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 on: November 11, 2018, 08:48:09 PM 
Started by Bdoomed - Last post by Scuba Man
Yep. I still love this episode.  Grin

 on: November 10, 2018, 02:22:34 PM 
Started by Ocicat - Last post by Moritz
I really liked the language in this one, even though some metaphors/comparisons* were a bit cliche.

* I mean stuff like "his eyes were like to glowing embers", which is not from this story, but an example of what kind of term I mean. Sorry, I learned my creative writing terms in a language other than English.

 on: November 10, 2018, 01:44:37 PM 
Started by divs - Last post by divs
Escape Pod 652: And Then There Were (N-One), (Part 1)

AUTHOR : Sarah Pinsker
NARRATOR : Mur Lafferty
HOST: S.B. Divya

Escape Pod 653: And Then There Were (N-One), (Part 2)

AUTHOR : Sarah Pinsker
NARRATOR : Mur Lafferty
HOST: Tina Connolly

I considered declining the invitation. It was too weird, too expensive, too far, too dangerous, too weird. Way too weird. An invitation like that would never come again. I’d regret it if I
didn’t go. It lay on our kitchen table for three weeks while I argued out the pros and cons with Mabel. She listened, made suggestions; I countered her, then argued her part, then made both arguments, then reversed them again.

“How do I know it’s not a hoax?” I asked, studying the list of backing organizations for the twentieth time. “The website looks legit, but how could it not be a hoax?”

“Look at it this way,” Mabel said. “Either you’ll be part of a ground-breaking event in human history, or a groundbreaking psych experiment. Someone benefits either way. And you’ve never
been to eastern Canada, so at least you get to see someplace new even if you just end up standing in a field somewhere looking silly.”

She always had a way of making an adventure out of things that would otherwise stress me out. Four months later, I flew to Nova Scotia, took a bus to a seaside town too small for a dot on a
map, boarded a ferry to Secord Island, and stepped through the waiting portal into an alternate-reality resort hotel lobby swarming with Sarah Pinskers. At least two hundred of us by my estimation, with more straggling in.

Listen to Part 1!

Listen to Part 2!

 on: November 10, 2018, 07:36:45 AM 
Started by astrokath - Last post by astrokath
The final will open for voting on Sunday morning UK time.

 on: November 08, 2018, 04:07:51 AM 
Started by Ocicat - Last post by Ocicat
PodCastle 547: Every House, a Home

Rated PG-13 for the weird ways of houses.

Originally published in the Utter Fabrication anthology by Mad Scientist Journal.

Listen to this week’s PodCastle!

 on: November 06, 2018, 07:07:43 PM 
Started by divs - Last post by Kittenpox
I love dal. I love cooking. I did not love this story. I guess it just didn't work for me. I need more exposition to figure out what is going on. Too little here. I got that there was some kind of generational migration ship, but that's about it....
Whereas I've never had dal, have no idea what it is, and once managed to burn hardboiled eggs. (I am not proud of this.)

I liked the way the recipe changed, to adjust for measuring tools and available ingredients. The bit about written messages from ancestors reminded me a little of EP640 'Paradise Regained'. I think knowing the exact details of what happened in the background of the story isn't entirely necessary - though I'll admit I was curious about the mechanics of the gravity disaster. (As is often the case nowadays, I listen while driving - which is good because I get to hear a story on the way to work, but less-than-ideal in that paying attention to the road takes precedence to listening intently.) In any case, I would love to see more stories in this setting.

In short - I adored the flavour of this story, and knowing the specific ingredients used to make it is not a pre-requisite for enjoying the thing.  Grin

 on: November 06, 2018, 06:55:13 PM 
Started by divs - Last post by Kittenpox
Do you think the switch from saving the earth to leaving it had to do with her wanting to get away from him? Maybe even unconsciously?
Can't speak for anyone else, but that was definitely my take on it - especially with the beginning contrast of "A man loses a woman" vs "A woman discards a man". Imagine being her in the situation. Your boyfriend comes around and is sweet & the perfect gentleman for a couple of hours, before switching back to his boorish young self (possibly with no recollection of what he'd said previously) the very next time you talk to him. No wonder she wanted to be as far from him as possible!
Listening to this one while driving, I'm sure I missed details; but my interpretation of the vision where the earth is a wasteland is the timeline where he goes back enough times so that he 'succeeds'. He gets what he desires (her), but in doing so she never gets the time apart to research saving the world OR leaving it. Ultimately, a man's selfishness dooms everyone.

I'm a sucker for time-travel stories. This time around was no different. Cheesy

 on: November 06, 2018, 05:57:00 PM 
Started by divs - Last post by Kittenpox
I thoroughly enjoyed this. Sure, the story is a bit of lighthearted wish-fulfillment - especially in part2 - but I think sometimes we need a chance of some brightness and hope; even while we know there's no shoe company ready to save us.

Having said this, I do not live in America - so the harsh realities of the real-life situation don't threaten me so closely as it does for many other readers. I can understand why people might have found this unpleasant to listen to.
I'd like to see this one in a Flashback Friday, maybe another 5-10 years from now.

 on: November 06, 2018, 05:32:26 PM 
Started by SFEley - Last post by Kittenpox
I didn't get to listen to this one when it first rolled around (not sure I'd heard of EP at the time), so I've only listened to this one as Flashback Friday EP651.
This story, well... There's a few different things I feel about this one, and I'm not sure how to coalesce them into a quick paragraph. (Thankfully, that's not necessary because forums and all. But I apologise in advance if I ramble.)

First up - I really enjoyed the story overall.
I'm a sucker for Alternate Universe fiction - Escape Pod 553 'Water Finds Its Level' was a joy to behold. I love seeing stories about what could have been, and what happens when things change - I suppose that's also why I love time travel stories too. I guess in many of us there's the desire to see what could have been.
- I wish I could see her version of Star Wars prequels, with the reveal of Darth JarJar, rather than the filmmakers succumbing to fan outrage and rewriting him as a minor character.
- I first heard 'Sgr Wr Gng Dwn' (a mashup with the music of 'Sugar We're Going Down' with the lyrics from 'Thnks Fr Th Mmrs' - there should be a copy of it on YouTube) before I ever heard Sugar We're Going Down itself - so hearing it felt, to me, like music from another world when I first listened to it as an audio file.
Unfortunately the effect is significantly diminished upon multiple listenings so maybe it was just a one-off experience, in part due to sleep deprivation. ^_^
- And alas, I live in a world where Asteroid Musical ( ) never ended up getting made.
So although I didn't really know the names in the story and I'd only seen a couple of the films mentioned, I really enjoyed hearing how her world differed from his. (Especially the absence of Dr Strangelove.) Not sure I'd want to live there, though. Sounds like things aren't going so great there, given her eating habits.

But at the same time, although it was fun to listen to, there's some aspects of the story I found really uncomfortable. Like, the way the main character decides it's totally okay to hit on someone while she's at work and cannot avoid him (Tip: Don't do that. It's written as sweet in movies but it's creepy in real life.) The kiss that he decides to take, rather than her making a move. The way she's a bit of a manic pixie dream girl, just showing up out of the blue all ready to make a boring guy's life interesting again.
All of it squicks me a little. Perhaps not as much as EP443 'This Is As I Wish To Be Restored', which is also a good story in it's own right, but this still made me feel kinda uncomfortable afterwards.

TL:DR - Good story, despite the off-putting main character.

PS: I may have spent at least half of it being like "TALK WITH HER ABOUT 'BRIGADOON' (1954 film starring Gene Kelly) ALREADY!" Tongue Though I suppose that's because I haven't watched Twilight Zone, so that reference eluded me.

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