Our fourth podcast for July is “Sephine and the Leviathan” written by Jack Schouten and read by Kate Baker.
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HUGO AWARD-WINNING SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY MAGAZINE
Wake up, killer. For a year, two, you’ve been the static hum of space, floating, spread out over a solar system, asleep, invisible.
Girl born on Helio 70, you.
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Little skeez life crouched on a side street in the darkest spiral neighborhood.
Musical genius, you.
It started as humming. You watched people walk the spiral streets [...]
Falling. Rebecca and I are falling. My daughter and I—so high it seems impossible that we could survive. We are in the back seat of a taxi that has somehow unhitched from its arcing track between the skyscrapers.
Theory 1: Your last thought is your least important. It is a dead-end wisp that will vanish in [...]
Once upon a time1, one single processor filled five whole rooms, one per pipeline stage. Myriad pinballs flooded through the processor and (so I’ve been told) you could chase them from one stage to another to see its machinations in action. The pinballs clicked, clacked, and crunched through gates and slammed into the maws of [...]
CHAPTER 3/6: TRAJECTORY
Entombed inside the cannibalized q-cannon, Sephine counts pebbles in her mind. She has had to wrap her filament wings around her to fit inside the narrow cylinder, and when the cannon begins its countdown, starts to rumble, claustrophobia sets in.
She reaches sixty-seven pebbles before she feels her wings quiver sharply once, and [...]
The illness came so suddenly nothing could be done. When he woke it was yesterday.
At first he thought the problem was with his phone’s display, but then everything that happened had happened the day before.
His boss yelled at him because he hadn’t finished his reports. Sentence for sentence, word for word the same. That night [...]
Tahira Ghani stared down at all that was left of the trespasser, the stunner pointed down at the summer yellow grass. The big California condor she had interrupted spread it’s huge stretch of wings and gave a reproachful squawk, scattering the smaller turkey vultures. A hot breeze washed their carrion scent over her, but she [...]
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