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An audiobook science fiction and fantasy short story narration podcast. I professionally narrate Audiobooks, speculative fiction, sci-fi & fantasy stories from around the world every Monday and Friday. Most episodes are stand-alone short stories, with a few book excerpts and episodic audiobooks mixed in. From Epic fantasy to space opera, steampunk to urban sci-fi, and everything in between. This short story podcast is tailored to help bring authors and readers together, so each piece of fict ...
 
Edited by bestselling anthologist John Joseph Adams, LIGHTSPEED is a Hugo Award-winning, critically-acclaimed digital magazine. In its pages, you'll find science fiction from near-future stories and sociological SF to far-future, star-spanning SF. Plus there's fantasy from epic sword-and-sorcery and contemporary urban tales to magical realism, science-fantasy, and folk tales. Each month, LIGHTSPEED brings you a mix of originals and reprints featuring a variety of authors, from the bestseller ...
 
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Junker Joe Looking for wrecked battleships in the Kuiper belt, Joe finds something special. Simon Kewin is the author of over 100 published short and flash stories. His works have appeared in Analog, Nature, Daily Science Fiction, Abyss and Apex and many more. He is also the author of a growing number of novels. He lives deep in the English country…
 
If you’re reading this---on some godforsaken imageboard, or dog-eared book page, or in encrypted base pairs sequenced off 3D-printed oligos---you’re probably grappling with a pretty tough decision right now. Breathe. I’m not judging you. I know how it goes. You tried your best but nothing’s infallible, or you slipped up one night, or he just straig…
 
Accountability Fletcher can't stop counting. Going to work, going home, going through a portal into an alternate reality - counting is the one constant in his life. Gareth D Jones is unofficially the second most widely translated science fiction short story author in the world, having been published in 31 languages. He is a father of five, two of w…
 
Of Portals and Portents, Ch. 20 (book 4) Family is everything. Listen to the book four playlist here https://talltaletv.com/series-of-portals-and-portents/ or listen to book one http://talltaletv.com/series-monsters-mushrooms/ listen to book two http://talltaletv.com/series-of-tyrants-and-teakettles/ Listen to book three http://talltaletv.com/serie…
 
Sixpence Witch hunting isn't a bad trade if you know how to do it right. Rick Danforth resides in Yorkshire, England, where he works as a Systems Architect to fund his writing habit. When not working valiantly at the typeface or the plot mines, he can normally be found doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a type of involuntary yoga with uncomfortable pyjamas…
 
Onyx Olympus The first nocturnal dive into Olympus Mons goes differently than imagined. Robert Pettus is an English as a Second Language teacher at the University of Cincinnati. Previously, he taught for four years in a combination of rural Thailand and Moscow, Russia. He likes writing, but he never found the time or the courage to try and regularl…
 
All Kinds of Time A college football star gets a message from his future self. Matt McHugh was born in suburban Pennsylvania, attended LaSalle University in Philadelphia, and after a few years as a Manhattanite, currently calls New Jersey home. Website: mattmchugh.com ---- Story Submission ---- Got a short story you'd like to submit? Submission gui…
 
The Mad Scientist's Brother A mad scientist living in a poor, rural area gets thrust into contemporary America. Jason Lairamore is a husband, father, and medical professional. Jason is also a reader and writer of strange stories from across the science fiction, fantasy, and horror spectrum. He has a yearly garden, thinks cooking and canning are esc…
 
A Fistful of Credits This is what happens when an alien card game goes wrong. Marc Shapiro is a New York Times Bestselling author, a published short story writer, poet, comic book writer and the author of more than 90 unauthorized celebrity biographies. Recent books include Existential Jibber Jabber (poetry)Demain Publishing, Keanu Reeves Excellent…
 
Gaza looked down at the city of Nyss, surveying his creation. He thought it was perfect. Well, almost. In the city centre stood several griots spinning a tale to a captive audience, their camels and brightly-coloured caravans sheltering in the shade of palm trees. The griots should be dusty---after all they had travelled some distance, spent severa…
 
Of Portals and Portents, Ch. 19 (book 4) Yep, that's a dragon. Listen to the book four playlist here https://talltaletv.com/series-of-portals-and-portents/ or listen to book one http://talltaletv.com/series-monsters-mushrooms/ listen to book two http://talltaletv.com/series-of-tyrants-and-teakettles/ Listen to book three http://talltaletv.com/serie…
 
Butler and Barrie’s Wild Faery Land Stolen Child Carousel An enchanted carousel comes to town, but the parents get a different ride. Caleb Coy is a freelance writer with a Masters Degree in English from Virginia Tech. He was first captivated by the poetry of William Butler Yeats in high school. His writing has appeared in Mystery Magazine, Hippocam…
 
Fields of Ice When tutoring the Tyrant's children, Lector Marsius is caught in a trap, one of his own making. Jay Caselberg is an author and poet whose work has appeared in many places around the world and been translated into several languages. He currently resides in Germany. You can discover more at www.caselberg.net More TTTV stories by Jay Cas…
 
Of Portals and Portents, Ch. 18 (book 4) Everyone has their flaws, some are just more destructive than others. Listen to the book four playlist here https://talltaletv.com/series-of-portals-and-portents/ or listen to book one http://talltaletv.com/series-monsters-mushrooms/ listen to book two http://talltaletv.com/series-of-tyrants-and-teakettles/ …
 
The Fate of the Galaxy Oh, the domestic tribulations of galaxy-wrecking alien overlords! Andrew Rucker Jones is a former IT expert and American expatriate living in Germany with his Georgian wife and their three children. He quit his day job to become an author, and he has yet to regret it. You can read his blog at http://selfdefeatistnavelgazing.w…
 
Often the high road is atop a slippery slope. Listen to the book four playlist here https://talltaletv.com/series-of-portals-and-portents/ or listen to book one http://talltaletv.com/series-monsters-mushrooms/ listen to book two http://talltaletv.com/series-of-tyrants-and-teakettles/ Listen to book three http://talltaletv.com/series-of-bandits-and-…
 
This much was clear. At some point in my future, I would have access to a time machine. This was a ridiculous sentence and a tragically irrelevant concern while my wife Judi was on the floor and possibly dying, but there it was: nonsense, in the presence of death. This was the central tragic absurdity of the day. My future self had materialized in …
 
They Had Flying Cars Pulled from 1930 an accidental time traveler gets a taste of the future. Raised in New Jersey, Steve now lives in Arizona. His background is in computer hardware and software engineering. His goal is to write mainstream stories containing a single element of science fiction. His short stories have appeared in the Mensa Bulletin…
 
A Light in the Dark Everyone left to find help, leaving Angela to care for the Elderly. Annie Percik lives in London, writing novels and short stories, whilst working as a freelance editor (https://alobear.co.uk/?page_id=778). She writes a blog about writing on her website (https://alobear.co.uk/), which is where all her current publications are li…
 
She was born a low and needful thing. Hatched down in the tannin dark, dead leaf pillowed, gnashing her mouth in the loam. Burrowing deep where shed buttons and broken boot laces lay. Alone and babbling, prowling for worm-meat and snail-slick in the wet ground rot. Fattened on maggot and grub, she hardened white and lay sarcophagal. Then a second b…
 
Grah When the undead minion is the smart one of the group. Grah was originally written and published bask in 2018. I felt it was time for a revival (get it?) Old Version: https://talltaletv.com/grah/ The Pyro, by Jude Matulich-Hall: https://talltaletv.com/the-pyro/ Titles Talk & Tipples: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGN7_nicL0YWQ5c_7rmOCUw ----…
 
A Light in the Dark Aaron wants to be a demon hunter, but now he's having second thoughts. Brendan Burton is an HVAC technician by day and a wannabe writer by night. If you enjoyed his story, check out his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thefightingwriter. More TTTV stories by Brendan Burton:https://talltaletv.com/tag/brendan-burton/ ---- S…
 
When the Viking pantheon gets pushed out of Scandinavia by an encroaching new religion, they set sail to find new lands. Gustavo Bondoni is a novelist and short story writer with over three hundred stories published in fifteen countries, in seven languages. He is a member of Codex and an Active Member of SFWA. His latest science fiction novel is Sp…
 
When a village is on the edge of extinction due to an unknown illness, a goddess sends aid to a group of children in the form of magical flowers. Will they be able to figure out how to use them in time? James Rumpel is a retired high school math teacher who enjoys spending some of his time trying to turn a few of the odd ideas circling his brain in…
 
Sometimes you have to swallow your pride. Listen to the book four playlist here https://talltaletv.com/series-of-portals-and-portents/ or listen to book one http://talltaletv.com/series-monsters-mushrooms/ listen to book two http://talltaletv.com/series-of-tyrants-and-teakettles/ Listen to book three http://talltaletv.com/series-of-bandits-and-bad-…
 
Translation apps are the worst, thank goodness for premium memberships! Julia LaFond is a geoscience/astrobiology PhD candidate at Penn State University. She writes short fiction and poetry that has appeared in venues ranging from IHRAF Publishes to The Night's End Podcast. In her spare time, Julia enjoys reading and gaming. Julia LaFond's Website:…
 
Leo Gregory is losing altitude. He coasts on the thermals of a legacy fading behind him: a documentary here, a retrospective there, some greatest-hits collection down in the corner for the dilettantes. Oh, the work has lost none of its grandeur: his buildings remain timeless, his objets d’art still serve up facets upon layers from each new angle. |…
 
Stuck in a time loop, Adrian believes he has found the key to breaking out. Connor Mellegers is an author and charity governance specialist who lives and works in Toronto, Canada. When not reading or writing, you can find them running, cooking or struggling to grow a garden. ---- Story Submission ---- Got a short story you'd like to submit? Submiss…
 
With an evil scarecrow on the loose, only Sami-Jo Whittaker knows what to do! Chris Riley lives near Sacramento, California, vowing one day to move back to the Pacific Northwest. In the meantime, he teaches special education, writes cool stories, and hides from the blasting heat for six months of the year. He has had over 100 short stories publishe…
 
The black hole in the center of your heart devours everything around you. It always has, but when you were small, your event horizon was, too: you might pull in a teddy bear, your corgi puppy’s love, your grandma’s snickerdoodles. Small fuel for a small hunger. But you didn’t stay small. In school, you pulled other children into your orbit, cool ki…
 
With enough faith, anything is possible. Listen to the book four playlist here https://talltaletv.com/series-of-portals-and-portents/ or listen to book one http://talltaletv.com/series-monsters-mushrooms/ listen to book two http://talltaletv.com/series-of-tyrants-and-teakettles/ Listen to book three http://talltaletv.com/series-of-bandits-and-bad-m…
 
Some squatters are just more stubborn than others. Hey, my name's Brendan Burton. I'm an HVAC technician by day and a wannabe writer by night. If you enjoyed my story, check out my Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/thefightingwriter. ---- Story Submission ---- Got a short story you'd like to submit? Submission guidelines can be found at ht…
 
Millions watched the end season finale...and millions weren't happy. The creator is hiding, waiting for it to end...but the night has only just begun. An award-winning director, writer and producer, James’ career has spanned film, television, music videos and branded content. His work is available on numerous platforms including Gunpowder & Sky’s D…
 
A trip to Mars just got a whole lot more uncomfortable Barney is a retired math and computer science teacher, as well as a programmer in industry. Golden age SF is a favorite, and reflects in his writing, which he finally has time for. A previous story was printed in TERSEJournal.He also writes essays on gardening. While they generally are off-the-…
 
Vel faces reality as Tragedy enters the infinite tower once more. Listen to the book four playlist here https://talltaletv.com/series-of-portals-and-portents/ or listen to book one http://talltaletv.com/series-monsters-mushrooms/ listen to book two http://talltaletv.com/series-of-tyrants-and-teakettles/ Listen to book three http://talltaletv.com/se…
 
When a spell goes awry, the great prophecy gets an unexpected hero. Jennifer Lee Rossman is a queer, disabled, and autistic author and editor from the land of carousels and Rod Serling. Find more of their work on their website http://jenniferleerossman.blogspot.com and follow them on Twitter as they yell about dinosaurs and live tweet movies @JenLR…
 
Freedom means walking through the park on a cloudy Tuesday afternoon, instead of being locked up in the hospital or a group home. Caleb was released from the hospital this morning, not because he’s well---he knows he’ll never be what the doctors call well---but because they had nothing left to offer him. He dutifully took their pills when he was lo…
 
When that woman sashayed into the Cairo Bar, Agamemnon Jacques knew he had a case on his hands. Jay Caselberg is an Australian author and poet whose work has appeared around the world and been translated into several languages. From time to time, it gets shortlisted for awards. He currently resides in Germany. More TTTV stories by Jay Caselberghttp…
 
Sometimes time needs a little nudge. Fran sold a humorous mainstream short story to eHumor (Which promptly folded but please do NOT assume it was because of her story!), has won original speaking contests and wrote numerous business articles for local publications and for VDTA (Vacuum Dealer Trade Association). She's currently an officer for Author…
 
The two greatest gunfighters in the west both have amazing talents and even more amazing secrets. When they face each other, which one's talent will be victorious. James Rumpel retired from teaching high school math in the spring of 2018. A couple of months later he decided to try and turn some of the many odd ideas circling his brain into science …
 
Tana was in a humid cave checking the rind on a round of Tomme when the messenger arrived to tell her that the war was lost and her wife was to be hanged. She took her time rewrapping the cheese before she responded. Still too soft. Another week, she estimated. The rind was a beautiful blue-black shade that would catch a maid’s eye in the market. R…
 
An old enemy enters the stage while Errik attempts a minor mutiny. Listen to the book four playlist here https://talltaletv.com/series-of-portals-and-portents/ or listen to book one http://talltaletv.com/series-monsters-mushrooms/ listen to book two http://talltaletv.com/series-of-tyrants-and-teakettles/ Listen to book three http://talltaletv.com/s…
 
There are no ghosts in space, only spirits wanting to go home. Author p.d.r. lindsay -(no capitals please in tribute to a favourite poet, e. e. cummings) - is passionate about words, feels the loss of people like Shakespeare, those who wrote the King James Bible, poets who made words dance, like Gerard Manley Hopkins. She's published over 100 short…
 
As unexplained creatures begin to bleed into our world, events threaten a mother's love for her only son. Elana Gomel was born in a country that no longer exists and has lived in many others that may, or may not, be on the road to extinction. She currently resides in California. She is an academic with a long list of books and articles, specializin…
 
Locked in stone for eternity, how do you show someone you care? Michael Balletti lives in New Jersey. His work has appeared or will soon appear in Thirteen Podcast, Sci-Fi Lampoon Magazine, Novel Noctule, Lovecraftiana, The Weird and Whatnot, Theme of Absence and 200 CCs, among others. ---- Story Submission ---- Got a short story you'd like to subm…
 
Some spirits haunt, others simply loved life. Eisuke Aikawa is a fiction writer based in Fukuoka, Japan. He has authored two collections of short stories, Hiking (2017) and Kumo wo hanareta tsuki (2018). His short fiction has appeared in venues such as Bungakukai, Hidden Authors, and Taberu no ga osoi. His first novel, Hannah no inai jugatsu wa, wa…
 
An asteroid seed promises a surfer the perfect wave L. R. Conti is a science editor and writer based in California. Her short fiction is published or forthcoming in Daily Science Fiction, Nature: Futures, Word Balloon Book Anthologies, and elsewhere. You can find more about her at www.lisarconti.com and on Twitter @lisarconti. ---- Story Submission…
 
I’d always known Calam would run. He had all the signs. A taut restlessness, body brittle as an overstretched lute string, when we stayed too long in one place. A gloom in his eyes, as we drifted through stretches of dead space. A sullen crease between the brows, whenever I tried to ask how he’d landed in that dead-end Martian workshop at seventeen…
 
Some adventuring parties just aren't meant to work well together. Listen to the book four playlist here https://talltaletv.com/series-of-portals-and-portents/ or listen to book one http://talltaletv.com/series-monsters-mushrooms/ listen to book two http://talltaletv.com/series-of-tyrants-and-teakettles/ Listen to book three http://talltaletv.com/se…
 
Too boring to make your own friends and followers? No Worries! Come on down to the Personality Emporium! Andrew Rucker Jones is a former IT expert and American expatriate living in Germany with his Georgian wife and their three children. He quit his day job to become an author, and he has yet to regret it. You can read his blog at http://selfdefeat…
 
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