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 on: September 17, 2017, 11:37:08 AM 
Started by danooli - Last post by danooli
A Wish and a Hope and a Dream

• by M. Darusha Wehm
• Narrated by Setsu Uzume
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
A Cast of Wonders original!
Read along with the text of the story
Click here to listen to Episode 265

M. Darusha Wehm writes science fiction and speculative poetry, and mainstream poetry and fiction as Darusha Wehm. Science fiction books include Beautiful Red, Children of Arkadia and the Andersson Dexter cyberpunk detective series. Mainstream books include the Devi Jones’ Locker Young Adult series and The Home for Wayward Parrots (forthcoming from NeWest Press). Darusha’s short fiction and poetry have appeared in many venues, including Arsenika, Nature, Escape Pod, and several anthologies. Darusha is originally from Canada but currently lives in Wellington, New Zealand after spending the past several years sailing the Pacific. For more information visit darusha.ca or @darusha.

Setsu Uzume spent their formative years in and out of dojos. They also trained in a monastery in rural China, studying Daoism and swordplay. Setsu is a member of Codex and SFWA, as well as the assistant editor at PodCastle, and while they have dabbled in many arts, only writing and martial arts seem to have stuck. Follow them online or on Twitter.

You have always been a princess.

When you are six years old, your hat is a cardboard cone covered in glitter glue with a cellophane veil. Your dress began life as a pillowcase in the free box at the Goodwill. Your best friend Ines has a store-bought costume, her gown soft and sky blue like Princess Karima’s. You aren’t envious, though. You love your pillowcase dress and hat that makes you almost as tall as your mother.


Tags: attraction, bakery, cakes, Cast of Wonders, class separation, college, debt, economics, friendship, gender, growing up, Jeremy Carter, M. Darusha Wehm, prince, princess, Setsu Uzume, work, Young Adult fiction

 22 
 on: September 16, 2017, 11:17:16 PM 
Started by Bdoomed - Last post by Bdoomed
Anyway... submissions are over! wooo.

We have 199 total submissions (wow... this is going to be fun) so I'll be posting all the stories over the next week, and we'll get this thing kicked off on September 25th.

This is a lot to tackle no matter how you cut it, so I think this is how we'll break it down.

We'll have 17 initial groups of 11 stories each, and one group of 12.
That will narrow it down to 54 stories for the second round, divided up into 6 groups of 9.
Semifinals will be 18 stories, so 3 groups of 6 which will give us 9 stories for the Final Round.

I hope you're all ready for a long journey!

 23 
 on: September 16, 2017, 10:43:51 PM 
Started by Bdoomed - Last post by Bdoomed
Newbie question: I was going through past competition threads and realized there are some rules that were mentioned (ex: three votes [per group? per round?], nobody who knows the author can vote for their story), but I couldn't find a current comprehensive list of voting rules. Way back in a 2007 thread there was a link for "judging guidelines," but that's now a dead link. Is there a current link I'm (probably) missing?  Smiley

You're not missing anything. Each voting round will list the 'three votes' rule (and restrict you to that number even if you try to vote for more).

And if you know the author of another story, you must refrain from voting for it (either by skipping that round entirely if you feel it necessary, or simply by voting for other stories)

 24 
 on: September 16, 2017, 09:26:04 PM 
Started by eytanz - Last post by Father Beast


How would you plan and execute a life in this situation?  How could you avoid just curling into a ball and hiding so you wouldn't risk letting everyone you know down?


I would wait until I had a backward jump and then either try to change something, or try to see myself disappear.

Seriously, when Billy Pilgrim was unstuck in time, I found it fascinating.

 25 
 on: September 16, 2017, 05:34:57 PM 
Started by Bdoomed - Last post by Schrodingrr
this is my first trip down in the mire...
Um, rude! The corridors of the Pseudopod dungeons are kept meticulously mire-free, thanks to the insatiable hunger of our roving swarms of maggots.

Yes, but what do you do when those industrious maggots transform into flies? Do you have a back up beastie?
Are you telling me that you've never once wondered why every member of Pseudopod's staff is made entirely of spiders?

 26 
 on: September 16, 2017, 02:53:29 PM 
Started by Bdoomed - Last post by Obleo21
this is my first trip down in the mire...
Um, rude! The corridors of the Pseudopod dungeons are kept meticulously mire-free, thanks to the insatiable hunger of our roving swarms of maggots.

Yes, but what do you do when those industrious maggots transform into flies? Do you have a back up beastie?

 27 
 on: September 16, 2017, 02:24:35 PM 
Started by Bdoomed - Last post by Constance
Newbie question: I was going through past competition threads and realized there are some rules that were mentioned (ex: three votes [per group? per round?], nobody who knows the author can vote for their story), but I couldn't find a current comprehensive list of voting rules. Way back in a 2007 thread there was a link for "judging guidelines," but that's now a dead link. Is there a current link I'm (probably) missing?  Smiley

 28 
 on: September 16, 2017, 01:05:18 PM 
Started by Bdoomed - Last post by Ibba Armancas
Stoked to get out of my narrator zone and write something! Cheesy Can't wait to read everyone's submissions!

 29 
 on: September 16, 2017, 09:35:53 AM 
Started by eytanz - Last post by eytanz
Escape Pod 593: Planetbound

AUTHOR: Nancy Fulda
NARRATORS: Divya Breed and Trendane Sparks
HOST: Mur Lafferty
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There’s a moment that comes, the first time you step on the rim of a planet, when you suddenly realize how breakable you are. When you finally understand that despite the bone density treatments, despite the braces cradling your back and legs, despite the half-dozen hands that support your first faltering steps down the hallway, you will never be more than a hair’s breadth from disaster. A false step, an unexpected nudge, even the tilt of your own head could send you toppling. It’s worse – much worse – than you expected, and for five panicked heartbeats you consider retreating. It’s not too late to grab a flight back to the orbitals, to float again in those serene, majestic habitats. But no. There is something to be learned here; something important. Something that cannot be understood except through the eyes of a floater. And so you grit your teeth and slide your foot awkwardly forward, into this strange new existence.

It is a perilous reality, chaotic and unintuitive. Cloth leaps in strange directions. Objects zip away if you release them. Even the sounds are different. It’s like someone has erased the laws of the universe and written the equations anew.

On the next step something goes wrong and you jolt sideways. Shouts. Hands beneath your shoulders. Your arm flails outward and knocks a vase from a table. It clatters to the ground and stays there, water clinging to the tiles like a living creature.


Listen to this week’s Escape Pod!

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 on: September 16, 2017, 06:16:11 AM 
Started by deflective - Last post by Tango Alpha Delta

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