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 on: Yesterday at 01:30:05 AM 
Started by eytanz - Last post by CryptoMe
Okay, I did enjoy this story (badass human protagonist, need we say more), but I did feel that this had a bit of a heavy-handed vegetarian proselytizing component. BTW, I don't think you need to believe that your food animal doesn't feel pain just to be able to eat it. I do think you need to kill the animal in the most painless (humane?) way possible, which implies that you do, in fact, know it feels pain.

 on: November 20, 2017, 05:54:17 PM 
Started by Ocicat - Last post by TexasRed
Woot! Here to check out some stories.  Grin

 on: November 20, 2017, 12:21:44 PM 
Started by eytanz - Last post by Jethro's belt
Multiple stories and mysteries here, glad I stayed past the early confusion and to be fair there was a steady stream of reveals. Ghost pack in the sky it was good.

 on: November 20, 2017, 09:32:10 AM 
Started by Bdoomed - Last post by Michael W. Cho
Excellent details and a nice, leisurely pace. Narration was awesome.

 on: November 20, 2017, 07:41:09 AM 
Started by SpareInch - Last post by SpareInch
November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance. Events are taking place all over the world to remember those killed in acts of transphobic hatred. Please take a moment to remember this years victims. Cry

 on: November 20, 2017, 12:08:28 AM 
Started by eytanz - Last post by acpracht

Ibba, I COMPLETELY AGREE. Tech isn't inherently evil. Personally I see this as Teeny optimizing the overall problem of achieving peace with his own resources, which is a different optimization problem than the General was dealing with. I believe a pure logic calculation would lead to using Teeny's resources more, which means not blowing up. Middlemen suffering is an inefficient route to peace if you want to get to nobody suffering.


Thanks for responding about the unreliable narrator. Always interesting to hear what the author was intending. Smiley

I am reminded of a story by Asimov in "I, Robot" about optimization of a robot in achieving a task, and the unlikely routes to get there. it's the one where the the robots delivering energy to earth get some weird religious ideas about their work, and the humans are freaked out that they're going to accidentally kill people as a result. Turns out, the quasi-religious ideas, while incorrect, still were functionally effective in reaching the ultimate goal...


 on: November 20, 2017, 12:03:19 AM 
Started by eytanz - Last post by acpracht
The idea and thesis of this one reminded me very much of Connie Willis's "Bellwether." I wonder which one came first...

 on: November 19, 2017, 06:37:21 PM 
Started by danooli - Last post by laurasbadideas
This was a terrific story, and I especially loved that in the end,
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 on: November 19, 2017, 04:18:20 PM 
Started by Bdoomed - Last post by Bdoomed
PseudoPod 569: The Black Stone

by Robert E. Howard
Narrated by Andrew Leman

The Black Stone was first published in WEIRD TALES, November, 1931. It appears here by permission.

Andrew is one of the founders and proprietors of the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society, and has produced and appeared in films, radio dramas, games, music and audiobook projects based on or inspired by Lovecraft’s work, most notably the motion picture of “The Call of Cthulhu” and the Dark Adventure Radio Theatre series.

An audiobook of the Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft has been released and is available through the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society website. If you’ve listened to any of Andrew’s narrations over on the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast, you owe it to yourself to grab this collection. The newest episode of the Dark Adventure Radio Theatre — “The Rats in the Walls” — should be released by Thanksgiving in time for some wholesome family dining experiences.

Also, check out the Cromcast, which is working through Howard’s impressive catalog of fiction.

“They say foul things of Old Times still lurk In dark forgotten corners of the world. And Gates still gape to loose, on certain nights. Shapes pent in Hell.” –Justin Geoffrey

I read of it first in the strange book of Von Junzt, the German eccentric who lived so curiously and died in such grisly and mysterious fashion. It was my fortune to have access to his Nameless Cults in the original edition, the so-called Black Book, published in Dusseldorf in 1839, shortly before a hounding doom overtook the author. Collectors of rare literature were familiar with Nameless Cults mainly through the cheap and faulty translation which was pirated in London by Bridewall in 1845, and the carefully expurgated edition put out by the Golden Goblin Press of New York, 1909. But the volume I stumbled upon was one of the unexpurgated German copies, with heavy black leather covers and rusty iron hasps. I doubt if there are more than half a dozen such volumes in the entire world today, for the quantity issued was not great, and when the manner of the author’s demise was bruited about, many possessors of the book burned their volumes in panic.

Listen to this week's PseudoPod.

 on: November 19, 2017, 09:23:10 AM 
Started by danooli - Last post by danooli
Cateye Gleaming in the Dark

Author: David M. Hoenig
Narrator: B.J. Harrison
Host: Marguerite Kenner
Audio Producer: Jeremy Carter

Originally published in the X2 anthology by Thirteen O’Clock Press
The full text is published on the new Cast of Wonders website! Check it out!
Click here to listen to Episode 280

David M. Hoenig is a practicing physician for whom writing is his ‘second career’. He’s won 2 short fiction contests (Dark Chapter Press, Espec books) and placed 3rd in another (Morning Rain Publishing). He’s had multiple stories published/accepted to different anthologies with Horrified Press, Zoetic Press/NonBinary Review, Drunk Monkeys Literary, Dark Chapter Press, and Nebula Rift Magazine.

B.J. Harrison is the award-winning host of The Classic Tales podcast, and has narrated hundreds of audiobooks. His work has received thousands of five star ratings and reviews, and has been recommended by The Wall Street Journal. His most notable works have been The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas, Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, and Nicholas Nickleby, by Charles Dickens. His website is formulated to work like an audiobook club, where he gives supporting listeners monthly coupons and access to special content.


James Riordan thinks that eighty four is a pretty fine number. It’s round, for one thing. It’s made up of what should be a lucky seven of dozens, for another. And he’s had time to get used to it, since it doesn’t look like he’s going to get around to eighty five.

Tags: BJ Harrison, Cast of Wonders, cateye, David M. Hoenig, grief, growth, Jeremy Carter, loss, luck, marbles, passing on, protection, recovery, war, Young Adult fiction

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