Results tagged “podcasts”

Toasted Cake 95! In which we keep an eye on the cookies. 

When Mrs. Wallace looked through her oven door, the gingerbread man woke up. 

(First appeared right here in Raven Electrick.)

Vylar Kaftan has published several dozen short stories in such places as Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and COSMOS, as well as an Incan Empire alternate history novella in Asimov's. She was nominated for a Nebula Award in 2011 for her short story, "I'm Alive, I Love You, I'll See You in Reno". Four years ago, she founded FOGcon, a science fiction convention in the San Francisco Bay Area. She blogs at and tweets as @vylar_kaftan

Toasted Cake 94! In which you tell stories of the sea. 

You will come to me tonight. You will press your feet into the damp sand, and I will creep to you, soft and cold

Spencer Ellsworth wrote his first novel at seven years old and never recovered. In the years since, he's worked in wilderness survival and publishing; he's currently an English teacher, ruining Shakespeare for first-year college students. He also plays bass in the band Pawnbroker. He lives in Bellingham, Washington, with his wife, fantasy artist Chrissy Ellsworth, and three children of the apocalypse. 

Dave Thompson is the host and co-editor of PodCastle, the weekly fantasy fiction magazine. Recently, he's been narrating a lot of audiobooks including Tim Pratt's Briarpatch, Greg van Eekhout's Norse Code, and James Maxey's Bitterwood. 

Toasted Cake 93! In which we reconsider disco. 

Peter had a weakness for glam rock and roller skating -- bad habits from his days at Cal. 

Writer Brent Bowen is co-host and producer for the Parsec award-winning podcast Adventures in Scifi Publishing, and he's studied at the 2009 Viable Paradise XIII writer's workshop. He lives in a Kansas City suburb with his wife, two children, mutt Monty and pretty boy golden retriever Rufus. Learn more about Brent and his work at You also can follow Brent on Twitter where he goes by the handle SplitLegend

A Maine transplant, our narrator Matt Haynes has been happily playing in PDX for over 8 years. He is delighted to be with Toasted Cake, narrating for the first time. Matt is the artistic director of The Pulp Stage theatre company, currently taking submissions for the "Pocket Pulp Project" at

Toasted Cake 92! In which we slip out to the giant camp by the lake. 

Franklin Connor said once that the world came to an end the day Misty Connor did three cartwheels on the front lawn of the Connor Savings & Loan. 

(First appeared in On Spec.) 

Tina Connolly lives on a puffy white cloud with her family of three hedgehogs, two grand pianos, and a copperhead hydra. Her stories have been written in moon dust and inscribed on the rings of Saturn. Her plays have been performed by a traveling troupe of vervet monkeys. Her podcasts are beamed into your earballs every time you go under that one bridge on the way to work. Oh, and COPPERHEAD, the sequel to the Nebula-nominated novel IRONSKIN, comes out this Tuesday from Tor.

Toasted Cake 91! In which we dissect. 

My holding cell fills with the gas, the sedative they use when they wish to experiment. 

(First appeared in the War of the Worlds: Frontlines anthology.) 

David works for an engineering design firm in Minnesota. His fiction has appeared in Escape Pod, Bull Spec, Pseudopod, Drabblecast, and many others. He edits the ezine Diabolical Plots, and is also the co-creator of the Submissions Grinder, a free writer's tool that provides a submission tracker and fiction market listings with response time statistics. Find him at

Toasted Cake 90! In which we sprout fur. 

Her son was a year grown when the dream started.

First appeared right here in Clarkesworld.

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 Mammoth Book of Steampunk. She is the author of the Forgotten Realms novel Dawnbringer, and the poetry collection, The House of Forever. Her website is at

Toasted Cake 89! In which we attend a wedding, with a cat in a handbag. 

An English church. An August wedding. 

(First appeared right here in Nature's Futures.) 

Deborah Walker grew up in the most English town in the country, but she soon high-tailed it down to London, where she now lives with her partner, Chris, and her two young children. Her stories have appeared in Nature's Futures, Cosmos and Daily Science Fiction. You can frequently find her in the British Museum, or on her blog at

Toasted Cake 88! In which we complicate literary criticism. 

... the researcher in parahistorical literature faces a multitude of new worlds, each following its own timeline and offering its own literary development. 

Benjamin Blattberg is a freelance writer currently living in Texas. He writes a webcomic called Voyages, about a Franciscan monk lost in Fairyland, which borrows freely from Douglas Adams and P.G. Wodehouse and which can be found at

Toasted Cake 87! In which we dive and defend. 

In diving Thumbs-up does not mean okay. 
   Surface, it signals. Abort

"Dalton's Law" by Helena Bell first appeared right here in Rattle

In your strange stomach, 
This delicious pastrami 
May well be poison. 

"Seven Standpoints From Which to Defend Your Sandwich From a Hungry Alien" by D. T. Friedman first appeared right here in After Ever After

Helena Bell is an occasional poet, writer, and international traveler which means that over half of what she says is completely made up, the other half is probably made up, and the third half is about the condition of the roads. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Indiana Review, Clarkesworld, and Shimmer. 

D. T. Friedman is a doctor of Internal Medicine, specializing in Palliative Care with a focus on in-hospital bioethics and guidance for patients and families in difficult decision-making circumstances. She is currently starting an MBA, writing a science fiction novel geared toward teenage girls, and doing some rather exciting research on sickle cell disease. Her short stories can be found in venues such as Shimmer Magazine and the Dark Faith Anthology. Sometimes she juggles fire.

Toasted Cake 86! In which we consider our vacation dimensions. 

Were you folks caught up in that solar flare on the way in? Oh, so sorry to hear that, but the Aurora must have been beautiful! 

Tara Campbell is a Washington, D.C.-based writer of crossover sci-fi. With a BA in English and an MA in German Language and Literature, she has a demonstrated aversion to money and power, despite living in a city obsessed with both. Her work has appeared in the Washington Independent Review of Books, Potomac Review Blog, Hogglepot Journal, Lorelei Signal, GlassFire Magazine and the WiFiles. Find her at

Toasted Cake 85! In which we confront our duplicity. 

I am shadow. Michael repeated his mantra like a ward. I am night personified. I am as constant as time. 

Jeff lives with his wife in the woods of Northern Minnesota, where he divides the seasons into canoeing, cross-country skiing, and those few weeks in between when his writing output improves. His fiction has appeared in Intergalactic Medicine Show, Jim Baen's Universe, and the Unidentified Funny Objects anthology from UFO Publishing.

Toasted Cake 84! In which we make good use of OKCupid. 

It started with the caterpillars. 

(First appeared right here in Daily SF.) 

Sylvia Spruck Wrigley is an aviation and fantasy writer. Born in Heidelberg, she spent her childhood in California and now splits her time between southeast Wales and Andalucia, two coastal regions with almost nothing in common. Her new non-fiction book, Why Planes Crash: 2001, came out in May. The series explores 21st century aviation disasters and brings the investigations to life. Find out more about it at Find out more about Sylvia at

Toasted Cake 83! In which we avoid being mid-rats.

Mother died today, or maybe it was yesterday; I wasn't there to notice. 

First appeared in Penumbra, in the Zombie Apocalypse issue. 

Anatoly Belilovsky was born in a city that changed six or seven owners in the last 100 years, learned English from Star Trek reruns, and is now a pediatrician in an area of Brooklyn, New York, where English is the fourth most commonly spoken language. He is a SFWA member with stories in Nature, Ideomancer, Kasma, Stupefying Stories, and Andromeda Spaceways, among other publications. Unlike most other writers, he is not owned by any cats. 

Toasted Cake 82! In which we go to that Prairie Sun, Prairie Star thing, whatever it's called.

"They do still feed us in first class, don't they? It may have been a few years, but I do remember that." 

First appeared in Brain Harvest. 

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 81! In which we are you.

Are they weapons?

First appeared right here in Jabberwocky.

Bogi Takács is a psycholinguist, a popular-science journalist, a religious fundamentalist and a fan of Spivak pronouns. Eir speculative work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Stone Telling, Innsmouth free Press and Astropoetica, among others.

Toasted Cake 80! In which we arrive at our destination. 

In one half mile, take the exit left, then turn left. 

First appeared at Every Day Fiction. 

Robert Lowell Russell, a native Texan, lives with his family in southeastern Ohio. He is a former librarian and current nursing school student. Rob likes to write about all sorts of stuff but frequently includes action and humor in his work. He once aspired to become a history professor but found working with the real world too constraining. He's currently working on an alternate history fantasy novel incorporating elements of his previous research in Native American history and culture. For links to more of Robert Lowell Russell's stories (or to see him dressed like a ninja) visit: 

Toasted Cake 79! In which we call her, simply, the Moon in the Hill. 

Do not seek her at night, hum the grasses poking through cracks in the concrete underneath. That is when she is meant to be brilliant. That is when she rages against her chains. 

Cheryl A. Warner lives and writes in Silicon Valley with her husband and two super-dogs, Lois and Clark. She has been published in Swamp Biscuits and Tea and Luna Station Quarterly among others and is also a slush reader for Clarkesworld Magazine. She blogs about her writing and reading habits at

Toasted Cake 78! In which we swim with sharks. 

They dragged me into the lifeboat, fingers digging in to my arms. 

Originally appeared right here as the winner of the Tenebris Press Flash Fiction contest, 2012. 

E. C. Ambrose is the author of "The Dark Apostle" historical fantasy series inspired by 14th century medicine: when bleeding was a way to heal, and magic, a way to die. The series launched with Elisha Barber, on July 2, 2013 from DAW books. The author lives in beautiful New England with a very patient dog. Find more info at

Toasted Cake 77! In which we reconsider our alliances. 

"You're breaking up with us?" Supreme Chancellor Rosalita Singh fought to keep her voice from rising above the general hubbub of the room. 

Evan Dicken's work has most recently appeared in 10Flash Quarterly, Stupefying Stories, and Ray Gun Revival, and he has stories forthcoming in Daily Science Fiction, Chaosium, and Tales of the Unanticipated.

Toasted Cake 76! In which we hold your memories. 

Every time the shadow puppets play someone is saying goodbye. 

First appeared right here in Daily SF.

Liz's short stories and comics can be found in places like Strange Horizons, Apex, Daily Science Fiction, The Girls Guide to Guy Stuff, and This is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death. Her previous incarnations include circus manager, refuge worker, artists' model, research officer for the Order of Australia Awards, and extensive work in the not-for-profit sector. As Betsy Nails she is a Non Skating Official with the Rat City Roller Girls, and she has an ongoing webcomic, Things Without Arms and Without Legs. Find her at or at her Clarion Write-A-Thon page.

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