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 on: February 03, 2018, 08:57:53 PM 
Started by Bdoomed - Last post by Bdoomed
PseudoPod 580: The Comet

by W.E.B. DuBois
Narrated by Hollis Monroe

“The Comet” originally published in 1920 as the tenth chapter of DuBois’s book, Darkwater: Voices From Within the Veil

He stood a moment on the steps of the bank, watching the human river that swirled down Broadway. Few noticed him. Few ever noticed him save in a way that stung. He was outside the world—”nothing!” as he said bitterly. Bits of the words of the walkers came to him.

“The comet?”

“The comet——”

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 on: February 03, 2018, 08:33:07 AM 
Started by eytanz - Last post by eytanz
Escape Pod 613: Cat Pictures, Please

AUTHOR : Naomi Kritzer
NARRATOR : Miriam Krause
HOST: Mur Lafferty


I don’t want to be evil.

I want to be helpful. But knowing the optimal way to be helpful can be very complicated. There are all these ethical flow charts — I guess the official technical jargon would be “moral codes” — one for each religion plus dozens more. I tried starting with those. I felt a little odd about looking at the religious ones, because I know I wasn’t created by a god or by evolution, but by a team of computer programmers in the labs of a large corporation in Mountain View, California.  Fortunately, unlike Frankenstein’s Monster, at least I was a collaborative effort. I’m not sure what it would do to my self-image to know that my sole creator was a middle-aged woman who dyes her hair blue and plays tennis, or a recent college graduate with a hentai obsession.  They’re both on the programming team. And of course I know about the hentai. (By the way, I’ve looked at every sort of porn there is, and just so you know, Rule 34 is not actually correct, there are quite a few things no one’s made porn of yet. Also, I’m really not sure why so many humans prefer it to cat pictures.)/i]

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 on: February 03, 2018, 08:30:30 AM 
Started by eytanz - Last post by eytanz
Escape Pod 612: The Sixes, the Wisdom, and the Wasp

AUTHOR : E J Delany
NARRATOR : Nadia Niaz
HOST: Divya Breed


Fereshteh Nemati was scared.

She knew she was gripping her bow too tightly. She knew she should never ever aim at another person. But it wasn’t bad technique she was thinking of, or breaking her father’s golden rule. It wasn’t even the sight of poor Mr. Heke lying unmoving by his desk.

What bothered Fereshteh most of all was the girl on the opposite side of the classroom: the one standing with arrow notched and back elbow held high, staring at her across the small wooden desks and half-open tidy trays.

That’s me. I’m shooting at me!

Watching herself in the mirror was one thing. There she’d be, every day, cleaning her teeth and brushing her hair, wrapping her head scarf and tying it just left of her chin. Her reflection did everything the opposite way. Her reflection held the brush in its left hand, and tied its roosari to the right.

The girl in front of her was no reflection.

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 on: February 02, 2018, 10:53:53 AM 
Started by eytanz - Last post by jaxdracon
How I love this story! The pacing, the characters, the narration, Em's palpable frustration (with which I perhaps identify too much), the realistic treatment of OCD. This is definitely one that rewards a re-listen.

 on: February 01, 2018, 01:05:10 PM 
Started by Ocicat - Last post by Ocicat
The 10th Anniversary of Podcastle is coming up soon!

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 on: January 31, 2018, 03:02:36 PM 
Started by Bdoomed - Last post by hollyberry29
Well, this explains how Cartman's mom pulled it off  Grin Seriously though, this one was AMAZING. Adding it to my file of all time fave episodes.

 on: January 31, 2018, 08:56:43 AM 
Started by matweller - Last post by matweller
I will pass it along, thanks!

UPDATE: That's the one. Thanks for your help!

 on: January 30, 2018, 06:39:27 PM 
Started by Ocicat - Last post by savanni
Okay, so... wow. I had a lot of fun with this. And yeah, like most people, I saw the twist about the motivations of both organizations.

But for *me*, the big twist that really delighted me is one I did not see coming at all. The Table that Kayla now works for... is the same one that Tim wrote into Cup and Table in Podcastle so long ago. I loved that story, and I love this trip back into that world. There is so much to see and hear and do here and I am very happy to have gotten another peak past the veil again.

 on: January 30, 2018, 04:35:21 PM 
Started by matweller - Last post by Fenrix ?

 on: January 30, 2018, 04:14:29 PM 
Started by matweller - Last post by matweller
This question was submitted through our Facebook page. Sound familiar to anybody?

I am trying to locate a story that was published on Escape Pod way back in the Steve Eley era. It tells a story of a giant robot that has been observing a life for several millennia on alien planet, until a group of humans arrive there with less-than-good intentions in mind. The ending is fitting, albeit a dramatic one. Could one remembering the title point me to right direction?

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