Author Topic: CoW Ep. 333: Tunguska, 1987  (Read 1868 times)


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Cast of Wonders 333: Tunguska, 1987

• Author: Maria Haskins
• Narrator: Ville Meriläinen
• Host: Marguerite Kenner
• Audio Producer: Jeremy Carter
• First published in Tales From Alternate Earths, Inklings Press, 2016
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Content Warning: Profanity, death of a pet

Maria Haskins is a Swedish-Canadian writer and translator. She writes speculative fiction and poetry, and debuted as a writer in Sweden in the far-off era known as the 1980s. Since 1992 she lives in Canada, and is currently located just outside Vancouver with a husband, two kids, and a very large black dog.

Her most recently published book is DARK FLASH, a collection of flash fiction stories. Her stories have appeared in (or are forthcoming) in Flash Fiction Online, Shimmer, Gamut, Capricious, and elsewhere.

Follow her online or on Twitter.

Ville Meriläinen is a Finnish university student, author, and Death Metal vocalist. His horror and fantasy short fiction has appeared in various venues online and in print, including Intergalactic Medicine Show, PseudoPod, and Cast of Wonders. His musical fantasy novel, Ghost Notes, is available on Amazon.


Alexander was running through the snow. The rifle, and the pack of squirrel-skins pounded against his back with every step. Realization seeped into him as he ran: he had shot a Metallic. Its shiny armor hadn’t protected it. After all these years of living in fear, it had been that easy to take one down: one shot, straight into its mid-section, and the hovering thing had cracked apart and fallen to the ground.

He’d peered inside the broken remains and seen nothing but metal and wires. Nothing living hid inside. Ajax dead beside it, a mess of black and grey fur and curled tail in the snow. So much blood. The torn ear, where the neighbor’s dog had ripped into him as a pup had been the only recognizable part of his head. Best damn squirrel-dog anyone had ever had. Best damn dog anyone had ever had. And that Metallic had fired like it meant nothing.

Tags[/]: authoritarianism, Cast of Wonders, consequences, draft, dystopia, freedom, Jeremy Carter, Marguerite Kenner, Maria Haskins, peaceful takeover, resistance, restrictions, robots, secrets, time travel, Ville Meriläinen, Young Adult fiction