Escape Artists

News:

  • The Semifinals of the Podcastle flash fiction contest are happening now! Head over to the Arcade and vote!

News

The Semifinals of the Podcastle flash fiction contest are happening now! Head over to the Arcade and vote!

Author Topic: CoW Ep. 247: The Golem of Deneb Seven  (Read 1374 times)

danooli

  • Moderator
  • *****
  • Posts: 1743
    • Who Doesn't Love Stories?
on: May 07, 2017, 07:55:08 PM
Episode 247: The Golem of Deneb Seven by Alex Shvartsman

• Narrated by Rachel Swirsky
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
• Originally published in InterGalactic Medicine Show Issue 40 (July 2014)
Click here to listen to Episode 247
Click here to read the text of the story


Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator and game designer from Brooklyn, NY. Over 90 of his short stories have appeared in Nature, Galaxy’s Edge, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and many other magazines and anthologies. He won the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction and was a finalist for the 2015 and 2017 Canopus Awards for Excellence in Interstellar Fiction (more about this later). He is the editor of the Unidentified Funny Objects annual anthology series of humorous SF/F. His collection, Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories and his steampunk humor novella H. G. Wells, Secret Agent were both published in 2015. Follow his work online or on Twitter.

Rachel Swirsky holds an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers Workshop, and she graduated from Clarion West in 2005. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Hugo, Locus, World Fantasy and Sturgeon Awards. She’s twice won the Nebula Award: for her 2010 novella, The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen’s Window and her 2014 short story "If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love". You can read or listen to her free online fiction, or buy her collections, singles and anthologies. Find her on Twitter, and follow what she’s up to in her monthly newsletter. You can also support her on Patreon.

I was eleven years old when the war came to the Deneb system.
At first, we didn’t know that anything was wrong. Mom and Dad were clearing the table after dinner, Avi was building some sort of a castle out of plastic construction blocks, Sarah was asleep in her crib, and Grandpa was reading one of his thick Hebrew books, leaning into the volume and squinting a little by candlelight. I sulked because I was going be the only girl in my class to miss Karen’s birthday party tomorrow.


Tags: Alex Shvartsman, Cast of Wonders, death, faith, family, growing up, heroism, Jeremy Carter, planet side, Rachel Swirsky, refugees, robots, Science Fiction, sfici, war, Young Adult fiction

 
« Last Edit: May 23, 2017, 10:03:22 PM by danooli »



Fenrix

  • Curmudgeonly Co-Editor of PseudoPod
  • Editor
  • *****
  • Posts: 3959
  • I always lock the door when I creep by daylight.
Reply #1 on: August 01, 2017, 02:25:35 AM
I really enjoyed this unique visit to the golem myth, and appreciate that it stayed away from magic. How heritage shapes how adversity is confronted is really nicely handled here.

All cat stories start with this statement: “My mother, who was the first cat, told me this...”