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Short story: “Some Things I Probably Should Have Mentioned Earlier”

“Some Things I Probably Should Have Mentioned Earlier,” by Laura Pearlman

First appeared in Mothership Zeta, May 2016; read live at Worldcon for Escape Pod 650, October 18th, 2018

1,767 words

Ha! Good piece. The live reading format didn’t hurt. I like hearing audience reactions.

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Short story: “Loyalty Test”

“Loyalty Test,” by Andrew Gudgel

Featured in Escape Pod 649, October 11th, 2018

2,561 words

An enjoyable yarn. I didn’t see the ending coming—I wonder if I should have? Either way, fun.

Novelette: “The Revolution, Brought to You by Nike”

“The Revolution, Brought to You by Nike,” by Andrea Phillips

First appeared in Fireside Magazine, February 2017 (February 2017!?); read for Escape Pod episodes 644 and 645

9,891 words

A gripping and bewildering story. The concept of a corporate savior driving a revolution is played straight all the way through, with no one apparently questioning it, no one evincing a sense of irony or ambivalence or guilt. Nor does anyone except the president question Nike’s moral authority (who does sew those shoes, anyway? Mine say they’re made in Indonesia).

The last line is incredible. Is this wish fulfillment or satire? Or wish fulfillment tempered by satire? Read the author’s essay in the same issue of Fireside for a possible answer.

Short story: “So Sorry You’re Going Extinct!”

“So Sorry You’re Going Extinct!”, by Paul R Hardy

One of the second-place winners of Escape Pod‘s 2018 Flash Fiction Contest, read in episode 641

477 words

A delightfully bleak story. If you read the initial letter alone, it would be funny, but as a whole it’s more like horror fiction.

Short story: “On a Clear Day You Can See All the Way to Conspiracy”

“On a Clear Day You Can See All the Way to Conspiracy,” by Desmond Warzel

First appeared on SFReader April 15th, 2009, the winner of the SFReader 2008 Story Contest; featured in Escape Pod episode 284, March 17th, 2011, and later as a Flashback Friday piece in episode 634 June 28th, 2018; read for Drabblecast 340, October 5th, 2014

3,280 words

I can see why this would be considered a classic Escape Pod story. Escape Pod seems to define itself as fun more than anything else, even if it does embrace darker stuff sometimes.

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

Cute.

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: “Mother Tongues”

“Mother Tongues,” by S. Qiouyi Lu

Appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, January/February 2018, Vol. 42 Nos. 1 & 2 (Whole numbers 504 & 505)—update: now featured in Escape Pod 636

Maybe 2,000 words? Very short Actually over 3,610 words—I didn’t know how to count the Chinese words

My favorite piece in this issue so far. A very simple story, but effective.