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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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Adam Webb
four and a half years ago

Another good effort from J.S Arqun, confidently voicing Robert Bagnall's interesting and quirky tale. It's an occasion where English writing and American expression/ interpretation mesh well, resulting in something well worth a listen.