Author Topic: CoW Ep. 335: Skinned  (Read 2219 times)


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on: December 29, 2018, 02:33:47 PM
Cast of Wonders 335: Skinned

• Author: Amanda Helms
• Narrator: Abra Staffin-Wiebe
• Host: Marguerite Kenner
• Audio Producer: Jeremy Carter
Cast of Wonders 335: Skinned is a Cast of Wonders original.
Click here to listen to Episode 335

Content Warning: Profanity, gore

Amanda Helms is a science fiction and fantasy writer whose fiction has appeared most recently in Daily Science Fiction, Diabolical Plots, and The Cackle of Cthulhu anthology. “Skinned” is her third story to appear in Cast of Wonders. Amanda blogs infrequently at and tweets with a smidgen more frequency @amandaghelms. She and her husband live in Colorado with their increasingly lazy Boxer mix.

Abra Staffin-Wiebe loves optimistic science fiction, cheerful horror, and dark fantasy. Dozens of her short stories have appeared at publications including, F&SF, Escape Pod, and Odyssey Magazine. She lives in Minneapolis, where she wrangles her children, pets, and the mad scientist she keeps in the attic. When not writing or wrangling, she collects folk tales and photographs whatever stands still long enough to allow it. Her most recent book, The Unkindness of Ravens, is an epic fantasy coming-of-age story about trickster gods and unlikely heirs. Enjoy an excerpt at:

So Jian thinks he needs a new skin.

He says it like it’s no big deal, just a little epidermal clean-up, Oh ha ha how’d that peeling happen? But what he means is that he has to replace his rusting face. It’s harder to accept than a pinkie finger would be, or even a whole arm. His face is him, and Jian acts like tearing it off means nothing.

He heard from someone who heard from someone that the old Smythson Cerebral place has a working rejuvpod, so that’s why we’re sneaking into an abandoned biodroid repository at two in the morning. He’s hoping he’ll get double-lucky and find a compatible stem-skin.

Tags: Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Amanda Helms, artificial intelligence, bandits, Cast of Wonders, cyborg, implant, imprinting, Jeremy Carter, love, Marguerite Kenner, Post-Apocalypse, sacrifice, Science Fiction, showdown, shutting down, stem cells, warehouse, Young Adult fiction
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Reply #1 on: April 01, 2019, 04:24:28 PM
I adored this in the slush pile. It's even better in audio. So good!!!