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Short story: “Lonely Robot on a Rocket Ship in Space”

“Lonely Robot on a Rocket Ship in Space,” by A. Merc Rustad

Appeared in Cicada Magazine in 2016; read by Christopher Cornell for Escape Pod 615 (see the text for visuals like emoticons and Byron’s typed-out messages)

4,299 words

A sweet story, if rather predictable. Judging from the Escape Pod forum discussion, transgender people really identify with it.


Short story: “Sparg”

“Sparg,” by Brian Trent

Appeared in Daily Science Fiction in 2013; read by Alasdair Stuart for Escape Pod 614, February 8th, 2018

2,010 words, pretty close to my guess

Oh no.

What a good dog cephalopod critter.

Short story: “A Study in Symmetry, or the Chance Encounter of an Android and a Painter”

“A Study in Symmetry, or the Chance Encounter of an Android and a Painter,” by Jamie Lackey

Read by Trendane Sparks and Divya Breed for Escape Pod 619, March 15th, 2018, as part of Artemis Rising 4

4,314 words


Short story: “The Good Mothers’ Home for Wayward Girls”

“The Good Mothers’ Home for Wayward Girls,” by Izzy Wasserstein

Read by Tatiana Grey for PseudoPod 588 as part of ARTEMIS RISING 4, March 30th, 2018

3,536 words

A good creepy story.

I like the way Grey gives each of the girls a distinct voice.

Short story: “Surveillance Fatigue”

“Surveillance Fatigue,” by Jennifer R. Donohue

Read by Diane Severson Mori for Escape Pod 623, April 12th, 2018

2,273 words

Troublingly believable. Great last line.

Short story: “Emperor All”

“Emperor All,” by Evan Marcroft

Read by Kris Straub for PseudoPod 590, April 13th, 2018

4,336 words

A fine dark tale. The main character is unlikable, but you keep listening/reading to find out what happens next.

Short story: “Rocket Surgery”

“Rocket Surgery,” by Effie Seiberg

First appeared in Analog in 2016; featured in episode 588 of Escape Pod

3,330 words

A charmingly optimistic story of artificial intelligence. Well, optimistic about technology, anyway—General Pitticks doesn’t sound like a great candidate for the presidency to me.

Short story: “The Ninth Skeleton”

“The Ninth Skeleton,” by Clark Ashton Smith

Appeared in Weird Tales, Volume 12, Issue 3, September 1928; collected in The End of the Story (Night Shade Books); featured in Pseudopod 331, April 26th, 2013; online here at The Eldritch Dark and here on Wikisource

1,865 words

I didn’t really get this story, and I don’t think there’s much to get. On the forums, readers suggest that it’s about the main character’s girlfriend’s pregnancy and/or their future together, but it ends a bit open-endedly for me. Perhaps the end means the couple is infertile and Guenevere will take him with her to the grave childless.

Short story: “Toward the Banner of the King”

“Toward the Banner of the King,” by T. R. North

Featured in PseudoPod 558, September 1st, 2017

4,287 words

A good PseudoPod episode. Authentic period voice. The reading by Justine Eyre is excellent.

I was surprised by the heavy allusions to The King in Yellow, but I suppose it’s sufficiently well known to horror readers that it needs no explanation. This story fits neatly into Chambers’ short story collection by that title.


Short story: “A Doll Full of Nails”

“A Doll Full of Nails,” by Ville Meriläinen

Featured in PseudoPod 554, August 4th, 2017

Maybe 3,000 words? Not sure 2,918 words—I was pretty close

Creepy doll stories are always good. I like how the doll’s stories increasingly shed light on the dollmaker’s past, but never quite reliably.

Also the title is great.