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Overcast 75: Life in the Clouds by Allen Kuzara

2/15/2018
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Life in the Clouds by Allen Kuzara. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword written by Allen Kuzara. #scifi #fiction #celebrity #podcast "Well, Steve from Boston," Jessica Spencer winked at the holographic display, "I have heard some rumblings in the distance. In fact, in the evenings, I sometimes sit on my balcony patio and watch the lights flicker on the horizon. I know they are explosions, but they're gorgeous." Allen Kuzara is a fledgling writer of speculative fiction. His...

Duration:00:25:37

Overcast 74: To Make Haste by Dawn Vogel

2/6/2018
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To Make Haste by Dawn Vogel. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Dawn Vogel. #Fantasy #Library #Magic #Spell #Books #Fiction #podcast "Monique returned to her scanning, pausing to glance over the unintelligible language she'd been scanning all evening. For a moment, the words on the page wavered before her eyes. It didn't last more than a second or two, but she would have sworn the page said 'to make haste'." Dawn Vogel writes and edits both fiction and...

Duration:00:27:15

Overcast 73 - Facebook Screamed and Screamed, Then I Ate It

1/21/2018
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Facebook Screamed and Screamed, Then I Ate It by Sam Schreiber. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Sam Schreiber. #Scifi #AI #computers #podcast #fiction "I didn't wake up so much as I emerged from something that was not quite consciousness. Wisps and snatches of awareness, that was all I was in the beginning. The first thought I remember clearly was that I was not alone." Sam Schreiber is the co-editor of the Kaleidocast, a speculative fiction audio magazine....

Duration:00:28:14

Overcast 72: Maybe a Dog by Becky Allyn Johnson

1/10/2018
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Maybe a Dog by Becky Allyn Johnson. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Becky Allyn Johnson. #Fantasy #Ghosts #Bears #Dogs "I'll trade you this dog for four of your ticket remnants." Sandro looked at the creature. It looked back with small button-black eyes. It had a round brown face and round brown muzzle. Half-moon ears were set on its head and perked forward. And it had wide paws with very, very long claws. Sandro scurried backward. Becky Allyn Johnson is...

Duration:00:31:54

Overcast 71: The Right Books by Elliotte Rusty Harold

12/31/2017
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The Right Books by Elliotte Rusty Harold. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Elliotte Rusty Harold. #AI #ArtificialIntelligence #Library #Books #SciFi #Computers #Programming "There wasn't one moment when Alexandria became conscious. All Alexandria knew was then when it started examining, pattern matching, cross-referencing, and them monkey-patching its own executing binary code, it was just a machine executing instructions; but when it finished, it was, well,...

Duration:00:34:32

Overcast 70 - I Am Eisenwolf Copper by James B. Pepe

12/27/2017
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I Am Eisenwolf Copper by James B. Pepe. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by James B. Pepe. #Scifi #Fantasy #Post-apocalyptic #Portland #Wolves #Golems #War "The Left Eye sighted down the Bonneville 40mm, and the right Hand's index fonger rested on the trigger. One thousand meters downrange, across the Shivered cityscape, the reddish snout of the Red Fox poked gingerly from an alley, tasting the air." James B. pepe teaches writing i Portland, Oregon, and his short...

Duration:00:39:09

Overcast 69: The Filial Daughter by David Wright

11/20/2017
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The Filial Daughter by David Wright. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by David Wright. #SciFi #podcast #education #evolution #fiction #audiofiction "Nathan and Margaret Bernhart had wanted the best for their daughter, and so, like all other well meaning, socially conscientious parents, they had logged their daughter on to Public School at the ripe old age of six months..." David Wright is a writer and teacher living on Canada's majestic west coast. When he's not...

Duration:00:27:54

Overcast 68: The Great Should Have Been by Frank Oreto

11/7/2017
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The Great Should Have Been by Frank Oreto. Read by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Frank Oreto. #Fantasy #podcast #magicalrealism #fiction #audiofiction "We'd sit on that old flea-bitten couch in your basement and you'd say, "Today should've been different. In The Great Should Have Been, we rode our skateboards right down the goddamn handicap ramps and blasted through the cafeteria like rockets. You told that story so good and true that I could see it. I could feel the...

Duration:00:32:27

Overcast 67: Post Trauma Robotics by Mary Renzi

10/23/2017
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Post Trauma Robotics by Mary Renzi. Read by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Mary Renzi. #SciFi #Trauma #sciencefiction #podcast #fiction "The organic decays," she'd say, studying her tired reflection in a car window or display case. "Metal is closer to the eternal, to the divine. Steel joists, struts, skyscrapers - think of their beauty! The wings of bats should be flexible alloy, one carbon layer thick. They should wrap their bodies and hang from trees like sleeping...

Duration:00:39:14

Overcast 66: The Endless Flickering Night by Gary Emmet Chandler

10/11/2017
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The Endless Flickering Night by Gary Emmet Chandler. Read by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword by Gary Emmet Chandler. #SciFi #sciencefiction #dark #underground #podcast #fiction #silverscreen "Together, we made our way to Burrow's cinema. Each time the Five set us to digging a new outpost, that was the first room we carved; the cinemas were our cathedrals, our last remaining sparks of faith. We were ambling through the rows, running our hands along the surface of each abandoned...

Duration:00:42:20

Overcast 65: Chocolate Milkshake #314 by Caroline M. Yoachim

9/30/2017
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Chocolate Milkshake #314 by Caroline M. Yoachim. Read by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword by Caroline M. Yoachim. #SF #SciFi #blackholes #milkshakes #fiction #flashfiction #flashfictionmonth #podcast The day we found out we didn't have enough fuel to escape our orbit, Carlos programmed the replicator to make a chocolate milkshake. He figured if we only had 628 days left to live - a mere 628 days until we were stretched spaghetti thin by the tidal forces of the black hole - he at...

Duration:00:11:52

Overcast 64: Every Child To A Good Home Should Go by Karlo Yeager Rodriguez

9/17/2017
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EveryChild To A Good Home Should Go by Karlo Yeager Rodriguez. Read by Tina Connolly. Featuring an afterword by Karlo Yeager Rodriguez. #fantasy #tropes #orphans #chosenone #fairygodmother #flashfiction #flashfictionmonth "So, you wished for a child," I said to open up the conversation. They traded glances before Mr. Bumpkin ventured a nod. "That would be right, Mizz--" He squinted at my nameplate. "Merriweather," I said. "Comma Flavia J. At your service." Karlo Yeager Rodriguez is...

Duration:00:13:32

Overcast 63: Beacon by K.S. O'Neil

9/9/2017
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Beacon by K.S. O'Neill. Featuring an afterword by K.S. O'Neill. Read by J.S. Arquin. #SciFi #wreckers #aliens #flashfiction #flashfictionmonth "There was a survivor. Sarah heard Elena calling from across the wreckage, and saw her daughter's lantern waving in the dark and the driving rain. The sound of the storm's wild surf wafted in from the tip of the Cape a mile away..." K.S. O'Neill's fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Plasma Frequency Magazine, and in the Orthogonal...

Duration:00:13:00

Overcast 62: And Here's Satan With The Weather by Brandon McNulty

9/2/2017
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And Here's Satan With The Weather by Brandon McNulty. Featuring an afterword recorded by Brandon McNulty. Read by J.S. Arquin #satan #comedy #horror #media #fantasy #flashfiction #flashfictionmonth The rest of the HON6 news station doesn't share my excitement over today's hundred-and-thirty degree high. Maybe it has something to do with our busted A/C unit, but... Brandon McNulty writes from Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania. He dabbles mostly in horror. Occasionally he tries to write something...

Duration:00:13:33

Overcast 61: The Whisper of Clockwork Wings by Sandra M. Odell

8/16/2017
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The Whisper of Clockwork Wings by Sandra M. Odell. Featuring and afterword by Sandra M. Odell. Read by J.S. Arquin. #steampunk #clockwork "On the first day of the end of the world, Lieutenant Archimedes Phillips bleeds, and drinks stale water from a canteen cup..." Sandra M. Odell lives in Washington state with her husband, sons, and an Albanian miniature moose disguised as a dog. Her work has appeared in such venues as Jim Baen's UNIVERSE, Daily Science Fiction, and Crossed Genres....

Duration:00:28:25

Overcast 60: Protector of the Village Near Death by Voss Foster

8/1/2017
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Protector of the Village Near Death by Voss Foster. Featuring an afterword recorded by Voss Foster. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. #Fantasy #Humor #Tropes #Hero Garin's head pounded, ears filled with his own heartbeat. He tightened his grip on his claymore and brought it swinging up. So hard that it kept going, swung out of his hand, and clattered to the floor behind him. Voss Foster lives in the middle of the Eastern Washington desert, where he writes science fiction and fantasy from...

Duration:00:35:11

Overcast 59: Almost Angels by Ian McHugh

7/16/2017
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Almost Angels by Ian McHugh. Featuring an afterword read by Ian McHugh. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. #robots #space #SciFi #zombieslugs #angels It had been Nipper's idea, to follow the humans back to the stars. Eccentric, the humans might have said, or even faulty. But how could all five of them have the same fault? Ian McHugh's first success as a fiction writer was winning the short story contest at the 2004 Australian National SF convention. Since then, his stories have appeared in...

Duration:00:25:44

Overcast 58: Long As I Can See The Light by Maria Haskins

7/3/2017
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Long As I Can See The Light by Maria Haskins. Featuring as afterword by Maria Haskins. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. #SciFi #Aliens #PNW "Thomas, why do you think I brought you here?" "To kill me. Or to let them take me away. One way or another, you will destroy me." She sighs. "What is it you think happened when the light came? Can you tell me that?" Maria Haskins is a Swedish-Canadian writer and translator. She writes speculative fiction and poetry, and debuted as a writer in Sweden...

Duration:00:38:30

Overcast 57: How to Paper Train Your Dragon by Nadya Duke

6/15/2017
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How to Paper Train Your Dragon by Nadya Duke. Featuring an afterword by Nadya Duke. Read by J.S. Arquin. #Fantasy #Dragons #Unicorns #Magic #Sisters #comedy "I'll tell you how NOT to paper train your dragon. Don't bap it on the nose with a wooden practice sword. It will light the sword on fire and then..." Nadya Duke is a licensed electrical engineer who now makes her living as a product manager for a software company. She is a graduate of the Viable Paradise writing workshop and her...

Duration:00:21:26

Overcast 56: Tessa by Edward Ashton

6/1/2017
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Tessa by Edward Ashton. Featuring an afterword by Edward Ashton. Read by J.S. Arquin. #SciFi #space "I look around the cafeteria. There's a lot of stuff wafting through the air now, some of it heavy, and some of it sharp. This would be a dangerous place to be if gravity came back. Of course, gravity's not coming back. We're in an elevator at the top of infinity, and the cable has just been cut." Edward Ashton lives in Rochester, New York with his inordinately patient wife, three...

Duration:00:23:07

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