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Cast of Wonders 299: All Them Pretty Babies

• Author: Alex C. Renwick
• Narrator: Laura Hobbs
• Host: Katherine Inskip
• Audio Producer: Jeremy Carter
• Cast of Wonders 299: All Them Pretty Babies" was originally published in Onspec Magazine Vol. 24 No. 3
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Under various iterations of her full name, Alexandra (Camille) Renwick’s award-nominated genre-elastic fiction has been translated into nine languages and adapted to stage and audio. She splits her time between an urban swamp in Austin, Texas and a crumbling historic manor house in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa. Find her most recent stories in Asimov’s, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, & The Baltimore Review. More at or find her on Twitter.

Laura Hobbs works in infosec by day and is a random crafter by night. Twitter is her social media of choice, and she despises the word “cyber”. When asked nicely, she sometimes reads things for people on the internet. You can find her online at or on Twitter.

Esmè step careful in the pretty grass. Grass on the hillside is green just how she like it; not all yellow, not all brownish purple like grass past the base of the mountain.

Them grasses, them yellow and purple grasses, make Esmè think on her old mama, who yell and slap and bite and kick at her. Only good thing Old Mama ever done for Esmè, she done let Esmè know just how ugly Esmè is. Ugly enough to stop her wind-up watch, say Old Mama. Ugly enough to stop a train, like train what done stopped on other side of the mountain when them bio-bombs fell so close, sent that train bucking like nasty old three-headed milk cow so it buck right off its track and into the gully.

Tags: Alex C. Renwick, apocalypse, Cast of Wonders, glow, Jeremy Carter, Katherine Inskip, Laura Hobbs, mutation, radiation, Science Fiction, scifi, survival, wasteland, Young Adult fiction