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Sep 30, 2017

Chocolate Milkshake #314 by Caroline M. Yoachim.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  Featuring an afterword by Caroline M. Yoachim.  #SF #SciFi #blackholes #milkshakes #fiction #flashfiction #flashfictionmonth #podcast


The day we found out we didn't have enough fuel to escape our orbit, Carlos programmed the replicator to make a chocolate milkshake.  He figured if we only had 628 days left to live - a mere 628 days until we were stretched spaghetti thin by the tidal forces of the black hole - he at least wanted one last chocolate milkshake.


Caroline M. Yoachim lives in Seattle and loves cold, cloudy weather.  She is the author of dozens of short stories, appearing in Lightspeed, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, and Asimov's, among other places.  Her debut short story collection, Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World & Other Stories, came out with Fairwood Press in 2016.  You can find her online at and on Twitter @CarolineYoachim.


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Sep 9, 2017

Beacon by K.S. O'Neill.  Featuring an afterword by K.S. O'Neill.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #SciFi #wreckers #aliens #flashfiction #flashfictionmonth


"There was a survivor.

Sarah heard Elena calling from across the wreckage, and saw her daughter's lantern waving in the dark and the driving rain.  The sound of the storm's wild surf wafted in from the tip of the Cape a mile away..."


K.S. O'Neill's fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Plasma Frequency Magazine, and in the Orthogonal SF anthology "Code".  When he's not writing, he teaches at a small college on the Texas coast.


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Jul 16, 2017

Almost Angels by Ian McHugh.  Featuring an afterword read by Ian McHugh.  Narrated by J.S. Arquin.  #robots #space #SciFi #zombieslugs #angels


It had been Nipper's idea, to follow the humans back to the stars.  Eccentric, the humans might have said, or even faulty.  But how could all five of them have the same fault?


Ian McHugh's first success as a fiction writer was winning the short story contest at the 2004 Australian National SF convention.  Since then, his stories have appeared in publications including Asimov's Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, the Escape Artists podcasts, and Australian year's best anthologies.  His short story collection, Angel Dust, was shortlisted for Best Collection at Australia's Aurealis Awards in 2015.  In 2017 he'll have his first story in a world years's best collection, Gardner Dozois's The Year's Best Science Fiction.  Find him online at


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Jul 3, 2017

Long As I Can See The Light by Maria Haskins.  Featuring as afterword by Maria Haskins.  Narrated by J.S. Arquin.  #SciFi  #Aliens  #PNW


"Thomas, why do you think I brought you here?"

"To kill me.  Or to let them take me away.  One way or another, you will destroy me."

She sighs.

"What is it you think happened when the light came?  Can you tell me that?"


Maria Haskins is a Swedish-Canadian writer and translator.  She writes speculative fiction and poetry, and debuted as a writer in Sweden in the 1980s.  Since 1992 she lives in Canada, and is currently located just outside Vancouver with a husband, two kids, and a very large black dog.  Her most recent published book is "Dark Flash", a collection os flash fiction stories.  Her work has also appeared in, or will be appearing in, Flash Fiction Online, Shimmer, Gamut, Capricious, and elsewhere.  Find her online at and on Twitter @mariahaskins.


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Jun 15, 2017

How to Paper Train Your Dragon by Nadya Duke.  Featuring an afterword by Nadya Duke.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #Fantasy #Dragons #Unicorns #Magic #Sisters  #comedy


"I'll tell you how NOT to paper train your dragon.  Don't bap it on the nose with a wooden practice sword.  It will light the sword on fire and then..."


Nadya Duke is a licensed electrical engineer who now makes her living as a product manager for a software company.  She is a graduate of the Viable Paradise writing workshop and her work has appeared in Crossed Genres magazine.  Nadya lives in Portland, OR and makes an excellent Manhattan.  Find her online at


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Jun 1, 2017

Tessa by Edward Ashton.  Featuring an afterword by Edward Ashton.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #SciFi #space


"I look around the cafeteria.  There's a lot of stuff wafting through the air now, some of it heavy, and some of it sharp.  This would be a dangerous place to be if gravity came back.

   Of course, gravity's not coming back.  We're in an elevator at the top of infinity, and the cable has just been cut."


Edward Ashton lives in Rochester, New York with his inordinately patient wife, three beautiful daughters, and an adorably mopey dog named Max.  He sold his first short story to Raphael Alvarez for a sheet pizza, and has since then published in dozens of venues, ranging from Louisiana Literature to Daily Science Fiction and Escape Pod.  His first novel, Three Days in April, was released by HarperCollins in 2015.  His second is in the final stages of editing, with a scheduled release date of June 2017.  You can find him online at 


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May 14, 2017

Graveyard Shift by Holly Schofield.  Featuring an afterword by Holly Schofield.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #SciFi  #podcast  


"When Ryan Leong received the call about his mother's death, he had one foot crammed in a tree fork and the other dangling over an electrified fence."


Holly Schofield travels through time at the rate of one second per second, oscillating between alternate realities of city and country life.  Her fiction has been published in Lightspeed's "Women Destroy Science Fiction", Unlikely Story, Crossed Genres, and many other venues.  She lives in British Columbia.  For more of her work see:


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May 2, 2017

The Trouble With Vacations by Robert Bagnall.  Featuring an afterword by Robert Bagnall.  Read by J.S. Arqun.  #SciFi  #podcast


"He wiped his hand across his forehead and came away with a palmsmear of pinky-red nanomites.  He watched as they coalesced into a single vermillion tear that ran down his pinky and dropped down onto the hard plastic surface of the bed-like layout.  From there they found their way back into one of the sinkholes.  It looked like a self-propelled bloodclot.  He could feel the remaining nanomites crawling off his body and away.

 Damn crummy vacation routine.  So shoddy the program didn't even bother getting all the mites back into the layout before it woke him up."


Robert Bagnall is an English writer who has completed four undistinguished marathons, but holds a world record for eating cream teas.  The two may be related.

His speculative fiction has appeared in a variety of magazines, websites, and anthologies since the early 1990s.  His words also very occasionally cropped up on radio, in newspapers, and out of the mouths of UK government ministers, for whom he was briefly a speechwriter.  He is currently taking a break from corporate wageslavery to renovate a Victorian villa on the English Riviera.

He can find his musings on science fiction and writing at, and his non-fiction book "127a - Diary of a Self-Builder" on Amazon.  His science fiction novel "2084" will be released by Double Dragon Publications in late 2017.  He doesn't like dogs and is allergic to cats.  


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Apr 15, 2017

A Long Fuse to a Slow Detonation by Anaea Lay.  Featuring an afterword by Anaea Lay.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #SciFi #Podcast 


"Marni nodded, smiled, wished him luck.  Just before he went through the doors, she yelled at him, then performed a perfect pirouette and did not overcompensate with either hip.  They blew kisses.

Then Marni went back to her room and built her bomb."


Anaea Lay lives in Seattle, Washington where she writes, cooks, plays board games, reads too much, and sells real estate under another name.  She's the fiction podcast editor for Strange Horizons where you can hear her read a new short story nearly every week.  Her fiction has appeared in a variety of venues, including Lightspeed, Apex, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Podcastle.  She lives online at where you can find a complete bibliography and her blog.  Follow her on Twitter @anaealay.


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Apr 1, 2017

Episode 52:  Skin in the Game by Jeff Samson.  Our 2 year anniversary episode!!!  Featuring an afterword by the author.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #SciFi  


Jeff Samson brews Irish stout when he's not writing science fiction and occasionally drinks it when he is.  His work can be found in numerous publications, including Nature Magazine, Cast of Wonders, Perihelion, and Lore.  Jeff lives in the great Garden State of New Jersey with his wife and children, and no cats.  Find him online at  


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Mar 19, 2017

Episode 51: Showing the Colours by M. Darusha Wehm.  Featuring an afterword by the author.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  

M. Darusha Wehm is the three-time Parsec Award shortlisted author of five science fiction novels, most recently Children of Arkadia (Bundoran Press).  Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in many venues, including Nature, Escape Pod, Mothership Zeta, and several anthologies.  Writing as Darusha Wehm (withot the M.) she is the author of the Devi Jones Locker series and is the editor of the crime and mystery magazine Plan B.  She is originally from Canada but currently lives in Wellington, New Zealand after spending several years traveling at sea on her sailboat.  Find her online at


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Mar 1, 2017

A Slow Constant Path by Erica L. Satifka.  Featuring an afterword by the author.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #scifi #cats

Erica L. Satifka is a writer and/or friendly construct, forged in a heady mix of iced coffee and sarcasm.  She enjoys rainy days, questioning reality, ignoring her to-do list, and adding to her collection of tattoos.  Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Shimmer, Lightspeed, and Intergalactic Medicine Show, and her debut novel Stay Crazy was released in August 2016 by Apex Publications.  Originally from Pittsburgh, she now lives in Portland, Oregon with her spouse Rob and an indeterminate number of cats.  Find her online at .


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Feb 6, 2017

Welcome to the Adrenaline Age by Jen Finelli.  Featuring an afterword by the author.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #SciFi #Humor


Jen Finelli is a world-traveling scifi writer who has ridden a motorcycle in a tropical monsoon, crawled into a flaming car, found Greek wall-poetry in a city's underground tunnels, gotten locked in a German nunnery, showered under a jungle mountain water fall, had sex in a bamboo grove, and pooped on four continents.  She'll have her MD completed in 2017, right after she releases her novel about a comic book character who shoots his author.  Check her out at and on twitter @petr3pan


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Jan 25, 2017

The Bug Fix by Hall Jameson.  Featuring an afterword by the author.  Narrated by J.S. Arquin.  #ScienceFiction  #Fantasy  #Robots  #Magic

Hall Jameson is an American writer and artist who lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and an assortment of furry and feathered creatures.  Her work has recently appeared, or is forthcoming in, Nature Futures, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine, and Drabblecast.  When she's not writing stories or taking photographs, Hall spends her time kayaking, playing the piano, and cat wrangling.  You can find her online at


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Dec 27, 2016

Episode 45: Images Across a Shattered Sea by Stewart C. Baker.  Featuring an afterword by the author.    Read by J.S. Arquin    #ScienceFiction  #TimeTravel


Stewart C. Baker is an academic librarian, speculative fiction writer, and occasional haikuist.  His fiction has appeared in Writer's of the Future, Nature, Galaxy's Edge, and Flash Fiction Online, among other places.  Stewart was born in England, has lived in South Carolina, Japan, and California (in that order), and currently resides in Oregon with his family - though if anyone asks, he'll usually say he's from the internet.  You can find him online at  and on Twitter @stewartcbaker.

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Nov 26, 2016

Love in the Time of Markov processes by Megan Arkenberg.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #ScienceFiction

Megan Arkenberg lives in Northern California, where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in English literature.  Her work has appeared in Shimmer, Lightspeed, Asimov's, and nearly fifty other publications.  She procrastinates by editing the fantasy e-zine Mirror Dance, and was recently the nonfiction editor for Nightmare's Queers Destroy Horror! special issue.  You can visit her online at


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Nov 13, 2016

Episode 42: Solo by J.S. Arquin.  Read by J.S. Arquin  #ScienceFiction


J.S. Arquin is a writer, actor, musician, and stiltwalker and renaissance man.  Or maybe he just likes wearing tights.  He has performed and lived all over the world, in places as diverse as New Jersey, San Francisco, and Greece.  He currently lives in Portland, OR, where he gleefully rides his bike in the rain year round, and sometimes writes about himself in the third person.  His narrations have been featured on Starship Sofa, Cast of Wonders, and Escape Pod, and his fiction has appeared in Plasma Frequency, Acidic Fiction, and Digital SF, just to name a few.  He hopes that you enjoy listening to the Overcast as much as he enjoys making it.

Oct 26, 2016

Episode 41: A Promise Kept by Candle Flame by Kelly Sandoval.  Read by J.S. Arquin. #Fantasy #MagicRealism #Ghosts       

Oct 10, 2016

Episode 40: The Humpback's Wardrobe by Timothy Day.  Read by J.S. Arquin  #MagicalRealism

Sep 22, 2016

Slug Time by Mary E. Lowd.  Featuring an afterword by the author.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #ScienceFiction

Sep 7, 2016

The Galaxy's Cube by Jeremy Szal.  Read by J.S. Arquin  #ScienceFiction


Aug 20, 2016

Moon at the Starry Diner by Tina Connolly.  From her collection, "On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories".  Read by J.S. Arquin   #Fantasy



Aug 3, 2016

Chasing A.I.M.E. by Sean Patrick Hazlett.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  Featuring an afterword by the author.   #ScienceFiction  #ArtificialIntelligence  #Economics

Jul 16, 2016

Heart Box by J.N. Powell.  Featuring an afterword by the author.  Read by J.S. Arquin.  #Fantasy

Jul 3, 2016

Episode 34: Stand Up by Josh Roseman.  Read by J.S. Arquin  #Superhero #Autism

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