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Overcast 102 - FOUR YEAR ANNIVERSARY EPISODE - Welcome to the Legion of Six by Fonda Lee

4/5/2019
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OUR FOUR YEAR ANNIVERSARY EPISODE! Welcome to the Legion of Six by Fonda Lee. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword by Fonda Lee. #superhero #fantasy #fiction #podcast #team This young whippersnapper's name is Trevor Dutch. Dutch is tall, blond, and chiseled like one of those Greek statues of Hercules that you see in museums. He saunters into the conference room overlooking the Threat Chamber in the world headquarters of the Legion of Six (which is, for the moment, floating...

Duration:00:32:36

Overcast 101: It Befits Her by Ziggy Schutz

3/14/2019
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It Befits Her by Ziggy Schutz. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Ziggy Schutz. #fantasy #apocalypse #knight #podcast The whisper of armor over fabric is reverent, amplified by the hallowed hall that they've made their home since the end of the world. The Knight breathes deep, standing scarecrow-still as clever hands slide each piece of armor home. Repetition turns to tradition turns to ritual, giving each movement an elegance in its purpose. Ziggy Schutz (she/her...

Duration:00:23:30

Overcast 100: Soft Mary's Flood by Steven Pirie

3/5/2019
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Soft Mary's Flood by Steven Pirie. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword written by Steven Pirie. #fantasy #apocalypse #4horseman #death #fiction #podcast The cord's wrapped round the baby's neck. Mary's known this for some time, now, but she can't tell anyone. Instead, Mary watches from the foot of the bed; impassively, she thinks, but she can feel Mr.Rogers' stare upon her. "You want to save it, don't you?" whispers Mr. Rogers in Mary's ear. Mary hears the smirk in his...

Duration:00:44:48

Overcast 99: Sugar and Spice by Jennifer R. Donohue

2/15/2019
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Sugar and Spice by Jennifer R. Donohue. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword written by Jennifer R. Donohue. #Fantasy #Magic #Witches #Witchcraft There was a brisk knock at the door and, deaf or no, Lucky was on her feet in an instant with a sharp bark. Helena sighed and set aside her knitting, the knock coming again before she could reach the door. The next door neighbor, Mr. Sharp, was on her porch, hatless and without his usual greatcoat. Jennifer R. Donohue grew up at the...

Duration:00:19:39

Overcast 98: Singing at the Great Wall of the Ocean by Chris Kuriata

2/2/2019
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Singing at the Great Wall of the Ocean by Chris Kuriata. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Chris Kuriata. #fantasy #fiction #ocean #song "Heavy blocks, enough to build a thousand pyramids, stretched in either direction until disappearing into the horizon. Local history contained a dozen sad stories about boats sailing along the edge of the wall, looking for gaps, but any discoveries remained secret. Only broken sails and hollow bones floated home from these...

Duration:00:24:18

Overcast 97: A Thousand Echoes in One Voice

1/16/2019
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A Thousand Echoes in One Voice by Deborah L. Davitt. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Deborah L. Davitt. #Scifi #timetravel #fiction #podcast "You've snuck through doors that should have been locked to get here. Here, the subway station is silent, the kind of silence that comes deep underground, isolated from the hum of the human hive overhead. No electric lights. No neon. No vibrations. No voices. Not even a breath of moving air." Deborah L. Davitt was...

Duration:00:35:20

Overcast 96: Not My First Choice by Alexandra Grunberg

1/3/2019
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Not My First Choice by Alexandra Grunberg. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword written by Alexandra Grunberg. #scifi #nanobots #fiction #podcast "It's not as bad as being impaled by an icepick," she said. "Though, as someone who has never been impaled by an icepick, I could be wrong." "Ice picks have gotten a pretty bad reputation," said Kevin. "But I hear they're nothing compared to medieval torture devices." Jessica nodded. She knew a lot about medieval torture devices....

Duration:00:22:43

Overcast 95: Life to the Power of Three by Rebecca Birch

12/19/2018
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Life to the Power of Three by Rebecca Birch. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Rebecca Birch. #fantasy #fiction The spray can's cold metal chilled my fingers when I shook it - three times side to side, three times diagonally to the left, then three times diagonally to the right. Snow filtered down outside the shelter of the highway overpass, like little golden flakes in the streetlamp light. I wished I could bottle that color. The pigments in my spray paint were...

Duration:00:22:38

Overcast 94: The Moctezuman by E.C. Stever

12/10/2018
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The Moctezuman by E.C. Stever. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by E.C. Stever. #Scifi #fiction #Aztec #humor #aliens #podcast "I wish he'd hurry up and sacrifice me already, like I planned it. Otherwise I might die in this dank temple. But here he stands, nephew to the emperor of a quarter-million Aztec warriors, and he does the one thing I don't want: Moctezuma waits." Eric "E'C." Stever is an author and archaeologist in Salmon, Idaho. He lives with a...

Duration:00:43:50

Overcast 93: Market Value by Gerri Leen

11/27/2018
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Market Value by Gerri Leen. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Gerri Leen. #Fantasy #Princess #Snakes #Castle #Fairytale "I know where I have to go: she is in the topmost room. That's what the people I've talked to say. Talked to -- more like threatened with snakes such as the one I carry. It's amazing what someone will let slip when faced with a spitting viper. They probably think I want to steal her, this figure of legend, this not--quite-queen. I don't want...

Duration:00:23:37

Overcast 92: Water Childe by Gwen Tolios

11/6/2018
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Water Childe by Gwen Tolios. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Gwen Tolios. #Fantasy #Fiction #Podcast #PNW #Seals #Sea #Family "I can't die without my fur coat. I can't die like this. I know he hid it, I know it. Can you find it?" "I'll look, Grandma. Promise." Gwen Tolios is a speculative fiction writer living in Chicago with a cat who refuses to cuddle. When not distracted by words, she likes to hike and rewatch Dreamworks animations for the dozenth time....

Duration:00:23:23

Overcast 91: Oh Ghost Of Mine by Zach Bartlett

10/18/2018
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Oh Ghost Of Mine by Zach Bartlett. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Zach Bartlett. #Fantasy #Ghosts #Fiction #Podcast #Urbanfantasy "The second thing I'd learned as an adjunct was that I would need yet a third job to keep me afloat during the summer. The first thing I'd learned was that it never hurts to oversell your experience to a potential employer. So I decided to leverage the single experience that I'd had with banishing eldritch horrors by placing a...

Duration:00:38:40

Overcast 90: The Farmgirl and the Kitsune by Patrick Hurley

10/9/2018
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The Farmgirl and the Kitsune by Patrick Hurley. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword by Patrick Hurley. #Fantasy #Ghosts #Fiction #Japanese #Folktales In a land far away, where dragon sages watch the stars and turtle gods rule the rivers, there was a girl named Ishiko, the only child of a prosperous farmer. She was small and quick, taking after her father, and smart and stubborn, taking after her mother. Patrick Hurley worked as an editor for The Great Books Foundation in...

Duration:00:45:53

Overcast 89: Butterflies by Stewart C. Baker

9/26/2018
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Butterflies by Stewart C. Baker. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword written by Stewart C. Baker. #SciFi #podcast #fiction #manyworlds Jeyna was four when they furrowed her, opening holes in her skull and channels through her brain. She was four when they prepared her for the Tree. Stewart C. Baker is an academic librarian, speculative fiction writer and poet, and the editor-in- chief of sub-Q Magazine. His fiction has appeared in Nature, Galaxy's Edge, and Flash Fiction...

Duration:00:24:20

Overcast 88: How to Influence Friends and Make People by Austen McGee

9/8/2018
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How to Influence Friends and Make People by Austen McGee. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Austen McGee. #SciFi #post-apocalyptic #fiction #podcast It would be good not to be alone anymore. Only eleven hours, forty-two minutes, thirty-eight seconds. Less than a day. More than a lifetime. James lifted his head from the control panel, gaze never leaving the digital display on the screen in front of him. As he watched, red numbers chased each other in their march...

Duration:00:33:24

Overcast 87 - The Price of a Dragon by Charlotte H. Lee

8/17/2018
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The Price of a Dragon by Charlotte H. Lee. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Charlotte H. Lee. #Fantasy #Dragons #Magic #Fiction She didn't cry when I pulled her out of the split shell. Deep wonder blotted out everything but her. Big, scintillating eyes flashed in the bright early morning sunlight, dazzling and mesmerizing me. I stroked the soft edge of her silver-white jaw. Charlotte H Lee lives in a small town close to Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada....

Duration:00:42:21

Overcast 86: Backup by Edward Ashton

8/6/2018
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Backup by Edward Ashton. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Edward Ashton. #SciFi #podcast #fiction "You want me to call for a dust-off?" Moira laughs, but it quickly turns into a coughing fit. He hands her his water again. She nods her thanks, and gulps down half of what's left in the bottle. "Look at me," she says when she can breathe again. "Do you really think this body's worth salvaging?" He shrugs. "The back looks bad, but you never know. Maybe the cord...

Duration:00:31:57

Overcast 85: Collectors by Jae Steinbacher

7/17/2018
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Collectors by Jae Steinbacher. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Jae Steinbacher. #SciFi #Fiction #Clones #Art #Relationships #Podcast "The clone looks at me and then away, closes his eyes. The same angular features and pouty lips as Miguel, but none of Miguel's crows feet or forehead lines. Miguel lowers his head to the clone's neck and thrusts one more time, the expression on his face familiar, but not for me." Jae Seinbacher is a queer, nonbinary writer and...

Duration:00:33:40

Overcast 84: Her Silver Chains by Jeremy A. TeGrotenhuis

7/6/2018
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Her Silver Chains by Jeremy A. TeGrotenhuis. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. #Fantasy #Werewolves #Podcast #Fiction #Flashfiction "Eva, go and feed your sister." I adore my sister when she is herself, but I tremble at my father's words. I go on stitching a button to my rag doll and pretend not to hear him. The scrape of his whetstone on the wood ax ceases. He is wondering, I know, how much longer until my time comes. Jeremy A. TeGrotenhuis is a writer from Eastern Washington State, where he...

Duration:00:17:18

Overcast 83: Seven Kinds of Baked Goods by Maria Haskins

6/16/2018
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Seven Kinds of Baked Goods by Maria Haskins. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. #Fantasy #Fiction #Podcast #Poison #Assassins #Dwarves #Blades "The smell of mold and winter-stored potatoes chokes me as I dangle across the high-cantled saddle; the coarse fabric of the sack chafing my face and hands, the rag stuffed in my mouth ensuring I can't even complain about the bumping and bruising. Yet even now, even here, I wouldn't change a thing about the life I've lived, if the chance were given. After...

Duration:00:38:57