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December 2020 ISSUE

The Last Days of Old Night

This episode features “The Last Days of Old Night” written by Michael Swanwick. Published in the December 2020 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker.

The text version of this story can be found at:
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/swanwick_12_20

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December 2020 ISSUE

The Last Days of Old Night

Through chaos and old night, the three brothers journeyed. Sometimes they rode and sometimes they strode. When they rode, their steeds snorted cold steam from their nostrils and obsidian hooves struck sparks from the rock. When they strode, their feet sank in the earth to their ankles. The sky was lit only by witch fires. [...]

July 2020 ISSUE

Artificial People

This episode features “Artificial People” written by Michael Swanwick. Published in the July 2020 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine, read by Alethea Kontis, and hosted by Kate Baker.

The text version of this story can be found at:
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/swanwick_07_20

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July 2020 ISSUE

Artificial People

My first moment of consciousness pleased me so much that I wanted it to last forever. An insect hanging upon invisible wings, a dust mote jittering in a sunbeam, the flash of motion that was a vanished tetra in the fish tank, the smell of coffee from the break room . . . My brain was sparking. Everything [...]

January 2018 ISSUE

For I Have Lain Me Down on the Stone of Loneliness and I'll Not Be Back Again

This episode features “For I Have Lain Me Down on the Stone of Loneliness and I’ll Not Be Back Again” written by Michael Swanwick. Originally published in Asimov’ Science Fiction, August 2011. Reprint in the January 2018 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker.

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http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/swanwick_01_18_reprint

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January 2018 ISSUE

For I Have Lain Me Down on the Stone of Loneliness and I'll Not Be Back Again

Ich am of Irlaunde,
And of the holy londe
      Of Irlande.
Gode sire, pray ich the,
For of saynte chairité
Come ant daunce with me
      In Irlaunde.
(Anon.)

The bullet scars were still visible on the pillars of the General Post Office [...]

April 2017 ISSUE

Ancient Engines

This episode features “Ancient Engines” by Michael Swanwick from the April issue of Clarkesworld Magazine. Read by Kate Baker.

Text of this story can be found at: http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/swanwick_04_17_reprint

Originally published in Asimov’s Science Fiction, February 1999.

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April 2017 ISSUE

Ancient Engines

“Planning to live forever, Tiktok?”
The words cut through the bar’s chatter and gab and silenced them. The silence reached out to touch infinity and then, “I believe you’re talking to me?” a mech said.
The drunk laughed. “Ain’t nobody else here sticking needles in his face, is there?”
The old man saw it all. He lightly touched [...]

October 2016 ISSUE

The Very Pulse of the Machine

Our seventh podcast for October is “The Very Pulse of the Machine” written by Michael Swanwick and read by Kate Baker.

 
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First published in Asimov’s Science Fiction, February 1998.
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October 2016 ISSUE

The Very Pulse of the Machine

Click.
The radio came on.
“Hell.”
Martha kept her eyes forward, concentrated on walking. Jupiter to one shoulder, Daedalus’s plume to the other. Nothing to it. Just trudge, drag, trudge, drag. Piece of cake.
“Oh.”
She chinned the radio off.
Click.
“Hell. Oh. Kiv. El. Sen.”
“Shut up, shut up, shut up!” Martha gave the rope an angry jerk, making the sledge carrying [...]