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PC 476: Clay and Smokeless Fire  

Welcome to PodCastle’s first Eid issue. by Saladin Ahmed read by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali hosted by Farah Rishi First published in Slate Magazine Rated PG-13 Qumqam stood upside-down atop a cellphone tower, twirling at its pinnacle on his fingertip. When the humans had first started to besmirch the Earth with the things, Qumqam had thought them… Continue Reading PC 476: Clay and Smokeless Fire

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PC 475: The Dauphin’s Metaphysics  

by Eric Schwitzgebel read by Tatiana Grey First published in Unlikely Story Rated PG-13. “— which suggests possible applications, if the cobbler is much younger. Don’t you think, Miss Professor?” The Dauphin sat twelve rows back — teenage heir apparent to the throne, playing at Academy student — smug smile, a ring of vacant seats… Continue Reading PC 475: The Dauphin’s Metaphysics

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PC 474: Asymmetry  

by Kendra Fortmeyer read by Dagny Paul hosted by Setsu Uzume First published in Forge Journal Rated PG-13. She arrived at his apartment ten minutes late and discovered that she was already there. The woman was a champion worrier, but this was something she had not thought to worry about. She had considered: is this… Continue Reading PC 474: Asymmetry

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PC 473: The Wizard of 63rd Street  

by Shane Halbach read by Dominick Rabrun A PodCastle Original! Rated PG-13. 2016 Russell walked past the Check-‘n-Go and the cell phone shops on either side of it. It was cold, and the bare branches of the leafless trees reached up to snatch plastic bags from the sky. He paused at a bit of graffiti… Continue Reading PC 473: The Wizard of 63rd Street

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PC 472: The Chaos Village — Part 2  

by M.K. Hutchins read by Heath Miller A PodCastle original! The ground under Rob’s feet shifted from sand to jagged shale and back again. The mountains folded into valleys, then spiked into cliffs. The green clouds turned into triangles and tried to stab him in the back, but crumpled and fell off. Rob turned another… Continue Reading PC 472: The Chaos Village — Part 2

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PodCastle Miniature 98: Traveling Mercies  

by Rachael K Jones read by Khaalidah Muhammed-Ali First published in Strange Horizons. Rated PG. In the old stories, strangers at the door could be disguised gods, so you had to invite them in. It was a sin to turn away a guest. Atithi devo bhava. Sanskrit: the guest is God. I am not God,… Continue Reading PodCastle Miniature 98: Traveling Mercies

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PC 471: The Chaos Village — Part 1  

by M.K. Hutchins read by Heath Miller A PodCastle original! The ground under Rob’s feet shifted from sand to jagged shale and back again. The mountains folded into valleys, then spiked into cliffs. The green clouds turned into triangles and tried to stab him in the back, but crumpled and fell off. Rob turned another… Continue Reading PC 471: The Chaos Village — Part 1

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PC 470: The Thirty-Seven Faces of Tokh-Bathon  

by Effie Seiberg read by Jen R Albert hosted by Matt Dovey A PodCastle Original! Rated PG. I’ve counted eleven thousand, six hundred and fifty two tiny soldiers carved in marble relief on the outer walls that ring the temple, though I’ve only named seventeen of them. Each one has a pointed headpiece, a carved… Continue Reading PC 470: The Thirty-Seven Faces of Tokh-Bathon

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PC 469: Ravana’s Children  

by Ian Muneshwar read by Kaushik Narasimhan hosted by Setsu Uzume A PodCastle original! Rated PG-13. It was the end of a summer that burned through Queens quick as a fever, and Jamie couldn’t sleep. He twisted in his sheets, kicking them to the bottom of the bed, and watched his box fan. The blades… Continue Reading PC 469: Ravana’s Children

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PC 468: Sigrid Under the Mountain  

by Charlotte Ashley read by Nina Niskanen hosted by Graeme Dunlop First published in F&SF After Esja produced sour milk three days in a row, Sigrid knew she had a problem. Leaving the pail of greenish milk next to her stool, she trudged off in the grey light of the early morning towards the barley… Continue Reading PC 468: Sigrid Under the Mountain

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PC 467: How I Became Coruscating Queen of All the Realms, Pierced the Obsidian Night, Destroyed a Legendary Sword, and Saved My Heart’s True Love  

by Baker and Dovey read by Aimee Kuzenski hosted by Graeme Dunlop First published in No Sh!t There I Was…. Rated R for adult content No shit, there I was, knee-deep in necromantic weasels in the lair of the mad wizard-king, when Korgar and Elutriel both decided it was time to win my affections once and for… Continue Reading PC 467: How I Became Coruscating Queen of All the Realms, Pierced the Obsidian Night, Destroyed a Legendary Sword, and Saved My Heart’s True Love

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PodCastle Miniature 97: When I Had Eyes, I Didn’t See  

by Anna Yeatts read by Dani Daly hosted by Jen Albert First published in Penumbra Rated R for disturbing themes and imagery I had eyes once. Before the Lift-man came. Now I have knobs, smooth and black and round as pegs. I touch them with my fingertips and try to remember what it felt like,… Continue Reading PodCastle Miniature 97: When I Had Eyes, I Didn’t See

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PC 466: Blood Stone Water  

by Amanda Fitzwater read by Amanda Fitzwater hosted by Graeme Dunlop First published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies Rated PG-13 Tau bit deeper with her paddle, and green water hushed beneath the oka hull. Nhia sat in the bow, serene as when they’d pushed off from Ia that sunrise to a farewell ululation. Her fingertips trailed… Continue Reading PC 466: Blood Stone Water

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PC 465: Never Truly Yours  

by Marion Deeds read by Abra Staffin-Wiebe hosted by Graeme Dunlop A PodCastle Original! Rated PG-13 October 13, 1931 Dear Neville I remember you asked me once, darling, how I got my outrageous name. You were laughing, a highball glass in your hand, at the time——convinced, I’m sure, that I would have some witty story… Continue Reading PC 465: Never Truly Yours

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PC 464: Needle Mouth  

by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam read by Setsu Uzume hosted by Graeme Dunlop A PodCastle Original! Rated R When Hana Samsa woke from a fevered nap one afternoon, she found that she had been transformed into an enormous mosquito. At the foot of her bed, her tiny legs thumped against an empty bottle of Becherovka; she’d… Continue Reading PC 464: Needle Mouth

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PodCastle 463: A Dozen by Dunsany  

by Lord Dunsany read by Wilson Fowlie, Setsu Uzume, Graeme Dunlop, Eric Luke, Matt Dovey, Aidan Doyle, Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali, Cheyenne Wright, Tina Connolly, Steve Anderson, Jen Albert, Amal el-Mohtar. hosted by Peter Wood, MK Hobson, Dave Thompson. First published in Fifty-One Tales in April, 1915. Rated PG. The True Story of the Hare and the Tortoise… Continue Reading PodCastle 463: A Dozen by Dunsany

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PodCastle 462, ARTEMIS RISING: Stay  

by K.C. Ball read by Tina Connolly hosted by Kelly Robson A PodCastle Original! Rated PG-13. An almost-bass voice said something I didn’t catch. Higher voices giggled, then five kids moved out of the shadows into the hard light of the parking lot. Two boys, three girls; none a day beyond eighteen. Bumping against each… Continue Reading PodCastle 462, ARTEMIS RISING: Stay

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PodCastle 461, ARTEMIS RISING: Fated Ink  

by Siobhan Gallegher read by Setsu Uzume hosted by Isabel Yap A PodCastle Original! Rated PG. The front door goes ding-a-ling and in walks a young woman, with bouncing blonde curls, bright blue eyes, blemish-free skin. The picture of perfection, some would say. But I know better. I’ve seen girls like her, and I’ll see… Continue Reading PodCastle 461, ARTEMIS RISING: Fated Ink

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PodCastle 460, ARTEMIS RISING: The Settlement  

by Wendi Dunlap read by Kimberly Taylor A PodCastle Original! Rated R, for violence, adult themes. They file out into the predawn chill before the rest of the settlement is awake. Cloaked by a thick fog and the still darkness of a waning night, they carry shovels and picks. Despite the high collars and low… Continue Reading PodCastle 460, ARTEMIS RISING: The Settlement

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PodCastle 459, ARTEMIS RISING: Ice Bar  

by Petra Kuppers read by Marguerite Croft hosted by Bogi Takács A PodCastle Original! Rated PG. She emerged into the bright sunshine, some daynight after. She looked up to the sky, some daynight after. The sun looked different, somehow, not doubled, exactly, but there was a too-muchness in the air. And a new color to… Continue Reading PodCastle 459, ARTEMIS RISING: Ice Bar

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