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Banned Books Week – FOR

• by Sandra M. Odell
• Narrated by Dagny Paul
• Audio production by Jeremy Carter
A Cast of Wonders original!
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Sandra M. Odell lives with her husband, sons, and cats in Washington state. Her work has appeared in such venues as PseudoPod, PodCastle, The Drabblecast, Crossed Genres, Jim Baen’s UNIVERSE, Daily Science Fiction, Ideomancer, and Galaxy’s Edge.

A Clarion West 2010 graduate, she is currently hard at work on plotting her second novel. Or world domination. Whichever comes first.

The Twelve Ways of Christmas, her collection of speculative fiction holiday stories, is available from Hydra House Books. Follow her online or on Twitter.

Dagny Paul is a lapsed English teacher, failed artist, and sometimes writer who lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has an unhealthy (but entertaining) obsession with comic books and horror movies, which she consumes whenever her five-year-old son will let her (which isn’t often). Dagny is Assistant Editor of PseudoPod, and you can follow her on Twitter.

Maggie Alvarez leaned against the counter of the dry goods store to get a better look inside John’s satchel.  Was that a book beneath the flap?  Had to be.  Dingy white cover, faded black letters along the cracked spine.  All her life she’d watched Lessonkeepers hurl books on the bonfires at purity rallies.  Books were illegal, filled with the lies that caused the crumble of the old world.
Her heart sank, then bounced back twice as high.  A real book!
She eased her weight off her knotted left foot, and shifted hold on her crutch.  “So, John, you planning on settling here for a time?”

(If you like the world of "FOR" you may want to check out Episode 83, "The Dictionary's Apprentice" for another story featuring Lessonkeepers and purity rallies.)

Tags: Banned Books, book burning, Cast of Wonders, censorship, Dagny Paul, disability, general store, illiteracy, Jeremy Carter, limited mobility, reading, Sandra M. Odell, small town, Text Against Tyranny, travelers, Young Adult fiction
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