some kind of non-zombie disease, maybe nanobots or something. But even then, I wouldn’t have thought of portals to other worlds. I mean, I literally could not have imagined it.


Tags: Cast of Wonders, growing up, Jeremy Carter, Kyle Akers, Marguerite Kenner, Monsters, Post-Apocalypse, preparation, Shane Halbach, struggle, survival, trust, Young Adult fiction

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 on: July 18, 2018, 09:06:35 AM 
Started by danooli - Last post by Wombat53
I listened to this episode in the car, I had to pull over due to the excess of moisture pooling in my eyes over flowing down my cheeks. The cancer "riddle" is brilliant. I would love to hear or read more of Skuhwiggle.

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 on: July 17, 2018, 10:18:22 PM 
Started by divs - Last post by divs
It was garbled indeed, by chopping up the actual Mandarin dialog and reordering it. Glad you noticed it! Thanks for asking.

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 on: July 17, 2018, 09:32:41 PM 
Started by divs - Last post by brujaja
I signed up specifically so I could comment on this story. It has everything I love in a good story. The science is cutting edge; the people easy to relate to; the world realistically adversarial yet the overall perspective optimistic and playful. I don't generally compare authors because each one is unique unto themselves, but I will say that elements of this story remind me of what I love about early Neil Stephenson. I am so happy to see so many wonderful science fiction writers step up to carry the torch. It's a genre that seems to constantly renew itself; that's why it's nearly all that I read. Thank you for sharing it with me.

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 on: July 17, 2018, 04:26:31 PM 
Started by divs - Last post by bckinney
Love this story (of course) - and I used it as a springboard for some discussion of neuroscience, based on the story's offhand line about "mirror neurons!" Read and be educated, if you so desire.

https://twitter.com/BenCKinney/status/1017583017613824000

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