Results tagged “podcasts”

Toasted Cake 55! In which we are all too human. 

"It's so very green," said Iolanthe. "Why can't we have colors like this on the ship?" 

(First appeared in Stupefying Stories.) 

Alex Shvartsman is a writer and game designer whose short stories appeared or are forthcoming at Nature, Daily Science Fiction, Buzzy Magazine, One Buck Horror and many other 'zines and anthologies. His adventures so far have included traveling to over 30 countries, playing a card game for a living, and building a successful business. Alex resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and son. His recently published fiction is linked at, and his recently published anthology of humorous F/SF, Unidentified Funny Objects, is at

Toasted Cake 54! In which the Moon loves the Earth too much. 

(AND! In which we kick off the 2013 year of Toasted Cake!)

"When I was little," Dad says, softly chuckling, "the Moon was so small I thought I could put it in my pocket, like a coin." 

(First published right here at the ever-awesome Daily SF, Nov 1st, 2012) 

Ken Liu is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. His fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov's, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places. He has won a Nebula, a Hugo, a World Fantasy Award, and a Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Award, and been nominated for the Sturgeon and the Locus Awards. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

[ETA: The correct title of this is "Mother Ship"]

Toasted Cake 53! In which we live in the traveling. 

My mother was a colony ship.

(First appeared right here in Lightspeed.) 

Caroline M. Yoachim is a writer and photographer living in Seattle, Washington. She had six new stories come out in 2012, including appearances in Lightspeed, Interzone, and Daily Science Fiction. For more about Caroline, check out her website at

Toasted Cake 52! In which we try to be a good elf.

They tried to give me other jobs more suitable to my gifts, like reindeer euthanasia technician and pest exterminator. 

(First appeared right here in Thaumatrope)

Samuel Montgomery-Blinn is the publisher of Bull Spec, a quarterly magazine of speculative fiction. His non-fiction has appeared in The New York Review of Science Fiction and in the blog of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America; his fiction has appeared in Thaumatrope, PicFic, and 52 Stitches: Volume 2. He lives in Durham where he works as a software engineer, raises 2 wonderful kids with his amazing wife, and defends his guitars from 3 rampaging cats. He loves audiobooks, so if you have recently listened to one you really love, drop him a line at sam at bullspec dot com, find him on Facebook, or on Twitter as @montsamu.


Toasted Cake 51! In which we drop the ice cream. 

Approximately 21,973,000 people will die this year. 

(First appeared in Abyss & Apex) 

Caren Gussoff is a SF writer living in Seattle, WA. The author of Homecoming, a novel (2000), and The Wave and Other Stories (2003), published by Serpent's Tail/High Risk Books, Gussoff's work has also been published in anthologies by Seal Press and Hadley Rille, as well as in Abyss & Apex, Cabinet des Fées, Fantasy Magazine, and M-BRANE. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998, and in 2008, was the Carl Brandon Society's Octavia E. Butler Scholar to Clarion West. She's currently shopping around a novel set in post-pandemic Puget Sound. She is spitkitten everywhere online, especially at

Toasted Cake 50! In which we gamble. 

I won my almost-husband in a game of poker. 

(First appeared in Every Day Fiction.)

L. Lambert Lawson's work has appeared in Every Day Fiction, Cast of Wonders, Liquid Imagination Online, Travelers' Tales, Perigee-Art, Nanoism, and 7x20 and is forthcoming in Roar and Thunder. His non-fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Toasted Cake 49! In which we play with our cars.

It was summer, a hot humid North Carolina summer, and there was nothing else to do.

(First appeared in Marti and Bridget McKenna's magazine "Aeon Speculative Fiction.")

David D. Levine is a lifelong SF reader whose midlife crisis was to take a sabbatical from his high-tech job to attend Clarion West in 2000. It seems to have worked. He made his first professional sale in 2001, won the Writers of the Future Contest in 2002, was nominated for the John W. Campbell award in 2003, was nominated for the Hugo Award and the Campbell again in 2004, and won a Hugo in 2006 (Best Short Story, for "Tk'Tk'Tk"). A collection of his short stories, Space Magic, from Wheatland Press, won the Endeavour Award in 2009. In January of 2010 he spent two weeks at a simulated Mars base in the Utah desert, and you can read about that at He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Kate Yule, with whom he edits the fanzine Bento, and their website is at

Also! Check out his new website at, and watch for the ebook of his short story collection Space Magic, coming very soon!


Toasted Cake 48! In which we sample the gruyere.

It was three o'clock in the morning and Steve stood in an alley, awaiting the underground cheese tasting.

Eric Stoveken is a writer based in Allentown, PA. He is the author of the short story collection The Devil Yearns for the Perfect Denver Omelet and Other Revelations. His work can be found at various places. Also check out the kickstarter for the revival of Loquacious Broadsheet, a literary broadsheet meant to put fiction in new and exciting places.


Toasted Cake 47! In which we have a good deal of patients.

The supernatural set could be so sensitive.
J. M. Vogel lives in a suburb of Columbus, OH.  She is setting out to show the world that a degree in English does not predestine you to life in the unemployment line.


Toasted Cake 46! In which the sky is grey flannel, and sometimes green.

The mannequin felt her skin itch whenever the sirens went off. 

(First appeared right here in Pedestal.) 

Kenneth Schneyer fades in and out of this reality according to the cycles of certain variable stars. His stories may be found in Analog, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clockwork Phoenix 3, GUD, Abyss & Apex, Bull Spec, Ideomancer, The Drabblecast, and anonymous notes left in strangers' mailboxes. By day, he teaches legal studies and science fiction literature to college undergraduates. Born in Detroit, he now lives in Rhode Island with one singer, one dancer, one actor, and something striped and fanged that he sometimes glimpses out of the corner of his eye. You can bother him on Facebook, Twitter, and LiveJournal.


Sorry for the lateness! Been traveling home from Toronto World Fantasy all day! Here you are:

Toasted Cake 45! In which we wait at 3:30.

What is closure? How do you close a door if the house has burned to ashes?

First appeared right here in Pedestal.

Beth Cato resides in Arizona. Her stories can be found such places as Daily Science Fiction and Flash Fiction Online. For information on her latest projects, please visit

Toasted Cake 44! In which we resuscitate.

Try CPR for an hour or so, out here in the hall, where they can see. 

(First appeared in Postcards from Hell, available to read here)  

Gord Sellar is a Clarion West 2006 grad who has lived in South Korea since 2002. His work has appeared in Clarkesworld, Asimov's, and Year's Best SF Vol 26, and he was a John W. Campbell award finalist in 2009. His first film script, a Korean adaptation of "The Music of Erich Zann", titled "The Music of Jo Hyeja", recently won the Audience Pick Award for Best in Fest at the LA Lovecraft Film Fest. Find the trailer and screening info at, and find Gord at


Toasted Cake 43! In which we change planes. 

I have about an hour before the shareholders' meeting, but I have to stop by the day care first, so I want to make this snappy. 

Available to read here
Darusha is the two-time Parsec Award shortlisted author of the SF novels Beautiful Red, Self Made, Act of Will and The Beauty of Our Weapons. She is a Canadian currently living in New Zealand after having sailed from Victoria, BC down the coast of the Americas and across the South Pacific on her sailboat, Scream. 

Toasted Cake 42! In which we wake up.

"It's like the city just shrugged," somebody whispered. 

(First appeared in Apex.)

Anaea Lay lives in Madison, Wisconsin where she sells Real Estate under a different name, writes, cooks, plays board games, spoils her cat, and plots to take over the world.  The rumors that she never sleeps are not true.  She has no comment on the rumors about the disconcerting noises emanating from her basement. Her blog is at


Episode 41! In which we tell a fairy tale. 

Once upon a time in a faraway kingdom there lived a hard-working tailor named Albert. 

(First appeared in Lone Star Stories.) 

Samantha Henderson's short fiction and poetry have been published in Realms of Fantasy, Strange Horizons, Goblin Fruit and Weird Tales, the anthologies Running with the Pack and Fantasy, and reprinted in The Year's Best Fantasy and Science Fiction, Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded, and the upcoming Mammoth Book of Steampunk. She is the author of the Forgotten Realms novel Dawnbringer, and her first collection of poetry, The House of Forever, is coming out from Raven Electrick Ink this month. Her website is at


Episode #40! In which we bounce around.

Life repeats itself. 

(First appeared as a bonus podcast for Escape Artists forum members) 

Tina Connolly lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and young son, in a house that came with a dragon in the basement and blackberry vines in the attic. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and the anthology Unplugged: Web's Best SF 2008. Her debut fantasy novel Ironskin is now out from Tor, with a sequel forthcoming in Fall 2013. She reads stories for Podcastle and Escape Pod, among others, and runs the Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake (Look how self-referential we are!) In the summer she works as a face painter, which means a glitter-filled house is an occupational hazard. Her website is

Toasted Cake 39! In which we eat.

Matthias Fenstermacher loved onions, but hated slicing them, and so he labored to produce a tearless variety.


That first day, my salad plate was garnished with leaves of lemon balm, tiny citrus-scented flowers, signifying that one is looking for love.

Ann Leckie's "The Sad History of the Tearless Onion" first appeared on Podcastle, and Cat Rambo's "Appetite for Love" first appeared in Sybil's Garage.

Ann Leckie has published short stories in Subterranean Magazine, Strange Horizons, and Realms of Fantasy. Her story "Hesperia and Glory" was reprinted in Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2007 Edition edited by Rich Horton. Ann has worked as a waitress, a receptionist, a rodman on a land-surveying crew, and a recording engineer. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Cat Rambo writes, edits, and teaches, all from the shore of eagle-haunted Lake Sammammish, where she co-exists with two cats, a software developer, and a large number of plastic dinosaurs. See her website at for links to more of her fiction.

Toasted Cake 38! In which we archaeologe while riding around on a badger. 

It was from the plastic, not from the frame of the building we uncovered later, that we knew this was a site of the Right-Angle Culture.

First appeared right here in Nature

After a short foray into the great wide world--he has lived in Central Europe and in Turkey--T. F. Davenport has returned to the womb of university. He roams at large in the University of California system, studying linguistics and cognitive science. You can find his work at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Nature Futures, and other magazines.


Toasted Cake 37! In which we arm ourselves with sporks. 
Course Description: The world will end, is ending, has ended. Nuclear winter, Yellowstone's supervolcano, robot zombies or zombie robots--what do you do now? 

First appeared right here in Booth

Alexander Lumans graduated from the M.F.A. Fiction Program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His fiction has been published in or is forthcoming from Clarkesworld, Brain Harvest, Story Quarterly, The Cincinnati Review, Blackbird, The Normal School, American Short Fiction, Surreal South '11, and The Book of Villains. He was a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the 2010 Sewanee Writers' Conference and he won the 2011 Barry Hannah Fiction Prize from The Yalobusha Review. Recently, he was awarded a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, a Blue Mountain Center Fellowship, and a scholarship to attend the ART342 Artist Residency. He now lives and teaches in Denver, CO.


Toasted Cake 36! In which we hear about books we cannot read. 

For the entirety of its 475 pages, Why I Want to Love consists of one uninterrupted string of words. 

Excerpted from the story "Vermilion Dreams: The Complete Works of Bram Jameson", first published in Tesseracts 14: Strange Canadian Stories (Edge 2010), edited by John Robert Colombo & Brett Alexander Savory.

Claude Lalumière is the author of the collection OBJECTS OF WORSHIP (2009) and the mosaic novella THE DOOR TO LOST PAGES (2011), both from CZP. He has edited nine anthologies in various genres, with a tenth -- BIBLIOTHECA FANTASTICA (Dagan Books) -- due out in autumn 2012. He's the Fantastic Fiction columnist for The Montreal Gazette and, with Rupert Bottenberg, is the co-creator of Lost Myths, which is a live show, a collection of pop artefacts, and an online archive of cryptomythology hosted at For more about Claude, visit

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